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Shopping for AKG Microphones? We rank the top 3.

Founded more than 70 years ago, AKG microphones are to this day extremely popular among musicians, podcasters, and broadcasters. But with so many different models available, it can be difficult to know which one you should buy. Below, you’ll find three of the most popular AKG microphones among podcast hosts.

#1

AKG C1000S

by AKG

Type
Condenser
Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$199
Endorsments
2 hosts
#2

AKG P220

by AKG

Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$149
Endorsments
18 hosts
#3

AKG C214

by AKG

Connection
XLR
Estimated Price
$349
Endorsments
1 hosts

Company profile: AKG Microphones

Like so many of the leading manufacturers of high-quality recording equipment, AKG has its roots in Europe. Founded in 1947 in Vienna, the company expanded rapidly thanks to the hand-crafted beauty and sublime performance of its first generation of microphones and headphones. By the mid-1980s, AKG was a flourishing public company with obvious sights on a global market push, which saw the establishment of its foothold in the US. These days, AKG microphones are renowned all over the world for the quality and proliferation of its gear, which has been used by everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones. Looking for a cheap microphone? Click here. Otherwise, view microphones by popularity here

The range of AKG microphones

No matter the type of microphone you need, AKG has you covered, with over 150 different models. The problem is, how do you know which one’s for you? In this section, we’ll cover some of the different types of microphones AKG stocks, with a brief explanation for each type. Hopefully, it helps you find the mic you need.   Why is WhatPods recommending AKG microphones? We’re building the most reliable curated source of podcast microphone recommendations in the world. We’re on a mission to help new and existing podcast hosts find all the gear they need, quickly and with confidence. To do that, we’re building a marketplace of endorsements, reviews, and unboxing videos contributed to by active and experienced podcast hosts from all over the world.   Where possible, below, we’ll link out to models that are recommended in our database, by our network of current podcast hosts who use them and rate them highly.

Dynamic microphones

All microphones do the job of converting raw sound waves into electrical signals, which can be recorded or reproduced. Dynamic microphones conduct this process by using electromagnetism: a metal coil connected to a diaphragm is harnessed within a magnetic field and when the sound hits it the waves register as an electric signal.   Because of their construction (namely, that they use electromagnetism for the conversion process), dynamic microphones don’t need batteries or phantom power to operate, making them more hassle-free than their popular counterpart, the condenser microphone. On top of that, dynamic mics are generally cheaper than condenser mics, they sound fantastic, and they cope under more strenuous conditions than the condenser mics (particular in high temperatures and humidity), which makes them very popular among musicians and broadcasters.   The range of 15 dynamic AKG microphones starts with the P3 S, an entry-level model that retails for $59, and ends with the D112 MKII, the top-of-the-line model that retails for $199. If you’re gravitating towards a dynamic microphone, AKG’s range is affordable and reliable.

Condenser microphones

Condenser microphones do the same job as dynamic mics — convert sound into electrical signals — but instead of using a coil within a magnetic field, they use an electrically-charged capacitor (or “condenser”) made up of a diaphragm and a backplate, which registers the vibrations and variations of the sound waves when they hit it. On top of this difference, condenser microphones come with varying sizes of diaphragms, with the diaphragm in a large diaphragm condenser microphone having a diameter of at least one inch, and the diaphragm in a small diaphragm condenser microphone having a diameter of no more than half an inch. Unlike dynamic mics, the way condenser mics are constructed requires them to be powered, either by a battery or phantom power source. The downside of this is that condenser mics make a light sound when they’re in operation, and there is a limit to their maximum signal level. On top of that, condenser mics are usually more expensive than dynamic mics and can suffer in higher temperatures and humidity. That said, they can be relied upon more than dynamic mics to produce a more consistent sound, particularly when the input is at high frequencies.   The range of 30 condenser AKG microphones starts with the P120, an entry-level model that retails for $99, and ends with the C314 Matched Pair, which retails for $1,500.

Tube microphones

Tube microphones are a subcategory of condenser microphone that are now largely outdated thanks to the modern pre-amplification technology used inside today’s condenser mics. Pre-amplification is needed inside condenser mics because they produce a low-level signal that needs a boost to successfully pass out of it. In the old days, this internal pre-amplification technology was comprised of a simple tubing network, whereas now that process is done by  electronic pre-amplification.   Tube microphones are re-emerging as a popular choice these days because of the nostalgic, warm sound they produce. That said, they are extremely expensive and relatively unnecessary for most podcast hosts. On that note, AKG only sells one model of tube mic, the C12 VR, which retails for a whopping $6,000.

Headset microphones

Headset microphones are the perfect solution if you need a simple, hands-free recording solution. For podcasters, we recommend you stick to a regular microphone, because of their superior performance. AKG manufactures 13 different types of headset microphones, with prices ranging from $99 (the C111 LP) to $449 (the CM311 XLR).  

Speech microphones

Speech microphones differ from normal mics, which can be used in music and other disciplines, because they’re used only for speaking into, and include lavalier mics, lapel mics, paging mics, tabletop mics, and headworn mics. For podcasters, it would be unusual to need a speech mic, though in certain circumstances (certain live recording environments), they may be necessary.   The range of 56 speech AKG microphones starts with the C417 L and C111 LP, two entry-level models that retail for $99, and ends with the C747 V11, the top-of-the-line model that retails for $699.

Wireless microphones

Wireless microphones are necessary when you’re recording in an environment where a regular, wired would be cumbersome or impossible to handle. For podcasters, unless you’re doing some wild live recording, you’re unlikely to need one. Nonetheless, AKG stocks 10 models of wireless microphones.

Conclusion

Shopping for AKG microphones can be an uphill battle because they stock so many different models, for different use cases. If you’re a podcaster, we recommend you narrow your search for a condenser or dynamic mic, as they’ll be the most relevant to your life in broadcasting.