A classic by now, the CMS Series CK 1 capsule from AKG was a best-seller from the moment it was launched in 1969. Comprising a range of interchangeable capsules and preamps as well as then innovative, dedicated accessories, the CMS Series from AKG quickly became a legend until it was discontinued in 1993.
Responding to growing demand from recording engineers, AKG decided to produce the C 451 B with identical acoustic behavior of the popular original C 451 EB + CK 1 microphone again, with dramatically improved specifications and outstanding price/performance.
The capsule is fixed permanently to the preamp to eliminate the mechanical problems of the screw joint. Using an extremely light diaphragm, the C 451 B is almost totally insensitive to handling noise. An all-metal body provides excellent protection from RF interference and the microphone is rugged enough to give excellent results even under very harsh conditions.
The C 451 B is an excellent tool for accurately capturing signals rich in transients such as drums, overhead miking, or other instruments with a percussive sound. The airy sound, high overload limit of the capsule and electronic circuitry, and improved engineering details of the C 451 B are a solid foundation for creating another legend.
- Identical acoustics as the legendary CK 1
- Rugged construction
- Flat on-axis frequency response
- Precise, nearly frequency-independent cardioid
- Extremely accurate signal transfer
- Transformerless output stage for minimum distortion at low frequencies
- Protected against electrostatic and magnetic interference
- Selectable 10 dB and 20 dB pre-attenuation pads
- Switchable high-pass filter (75 Hz or 150 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
- Operates on phantom power to DIN/IEC between +12V and +48V
- Complete with SA 60 stand adapter and W 90 windscreen
- Each microphone comes with its own individual frequency response plot
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Frequency Range: 20 to 20,000 Hz +/- 1.5 dB from published curve
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Preattenuation: Switchable to 0 dB, -10 dB, -20 dB
Highpass Filter: Switchable to flat, 12 dB/octave at 75 Hz or 150 Hz
Sensitivity: 9 mV/Pa (-41 dBV re 1 V/Pa)
Impedance: <200 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 ohms
Equivalent Noise Level to DIN 45 412 (A-Weighted): 18 dB-A
Dynamic Range: 117 dB max. (A-weighted)*)
Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD:
112 Pa (135 dB SPL) with 0 dB preattenuation*)
355 Pa (145 dB SPL) with 10 dB preattenuation*)
1120 Pa (155 dB SPL) with 20 dB preattenuation*)
Power Requirement: 9 to 52 V phantom power to DIN/IEC 45 596
Current Consumption: <2 mA
Operating Temperature: -20 degrees C to +60 degrees C
Relative Humidity: 99% (+20 degrees C); 95% (+60 degrees C)
Connector: 3-pin male XLR
Finish: Satin nickel-plated
Size: diameter: 19 mm (0.75 in.); length: 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Net/Shipping Weight: 125 g (4.4 oz.)/760 g (1.7 lbs.)
This product conforms to EN 50 082-1 (1997) provided it is connected to CE marked equipment.
*) Values measured with 48-V phantom power. Reduce by 2 dB for 24-V or 8 dB for 12-V phantom power.