AKG P820 Tube Black

Large Diaphragm Condenser Tube Microphone

  • 1-Inch dual large-diaphragm true condenser transducer pressure gradient with external polarization
  • Full metal casing
  • Switchable characteristics: cardioid, omni, figure eight plus six other polar patterns (selectable via the remote control unit)
  • Frequency response: 20 - 20'000 Hz
  • Switchable low cut at 80Hz
  • Switchable -20dB pad
  • Maximum SPL: 135/155 dB
  • Diameter: 53 mm
  • Length: 212 mm
  • Weight: 870 grams
  • Colour: Black
  • Incl. spider and transport case
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Tube Yes
Switchable Polar Pattern Yes
Omnidirectional Yes
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 Yes
Low Cut Yes
Pad Yes
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone No

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02.01.2017
I used before a static microphone from AudioTechnica, rather entry level. So I immediately perceived the difference with this model, much more sensitive and faithful notably on the recording of voices. Also at the top for acoustic instruments (violin, guitars ...), because it reveals very rich harmonies. The tube preamp adds a beautiful color to the sound.

Only defects: the high sensitivity of the microphone, which makes it impossible to escape a few parasites on the line, despite several attempts to isolate the cables. Nothing of concern however because inaudible to the recording.
Moreover, the preamp seems a little fragile, I have already returned once after only a few months of use. No worries either with the Thomann SAV, hoping that it will not happen again!
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MiPu, 15.12.2018
Order, wait, unpack, connect and GRINSEN!

I've already used a lot of microphones from different price ranges and removed a variety of media. The most expensive micro is not always the best for a specific task. It is important that the final product meets the expectations and requirements. And that's where the P820 comes into play.

The product is delivered in the typical Thomann outer carton. The entire equipment is in the suitcase, which is deposited in a sturdy cardboard box.

I would like to complain a bit about the suitcase. At least mine is not closing straight, so I have to press the lid when closing something. That is not a problem. What matters is the content.

Everything can be connected easily. The micro, as well as the control unit make a solid and robust impression - as I know that of AKG. With it are a really good, professional spider, 3 different power supply cables for the control unit (of which you only need one) and a super-long 7-pin cable (Micro to Unit). So everything on board to get started right away.

Processing technology, I can only say that it is as perfect as it is used by AKG. Everything stable and massive. Very professional department.

In another review, I have read about the excessive bass rating. I can not confirm that in any case No matter if it's right, acoustic guitar or percussion instruments - the sound always makes a great figure. Everything sounds dry and crisp. Nevertheless, you get very pleasant warmth in the recording. If that is not the case then one should reconsider attitudes and positioning. LowCut and -20dB can be switched on the unit. The characteristic runs from ball over kidney until the 8. In between there are 3 intermediate stages each. Everything directly controllable via the unit.

Have already read here that the mic sounds like a standard Condencer and you notice nothing of the tube -> Please clean your ears! Anyone who works with such devices and knows them, would immediately return the raw recording to a tube micro.

Incidentally, microphones own noise, or intrinsic noise were in spite of non-optimal conditions as good as not heard!

Conclusion: If the microphone would cost 2000 euros, I could not give a full rating. But here you can get really cheap a real bargain, which can compete with many more expensive devices quite.
I am glad that AKG sells something solid that ordinary people can afford. I recommend the P820 "urgently" for sale! In this price segment you will hardly find a micro that is so flexible and delivers such clear and clean results. Top product!
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