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AKG C520 Head-Worn Condenser Cardioid Microphone with XLR Connection

BH #AKC520 • MFR #3066X00010
AKG C520 Head-Worn Condenser Cardioid Microphone with XLR Connection
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AKG C520 Overview

The AKG C520 is a cardioid, condenser head-worn microphone with a comfortable, adjustable band that is designed to wrap around the neck. The lightweight design not only allows for comfortable long-term use, it keeps the microphone hidden from view, making it a suitable choice for performances, theater and more.

The cardioid polar pattern eliminates off-axis noise and feedback while the wide frequency response and sensitive capsule result in smooth, accurate vocal reproduction. The C520 features an adjustable gooseneck and the cable terminates to a standard XLR connection. The microphone is powered with 9 to 52 volts phantom power. The C520 is an ideal choice for presentations, performances, narration and more.

Adjustable behind-the-neck headband
Cardioid polar pattern
Adjustable gooseneck for easy microphone positioning
XLR terminated microphone connection
UPC: 885038018650

AKG C520 Specs

Form FactorHeadworn
CapsuleElectret Condenser
Polar PatternCardioid
High-Pass FilterNone
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL130 dB SPL
Load Impedance2 Ohms (Minimum)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio33 dB
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Cable Length32.8' / 10 m
Operating Voltage9 to 52 V (Phantom Power)
Dimensionsø: 5.2" / ø: 130 mm
Weight1.1 oz / 30 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 5.75 x 2.8"

AKG C520 Reviews

C520 vs. CM311 amateur review

By Bob277
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

I think C520 is the greatest microphone in the world for voice/speech recording. CM311 might be good for stage, where very high levels of noise present, including from the stage speakers/monitors. Who knows; in my room with cat and air conditioner as main sources of noise all fidelity of my voice is lost. I hear myself but it's not me. With C520, on the other hand, I hear myself and I like what I hear; it's me, also, perhaps, a better version of me, more genuine, more smooth as I have to put much less energy into my voice and still hear my excellent voice. I think it's perfect for podcast, video blogs and alike. For some reason big, heavy, stationary mics are used for it. But you have to move your head, so all quality, even if present - is easily lost. C520 is head-worn, lightweight. Therefore I believe quality of my voice recordings is surpasses and expensive, "desk-attached" mics. When making comparisons, the same piece of equipment was used: RME Babyface Pro. Which is as good as it gets for studio quality recordings and not only.

Couldn't recommend more.

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-26

Use this for our announcer at all athletic events. Excellent quality and sound. Stays put with plenty of cord length to move around freely.

nice drummer's vocal mike

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-03-15

A good mike for drummers or anyone looking for freedom from a mike stand. I'm a drummer, so wireless is not a consideration. I used the Shure SM10A and found it was uncomfortable and not easy to adjust. The Crown 311A was OK, but I like the fit better with the AKG

Wonderful sound quality & selectivity - weak spot in wiring

By James
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

I have now owned four of these microphones. They last a little less than a year under my use scenario. They have wonderful audio quality while they work. They exclude room sound very well and so I continue to purchase them. However, I change the windscreen on the microphone about 6 to 10 times a day for sanitation as I record different people with the headset. All headsets have failed in the same location. The insulation on one internal micro-wire rubs off within the flexible link between mic and the side support and the microphone shorts out. The photos show my previous three microphones. I finally cut the flexible rubber to find the problem. When I separate the two wires, the microphone functions again. If both wires were insulated or the insulation was more robust/thicker, the microphones would be more durable.

Excellent for high quality voice recording

By Umit
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-31

Easy to wear, very light. Works best when located 4cm - 7cm distance from the mouth. Works fine with regular phantom power. Excellent mic for voice/acoustic analysis/research.

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