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AKG C 414 XLII Stereo Set  From AKG

The C414 XLII multi-pattern condenser microphone offers a choice of nine polar patterns for the perfect sonic capture for every application.  This Stereo pair is perfect for all your stereo micing needs.

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Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Shootout on Acoustic Guitar

This blind Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone shootout on acoustic guitar features 5 fantastic LDC mics: the Miktek C7, Shure KSM44, CharterOak E700, AKG C414 LTD, and the Lauten Clarion. Sound Pure guitar expert Ross Gruet handpicked this this gorgeous Goodall Jumbo acoustic as our comparison source, which is recorded through our Phoenix Audio DRS8 Preamp and Lynx Aurora Converter. If you would like the results of the shootout or all five full length hi-res audio files to compare for yourself, shoot us an email to mics(at)soundpure(dot)com at anytime. Additionally nearly all of these microphones are eligible for our free 5 day demo period, so if you like what you hear and would like to experience one of these mics for yourself, give us a call at anytime for more information. If you have any questions about the five LDC mics used, the shootout setup, or recording gear in general - we're here to help. Thanks for watching! 919-682-552 or toll free 888-528-9703.

Manufacturer's Description from AKG

The legendary C 414 is a tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records; it’s been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. The C 414 family has been one of the world’s most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. New useful features and even greater ease of use are the answer to the demands from our ever–growing customer base all over the world.

The new C 414 XLS and the C 414 XLII offer nine pickup patterns that enable it to choose the perfect setting for every application. For live-sound applications and fixed installations, all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use, and the peak hold LED displays even the shortest overload peaks. Both mics have three switchable bass cut filters as well as three pre-attenuation levels that allow lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed in even the densest mixes.

The C414 XLII version differs from the C414 XLS version in one major respect – the capsule. The C414 XLII's slight presence boost and impressive spatial reproduction are both similar to the legendary AKG C12 microphone from 1953.  This enables lead vocals and solo instruments to be placed even in a dense mix. The unrivalled up-front sound is also well known for distant miking applications like classical music recording or drum ambience miking.

The C 414 comes complete with everything you need to create great sound recordings, including: a carrying case, a pop filter, a windscreen, and a spider-type shock mount. In addition, AKG offers both the XLII and XLS in stereo sets. The stereo sets are created by AKG’s sophisticated matching method for stunning, three-dimensional recordings.

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About Manufacturer

Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stations, opera houses and famous stages count on AKG products. Internationally known musicians and show-stars have frequently been seen using our high-quality microphones and headphones for many decades. Today AKG is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality microphones, headphones and wireless-equipment. Listed below is the brief story of one of the most famous brands in the professional audio-world. AKG, founded in Vienna by Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ernst Pless, soon became one of the biggest players in the world of sound. Today AKG is synonymous with good sound, stands for passion in music providing the highest quality and ongoing innovation in the world of music. The company was founded in 1947 and within months, the first AKG microphones were being used in radio stations, theatres and Jazz-Clubs. The products (the AKG DYN Series) were at that time manufactured by hand by five workers. In 1949, the first AKG headphones came on the market. Then, in the early fifties AKG made a breakthrough with several new products: Totally new technologies like the world’s first high quality condenser microphone, the D 12 with its cardioid characteristics, the world’s first remote-controlled multi-pattern capacitor microphone, the C 12 and the D 36 made acoustic history. One of the first customers of the famous C 12 microphone was the BBC in London.



Audio Frequency bandwidth

20 to 20000 Hz


23 mV/Pa

Equivalent Noise Level

6 dB-A

Signal to Noise

88 dB-A

Preattunation Pad

-6; -12; -18 dB

Bass Cut Filter

160; 80; 40 Hz

Electrical Impedance

200 Ohms

Recommended Load Impedance

2200 Ohms

Polar Patterns

Polar Pattern

omnidirectional; wide cardioid; cardioid; hypercardioid; figure eight



Powering Interface


44 to 52 V


4.5 mA

Audio Output


Balanced XLR







dark gray/gold

Dimensions / Weight


38 mm


50 mm


160 mm

Net Weight

300 g