AKG Perception 820 Studio Microphone

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Professional studio recording
Lead vocals
Lead instruments
Guitar and bass amps

  • Two back-to-back one-inch large diaphragms featuring True Condenser Technology
  • An ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry emphasizes even-order harmonics for rich, smooth and three-dimensional sound
  • The elegant remote control unit allows selection of 9 different pickup patterns from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure 8
  • The switchable bass cut filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/oct) reduces unwanted rumble or footfall noise
  • A 20 dB attenuation pad enables for high SPL applications up to 155 dB
  • Brush-finished, anodized Aluminium front plate and all-metal housing for maximum shielding
  • A ground lift switch prevents unwanted hum if necessary
  • Designed and engineered in Vienna, Austria

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 brand-new Perception 820 Tube delivers real tube sound quality. It is not only the new flagship model of the Perception Series but also raises the bar in its class of affordable tube microphones.

In contrast to many other affordable tube microphones, the Perception 820 Tube delivers real tube sound quality thanks to the dual one-inch large diaphragm capsule and the sophisticated ECC 83 dual-triode circuitry.

The elegant remote control unit allows selection of 9 different pickup patterns and controls the switchable bass-cut filter and the attenuation pad. Moreover, a ground lift switch prevents unwanted hum if necessary.

It comes complete with a spider-type shock mount and a metal carrying case.

AKG ?s industry?leading Perception Series of condenser microphones are recognized for their outstanding quality and versatile capabilities at an affordable price.

The Perception 820 Tube raises the bar in its class ? It shows real tube sound, the highest dynamic range, the most comprehensive features and comes complete with useful accessories at an unbeatable price.

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AKG The Perception 820 Tube is a dual 1" diaphragm tube microphone from AKG. The ECC 83 dual-triode tube circuitry ensures a new, higher standard for the classic, warm tube sound.

The Perception 820 has two 1" diaphragms, turned "back to back", which among other things ensures that you can select no less than 9 characteristics using the remote control box.

The remote control box is also equipped with a switchable 80 Hz high pass filter (-12 dB per octave at 80 Hz), and an option for 20 dB pad / attenuation, which allows the microphone to further take a sound pressure level of as much as 155 dB SPL.

AKG The Perception 820 comes in a sturdy aluminum case, complete with shock mount / elastic suspension.


Model/Product no.: AKG-P820TUBE
EAN: 9002761021073
Type 1-inch dual-diaphragm, true condenser pressure gradient
Polar pattern omnidirectional, cardioid, figure eight plus six intermediate patterns (selectable on Remote Control Unit)
Frequency range 20 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV 3 dB)
Max. SPL 135/155 dB SPL (0/-20 dB) for 0.5% THD
Equivalent noise level (IEC 60268-4, A-weighted) 16 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
Preattenuation pad -20 dB (switchable on Remote Control Unit)
Bass cut filter slope 12 dB/Octave, 80 Hz (switchable on Remote Control Unit)
Impedance <=200 ohms
Recommended load impedance >=1000 ohms
Powering via Remote Control Unit
Connector dedicated 7-pin male XLR
Dimensions 53 dia. x 212 mm high (2 x 8.3 in.)
Net weight 870 g / 1.9 lbs.
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