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CardioidAKG Acoustics Perception 100

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The AKG Perception 100 is an entry level, minimal-features version of AKG’s original Perception series. It has a one-inch, center-terminated diaphragm with a fixed cardioid pickup pattern.

The Perception 200 adds a HPF and pad to the basic Perception 100 design; otherwise, the sound of the two mics is likely identical.


The Perception 220, 420, 820, 100, 200 and 400 share the same capsule platform which is is one-inch, center-terminated and true condenser.

The frequency graphs for the Perception 100 and Perception 200 are identical, with flat response from 80Hz to 5000Hz, and a +2dB rise centered at 10kHz. Note that although AKG’s published frequency range starts at 20Hz, the 100’s -3dB point is closer to 50Hz.

We have been told that the Perception 200 uses an output transformer; therefore we believe the Perception 100 did also.

The Perception 100 ships with a mic clip. (The model 200 and 400 include a flight case and elastic shockmount.)

AKG’s Perception microphones were designed in Vienna, and are manufactured in China “under strict quality control” (according to AKG).

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Perception 100 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (18 mV/Pa; 50 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 135 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
525g (18.52oz) 160mm (6.30'') 53mm (2.09'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 Vv

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