AKG D5 Supercardioid Vocal Dynamic Handheld Microphone
AKG describes the D5 as a mic "designed to cut through the mix" while offering maximum feedback and handling noise suppression.
The Laminated Varimotion diaphragm, coupled with a dual internal shock mount, ensures the mic stays silent on stage even with lots of movement.
- Type: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Frequency Response:70Hz to 20kHz
- Impedance: 600 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 147/156dB SPL (for 1% / 3% THD)
- Power Requirements: None
Users note that this mic feels like a definite upgrade from their previous mic (which is usually a Shure SM58 in many of the reviews). They note that the sound can be described as a 'cleaner, more present Shure SM58'. They also loved how resistant it is to feedback and handling noise. One mentioned that this is their go-to mic for live performance recording. The low frequencies also pick up well with the mic, which makes it excellent for Bass and Baritone singers.
While it is resistant to feedback with proper handling, due to the design and polar pattern, habitual mic cuppers will make the mic even more prone to feedback. Users do not recommend the mic for people who have poor mic technique or derive their vocal sound from cupping the mic.
If you're looking for pristine vocals with a strong but controlled low end, excellent handling and feedback suppression for singers that don't cup mic globes, the AKG D5 is a reasonably priced pick.
This was on our recommended list for live vocal mics under $100 but was removed due to a price increase. You can see our highly rated recommendations in our guides to Live Vocal Mics and Dynamic Mics.