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AKG Perception 820 Tube - Multi-pattern Tube Condenser Microphone with Remote Power Supply, Low-cut and Attenuation Switches, and Dual-capsule Design

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This Affordable Tube Mic Makes a Great Tool for Any Studio!
The AKG Perception 820 Tube condenser microphone makes quality tube mic performance affordable! This addition tothe popular Perception line gives you the rich sound only a real tube condenser can offer, while you control its stunning array of nine different pickup patterns (plus its low-cut filter and 20dB attenuation pad) from a very easy-to-use remote. The Perception 820 Tube uses a 1" dual capsule design to give you a very dimensional and smooth sound. Though this Perception flagship model excels on vocals, it's built to take the high SPLs you need to make the Perception 820 Tube a real studio workhorse.

AKG Perception 820 Tube Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
The Perception flagship mic

Take control of your mic — remotely

The Perception flagship mic
In 2005 AKG has launched the very first Perception models — a completely new series of microphones showing legendary AKG Sound & Quality at an outstanding price level. The Perception 820 Tube delivers real tube sound quality, raising the bar in its class of affordable tube microphones. This mic delivers real tube sound quality thanks to the dual one-inch large diaphragm capsule and the sophisticated ECC 83 dual-triode circuitry. You can't beat a real-tube design for classic sound and smoothness. Put the Perception 820 Tube on a vocalist and you'll know what you've been missing; put it on an instrument and you'll love the natural sound you get.

Take control of your mic — remotely
The Perception 820 Tube includes an elegant remote control unit that allows you to select from nine different pickup patterns; it also controls the switchable bass-cut filter and the attenuation pad. Moreover, a ground lift switch prevents unwanted hum if necessary. This kind of versatility makes the Perception 820 Tube an ideal addition to your mic locker.

AKG Perception 820 Tube Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone Features:
Two back-to-back one-inch large diaphragms

An ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry emphasizes even-order harmonics for rich, smooth and three-dimensional sound

Remote control unit allows selection of nine different pickup patterns from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure-8

Switchable bass cut filter (80Hz, 12 dB/oct) reduces unwanted rumble or footfall noise

A 20dB allenuation pad works well for high SPL applications up to 155dB

Brush-finished, anodized aluminum front plate and all-metal housing for maximum shielding

Ground lift switch prevents unwanted hum if necessary

Designed and engineered in Vienna, Austria

Type: 1" dual-diaphragm, true condenser pressuregradient

Polar patterns: Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8 plus six intermediate patterns (selectable on remote control unit)

Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz

Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV ±3 dB)

Max. SPL: 135/155dB SPL (0/-20dB) for 0.5% THD

Equivalent noise level: 16dB-A (IEC 60268-4)

Preattenuation pad: 20dB (switchable on Remote Control Unit)

Bass cut filter slope: 12dB/Octave, 80Hz (switchable on Remote Control Unit)

Impedance: <=200 ohms

Recommended load impedance: >=1000 ohms

Power: Via remote control unit

Connector: Dedicated 7-pin male XLR

Remote Control Unit:
Audio/control input: Dedicated 7-pin female XLR connector

Audio output: Standard 3-pin male XLR connector, balanced, pin 2 hot

Polar pattern selector: 9-position detented rotary switch

Bass cut filter switch: 2-position toggle switch

Preattenuation switch: 2-position toggle switch

Power voltage: 210-240 VAC or 110-120 VAC, selectable

Primary fuse: 125 mA / 250 V slow-blow

The AKG Perception 820 Tube condenser microphone gives you incredible classic tube mic tones at a great value!

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Perception 820

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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