Vocal Condenser Microphone with Cardioid Polar Pickup Pattern, 140dB SPL Capacity, and 65Hz-20kHz Frequency Response
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AKG C 5 image 1
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Cut Through The Mix!

When you're onstage with the AKG C 5, you won't have to worry about cutting through the mix. That's because AKG designed this handheld vocal condenser microphone for demanding onstage performance, with a live band behind you. The AKG C 5's cardioid pickup pattern helps it to give you a huge amount of gain before feedback — a definite plus. There's also a spring steel wire-mesh grill to stand up to plenty of use, while reliably controlling pops and wind noise when you sing into your AKG C 5 vocal condenser microphone.

AKG C 5 Vocal Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Onstage with bands? Let the AKG C 5 help you cut through the mix.
  • Cardioid polar pattern helps give you the maximum gain before feedback
  • Solidly built, with features to control pops, wind, and handling noise

Onstage with bands? Let the AKG C 5 help you cut through the mix.
AKG knows that demanding vocal performances onstage usually involve a lot of other instruments you're trying to soar above. That's why they designed the AKG C 5 vocal condenser microphone to help you cut through even the loudest mix, while keeping your tone intact.

Cardioid polar pattern helps give you the maximum gain before feedback
Feedback is a troubling onstage problem. But the AKG C 5 vocal condenser microphone's cardioid polar pickup pattern helps to avoid it. The AKG C 5 microphone picks up your voice right in front of it, while avoiding what's coming toward it from the sides and back.

Solidly built, with features to control pops, wind, and handling noise
AKG built the C 5 vocal condenser microphone to be rock solid, so it's practically as strong as your stage performances. Plus, it sports a built-in shockmount and a spring steel wire-mesh grill that pull double-duty to reduce handling noise as well as reliably control pops and wind noise.

AKG C 5 Vocal Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Designed to cut your vocals through even the loudest mix
  • Cardioid polar pickup pattern gives you maximum gain before feedback
  • Spring steel wire-mesh grill reliably controls pops and wind noise
  • Internal shockmount helps to cut back on handling noise
  • 24-carat gold-plated XLR output pins ensure a reliable connection
  • Resistant to corrosion and humidity, thanks to a gold-plated transducer case
AKG C 5 Vocal Condenser Microphone Specifications:
  • Finish: Matte Grayish Blue
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 65Hz to 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 4 mV/Pa (-48 dBV )
  • Max. SPL: 140 / 145 dB SPL (for 1% / 3% THD)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: — 25 dB-A
  • Impedance: <= 200 ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >= 2.000 ohms
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR
  • Weight: 12.2 oz.
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Rely on the AKG C 5 vocal condenser microphone for your professional onstage performances!

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Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 65Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 49dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 25dB (A weighted)
Color Matte Grey Blue
Connector XLR
Weight 0.8 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, PB 1000 Presence Boost Attachment, Microphone Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 3138X00100

Customer Reviews

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Great Mic!

This mic wasn't even on my radar until Luke at Sweetwater suggested it after I listed 10 other mics that I wanted to try out. My wife and I have performed for years and had always used SM58's, simply because they were available and we didn't know any better. After auditioning about 10 mics in this price range (EV, Shure, Sennheiser, etc.), this is the mic that I went with for my vocals (male baritone). This mic gave me just a little more low end growl and punch than others when I needed it. A close second was probably the Sennheiser e935, which is also a great mic, but didn't quite possess the clarity I found with the C5. Give this mic a try if you are looking for a mic with a strong presence for a male vocal. (My wife kept the Shure SM86, just for reference. The low end of the C5 wasn't needed on her vocal, and might not work for most female vocals. Muddies it up a bit.)
Music background: Semi-professional Musician, Live Sound Engineering "Hobbyist"

Excellent stage mic

Very smooth generally and sensitive when you get on it directly. Outperforms every other mic on the platform!
Music background: Worship leader, Musician, sound tech

Where's my check AKG

Dear AKG: As the new breed of metal musician, I applaude the dynamics the C 5 offers to a vocalist, whom by preference, needs a mic that can handle a large dynamic range. This microphone eats the competition alive, and as a long time recording artist I understand the importance of a strong mic in a mix. I have a long history of using AKG microphones in many situations and AKG never let me down. I use this mic as a live vocal mic connected by a either 1 or 2 20' monster cables. The sound reproduction is flawless. I am sure to recommend this mic to any of my metal peers looking for a great live show mic. Hey Akg, let's get a representitive on the phone and talk endorsement. Hey sweetwater, put a little extra in Chris McGown's check. He aided me in my decision making on this product. THANK YOU CHRIS!
Music background: Recording engineer/mix artist, vcocalist Infected by Hate

Excellent Mic For Many Reasons

I have compared this mic with an SM58, Sennheiser e935 and an Audio Technica AE4100. This mic, and the last two are all fairly equal and excellent in their own way.I've read that it has problems with feedbacking and popping, but this is not true - we use this mic at a very high levels in our band (alternative rock, we play loud) and there are no issues at all. I've also read that some people find it overly bright or dark, also not true - it is fairly natural (check the EQ graph) and you will not need to adjust much, if any, EQ. You may notice an increased proximity effect when you approach the mic within a couple inches, but this is a condenser and it's quite normal. You can make use of this effect, or roll off bass EQ if you don't want it and still want/need to sing close to the mic.It is also built well and solid (made in Poland, not Austria), but that isn't normally an issue with live application mics.
Music background: Semi-Pro Musician (Guitar & Vocals)

Good Work

I did my own version of testing on this mic. I compared and contrasted it to my 18 year old SM-58. It's a fine mic with different sounds. My SM-58 isn't going anywhere (ever), but I really think the C5 mic is excellent. 180 bux for fun isn't that much money. It really is 2 different mics.
Music background: sang a little bit. hehehehehe
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