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      AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone (104842323)
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Dual diaphragm and multi-pattern for enhanced vesatility.

In the Perception 420, 2 back-to-back large-diaphragm capsules create a flexible multi-pattern microphone capable of cardioid, omni, and figure-8 recording patterns. It features AKG's new design and logo style, True Condenser capsule technology, a switchable -20dB preattenuation pad, and a switchable bass-cut filter to minimize noise and boominess. The condenser microphone is housed in a rugged chassis with a gold-plated XLR-type output. Spider-type shock mount and metal case included.

In 2005, AKG launched the Perception models 100 and 200. This was the beginning of a big success story. With Perception, AKG created a new series of microphones with legendary AKG sound and quality at an outstanding price/performance level. AKG's Perception Microphones are among the best wired condenser microphones in their price range.
Requires phantom power.

AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone Features:

  • 2 back-to-back large-diaphragm capsules create a flexible multi-pattern microphone: cardioid, omni, figure-8
    Switchable -20dB preattenuation pad
    Switchable bass cut filter minimizes noise and boominess
    Spider-type shock mount and metal case included
    Rugged chassis with gold-plated XLR-type output
    AKG's New Design and logo style
    True Condenser capsule technology
    Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type outputs


AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Capsule: Large-diaphragm Dual-capsule
    Polar patterns: Cardioid, omni, figure-8
    Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
    Sensitivity: 18mA
    Preattenuation pad: 0dB, -20dB
    Bass-cut filter: 12dB/octave at 300Hz
    Max. SPL for 0.5%: THD 135 dB / 155dB (0 / -20dB)
    Impedance: <200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >1,000 ohms
    Powering: 48V phantom power
    Current consumption: <2mA
    Output connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type
    Finish: Metallic blue
    Dimensions: 2.1"W x 6.3"L (53 x 160mm)
    Net / Shipping Weight: 525g (18.5 oz.) / 955g (33.7 oz.)
    Standard accessories: Metal case, screw-on spider suspension


AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone

AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.

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  • Great Mic all Around

    As reviewed by chris smith on 6/24/2013

    I bought this mic over year ago without knowing about the Rodes NT-1 Condenser Mic that many have claimed is and exceptional mic. I have used the Rodes NT-1 and i love that mic as well. But this mic has a lot of qualities the Rodes doesn't. If a quality preamp is used and this mic is used in a surrounding acoustically suitable,,, this mic picks up amazing tone qualities and all over acoustic sound. I use Cubase as my recoding software. I also use the Steinberg MR816x Interface Pre Amp combo and i get amazing results. Vocal it is a great mic but sometimes depending on who your recording vocals with it is not a choice id make as a versatile mic instrument wise and vocals. Vocalist with a softer projection,,,, this mic is amazing to record with, with that being said. Personally i love using this mic for acoustic guitars. Doesn't matter about the quality of the instrument. It picks up exactly what you want within a decent range. Ive also used this mic for an added reverence in drum recording and it works amazingly for that as well. Over all a good choice!

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  • Very clean sounding mic

    As reviewed by Voyce on 9/8/2008

    of course there are better products out there but this AKG 420 has what it takes to capture clean vocals. I am running it thru a Presonus Eureka with the optional AD192 expansion card to get pristine clear quality at 24/96k. The Eureka really makes this mic shine though. Without it and just placing it thru my M-Audio's Firewire 410's preamp gave kind of a boring sound. It was too flat like the vocals had no presence. Awesome microphone when paired with a very clean but Class A compliant pre amp/compressor. I especially love the fact that you can switch the polar patterns but I wish that it had only a 10db pad instead of 20db. I recommend this product to anyone wanting to get some clean vocals for their tracks just not by itself though with crappy preamps. AKG has very dependable quality products.

    53 of 57 people found this review helpful.
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  • Thejuicecbm

    As reviewed by The Juice on 3/3/2011

    I think this is a great mic all the way around Im very satisfied with sounds qualityt thate the akg 420 gives

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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