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  1. Acoustics
  2. AKG Acoustics
  3. Audio feedback
  4. Audio level compression
  5. Audio quality measurement
  6. Audio-Technica
  7. Balanced audio connector
  8. Beyerdynamic
  9. Blumlein Pair
  10. Capacitor
  11. Carbon microphone
  12. Clipping
  13. Contact microphone
  14. Crosstalk measurement
  15. DB
  16. Decibel
  17. Directional microphone
  18. Dynamic range
  19. Earthworks
  20. Electret microphone
  21. Electrical impedance
  22. Electro-Voice
  23. Equal-loudness contour
  24. Frequency response
  25. Georg Neumann
  26. Harmonic distortion
  27. Headroom
  28. ITU-R 468 noise weighting
  29. Jecklin Disk
  30. Laser microphone
  31. Lavalier microphone
  32. Loudspeaker
  33. M-Audio
  34. Microphone
  35. Microphone array
  36. Microphone practice
  37. Microphone stand
  38. Microphonics
  39. Nevaton
  40. Noise
  41. Noise health effects
  42. Nominal impedance
  43. NOS stereo technique
  44. ORTF stereo technique
  45. Parabolic microphone
  46. Peak signal-to-noise ratio
  47. Phantom power
  48. Pop filter
  49. Positive feedback
  50. Rode
  51. Ribbon microphone
  52. Schoeps
  53. Sennheiser
  54. Shock mount
  55. Shure
  56. Shure SM58
  57. Signal-to-noise ratio
  58. Soundfield microphone
  59. Sound level meter
  60. Sound pressure
  61. Sound pressure level
  62. Total harmonic distortion
  63. U 47
  64. Wireless microphone
  65. XLR connector



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AKG Acoustics

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An AKG C414 from the front showing the AKG logo.
An AKG C414 from the front showing the AKG logo.

AKG Acoustics (originally Akustische und Kino-Geraete Gesellschaft m.b.H.) is an Austrian manufacturer of audio electronics and accessories for professional and consumer markets. The company was founded in Vienna in 1947, and was acquired by Harman International Industries in 1984. AKG Acoustics' most important product categories are microphones, headphones and wireless audio systems (such as wireless microphones).

Some of the more well known AKG microphones include the C 12 (introduced in 1953) and its successors and alternate versions, which include the Telefunken Ela M 250 and M 251 (1960), the C 24 stereo microphone, the C 412, and over a dozen different models which have carried the designation "C 414" in various forms.


An AKG C414 B-ULS from the back.
An AKG C414 B-ULS from the back.

Considerable confusion exists in the nomenclature for these microphones; when an engineer claims to have used a "414" in a recording, it is nearly impossible to know which microphone is actually meant. This is compounded by the fact that the CK 12 capsule which formed the heart of the earlier microphones is no longer manufactured, having been replaced years ago by a rather different-sounding design which the company nonetheless calls by the same name. Among the current "C 414" microphone models two different capsules are used, one of which has its response specially tailored (i.e. with boosted high frequencies) for vocal recording, while the other (with generally flat overall response) is for more general-purpose use.

Modular microphones

In 1968 AKG introduced a system of modular condenser microphones, the C 451 series, with interchangeable capsules offering different directional patterns and other characteristics. This widely-used microphone series was later superseded by the C 460 and C 480 series.

In more recent years AKG has introduced low-cost microphone models C 1000, C 2000, C 3000 for the project studio market. Most recently, AKG has made a line of budget-priced condenser microphones which are manufactured in China under the AKG brand-name.

Many of AKG's phantom-powered condenser microphones are designed so that they can be used with power supplies that may range from 952 volts. This is in contrast to the studio condenser microphones of most other manufacturers, which generally require phantom powering in the range from 4452 volts according to the IEC standard.


AKG also manufactures a range of high-specification headphones. A notable example are the AKG K240's and have been used in music studios across the world for more than two decades. They are renowned for their tonal accuracy through the vocal ranges, and are thus a good example of studio monitoring headphones.

Other notable models include the K340 and K1000, the former being the world's first electrostatic headphones. The current flagship model for the AKG headphone line-up is the K701.

The K1000 is regarded by many to be the world's finest dynamic headphone. It is an unconventional design often referred to as earspeakers.

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