AKG C214: THE RESOLUTION REVIEW
The latest studio microphone offering from AKG, the C214, is reviewed in this month's Resolution Magazine. "Is it a decent microphone in its own right? Unequivocally yes."
The new C 214 is designed as a cost-effective alternative to the high-end, industry-leading C 414 family. Like the C 414 models, the C 214 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.
"Moving to Acoustic guitar showed that both microphones (the C 414 and the C 214) capture transient and harmonic detail well but the tonal characteristics so obvious with speech were even more obvious here. Whereas the 414 delivered a neutral, honest representation of the guitar, the 214 was a little bit more forward sounding and seemed to exaggerate the fundamental tones a little more. But here's the thing. I actually preferred the sound of the 214 not just because of the voicing in its response but also, I think, because of the difference in rear rejection. In some respects, this made the 214 sound more like I'd expect an omni microphone to sound, pulling in a little more of the room sound".
"...it's a well engineered, useful microphone that deserves to succeed at what is a very crowded price point".
To read the full review, pick up the November/December Issue of Resolution Magazine (V7.8).
The AKG C214 is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone featuring a one inch edge-terminated diaphragm for a smooth and wide frequency response and high transient detail. The C214 microphone has the same dual-capsule as the legendary C414, but using only one diaphragm instead of two, delivering class-leading performance close to the famous C 414 B-XLS. The AKG C214 is…