AKG perception 420 Review [With Video]

Hi friend and Welcome!

Before we get into the specifics of the AKG Perception 420 condenser microphone, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Who this mic benefits?
  8. What you will need?
  9. Consensus/Conclusion
  10. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

AKG Perception 420



  • Microphone Type: Condenser
  • Mono/Stereo: Mono
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8. What is a cardioid capsule?
  • Diaphragm Size: 1″ (25.4mm). Large Diaphragm vs. Small Diaphragm.
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 135dB (155dB w/Pad). What is SPL?
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: 79dB (A-weighted)
  • Self Noise: 15dB (A-weighted)
  • Low Cut Filter: 300Hz (-12dB/octave)
  • Pads: -20dB
  • Color: Black
  • Connector: XLR. What is XLR?
  • Weight: 1.17 lbs.
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 3101H00090


I was curious as to why this XLR mic cost a bit more than other similar options, and I found out it’s because it allows you to record 3 different polar patterns! What is the difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone?

Let me give you a rundown of each type of pattern:

  1. Cardioid – These are very common and great for recording vocals in the studio. They pick up sound from one direction (no, not the band, lol).
  2. Omni – These pick up sound from just about every direction equally. They are less susceptible to plosives (the popping sound made by certain consonants in speech)
  3. Figure 8 – This type picks up sound from the front and back, and is good for recording two voices at the same time, or a vocalist and a guitarist.

So yeah, this mic, therefore, becomes incredibly versatile and useful for many different studio applications. One thing to note is that if you are looking for a mic that will enhance the sound of your voice, you should look elsewhere. This is a very neutral and flat-sounding microphone, in the best way possible.


  • Three types of polar patterns for versatility.
  • Excellent at recording vocals as well as instruments.
  • Remarkable reproduction of the voice.
  • Flat and neutral, with a little extra emphasis on the highs.
  • The shock-mount that comes with it is extremely solid.
  • One reviewer compared it with the Neumann TLM 103 and couldn’t find that much of a difference!
  • Very natural sounding.
  • A warm transparent sound that is ideal for recording grand piano, woodwind, and brass instruments as well as drums and percussion instruments.
  • Rugged aluminum carrying case & shock mount.


Well, after scouring the internet and looking at this mic from many different perspectives, I could not find a glaring con that really stood out to me.

Check out this informative video review + sound test!!

Who this microphone benefits?

  • people who want to record instruments, as well as vocals
  • people who want a flat and neutral response from their recording: i.e. and honest reproduction of their voice
  • people who need versatility out of their mic. This one does it all!
  • drum overheads
  • electric guitar amps
  • can handle sound pressure levels of around 155 dB

What you will need?

This mic requires:

If you’d like to learn more about the ins and outs (no pun intended) of audio interfaces: Your audio interface


An extremely versatile mic with 3 polar patterns for added flexibility. It can handle high sound pressure levels as well.



Final Word

Well, that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my AKG perception 420 condenser microphone review!!

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know below or contact me!!

What do you think about Perception 420? Let me know as well! Until then…

All the best and God bless,





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AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone











  • Three types of polar patterns for versatility
  • excellent at recording vocals as well as instruments
  • very natural sounding
  • rugged aluminum carrying case
  • flat and neutral, with a little extra emphasis on the highs


  • none!

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