AKG Perception 170 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Achieve outstanding clarity and transient response with this lightweight condenser microphone from AKG. Its chassis is sturdy enough for live sound use.

The AKG Perception 170 is a small-diaphragm true condenser microphone offering outstanding build quality and excellent value. The lightweight diaphragm delivers outstanding clarity and transient response and conforms to the stringent standards defined for AKG recording products.

The Perception 170's design is based on AKG's six decades of experience in making microphones and on input from sound engineers around the world who use AKG products every day.

Its .5-inch small-diaphragm true condenser transducer brings AKG studio quality to the project studio and all other areas of recording. A switchable preattenuation pad enable the Perception 170 to be used close to sound sources delivering up to 155 dB SPL. The heavy-duty, all-metal chassis and reliable gold-plated XLR-type output make the Perception 170 an excellent choice for a variety of live sound applications, too.


- 1/2-Inch Small-Diaphragm Instrument Microphone delivers incredibly precise sound with beautifully-detailed transients
- 20 dB preattenuation pad allows use in sound fields as high as 155dB
- Cardioid pickup minimizes off-axis sound
- True Condenser Technology
- Heavy-duty construction -gold-plated output

- Capsule: 0.5-inch true condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 12 mV/Pa
- Pre-attenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB
- Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB)
- Impedance: <200 ohms
- Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms
- Powering: 48 V phantom power
- Current Consumption:< 2 mA
- Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type
- Finish: Metallic blue
- Dimensions (inches): 0.9 x 6.3 in
- Weight: 4.6 oz (130 g)
- Included Accessories: Stand adapter

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted January 23, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great overhead mic."
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I own 3 of these and use them for overhead and hi-hat mics. The built in pad is a nice feature. I have also used them to record a trumpet and have had great results.
Built in pad is a nice feature when using them with drums.
Great sound and attractive price point.
Musical Background:
Active musician, Recording Engineer
Musical Style:
Rock, Jazz
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