AKG C451B Reference Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 11.7 × 5.9 × 3.5 in
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AKG C451 B Microphone

AKG’s C 451 was one of the all-time great studio condenser microphones. Though the original C 451 mic ended production many years ago, it’s still an extremely popular staple in studios all over the world. The enduring popularity of the C 451 inspired AKG to bring this mic back in the C 451 B.

AKG C 451 B Condenser Microphone at a Glance:

  • Ideal for overhead drum miking and capturing rich transients
  • Sonically identical to the classic C 451 with improved design
  • Increased stability and switchable highpass filter

Ideal for overhead drum miking and capturing rich transients

One of the C 451 B’s most common applications is for drum overheads, and many engineers say there’s nothing quite like it for miking cymbals – the metallic “crash” and brilliance come through perfectly. The C451 B is also an excellent tool for accurately capturing signals rich in transients, such as instruments with a percussive sound, acoustic guitar, or for overhead miking.

Sonically identical to the classic C 451 with improved design

Sonically identical to the original, which featured the much-acclaimed CK-1 cardioid capsule, the new C 451 B is incredibly precise and accurate. AKG made the C451 B with dramatically improved specifications. Using an extremely light diaphragm, the new C451 B is almost totally insensitive to handling noise. Other features include an all-metal body for excellent protection from RF interference and high reliability for excellent results under almost all conditions.

Increased stability selectable and highpass filter

The C 451 B capsule is permanently fixed to the preamp to increase overall stability under mechanical stress. It includes a switchable preattenuation pad to increase the C 451 B’s SPL capability. A switchable highpass filter at 75Hz or 150Hz prevents low-end distortion. The AKG C 451 B microphone makes a great addition to any professional studio or recording setup.

AKG C 451 B Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Cardioid condenser mic with outstanding transient response
  • Frequency range 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity 9 mV/Pa (-41dBV)
  • Max. SPL 135/145/155dB (0/-10/-20dB)
  • Equivalent noise level (CCIR 468-3) 29dB
  • Equivalent noise level 18dBA
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted) 76dB
  • Preattenuation pad 0dB, -10dB, -20dB selectable
  • Bass filter flat, 12dB/octave at 75 or 150Hz, selectable
  • Impedance <200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance >1000 ohms
  • Current consumption <2 mA
  • 3-pin XLR connector
  • Satin nickel-plated finish
  • Requires +9-volt to +52-volt phantom power
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