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Perception 420 Condenser Microphone
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AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
Back-to-back large-diaphragm multi-pattern transducer, True condenser technology, High sensitivity and 155 dB maximum SPL capability, Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad, Switchable bass cut filter, Legendary, pristine AKG sound quality.

  • Back-to-back large-diaphragm multi-pattern transducer
  • True condenser technology
  • High sensitivity and 155 dB maximum SPL capability
  • Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad
  • Switchable bass cut filter
  • Legendary, pristine AKG sound quality
  • Complete with spider-type shock mount and aluminium carrying case

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 preattenuation 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.


  • 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 <=200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance >=1000 ohms
  • Powering <=2 mA
  • 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.)

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