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AKG Perception 400

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Large-Diaphragm Three-Pattern Condenser Microphone with Shock Mount and Metal Case


The Perception 400 is a multi-pattern large-diaphragm, true condenser microphone with outstanding build quality and a unique combination of excellent performance, deluxe features and high value. The Perception 400 delivers a classic warm, transparent, yet detailed sound and it conforms to the stringent standards defined for AKG recording products, based on the company's 60-year heritage of know-how.

The Perception 400's dual diaphragm 1-inch large-diaphragm capsule allows a selection of cardioid, omnidirectional or figure-eight pickup patterns for flexibility in use. The switchable bass roll-off and pre-attenuation pads enable its use close to sound sources and in high SPL environments up to 145 dB.

Perception 400's chassis is made of precision-tooled zinc/aluminum alloy and has a stainless steel grille screen that is dent-resistant. It comes complete with a spider-type shock mount in a metal carrying case.


  • Professional condenser microphone for general purpose applications

  • Dual diaphragm one-inch, large-diaphragm, true condenser capsule

  • Switch-selectable cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-eight pickup patterns

  • Switchable bass roll-off switch

  • Switchable -10 dB pre-attenuation pad

  • High 28mV sensitivity and 145 dB max SPL capability at less than 0.5% THD

  • Rugged metal housing with stainless steel grille

  • Spider-type shock mount included

  • Metal carrying case included


  • Type: Dual-capsule,1-inch large-diaphragm, true condenser pressure-gradient microphone

  • Polar pattern: Cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-eight

  • Frequency range: 20 to 20,000 Hz

  • Sensitivity: 28 mV/Pa (-31 dBV)

  • Max. SPL: 135 / 145 dB SPL (0 / -10 dB) for 0.5% THD

  • Equivalent noise level (CCIR 468-2): < 26 dB

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

  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 78 dB (re 1 Pa)

  • Preattenuation pad: -10 dB (switchable)

  • Bass cut filter slope: 300 Hz, 12 dB/octave (switchable)

  • Impedance: < = 200 ohms

  • Recommended load impedance: > = 1000 ohms

  • Supply voltage: 48 Volts + 4 V phantom power to DIN 45 596 / 268-15IEC

  • Current consumption: <=2 mA

  • Environment: temperature -14 to 140 F, humidity 80% (@ 77 F)

  • Connector: 3-pin XLR-type (pin #2 hot)

  • Dimensions: 53 dia. X 160 mm / 2 x 6.3 in.

  • Net weight: 525 grams / 1.2 lb


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