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Mods for the Perception 200

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    Michael Joly’s suite of mods for the Perception 200 include: replacing the stock K67 capsule with the MJE-K47, replacing the stock grille with a single-layer mesh, and upgrading critical components and wiring.

CardioidAKG Acoustics Perception 200

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Perception 200 is a fixed-cardioid, large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone. It is identical to the Perception 100, with the addition of a high-pass filter and switchable pad.

The pad and filter are engaged via switches on the microphone body.

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 mic’s -3dB point is closer to 50Hz.

AKG

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

According to mic modder Michael Joly, the Perception 200 capsule is a derivative of the Neumann K67, with the characteristic backplate drilling pattern and high-frequency rise associated with that capsule design.

The mic, like all the large-diaphragm Perception microphones, uses an output transformer.

EQ Magazine

It did a good job — good enough that I would recommend it for budget studios that are looking for an all-purpose mic to add to their arsenal. The Perception 200 sounds good, can handle serious SPL, and is surprisingly directional, making it perfect for snares, cranked amps, bazookas, etc.

It ships with an elastic shockmount in an aluminum flight case.

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

The AKG Acoustics Perception 200 is also known as: Perception200, Perception 200.

Specifications

Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Perception 200 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (18 mV/Pa; 50 to 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: -12 dB/oct @ 300 Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 145 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
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 ±4v

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