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AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone  

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Based on the AKG C 414 studio workhorse, the AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone has an improved capsule shockmount and 1" diaphragm with 5 switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, wide cardioid, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the AKG C 414 studio workhorse, the AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone has an improved capsule shockmount and 1" diaphragm with 5 switchable polar patterns: omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure 8. LEDs indicate polar pattern and output overload. 3 switchable bass cut filters and 3 pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick reference. 20Hz-20kHz frequency range. 88dB SNR, A-weighted. Includes H 85 professional shockmount/stand adapter, flight case, PF 80 external pop filter, and W 414 X external windscreen.
Requires phantom power.

  • Voiced for reproduction of acoustic instruments
  • High sensitivity and extremely low noise
  • High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
  • 5 switchable polar patterns
  • Ultralow 6 dB-A self-noise
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc.
  • 2-color LEDs provide quick visual monitoring of polar pattern and output overload
  • 3 switchable bass cut filters and 3 pre-attenuation pads with LEDs
  • All switchable components operate in low-impedance circuits
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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AKGC 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


A great mic, but a little expensive

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone:

If I would say one thing about this mic it would be that it does an excellent job capturing a vocal track. The pads are a great benefit, especialy for reducing the bass signal. This mic is excellent for capturing vocals and acoustics. The only problem I have is the cost, you can come very close to the same quality with a mic half of the price. Now with that said this mic is excellent and if you can afford it you will be impressed with the results.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Instant Classic ~

By Off The Record Audio Productions

from Washington, DC

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone:

I added this mic to my collection in anticipation of a huge project that unfortunately fell through. I knew about its predecessor?s reputation, so instead of returning it I kept it around. On the first chance I got I grabbed it out of the ol' mic closet and hooked it up. As I stepped back into the control room the mic stand fell...CRACK !!!! There goes the shock mount, shattered in a million pieces. This is a new redesigned shock mount (H85) from AKG for the new 414's. Clearly not a work horse as one would lead to believe. The mic sounds great though, especially on acoustic guitars. The 3 KHz boost on the B-XL II can be recreated with EQ. The LED indicators are pretty neat and impress the clients. I managed to strap the original inner housing of the shock mount to a metal outer housing of another, instant upgrade ! Hope you can afford to enjoy one, just be prepared to replace the fragile shock mount.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The one MUST HAVE mic

By duder744

from Peoria, IL

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone:

If you only have one microphone in your studio, it should be the AKG C414B. Evolved from microphones that are heard on almost all significant recordings, the C414B will accurately capture every instrument, with the ability to have instruments sound differently when recorded using the variable pickup patterns (each of the 5 patterns will sound different, thus giving 5 different timbres for the mic). I have used a few different mics for recording (some cheaper than others), and now I ONLY use this mic. I love it and use it on everything that our band records; drums, bass, guitars, vocals. My acoustic guitar sounds beautiful, and the mic can take loud enough volumes to be placed inside the kick drum for awesome low end. So, if you can afford this microphone, and you are serious about accurate recordings, BUY IT! Not only is it the best, most variable mic on the market, the free case, shockmount, and pop screen save you a hundred or two dollars over the main competitor that only offers one pickup pattern.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


akg c414

By Rayzer

from memphis TN

Comments about AKG C 414 B-XLS Condenser Microphone:

Even though this mic might seem a little too expensive, it is close as you will ever get to the U87 for the price, so it is well worth it. You will also find that with the five different patterns are great and ideal when recording background vocals when there is only one person doing the vocals, each pattern will give you a different sound for your recording. So really it is not over priced if you are serious about recording. This is the mic to have, go get it!

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