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AKG C414-XLII Condenser Microphone

Classic Condenser Microphone

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AKG C414-XLII Large-Diaphragm Pressure Gradient Condenser Microphone. A classic microphone with a distinctive timbre especially designed for recording of solo vocals and solo instruments.

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With the introduction of the NeXt Generation C 414 B-XL models, AKG sets new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications, ease of use and available accessories. All of these improvements are answers to requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations and concert engineers, but with the basic sonic character of the legendary C 414 unaltered.

AKG C 414-XLII Features:

  • High sensitivity and extremely low self noise
  • Five switchable polar patterns for placement and application flexibility
  • Two-color LEDs provide quick visual indication of selected polar pattern and output overload
  • Elastic capsule suspension greatly minimizes structurally-transmitted noise from chassis vibration
  • H 85 professional shock mount/stand adapter, PF 80 external pop filter and W 414 X external windscreen.
  • High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
  • Completely immune to electrostatic and electro-magnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc. thanks to solid metal housing and transformerless output stage
  • Three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick visual indication
  • All switchable components operate in low impedance circuits for ultra-high reliability even in extremely humid conditions
  • Optional R 414 remote control unit (available by the end of 2004) offers full control of all switchable parameters via standard microphone cable and 3-pin XLR-type connectors
  • Also available in stereo pair. The matched pairs consist of two microphones that come closest to each other in sensitivity and frequency response when used in the cardioid mode. The kit includes all the standard accessories of the deluxe package (excluding the PF 80) along with a stereo bar and proof of performance charts.

AKG C 414-XLII Specifications:

  • Type - 1-inch large-diaphragm pressure gradient microphone
  • Polar pattern - Omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight
  • Frequency range - 20 to 20,000 Hz (see frequency response traces)
  • Sensitivity - 23 mV/Pa (-33 dBV) ± 0.5 dB
  • Max. SPL - 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158 dB SPL (0/-6/-12/-18 dB) (for 0.5% THD)
  • Equivalent noise level (CCIR 468-2) - 20 dB (0 dB preattenuation)
  • Equivalent noise level - 6 dB-A (0 dB preattenuation) (DIN 45 412, A-weighted)
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted) - 88 dB
  • Preattenuation pad - -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB, switchable
  • Bass cut filter slope - 12 dB/octave at 40 Hz and 80 Hz; 6 dB/octave at 160 Hz
  • Impedance - <=200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance - >= 2,200 ohms
  • Supply voltage - 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
  • Current consumption - approximately 4.5 mA
  • Dynamic range -  134 dB minimum
  • Environment - Temperature range: -10° C to +60° C (14° F to 140° F)  - Relative humidity: 95% (+20° C/68° F), 85% (+60° C/140° F)
  • Connector - 3-pin XLR to IEC
  • Dimensions - 50 x 38 x 160 mm (2.0 x 1.5 x 6.3 in.)
  • Net weight - 300 g (10.6 oz.)
  • Patent(s) - AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488, AT 400.910

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Beautiful remake of a Classic.

The AKG C 414 is a legendary mic in both studio and live situations. The new 414-XLII keep very true the classic tone of the original transformerless C 414's.
With 5 selectable polar patterns, the 414 has a wide range of uses and can lend it's hand to almost anything. A very good price for the sheer quality of microphone that you are getting, it is a must have for any professional studio or live sound engineer.

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