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The AKG C 414 XL II condenser microphone is the successor to the famous AKG C 414 B-TL II mic. The AKG C 414 XL II mic shows the unique sonic signature of the highly sought after AKG C 12 which enable... Read More

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The AKG C 414 XL II condenser microphone is the successor to the famous AKG C 414 B-TL II mic. The AKG C 414 XL II mic shows the unique sonic signature of the highly sought after AKG C 12 which enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix. The unrivaled up-front sound is also well-known for distant miking applications like classic music recording or drum ambience miking.

The XL II mic version differs from the XLS version in one major respect-the capsule. Both the slight presence boost and the impressive spatial reproduction is similar to the legendary AKG C 12 microphones.

The AKG C 414 XL II offers 9 pickup patterns for you to choose the perfect setting for every application. For live-sound applications and permanent installations, all controls can be disabled easily enabling trouble-free use. A Peak-Hold LED displays even shortest overload peaks.

AKG ships the C 414 XL II microphone complete with carrying case, pop filter, windscreen, and a spider-type shock mount.

For over 60 years, leading musicians and engineers have used legendary AKG microphones to capture their sound so their audience hears every nuance. The C 414 family has been one of the world's most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. AKG has continually set new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications, and ease of use to answer requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations, and audio engineers.

Features
  • Upgrade of the AKG C 414, a legend since 1971
  • Nine selectable pickup patterns enables to choose the perfect setting for every application
  • Lock Mode: all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use
  • Peak Hold LED even detects shortest overload peaks
  • Incredible Dynamic Range of 152dB
  • Three switchable different bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels
  • Leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components ensure shortest signal path and extra protection against moisture
  • Designed, engineered, and built in Vienna, Austria
  • Excellent for:
  • Lead vocals
  • Lead instruments
  • Choir miking
  • Drum overhead miking
Specifications
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight and 4 intermediate settings
    Frequency range: 20 to 20,000Hz
    Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34dBV) ± 0.5dB
    Max. SPL: 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158dB (0/-6/-12/-18dB) for 0.5% THD
    Equivalent noise level: 6dB-A (0dB preattenuation) (IEC 60268-4)
    Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 88dB
    Preattenuation pad: 0dB, -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, switchable
    Bass cut filter slope: 12dB/octave at 40Hz and 80Hz; 6dB/octave at 160Hz
    Impedance: <=200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >= 2,200 ohms
    Supply voltage: 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
    Powering: approximately 4 mA
    Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
    Finish: dark grey/gold
    Dimensions: 50mm x 38mm x 160mm (2.0" x 1.5" x 6.3")
    Net weight: 300g (10.6oz.)
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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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AKGC414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (1)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Accurate sound, highest quality mic with great features

This mic provides a top-notch frequency response curve and great sensitivity. It really captures your original source and makes it come alive. This mic is best used for quieter...Read complete review

This mic provides a top-notch frequency response curve and great sensitivity. It really captures your original source and makes it come alive. This mic is best used for quieter �ۡ����acoustic�ۡ��� sources, e.g. acoustic guitar, voice, strings and wind instruments. It will capture all the details and nuances of these sources. The user manual contains some good guidelines for using the mic with a lot of different sources. This mic also features some sophisticated electronics. You can choose from nine different pick-up patterns, four different attenuation settings, and four different bass-cut settings. The carrying case, pop filter, and shock-mount are all excellent quality. It�ۡ���s so nice to buy a piece of equipment and get some really high quality useful accessories. If you�ۡ���re doing voice recording, definitely use the pop filter. They also test every mic and provide you with the actual frequency response of YOUR individual mic! If you are doing stereo recording and you want the best results, you can even buy a �ۡ����matched pair�ۡ���. They compare the frequency responses and put two mics in the same case that have nearly identical frequency response. If you are looking to mic a guitar amp, you may want to look elsewhere. In fact, I�ۡ���ve read that you could even damage this mic if it is too close to a loud amp. The sound pressure from a loud amp could make the diaphragm less sensitive. An SM-57 or other dynamic mic would be a better choice for mic�ۡ���ing an amp. This mic is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. This is a top-quality mic used by professionals all over the world. It is the current evolution of a design going back decades. If you need your sound to be as accurate as possible, this mic is for you.

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Classic, but only sounds ok.

I am tempted to rate this lower than three stars because I don't like the way it sounds... The only thing stopping me is that I know it's a classic mic and I've...Read complete review

I am tempted to rate this lower than three stars because I don't like the way it sounds... The only thing stopping me is that I know it's a classic mic and I've heard it sound especially good on one person's voice. If you have a bunch of mics already and just want to broaden your palate, I can comfortably say this is a decent mic to pick up. But if you are looking for one great vocal mic, or even a pair of overheads for drums, I would go a different direction. I have used the AKG 414 as a vocal mic and a pair of them as overheads. On vocals, they lack some sparkle on top. Similarly, when putting them on overheads, it just doesn't impress me. As far as overheads are concerned, I've moved to a pair of Shure Beta 57As and that sounds great. Those also sound good on vocals, which is what they were designed for, I think. They're only $500 for a pair.

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5.0

Finest quality for recording

By Mega

from Bronx

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

    Great mic for its price

     
    5.0

    AKG C414 XLII

    By waydetheblade

    from Auburn, WA.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

      I'll keep this brief: I've read, overall, many good to great things about this microphone, and I agree with most of what I heard about it. I was very impressed by the clear sound it had. This will be my go to mic for most things I record, but especially vocals. Many features to use and get used to, so it's well worth the money and effort to learn and experiment with.

       
      5.0

      Awesome mic

      By Tyler

      from Greenville SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        Upgraded from the 214 and absolutely love it

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Classic, but only sounds ok.

        By Benjamin Mell

        from Philadelphia, PA

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        I am tempted to rate this lower than three stars because I don't like the way it sounds... The only thing stopping me is that I know it's a classic mic and I've heard it sound especially good on one person's voice. If you have a bunch of mics already and just want to broaden your palate, I can comfortably say this is a decent mic to pick up. But if you are looking for one great vocal mic, or even a pair of overheads for drums, I would go a different direction. I have used the AKG 414 as a vocal mic and a pair of them as overheads. On vocals, they lack some sparkle on top. Similarly, when putting them on overheads, it just doesn't impress me. As far as overheads are concerned, I've moved to a pair of Shure Beta 57As and that sounds great. Those also sound good on vocals, which is what they were designed for, I think. They're only $500 for a pair.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Industry Workhorse Earns its Reputation Honestly

        By Timothy Taylor

        from Bristow, Virginia

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        I bough this mic about a year ago, and can say with all honesty, it has been a standout performer for anything I have put it use on. For acoustic guitar it's clarity, and definition are amazing. You can hear every detail, and yet it is not harsh in any way. The numerous polar patterns allow you to taler the function to suit your needs with no loss of quality or spaciousness. With a good preamp it has a wonderful airy sound much like a u87 or Manley, and it is simply excellent for vocals. Male or female vocals really pop though this, but it DOES require your performance to be spot on. If you are slightly off it will pick it up! It is useful for just about anything in the studio you can think of, including picking up cymbals from overhead. It is one of the best Microphones I own, and I would put it up against the Neumann TLM103 or the Sterling Audio Ocean Way Signature Series mic, as well as the Neumann KMS104. It blows RODE, Sputnik, or lower level Sterlings out of the water. I own or have used in my studio all these mics, so can speak to it with absolute authority. It is durable, rugged, and has launched the careers of many a fabled performer, and for my money is one of the best values going. DO get a top quality heavy stand for use with this Mic. It does pick up whatever is going on in the environment, and mic stand noise can be maddening. I use the ultimate support boom, which retails for $199, and has a solid base, super thick pole and overhead boom.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW...Bright...

        By BLiTZ

        from BakeTown CA

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        Well, first of all Im not the guy to write reviews...first of all... so with that Im telling you I ve worked with several major producers and artists in major studios they have this mic and the U-87, if u dont have 3 G's for a mic this will defenetly do if you dont have this much for a mic then get the MXL and be unsatisfied...

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Accurate sound, highest quality mic with great features

        By Bob A

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This mic provides a top-notch frequency response curve and great sensitivity. It really captures your original source and makes it come alive. This mic is best used for quieter �ۡ����acoustic�ۡ��� sources, e.g. acoustic guitar, voice, strings and wind instruments. It will capture all the details and nuances of these sources. The user manual contains some good guidelines for using the mic with a lot of different sources. This mic also features some sophisticated electronics. You can choose from nine different pick-up patterns, four different attenuation settings, and four different bass-cut settings. The carrying case, pop filter, and shock-mount are all excellent quality. It�ۡ���s so nice to buy a piece of equipment and get some really high quality useful accessories. If you�ۡ���re doing voice recording, definitely use the pop filter. They also test every mic and provide you with the actual frequency response of YOUR individual mic! If you are doing stereo recording and you want the best results, you can even buy a �ۡ����matched pair�ۡ���. They compare the frequency responses and put two mics in the same case that have nearly identical frequency response. If you are looking to mic a guitar amp, you may want to look elsewhere. In fact, I�ۡ���ve read that you could even damage this mic if it is too close to a loud amp. The sound pressure from a loud amp could make the diaphragm less sensitive. An SM-57 or other dynamic mic would be a better choice for mic�ۡ���ing an amp. This mic is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. This is a top-quality mic used by professionals all over the world. It is the current evolution of a design going back decades. If you need your sound to be as accurate as possible, this mic is for you.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BREASTT

        By Joel Murphy

        from calabasas, California

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        I don't own this mic but we use it at my church we have choir risers that go 12feet deep 5 feet high and you can here the person in the back just as well as the person in the front.. everything's level and balanced.. a little price for some but totally worth it

         
        5.0

        Great All Around

        By Nick Patronella

        from Houston, Tx

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        This mic is a great all around mic with switchable polar patterns which always comes in handy. they sound great as drum overheads, and drum room mics. They always are good with acoustic guitars as well. Stereo pairs are affordable, and reliable. A great standard in the recording world.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Real Precision

        By Jason Groucott

        from Orlando, Florida

        Comments about AKG C414 XL II Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

        I have been a professional recording engineer for over fifteen years and in every world class studio that I have utilized, undoubtably the AKG 414 series mic has been readily available to me. Able to capture real sound quality with amazing clarity, I can't think of anything I could not use this mic for. Vocals, instruments, percussions, field sound, etc. The AKG C 414 XL II follows suit. In tradition with setting new standards for excellence, the C 414 XL II will not let you down.

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