All in the Family: Announcing AKG's C 414B-XL Mic

Apr 30, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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AKG introduces the new C 414 family: The C 414B-XLS and C 414B-XL II. These models supersede the C 414B-ULS that was introduced in 1986 and the C 414B-TLII that was introduced in 1992.

The new C 414B-XL models retain the sonic character and familiar look of its trendsetting, well-loved predecessors, but every other facet of its performance has been improved with 15 new features, substantially lower noise and higher sensitivity. Both models of the new C 414B-XL family are electrically-identical with transformerless output sections bristling with new technology. However, their capsules are acoustically different so that two models can be used to cover a wide range of applications.

To test the sonic character of the new models, AKG went to Grammy award-winning engineers like Bill Schnee, Peter Wolf David Bianco and others who tested the new models in their own studios. All thought that the new models had the essential sonic character of the legendary AKG C 414s but with improved detail thanks to their substantially lower noise and effortless dynamic range.

The new C 414B-XL models have a list of new features including a fifth polar pattern; all function selectors are situated in the low-impedance section of the electronics to prevent problems in high humidity and to minimize switching transients; an elastic capsule shockmount system minimizes stand-transmitted and other chassis-borne vibrations from interfering with the audio; pre-attenuation settings are achieved by changing the polarization voltage to the capsule; very tight sensitivity tolerance (±0.5 dB) for superlative unit-to-unit consistency; higher sensitivity than previous C 414 models (+6 dB); three pre-attenuation pads (0 / -6 / - 12 / -18 dB); three high-pass filters (0 / 40 / 80 / 160 Hz) with 12-dB-per-octave slopes at 40 Hz and 80 Hz, and a 6-dB slope at 160 Hz for minimizing proximity effect; low self-noise (6 dB-A); wide dynamic range (134 dB); and provides for remote control of all selectable functions with standard microphone cables.

Available now, the AKG C 414B-XLS is $999 MSRP and the C 414B-XL II has a suggested list price of $1,049.

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