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AKG C214 (Matched Pair)

Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphones

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This matched pair of AKG C214 condenser microphones is ideal for recording acoustic instruments and vocals with clarity and precision. Each mic features a large 1" diaphragm that captures subtle nuances and fast transients for lifelike sound.

Made for acoustic instruments and voices

This matched pair of AKG C214 condenser microphones is ideal for recording acoustic instruments and vocals with clarity and precision. Each mic features a large 1" diaphragm that captures subtle nuances and fast transients for lifelike sound.

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A matched pair of AKG C214 XLS microphones are included.

Accurate sound reproduction

The C214 really shines when used for close-miking instruments in the studio, such as an acoustic guitar. These mics are also well-suited for use with strings and grand pianos, as well as choirs and backing vocals. Thanks to their quality construction, they have an amazingly wide dynamic range. Edge-terminated diaphragm capsules deliver richly detailed, close-up sound that makes acoustic performances come alive. Gold-plated connectors ensure accurate signal transfer.

A 20 dB attenuation switch lets the C214 handle high sound pressure levels, so you can use these mics on drum kits, guitar amps and brass instruments.

Important extras

Each microphone has an all-metal die-cast body with a shock- and scratch-resistant finish. The all-metal grille is double mesh, and is dent-resistant. These microphones will hold up to years of studio use or touring. The pair come with a universal shock mount and a foam-cushioned aluminum carry case.

Product Highlights:

  • matched pair of condenser microphones
  • for studio acoustic instrumental and vocal close-mic recording
  • selectable cardioid polar patterns
  • large 1-inch diaphragm
  • double mesh dent-resistant grille
  • all-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish
  • switchable low-frequency filter
  • 20 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels
  • gold-plated connectors for optimal signal transfer
Specifications: (each)
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 200 ohms
  • sensitivity: -34 dBV/Pa
  • max. SPL: 136 dB
  • height: 6-5/16"; diameter: 2-3/16"
  • weight: 10.2 oz.
  • XLR connector
  • requires phantom power (12 to 52V) on your mixer or audio interface
Included Accessories:
  • aluminum carrying case
  • 2 spider-type shock mounts
  • 2 windscreens
Other Info:

What's in the Box:

  • Two C214 microphones
  • Two Spider shock-mounts
  • Two SA60 stand-adapters
  • Two W214 windscreens
  • Four 5/8" to 3/8" thread-adapters (each pre-installed in the shock-mounts and stand-adapters)
  • Hardshell carry-case
  • User instructions
  • "Matched stereo pair" certificate w/ serial numbers
  • Warranty card

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Features and Specs

Application For live & studio use
Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Phantom Power Y
Connector XLR
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity -34 dBV/Pa
Max SPL 156
Diameter 2.188
Length 6.272
Weight 10.2 oz.
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research


Overview: The AKG 214ST kit contains a matched stereo pair of AKG C214 microphones along with spider shock-mounts, stand-adapters, and windscreens for both. Each C214 side-address microphone is a 1" large-diaphragm condenser microphone that is designed for recording vocals (solo and ensemble), acoustic instruments, and brass instruments. Its all-metal die-cast body is rugged enough for use on stage, as well.

Matched Pair: Realistic stereo recordings require microphones with outstanding performance and identical specifications. Each factory-matched pair of C214 microphones is created from thousands of individual microphones selected by AKG's sophisticated computer aided  matching method. The result is the highest possible correlation over the whole frequency range and virtually identical sensitivity for stunning three-dimensional recordings.

Polar Pattern: Each C214 should be mounted in an upright position, with the front of the microphone (marked by the AKG logo) facing toward the sound source. The cardioid polar pattern is more sensitive to sounds directly in front of the element, which reduces the pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and back.

Bass Cut Filter: Each C214 mic is equipped with a Bass-Cut filter which reduces low-frequency distortion caused by wind noise or air handling equipment. It also minimizes the proximity effect caused by close-miking from 6" or less. The Bass-Cut filter rolls off at 6 dB/octave from 160Hz downward.

Preattenuation Pad: Each C214 is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 156 dB without distortion when the switchable Preattenuation Pad is engaged. The pad increases the headroom by 20 dB, and prevents the microphone's output level from overloading the transformers used in mixer mic preamps. Without the pad, the maximum SPL without distortion is 136 dB.

Phantom Power: Each C214 condenser microphone requires 12 to 52 VDC of phantom power.

Mounting Accessories: Included in the AKG 214ST kit are two spider-type shock-mounts, for isolating the microphones from mechanical vibrations and noise that might be transmitted through the mic stands. Also included are 2 stand-adapters. Each of the shock-mounts and stand-adapters includes a 5/8" to 3/8" thread-adapter, for use with a wide variety of mounting stands and booms. The 214ST kit includes a padded hard-shell carry-case for easy transportation of both mics and the included mounts.

Specifications (each mic):

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: -34dBV/Pa (20mV/Pa)
  • Impedance: ≤ 200 ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: ≥ 1000 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 136dB, 156dB (w/-20dB pad)
  • Bass Cut Filter: 160 Hz, 6 dB/octave
  • Phantom Power: 12 to 52 VDC
  • Output Connection: XLR male
  • Dimensions: Width - 2.188", Depth - 1.686", Length - 6.272"
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces

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