Small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
Our take on the AKG P170 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- stand adapter
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Stand adaptor
- Owners manual (Eng / Span / Fren and Others)
- Warranty card
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Features and Specs
|Application||For live & studio use|
|Max SPL||155 dB SPL|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
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.
- 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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