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Review: AKG’s D5 Mic

Item: AKG D5 Dynamic Vocal Microphone

US $65.00 – $99.00
UK £47.00 – £62.00

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At a Glance: The AKG D5 microphone offers a low-cost alternative to the industry-standard SM58 for mic’ing vocals on stage. Its supercardioid polar pattern ensures excellent feedback rejection as well as a clear, crisp sound to cut through the mix.

High Notes: This microphone is designed for lead and backing vocalists and provides a well balanced tonal spectrum that should suit most singers. AKG have also managed to produce this at an excellent price-point, that enables the D5 to compete with much higher priced microphones.

Off Pitch: The D5’s frequency response is far from flat, however it has a character that is well suited to bringing out the best in most vocal sounds on stage and has better noise handling than many of its competitors. The majority reviewers and users have praised the build quality and sound of the microphone, although some note that there is a perhaps too much of a low-end boost due to its proximity effect.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: There are better microphones out there if you are willing to spend the money, however at a street-price of around $70/£50 it is a mightily impressive microphone. As with all microphones, the D5 will not necessarily suit all voices and it is definitely worth testing it out against competitors such as the Shure SM58 and Sennheiser E845. It is also worth considering its sibling the C5, which is a very similar looking microphone but uses a cardioid condenser capsule, providing a “more modern” vocal sound.

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