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AKG's industry-leading C414 microphones are already a permanent fixture in the world's biggest recording studios and a highly respected workhorse for independent artists, broadcasting, and on-stage mi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

AKG's industry-leading C414 microphones are already a permanent fixture in the world's biggest recording studios and a highly respected workhorse for independent artists, broadcasting, and on-stage miking as well.

The new C214 is designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end, industry-leading C414 family. It captures sound combining one side of the legendary C414 dual-capsule system and AKG's patented Back-Plate Technology, which results in an outstanding performance very close to the famous C414 B-XLS.

Like the C414 models, the C214 is capable of handling the rigors of high-pressure sound such as amplified guitars, with a sensitivity perfect for voice and orchestral instruments as well. Additionally, the microphone offers a 20dB Attenuation pad, 13dB noise floor, and a low cut switch - all in an elegant but rugged package.

Additional features include an integrated suspension, a double mesh grill high RF immunity without affecting acoustics. The circuitry in the C214 provides maximum SPL capability with minimum noise and the gold-plated XLR-type output connector offers loss-free signals.

The C214 comes complete with carrying case, windscreen, and spider suspension mount included.

Features
  • AKG's Legendary 1" Edge-Terminated Large Diaphragm Sound
  • Outstanding Dynamic Range (up to 156dB SPL, Ultra-Low Noise)
  • Roadworthy design
  • Integrated Suspension to reduce mechanical Noise
  • Switchable 20dB Attenuation Pad and Low Cut Switch
  • Rugged double mesh grille for high RF immunity but unaffected Acoustics
  • All-metal Die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant Finish
  • Spider-type Shockmount included
  • Metal Carrying case included
  • Designed, Engineered and Build in Vienna, Austria
Specifications
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
    Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
    Max. SPL: 136/156dB SPL (0/-20dB) (for 0.5% THD)
    Equivalent noise level: 13 dB-A to IEC 60268-4 (A-weighted)
    Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 81dB
    Preattenuation pad: 0/-20dB (switchable)
    Bass cut filter slope: 160Hz, 6dB/Octave, switchable
    Impedance: <=200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >=1000 ohms
    Supply voltage: 12 to 52 V Phantom power to IEC 61938
    Current consumption: < 2 mA
    Dynamic range: 123/143 dB (0/-20 dB) (A-weighted)
    Connector: IEC standard 3-pin XLR
    Finish matte: grayish blue
    Dimensions: 160 x 55mm (6.3" x 2.2")
    Net weight: 280g (0.62lb.)
    Shipping weight: 1450g (3.22lb.)
    Patent(s): Electrostatic transducer (Patent no. AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488)
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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AKGC214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pro sound that won't break your bank!

I find it hard to trust reviews because everyone almost always loves their product. But when it comes to the C214, it deserves 5 stars. Upgrading from the Perception 220, which I wasn't...Read complete review

I find it hard to trust reviews because everyone almost always loves their product. But when it comes to the C214, it deserves 5 stars. Upgrading from the Perception 220, which I wasn't really happy with, there is a night and day difference. This mic is so much more crisp on vocals and hardly needs any EQ. I've found a LPF rolloff and slight boost in the highs is all this really needed for me. If you are on a low to mid budget, this is a great choice. I was finally able to capture that professional sounding vocal that I just could not get with my 220.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't live up to the hype

I bought one of these mics on the recommendation of the sales assistant and having read a lot of positive reviews. My first impression using the mic was that it gave a really lush...Read complete review

I bought one of these mics on the recommendation of the sales assistant and having read a lot of positive reviews. My first impression using the mic was that it gave a really lush warm sound to vocals. It has the usual proximity effect so I recorded the vocals at a safe distance of 12-18". At this distance the mic was still overly emphasizing silences which was a bit of a concern. The real problems started when I tried to mix the vocals in to the rest of the track. I had to do some heavy EQing to get the vocals to sit in the mix without sounding too muddy. And then if I tried adding any kind of effects, even the subtlest of reverbs for example, then the vocal ended up muddy again. Overall then, despite many people raving about this mic, for me it was not a winner. I auditioned a couple of other mics and eventually settled on the TLM102. It's not pretty, but it is fairly accurate, requires little EQ to make it sound natural, sits well in the mix, and happily lets me add effects without losing clarity. Your mileage may vary.

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5.0

This is exactly what I was looking for

By Rivermusic

from Rochester NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Rich lows with crisp mid and upper response
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

    Home studio

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Fantastic - High Quality Mic for the Price!

    By Randall

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

      Put it this way: You wouldn't want to spend less on a microphone. As with all gear, you get what you pay for, and in the case of the extremely versatile AKG C214, you get more than that. I've had other comparably-priced mics with strange design quirks that complicate the ability to use the equipment. I am very happy that I can plug right into my pre-amp or directly into my multi-track recorder (which has built-in phantom power) without having to use some supplemental equipment. The mic is super-light and works great on the normal mic-stands with the arm- without being too top-heavy. These are qualities that allow quick and easy set-up/tear down, which is precisely what I want for my in-home studio. It's practically as quick and easy as setting up a Shure SM57. The less techy stuff you have to mess with, the sooner you are laying down clean and clear-sounding tracks.

       
      2.0

      Good mic for TALKING ONLY--- TRASH for singing voice

      By John

      from washington, dc

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

      This mic is way over priced. For the poor quality it should be priced at $50-$80. This mic is decent when you speak but for singing, you get a muffled sound. DO NOT BUY THIS MIC unless they happen to drop it to $50.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good mic for amateur recording ONLY

      By Studio Guy

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

      I'm posting an honest and objective opinion because I know there are two types of people in music so I won't be so critical. If you are doing serious recording and running your studio as a business (Like me for example) I wouldn't recommend this mic. This mic is decent as long as you record vocals that aren't too high. Meaning, my singer's vocals didn't do well on this mic. The reason I know the difference is because the vocals were recorded on a Neumann before and we had to make 2 edits. When I made the edits I used the AKG. The loud notes that she recorded on the Neumann were perfect, on the AKG, muffled and just no good. I took the mic back immediately. If you are doing this just for podcasts, radio show, etc., it's fine. I don't see any advantage is getting this mic as opposed a less expensive one. If mics can't pick up every sound well, don't waste the money. Just get a cheaper mic

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very pleased with the results.

      By Super Loser

      from Boise, ID

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Presence
      • Not Harsh
      • Sounds great
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

      • Nothing

      Best Uses

      • Vocals

      Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

      This is my first lower mid level mic purchase and I am very happy with it. Recorded with it the other day and the singer was blown away at the improvement over my last mic. I do not think that I will have to do much to the vocal recording when mixing. Just awesome.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice piece of equipment

      By sdan

      from Cape Cod

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        I'm completely satisfied with the C214 and the MF price point for the mic .

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Save your money and get a 414.

        By Karl

        from Monroe

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        Read title, the only exception is if you do spoken word. For some reason this microphone is awesome for just the speaking voice. Peace, Karl

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Crystal Clear

        By Steve Moser

        from Roeland Park,Ks

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        I upgraded my studio microphone from a Behringer B1 mic to a AKG-C214. Wow, what a difference. The Behringer is a good mic for around a $100.00. It's not a AKG by any means.!! The AKG-C214 brings out the back of my voice, with a rich, warm sound with no color added. I don't have to add any graphics to it. I just set it flat. It brings out the top and bottom of my voice as well. Very nice Microphone.!! I would recommend it to anyone!!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Didn't live up to the hype

        By Alexander Pollitt

        from San Francisco, CA

        Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

        I bought one of these mics on the recommendation of the sales assistant and having read a lot of positive reviews. My first impression using the mic was that it gave a really lush warm sound to vocals. It has the usual proximity effect so I recorded the vocals at a safe distance of 12-18". At this distance the mic was still overly emphasizing silences which was a bit of a concern. The real problems started when I tried to mix the vocals in to the rest of the track. I had to do some heavy EQing to get the vocals to sit in the mix without sounding too muddy. And then if I tried adding any kind of effects, even the subtlest of reverbs for example, then the vocal ended up muddy again. Overall then, despite many people raving about this mic, for me it was not a winner. I auditioned a couple of other mics and eventually settled on the TLM102. It's not pretty, but it is fairly accurate, requires little EQ to make it sound natural, sits well in the mix, and happily lets me add effects without losing clarity. Your mileage may vary.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for vocals and Saxophone!

        By B.o.N.a

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Great For Alto Saxophone
        • Great for vocals
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Recording Saxophone
          • Recording Vocals

          Comments about AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic:

          I own quite a few microphones however I will compare the C214 to my Rode classic 2 Limited edition. Understandably the Rode is a better microphone for SOME vocals (Its hard to say all because that is a very broad answer and depending what your target outcome is it might not be as good as another microphone however for Hip hop/rap vocals its perfect)

          I have used the C214 for hip hop/rap vocals and some singing as well and it does a great job for a cheap microphone! It will give you a brighter vocal especially compared to the Classic II however this is not necessarily a bad thing.

          I have used the C214 to record saxophone and it has to be one of the best saxophone microphones for under 2000. If your a saxophone player I highly recommend this microphone (just remember you will need a room with a good acoustic to record it)

          All in all WELL WORTH IT TO START OUT!

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