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AKG P170

Small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone

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Overview

Our take on the AKG P170

The AKG P170 condenser microphone can deliver clean, accurate sound on stage as well as in the studio. This small-diaphragm mic offers similar sonic performance to AKG's legendary C451 B, a favorite with recording engineers and sound men. Its lightweight design makes it ideal for overhead miking of drum kits.

Classic AKG performance

The AKG P170 condenser microphone can deliver clean, accurate sound on stage as well as in the studio. This small-diaphragm mic offers similar sonic performance to AKG's legendary C451 B, a favorite with recording engineers and sound men. Its lightweight design makes it ideal for overhead miking of drum kits.

AKG P170

The AKG P170's small-diaphragm design and wide frequency response make it ideal for capturing acoustic guitars, strings, and percussion.

Accurate sound under extreme conditions

The P170 features an all-metal body designed for rough handling. Its sound pressure level capability of 155dB ensures you can close-mike high-energy sound sources — like drums or amps. Yet it's equally effective with acoustic guitar and strings. AKG's transformerless preamp minimizes distortion. And the mic's switchable high-pass filter effectively gets rid of unwanted rumble and wind noise.

Product Highlights:

  • small-diaphragm condenser microphone
  • designed for percussion, acoustic guitar, and strings
  • cardioid polar pattern
  • all-metal body with metallic blue finish
  • switchable 300 Hz bass cut filter
  • 20 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels
Specifications:
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 200 ohms
  • sensitivity: 12mV/Pa
  • max. SPL: 135/155 dB
  • weight: 4.5 oz.
  • 6-1/4" length x 7/8" diameter
  • XLR connector
  • requires 48-volt phantom power on your mixer or audio interface
Included Accessories:
  • stand adapter
Other Info:

What's in the Box:

  • Microphone
  • Stand adaptor
  • Owners manual (Eng / Span / Fren and Others)
  • Warranty card
Reviews

AKG P170 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Good Mic

TxSupport from Texas on 10/26/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this initially as a mic to record ambient sound in my house for a security system. I hook the mic into a mixer with phantom power and output to the wireless PTZ camera which sends the signal through my router to an app on my phone. It picks up the sound of the key turning in the back door in the dining room from the living room (the next room over). It picks up a low talking voice rather clearly in every room of a 2,000 sq.ft. single-story house with the doors open. It isn't overwhelmed when the HVAC blower comes on (which is in the roof); the air receivers are just about 10 feet away. The added noise from the blower is easily removed using software like Adobe Audition. I also tested it with my acoustic guitar and it works well.

Pros: Sensitivity Durability

Cons: None

Details

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Features and Specs

General
Application For live & studio use
Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Phantom Power Y
Connector XLR
Specs
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity 15 mV/Pa
Max SPL 155 dB SPL
Diameter 0.865
Length 6.33
Weight 0.286 oz.
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research

Features

Overview: The AKG P170 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone designed for recording overheads, percussion, acoustic guitars and other string instruments. It's lightweight, 1/2-inch, true condenser transducer diaphragm delivers outstanding clarity and transient response, while its heavy-duty build quality makes it durable enough for live applications.

Polar Pattern: The P170 has a cardioid polar pattern, which has maximum sound pickup directly in front of it, slightly less pickup from the sides, and no pickup from the rear of the mic.

Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm: The P170's diaphragm is made of a plastic foil that is gold-sputtered on one side to prevent shorting to the back electrode, even at extremely high sound pressure levels.

Construction: The all-metal, rugged construction helps reject RF interference picked up from transmitter stations, wireless microphones, and other communications equipment, as well as protecting the microphone from tough stage handling.

Attenuation Pad: Miking loud sound sources or placing a mic extremely close to an instrument can subject the diaphragm to very high sound pressure levels, which may cause audible distortion. The P170 features a switchable 20 dB attenuation pad to lower the signal level, allowing the mic to handle sound pressure levels up to 155 dB without any perceptible distortion.

Connection: The P170 features a 3-pin male XLR connection, which provides a balanced, low impedance output.

Phantom Power: Because this is a condenser microphone, it requires +48 V of phantom power.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 15 mV/Pa
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Signal to Noise: 75 dB-A
  • Maximum SPL: 135 dB SPL (0 attenuation)/ 155 dB SPL (20 dB attenuation)
  • Phantom Power: +48 V
  • Connector: 3-pin, male XLR
  • Diameter: 0.865"
  • Length: 6.33"
  • Weight: 0.286 lbs (4.59 oz)

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