AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid Pattern
  • 1-Inch Capsule
  • Switchable 20 dB Pad & Low-Cut Filter
  • 143 dB Dynamic Range
  • Integrated Capsule Suspension
  • Double-Mesh Grille for RF Immunity
  • Gold-Plated XLR Connector
  • Shockmount, Windscreen, Carrying Case
  • Built in Austria
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  • 1Description

The versatile C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone from AKG is designed to record lead vocals, drums, acoustic instruments & guitar amplifiers, in the studio, on stage or in broadcasting situations. Conceived as a cost-effective alternative to the renowned C414 microphone, this microphone uses the same 1" capsule but in a single-diaphragm and cardioid-only configuration.

The transducer features Edge-Terminated Back-Plate technology that allows the membrane to vibrate freely, resulting in a wide frequency range and detailed transients, even at high sound-pressure levels. With the additions of a switchable 20 dB pad and a low-cut filter, the C214 is well-suited for close-miking applications. The low-noise electronic circuitry provides high sensitivity and can handle SPL up to 156 dB, adding up to a dynamic range of 143 dB.

The C214 is a rugged microphone built to withstand the severities of professional studios or the road. The integrated capsule suspension helps reduce mechanical noise and resonance for a cleaner sound. The die-cast metal body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish features a double-mesh grille which protects the capsule and ensures efficient rejection of RF interference without affecting acoustics. The C214 comes with a metal carrying case, a foam windscreen and a spider-type shockmount.

  • 1" large diaphragm with Edge-Terminated Back-Plate technology
  • 143 dB dynamic range (up to 156 dB SPL)
  • Switchable 20 dB pad and 160 Hz low-cut filter
  • Integrated capsule suspension to reduce mechanical noise
  • Rugged double-mesh grille for RF immunity but unaffected acoustics
  • Spider-type shockmount, windscreen and metal carrying case included
  • All-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish
  • Designed, engineered and built in Vienna, Austria
UPC: 885038021117
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AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • H 85 Universal Shock Mount
  • W214 Foam Windscreen
  • Metal Carrying Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    AKG C214 specs

    Analog Performance
    Diaphragm 1.0" / 25.40 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 81 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 13 dB A-Weighted
    Pad -20 dB
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa
    Low-Cut Filter @ 160 Hz
    Dynamic Range 143 dB A-Weighted
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 2.0 µA
    Operating Voltage 9 to 52 V
    Operating Temperature 14 to 140°F / -10.00 to 60.00°C
    Length 6.30" / 160 mm
    Diameter 2.20" / 56 mm
    Weight 9.88 oz / 280 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 10.0 x 4.0"

    AKG C214 reviews

    C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from a crisp, clear sound for a range of uses I use this mic at work (I do voice-overs) and just love it. It's got a warm, crisp sound, with very low noise. I find, with the right placement, I do very little post-production touch-ups - a bit of EQ (but that's because of my VOICE, not the mic), and slight compression. I was quite surprised to find out how inexpensive it is. I'm looking to get one for recording music - seems like a good drum AND vocal mic!
    Date published: 2018-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic at a Great Price In my project studio I record various acoustic instruments such as guitar, upright bass and violin. I also record vocals and various hand percussion. I have traditionally used small condensers such as Neumann KM 184's and AKG C451-B's but was craving the sound that only a large diaphragm can deliver. I love AKG products especially those built in Vienna. So far have only used the 214 on vocals, acoustic guitar and middle eastern percussion and it more than met my expectations. I love the AKG sound. To me AKG's are not as transparent as Neumann BUT that is what I dig about it..it brings a bit of color and an openness. At the price point..this is a must have mic..you can never go wrong with AKG
    Date published: 2013-12-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite I use this unit for a home studio. I must say, that compared to my other microphones (MXL 4000, MXL 2006 and others) this microphone sounded muted and / or muffled. Maybe I just got a bad one, but even EQ'd this unit did not sound good(at least to my ears, and 2 other musicians who helped me conduct the side by side comparisons). If this mic has the same cartridge as the C414 (which cost way more than any mic I currently own) then I will never consider buying it either. I returned the unit and intend on getting the Shure SM7B instead. Again, maybe mine was just a bad unit, so I won't dis the entire line, but there was no top end to this thing. Hope anyone else has better results!
    Date published: 2016-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! This microphone is very good! I'm not an expert in audio. I'm just starting my career as a voice over artist. I just recorded with it and compared with the last microphone I used (AKG Perception 100). The sound was clearer, cleaner. It has a low cut filter that will help me as sometimes it would be possible to capture some motorcycle or bus going through my street. It weights much less than the Perception 100 and comes with a shock mount (also lighter than the other I had) and a wind screen. I'm very satisfied and shurely recomend this microphone and B&H. The product was shipped exactly how and when they said it would be.
    Date published: 2017-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from QUIET MIC WITH CLEAR SOUND I PURCHASED THIS MIC AS THE BEST MIC I COULD GET FOR IN-CLOSE RECORDING THE CELLO AND UPRIGHT BASS ON A $500 BUDGET. THE BIGGEST PLUSES ARE THAT IT IS VERY QUIET AND DETAILED--JUST BLOWS AWAY MY AKG C2000B. ALSO, IT DOESN'T OVEREMPHASIZE THE LOW FREQUENCIES OR ADD BOOMINESS WHICH IS EASY FOR A MIC TO DO WHEN RECORDING STRINGS UP-CLOSE. SO FAR ON MY TRACKS: THE BASS SOUNDS TIGHT, FOCUSED AND MEATY WHEN I USE THE BASS ROLL OFF SWITCH. THE CELLO IS DETAILED SOUNDING BUT NOT HARSH AND THE MIC SEEMS TO ADD A CERTAIN WARMTH TO THE UPPER MIDS. THE ONLY CON IF IT REALLY CAN BE CALLED ONE IS THAT THE MIC IS SO SENSITIVE IT IS A CHALLENGE TO NOT HAVE YOUR BREATHING PICKED UP TOO LOUDLY IN THE RECORDING. OVERALL I'M PLEASED.
    Date published: 2012-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from C214 is an absolute gem of a mic I use this mic in my studio and couldn't function without it.
    Date published: 2014-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding the weakest link.... Home recording of woodwind horns is a balance of price and performance. This mic brings up the standard without breaking the budget. The bad news is the rest of the links in the signal change will need an upgrade for us to truly enjoy the benefits of this exciting new microphone.
    Date published: 2012-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Voice Over work Has excellent pick up. Great for beginning voice over talent. Seems to go the distance. Was a nice package deal.
    Date published: 2011-03-08
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