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AKG Acoustics Perception 120 USB

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  • MSRP: $199
  • Discontinued


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Perception 120 USB Documentation

CardioidAKG Acoustics Perception 120 USB

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Perception 120 USB is a small-diaphragm electret condenser microphone with a built-in ADC offering 24-bit resolution. It is essentially a USB version of the Perception 120, and appears to be identical in most published specifications.

The capsule, as in the Perception 120 (XLR), is a 2/3'', back-electret design.

The published frequency-response graphs for the 120 and 120 USB are identical when the high-pass filter is not engaged. The HPF is spec’d differently for the two mics, and therefore produces a different low-end response.

On the 120, the filter cuts LF at 12dB/octave, up to 300 Hz. The USB version of the mic has a gentler filter, 6dB/octave, at a more-conservative 120Hz.

The Perception 120 USB includes a tripod desk stand, mic clip, and a USB cable.

AKG’s Perception microphones were designed by AKG in Vienna. Manufacturing is done in China, under AKG’s “strict quality control.”

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The mic was released in 2009.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Perception 120 USB Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (n/a mV/Pa; 125 - 18,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -20dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 120Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 16.5mm
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
460g (16.23oz) 165mm (6.50'') 53mm (2.09'')
  • USB (1)
Power Specifications

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