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AKG Perception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

B&H # AKP820 Mfr # 3101H00100
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Product Highlights
  • All-Metal Housing
  • Dual 1" Diaphragms
  • ECC 83 Dual-Triode Tube Circuit
  • 9 Selectable Pickup Patterns
  • Bass Cut Filter
  • -20dB Pad
  • Shock Mount and Case Included
  • Designed and Engineered in Austria

The Perception 820 Tube large-diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG provides a classic, warm tube sound at an affordable price. The mic features dual 1" diaphragms with True Condenser technology, as well as ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry for rich, detailed sound.

The remote power supply features a pickup pattern selector, which can be set to omni, cardioid, and figure 8, as well as 6 intermediate patterns, for a total of 9 selectable patterns. The remote also features a -20dB pad, a switchable bass cut filter, and a ground-lift switch. The microphone was designed and engineered in Vienna, Austria and includes a shock mount and a metal carrying case.

Robust Construction
The anodized aluminum front plate and all-metal housing provide professional-level strength
Warm Tube Sound
The dual 1" diaphragms with True Condenser technology and ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry provide rich, smooth sound
9 Pickup Patterns
The remote power supply lets you choose from omni, cardioid, and figure 8 polar patterns, as well as 6 intermediate patterns for a total of 9 selectable patterns
Additional Controls
The remote also features a bass cut switch, -20dB pad, and ground-lift switch for customizing the response of the microphone
Accessories Included
A spider-type shock mount and metal carrying case are included for protecting your microphone
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional, Cardioid, and Figure 8 (Plus 6 Intermediate)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 16dBA
Maximum Input Sound Level 155dB (With -20dB Pad Engaged)
Power Requirements 110-240VAC, Power Supply Included
Output Impedance 200 Ohms
Output Connectors Gold-Plated XLR Male
Pad -20dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, Switchable
Dimensions 8.3 x 2" (211 x 53mm)
Weight 1.9 lbs (0.87kg)
AKG Perception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Power Supply
  • Shock Mount
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AKGPerception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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      • Professional recording (3)
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      4.0

      Great all-around workhorse

      By Dom

      from Philly, pa

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about AKG Perception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        Great on vocals, acoustic instruments, horns, drums YOU NAME IT!!! The ability to change pickup patterns is just icing on a really nice warm cake that is a great sounding microphone. Presence boost helps vocals cut through a dense mix and if it's too much the mic takes eq well. Best bang/buck ratio in my opinion!

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        5.0

        great mic for a semi-midrange price

        By cartel

        from orlando

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG Perception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          i needed to move up from my at2035 to something with a cleaner and more crisp sound in order to advance from semi-pro to professional....a friend of mine sold me his perception 820 because he also moved up to a higher-end neumann mic....i ran it thru my grace design preamp and into my mbox.....it was super rich, super clean, and extremely crisp....the annoying sound most mics i used before would leave on my tracks, you know what im talking about if your into producing-the slight hiss when the vocal track is on solo and your editing the vocals....well, there was NOTHING but clean sound....i would recommend this mic to anyone trying to make the leap to a professional sound but still on a amauetur budget

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          5.0

          Warm for Beautiful Voice Work

          By Video Goddess

          from Las Vegas, NV

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG Perception 820 Tube Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          We are primarily a post house inside an advertising agency. We use this microphone in a dedicated voice over booth and it sounds great. Just turn in on and warm it up. I've noticed the longer it's on the better it sounds. We are very careful not to bang it around. Reading the manual, I got the impression that it could be easily damaged . Setup was very easy. As for performance, I give it an A.

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