AKG C214 Stereo Pair Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphones

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AKG C214 Stereo Pair Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphones

The AKG C214 Stereo Pair is an interesting option in this list because it is a popular vocal mic, yet it versatile enough to work as overheads, and does so with much acclaim.

While the 20dB pad may seem a simple enough feature, it allows the C214 to go from capturing the nuances of vocals and acoustic instruments, to handling loud cymbals.

Another cool feature of this mic is its high-pass filter, which can filter out unnecessary low frequency content, complementing its overhead use.

Key Features

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Impedance: 200 ohms, Recommended load impedance 1000 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 136 / 156 dB SPL (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Dynamic Range: 123 / 143 dB-A (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 13dB (A weighted)
  • Power Requirements: 12V to 52V Phantom Power
  • Connection Material: Not specified
  • Weight: 9.87oz (280g)
  • Extras: Carrying Case, Shock Mount, Metal Carrying Case, Pad -20 dB, Low cut filter 160 Hz (6 dB/Octave)


Sound quality gets the most positive mention in reviews, seconded by the many kudos for its versatility. Even experts agree, like Mix Online’s 2009 review, in addition to doing an excellent job miking stringed instruments it has the clarity necessary to produce a great drum recording.


There are a few who are turned off with what they describe as “brittle” sound, while others express caution with its SPL handling capability, given that it is a large-diaphragm mic.


Most owners agree that the AKG C214 is definitely worth the look if you’re looking for a versatile pair of mics that do just as well for the odd orchestral/choral recording as they do with overheads.

Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

AKG C214 Polar Pattern and Frequency Response