AKG C451 65th Anniversary Edition Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Record acoustic guitar, strings, percussion, and more with this limited-edition 65th Anniversary model of AKG's classic C451 small-diaphragm condenser mic.

AKG's C451 65th Anniversary Edition condenser embodies sound from the legendary C451 EB with the CK1 capsule delivering stunning quality and precision. Since its introduction in 1969, the C451 has been continuously improved and has demonstrated its durability under the harshest onstage environments. The C451's transformer-less preamp enables high sound pressure capability, allowing for close miking of high-energy sound sources up to 155 dB SPL without distortion.

The C451 reference small-diaphragm is an excellent tool for capturing the smallest details of any instrument due to its lightweight membrane and sophisticated acoustic design, which makes it the perfect choice for accurately capturing drums, percussion, acoustic guitar and overhead miking. This valuable limited edition is hand-crafted in Vienna, Austria with highest attention to detail.

The AKG C451 65th Anniversary Edition is a reference small-diaphragm condenser microphone for demanding studio and tour sound applications: drums, percussion, string instruments.


- Limited Edition hand-crafted in Vienna, Austria with highest attention to detail
- Sound of the legendary C451 EB + CK1 capsule delivering stunning quality and precision
- Established tour sound standard since the 1980s for excellent sound quality even under harsh onstage conditions
- Impressive sound pressure level capability of 155 dB SPL allows close miking of high-energy sound sources without distortion
- Highly effective read more high-pass filter with 12 dB / octave prevents low-end distortion caused by rumble or wind noise
- Transfomerless preamp and surface mounted technology provides extremely low distortion, highest reliability and less weight
- Extremely accurate signal transfer and ruler-flat on-axis frequency response for convincing sound quality without coloration
- Precise, nearly frequency-independent cardioid for perfect off-axis response
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- Polar pattern: cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 9 mV/Pa (-41 dBV)
- Max. SPL: 135/145/155 dB (0/-10/-20 dB) (k=0,5%)
- Equivalent noise level (IEC 60268-4): 29 dB
- Equivalent noise level (IEC 60268-4, A-weighted): 18 dB-A
- Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 76 dB
- Preattenuation pad: 0 dB, 10 dB, 20 dB selectable
- Bass filter: flat, 12 dB/octave at 75 or 150 Hz, selectable
- Impedance: <200 ohms
- Recommended load impedance: >1000 ohms
- Supply voltage: 9 to 52 V phantom power to DIN 45596
- Powering: <2 mA
- Connector: 3-pin XLR
- Finish: semi-glossy matte titan
- Net weight: 125 g / 4.4 oz.
- Shipping weight: 760 g / 1.7 lbs.
- Patent(s): Electrode support for condenser transducer (Patent no. AT 392.182, DE 4.021.661)

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 818-920-3212

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted August 7, 2013 by Redford Gailey in Thomas, OK
"excellence and smooth"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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the AKG C451B sizzles on high hats & overheads wheather your in the studio or on stage. have not got to try it on acoustic guitar yet but i'm shure i wont be dissapointed.smooth and highly refined sound.
Musical Background:
i have been playing professionally for 30 years
Musical Style:
classic rock, country, gospel
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