AKG C 214 Matched Stereo Pair

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone Pair with 143dB Dynamic Range, Switchable 20dB Attenuation, And Low Cut Filter
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A Factory-matched Mic Pair from AKG

The AKG C 214 Matched Stereo Pair gives you two great microphones that are factory matched for optimum stereo sound capture. Each of the mics in this C 214 Matched Stereo Pair actually uses the same one-inch dual-capsule as AKG's legendary C 414 in a single-diaphgram, cardioid-only design. The result? Highly-detailed, up-front sound on both voices and instruments with an overall performance close to that of the famous C 414 B-XLS. Great for studio use, the C 214 Matched Stereo Pair is built to handle live work, too!

AKG C 214 Matched Stereo Pair Condenser Microphone Package at a Glance:
  • Incredible Dynamic Range
  • Use it on a Variety of Sources
  • Quality AKG Construction

Incredible Dynamic Range
The AKG C 214 Matched Stereo Pair delivers AKG's classic large-diaphragm sound - and it's also capable of an impressive 143dB dynamic range for uncompressed, natural transients.

Use it on a Variety of Sources
If you want a premium vocal mic, you've found it with the AKG C 214. And, while it's well worth the investment for that quality alone, you'll find that the C 214 performs just as well on a variety instruments. Thanks to its switchable 20dB attenuation pad and low cut filter, the C 214 can be used in sound fields as high as 156dB SPL - you can use it on stage for close miking loud applications such as drum overheads, guitar amps, or high-output brass. Whatever your needs, the C 214 is an excellent mic to have on your side.

Quality AKG Construction
Built in Vienna, Austria, AKG mics are engineered from the ground up to truly perform. The C 214 features an integrated capsule suspension that reduces mechanical noise and resonances for even greater sonic accuracy. Plus, the double mesh, all-metal grille protects the capsule and ensures high RF immunity without affecting the mic's acoustical performance. This is one roadworthy mic, too - the C 214 features a modern scratch-resistant finish, dent-resistant metal grille, and gold-plated XLR output.

AKG C 214 Matched Stereo Pair Features:
  • Capsule: One Inch Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Frequency Range: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Equivalent noise level: 13 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Max. SPL: 136 / 156 dB SPL (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Dynamic range: 123 / 143 dB-A (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Low Cut Filter: 160 Hz, 6 dB/Octave, switchable
  • Attenuation Pad: 20 dB, switchable
  • Patents: AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488
  • Dimensions (each): 160 x 55 mm (6.3 x 2.2 in.)
  • Requires +12V to +52V phantom power
The affordable AKG C 214 delivers that premium AKG sound!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 136dB (156dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 160Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -20dB
Color Matte Grey Blue
Connector XLR
Weight 0.62 lbs. (Per Mic)
Included Accessories Shock Mounts, Windscreens, Aluminum Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 3185Z00110

Customer Reviews

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214 matched pair is amazing

The upgrade from my old sterling mic's to the 214's is unmatchable the clarity of my drum set on playback is amazing the little ticks on the hi hats are picked up with out being individually mic'd, and the stereo sound of the drum set is amazing without any EQ help. Love this buy and would recommend it to anyone looking for a serious upgrade to their mic closet, without breaking their bank.
Music background: Small music projects

Yep, there you have it.

First off.... there are a few podcasts out there that discount matched pairs as a gimmick. They claim they are nothing more than two consecutive mics off the line, packaged at a higher price.... They would be wrong. AKG matched pairs are frequency matched so they sound as close to each other as possible. You can check their site for more info on the process. No, I can't prove that they actually do it but mine sound identical and the serial numbers on mine were a few hundred digits apart. The stereo field sounds balanced with these, unlike my unmatched pair of sm81's; I love my sm81's but one of them is brighter and the stereo field feels lopsided above 10k. My point is that it's worth paying a few dollars more to get a matched pair.... even if it's not THIS pair. All that said, these are great mic's, stereo or individual. They work on just about everything: Vocals, overheads, acoustic guitar, guitar and bass cabs (yes, they can take it.) Pros: Made in Austria It uses the same capsule as the C414 Tough enough to fend off intruders Sounds good to great on anything you would generally us a large diaphragm condenser on Cons: cardioid only Bottom line: If you don't have a matched pair it is worth looking into. If I was starting all over, this pair (along with a 57 or two) would be my first purchase. Great do everything mic's!
Music background: Pro

Seriously. Just buy em already!

I must say looking for a stereo pair of mics for drum over heads in any budget can be a monumental task. But I was recommended these by a few people and I must admit I'd never heard of them. Now like most people I was aware of 414's and had used those before and of course they are amazing mics and a standard in most studios for a reason. But those were a bit out of my price range for a project studio. So I weighed my options looking at sm81's possibly rode nt5's or m3's even considering blue humming birds. All of which I tried out (except the humming birds) as I have access to a few studios with friends who work there and these mics. I'll be honest I didn't want to like these mics being a gear head like a lot of us we don't want the little brother of something. One of my studio friends even told me "don't buy those there just the cheap knock off of the 414's get something like a pencil condenser". I think its a mental thing where we want the 4x12 not the 1x12 but in all honesty, Id take these and put them up against the 414. Now they are not the same as the 414's obviously they don't have all the polar patterns and its a bit different components on the inside. But honestly I don't care because whatever AKG put in these made them sound crisp, clear, clean and warm all at the same time. Ive tried them through multiple preamps and I cannot make them sound bad no matter how hard I try. Plus they are versatile. I bought them for drum over heads which they sound incredibly well on. But I've used them on guitar cabs with an sm57 and they sound amazing. Even as a vocal mic these are killer! I honestly don't think these mics can sound bad on any source. They are now my go to for drum overheads even though I have access to a mic locker with higher end mics and more expensive ones these ones do just fine in a pinch. Buy a pair you won't be dissatisfied. Trust me.
Music background: Touring Musician, Audio Engineering Student, Project Studio


I recently used one of my stereo pair of C 214's to record a young jazz vocalist. I simply used a reflexion filter, a Focusrite ISA, and the mic. I even went into my Zoom H6 and not a really heavy duty interface. The sound blew me away. I recorded the take in my bedroom and after some very little equalization the sound was amazing. Great gadget AKG! Keep up the awesome work!
Music background: Semi-Professional Recording Engineer, Vocalist, Student, Musician, Composer

A great set of mics!

Since receiving my matched pair of AKG C214s a month ago, I have been working a training program for opera singers age 20 to 30. The results I have gotten are outstanding. Even in concerts where the recording conditions are less than ideal, I have been able to make very solid recordings. In closed room, private recording sessions, the results have been amazing. From the ringing Soprano high notes, to the deep resonance of Bass-Baritones, the AKG C214s have been great. I am very happy, and, more importantly, my clients are very happy with the recordings I have made for them. As advertised, they capture every nuance of the human voice.
Music background: Recording Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

If you're sick of battling low end in your drum overhead mics, get an AKG C214 matched stereo pair. They are crisp, clean, and very well-balanced.
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