AKG P420 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone  From AKG

Perception Series True Condenser Multi-Pattern Mic

AKG Microphones


Retail:  $319.00

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Manufacturer's Description from AKG

Perception 420 is a multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser microphone for more demanding professional studio recording applications. Offering high sensitivity and 155 dB maximum SPL, the Perception 420 delivers a warm transparent sound quality ideally suited for ensemble recording, grand piano, woodwind and brass instruments as well as drums and percussion instruments. In addition, three selectable polar patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional or figure-eight – allow a wide range of stereo miking techniques and ambient recording.



 ♦ A switchable bass cut filter and pre-attenuation pad enable the Perception 420 to be used close to sound sources in sound fields as high as 155 dB.

 ♦ The microphone's chassis is made of precision-tooled zinc/aluminium alloy and boasts a dent resistant stainless-steel wire-mesh front grille. It comes complete with a spider-type shock mount in an aluminium carrying case.

 ♦ Back-to-back large diaphragm multi-pattern transducer

 ♦ True condenser technology

 ♦ High sensitivity and 155 dB maximum SPL capability

 ♦ Switchable 20 dB pre-attenuation pad

 ♦ Switchable bass cut filter

 ♦ Legendary AKG sound quality

 ♦ Designed and engineered by AKG in Vienna, Austria

 ♦ Comes with spider-type shock mount and aluminium carrying case


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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.


Type: Dual-capsule,1-inch large-diaphragm, true condenser pressure-gradient microphone
Polar pattern: Cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-eight
Frequency range: 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 28 mV/Pa (-31 dBV)
Max. SPL: 135/155 dB SPL (0/-20 dB) for 0.5% THD
Equivalent noise level: 16 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 78 dB
Preattenuation pad: 0 dB, -20 dB
Bass filter: 12 dB/octave, 300 Hz
Impedance: Recommended load impedance: >=1000 ohms
Powering: Power requirement: 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
Connector: 3-pin XLR
Finish: metallic blue/nickel grille
Dimensions: 53 dia. X 165 mm/2 x 6.5 in.
Net weight: 525 g (18.5 oz.)
Shipping weight: 1,970 g (4.3 lb.)