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AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone

B&H # AKP220 Mfr # 3101H00080
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Product Highlights
  • Cardioid Condenser Element
  • Spider Suspension Mount
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off
  • 20dB Pad

The AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a low cost, efficient solution for recording vocals and instruments in home and project studios. The microphone's cardioid element provides a generous pickup area while minimizing off-axis noise and feedback from nearby monitors, instruments and other sources.

A low-frequency roll-off filter switch reduces hum, ambiance and other low-frequency noise. Also featured, is a 20dB Pad switch that maximizes headroom when capturing high volume sources such as percussion instruments, speaker cabinets, etc. The included spider suspension shock mount protects against noise caused by vibration and shock.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The microphone's cardioid element provides a generous pickup area while minimizing off-axis noise and feedback from nearby monitors, instruments and other sources.
Spider Suspension Shock Mount
The included spider suspension shock mount protects against noise caused by vibration and shock.
Low Frequency Roll-Off Switch
A low-frequency roll-off filter switch reduces hum, ambiance and other low-frequency noise.
20dB Pad
Also featured, is a 20dB Pad switch that maximizes headroom when capturing high volume sources such as percussion instruments, speaker cabinets, etc.
Transducer Back Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 72dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 130 / 150dB SPL (0 / -20dB)
Power Requirements +48V
Output Impedance - / < 200 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad -20dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off 12dB/octave, 300Hz
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.5 x 2" (165 x 53mm)
Weight 1.2 lb (525 g)
AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
  • Aluminum Case
  • Spider Suspension Mount
  • Stand Adapter
  • Mini Poster
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AKGPerception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (18)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Versatile (15)
    • Durable (5)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (14)
      • Amateur recording (13)
      • Professional recording (11)
      • Performances (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great studio mic

      I use a pair of these microphones in a home recording studio primarily with Woodwind instruments and Accordion.

      The sound quality is phenominal. Every nuance with no distortion even when recording...Read complete review

      I use a pair of these microphones in a home recording studio primarily with Woodwind instruments and Accordion.

      The sound quality is phenominal. Every nuance with no distortion even when recording saxophone (which is quite loud). The package with the shock mount and everything is very well thought through. The only thing missing is a pop screen.

      I can find no fault with these. If I had to... I guess they are too heavy for use outside the studio, but then they are studio mics.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      A common Chinese mic, in a new body

      These are essentially the same mic as many of the MXL models (same basic circuit and capsule). Really rough sounding. Good sound can be had if the mic is modified by a competent...Read complete review

      These are essentially the same mic as many of the MXL models (same basic circuit and capsule). Really rough sounding. Good sound can be had if the mic is modified by a competent technician.

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      5.0

      Best microphone for the best price

      By Michel de Paula

      from Sao Paulo, Brazil

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

        optimal performance, support include, and a beautiful case. All this for a great price.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Perfect Home Studio Solution

        By JZ14

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

          I recently began building up a basic home studio and was looking into condenser microphones. I was deciding between several $60 - $150 microsphones and this one came out the most versatile and best quality. I am not a professional arranger, but I can't imagine how much better it can possibly sound because this one picks up sax, vocals, guitar, etc. very smoothly, with crisp clarity, and with low feedback noise. I love the mike, and along with its shockmount counterpart and rugged case, they make the perfect team in your sudio. GO get one.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Value at its best

          By Tom

          from Canton, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Portable
          • Solid

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Hobbyist
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

            After spending hours of research combing through countless audio comparisons, the AKG Perception 220 REALLY blew me away. From the first time i heard it i knew it had something special. My fist time using the microphone i couldn't be more happy with the quality i was getting. The value of this microphone and the case it comes in is truly wonderful.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sound of Angels.

            By Leonardo

            from Rio de Janeiro Brazil

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

              It's my first cardioid microphone, I'm very pleased with my purchase. Microphone versatile, good for studio, guitar and saxophone.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing price / quality

              By davidruizmusic

              from bay area, ca

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Qualityprice
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                This is the best microphone you can get for this price; I bought it for recording with may band, and it's amazing to record all kind of things; I can use to recorded voice as well as acoustic instruments, and with an amazing quality.

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                4.0

                Good value, very versatile

                By Aussie Dan

                from Montreal, QC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Robust
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                  I'm very impressed with this microphone. It has a beautiful clear sound and is able to record very loud sounds no problem. Other microphones tend to pick up disturbances from lights, monitors and other electrical items, but this microphone does a very good job at protecting itself from them, I guess this has to do with the really solid metal body which also provides great protection making it a very strong, robust microphone. I haven't put it's robustness to the test yet but just holding it and feeling it I would say that this microphone would more than likely withstand some pretty rough treatment.

                  It also looks great!! haha. :)

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                  5.0

                  Best for the money

                  By SSGJ

                  from Edmond, OK

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                    Like to use it for video voice over work. It's the best you can get for the price. Quality is amazing. Add a pop filter and no way you can do better for the price!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Better than a Nuemann TLM-103

                    By Mr. Sparkles

                    from Long Island. New York

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                      Used this mic to record vocals and acoustic guitar on two of my albums. It is a very nice sounding mic. I compared it to my Nuemann TLM-103 ([$]), and (to me) the Perception 220 sounds better. We are using it in a 6x6 vocal booth, btw.

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                      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      A common Chinese mic, in a new body

                      By Volstag

                      from OK

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                            These are essentially the same mic as many of the MXL models (same basic circuit and capsule). Really rough sounding. Good sound can be had if the mic is modified by a competent technician.

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful

                            By pestep

                            from New Mexico

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Performances

                              Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                              I use the Perception 220 to record in my music classroom. It has a great range for the sounds we create. Anything from whispering rhymes to playing loud Drum/Percussion pieces.

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                              5.0

                              Very nice mics

                              By Otavio Dias

                              from São Paulo, BR

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                              Unless you have a 1.000.000 dollars studio, you have no way to find any problem about this mic. Powerful, clean and treasurer sound. Very air and warm at the same time.
                              No regret at all.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great bang for the buck!

                              By Rockabilly Bob

                              from Smithsburg, MD

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                We are an acoustic trio with Mandolin, Guitar, Upright Bass and Soprano and Harmony vocals. This mic lets us perform just like our practice sessions where we stand facing each other and listen while we harmonize. A very real sound. Not a powerful mic but good for medium rooms and small crowds.

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                                5.0

                                Pretty good, especially for the price

                                By Russ

                                from Huntington Beach, CA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                  I use this in my home studio to record acoustic guitar, and vocals. It works great for both. I like that it comes with a case and the mic mount with an adapter for both sizes of mic stands.

                                  It has a full sound and seems to pick up everything. If you know anything about mics you'll know how sensitive condenser mics can be and this one is no exception. If there is a computer on in the same room it will sound like a lawn blower on the recording, so keep that in mind.

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                                  5.0

                                  So Great I bought Twice

                                  By sugarbuzzbeatz

                                  from Millersburg,OH

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Great Value For Price
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE YET

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Drums
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Vocals

                                  Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                  I use this mic primarily for recording vocals, which sound great. Picked up another one for using as drum overheads, great mic for price!!!!!

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic Mike

                                  By Cliff

                                  from Frederick, MD

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile
                                  • Well built quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                    Used for Recording Studio. What a great and clear sound. Construction is top rate and the case and mount that it comes with is very good. Very glad about this purchase.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great mic for at home studios!

                                    By Lydia K

                                    from Milwaukee, WI

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                      It's great, it does what it's supposed to do, works, and gives nice sound quality. It sounds excellent when used on acoustic guitars and vocals. It isn't like pro studio quality, but it is worth way more in my opinion, more like a $600-$700 mic, but that's just my opinion!

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                                      5.0

                                      Great MIc

                                      By Treez

                                      from Grimebek, NY

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                        For the price this is a great mic. AKG is known for good stuff and this lives up to the expectation. I've used it for electric and acoustic guitar so far, as well as vocals. Very clean and responsive. Would recommend to anyone looking for an affordable all around recording mic.

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                                        5.0

                                        simply great

                                        By Zeeman

                                        from Canonsburg, PA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                          Used for multimedia projects recording voice narratives and for recording voice on hold messages

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great studio mic

                                          By Michigander

                                          from Detroit Area

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Bulky/Heavy

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                          I use a pair of these microphones in a home recording studio primarily with Woodwind instruments and Accordion.

                                          The sound quality is phenominal. Every nuance with no distortion even when recording saxophone (which is quite loud). The package with the shock mount and everything is very well thought through. The only thing missing is a pop screen.

                                          I can find no fault with these. If I had to... I guess they are too heavy for use outside the studio, but then they are studio mics.

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                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Same performance as higher-priced models

                                          By johncmurphy

                                          from New Jersey

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Productivity

                                              Comments about AKG Perception 220 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone:

                                              Bought it as a cheaper alternative to the AKG 2000B. The performance is almost identical. With the extras (the case and spider mount), you can't go wrong. I am very satisfied.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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