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In the world of pro audio, AKG microphones and headsets have been synonymous with excellence for several decades.
Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stations, opera houses and famous stages count on AKG products. Internationally known musicians and show-stars have frequently been seen using our high-quality microphones and headphones for many decades. Today AKG is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality microphones, headphones and wireless-equipment. Listed below is the brief story of one of the most famous brands in the professional audio-world…
AKG, founded in Vienna by Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ernst Pless, soon became one of the biggest players in the world of sound. Today AKG is synonymous with good sound, stands for passion in music providing the highest quality and ongoing innovation in the world of music. The company was founded in 1947 and within months, the first AKG microphones were being used in radio stations, theatres and Jazz-Clubs. The products (the AKG DYN Series) were at that time manufactured by hand by five workers.
In 1949, the first AKG headphones came on the market. Then, in the early fifties AKG made a breakthrough with several new products: Totally new technologies like the world’s first high quality condenser microphone, the D 12 with its cardioid characteristics, the world’s first remote-controlled multi-pattern capacitor microphone, the C 12 and the D 36 made acoustic history. One of the first customers of the famous C 12 microphone was the BBC in London.
Worldwide AKG expansion
With its growing success, AKG also expanded geographically with a German subsidiary founded in 1955. By the end of the fifties, AKG’s worldwide distribution network had grown to other parts of Europe and abroad. In the sixties AKG successfully started exporting into former East block countries and Latin America. Concerned with technological quality, AKG focused on what it did best: high-quality audio transducers. The results were first-rate products in all categories. In the following years, AKG launched the world's first two-way cardioid microphones (D 202, D 224) and developed the CMS modular condenser microphone system.
The seventies: AKG innovations around the clock
The seventies began like the sixties ended at AKG: with continuous innovations. The company started in the seventies with the presentation of the BX 20, the world's first, truly portable studio reverberation unit. In 1972 a special stamp by the British Post Office commemorating the 50th anniversary of the BBC showed historical microphones along with models from the AKG catalog. One year later AKG was granted its 1000th patent. At the same time the company presented the K 140 "integrated open" headphones. These were followed by more innovations like the AKG Transversal Suspension (TS) system, the world’s first two-way headphones, and the true vocal microphone line that firmed the high-quality international reputation of the AKG products.
By the end of the seventies the first endorsement contracts were signed with Frank Sinatra, Roger Whittaker, Falco and other artists. As the technological leader, AKG was first in perfecting the upcoming digital technology. The company used the first units successfully at the Moscow Olympics (1980). After this, the company continued with digital innovations like the BX 25 ED digital/analog reverberation unit or the large diaphragm stereo condenser microphones with advanced solid-state electronics.
AKG goes public
In 1984 AKG went public and started a new phase of enormous growth. In 1985 the US subsidiary of AKG was founded, followed by other expansions such as the acquisition of dbx Professional Products in 1989. The expansion continued through the beginning of the nineties with acquisitions in Great Britain, Germany and other countries.
Expansion was also a key strategy with AKG products: In the beginning of the nineties AKG took to the stars when the “Audimir” space project used AKG products for room simulation in outer space. AKG continued its product expansion and success with the new generation of headphones called the K Series, the ergonomically-shaped, triangular-section Tri-Power Series dynamic musicians' microphones, the AKG Blue Line Series modular microphone system, the new C 547 boundary microphone and C 621, C 647 "slim-line" gooseneck microphones for stage and installed system use.
AKG as a part of Harman International
In 1994 AKG became a part of Harman International Industries, Inc. The following years brought a time of restructuring and sharpening of the product line and distribution strategy. The wireless microphone line was extended with great products used on tour by Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel and Simply Red. 1995 brought the introduction of the world's smallest dual-diaphragm system in the world, the CK 77/C 577 - big in sound, smaller than a thumbnail in size, specifically designed for theater, TV and film uses. AKG also developed the new Performer Series - affordable microphones for Karaoke, home-recording and performing musicians.
This successful path continued throughout the nineties: AKG presented product innovations like the WMS 60 Multichannel Wireless Microphone System, the AKG Hearo Series or the C 4000 B the world's first dual large-diaphragm electret microphone. The new millennium started with an even stronger AKG focus on its core products. A new production strategy was implemented at the R&D headquarters in Vienna to strengthen the leading technology position of AKG in the world of professional audio .
New fame with the 60th anniversary
In 2007, AKG celebrates its 60th anniversary, but instead of looking back, AKG is looking toward a bright future with additional growth. In addition to the development of new geographical markets, the focus will be on the strategic positioning of AKG in existing and new markets. To achieve these goals, the brand has been re-launched with a new corporate logo and brand image. 2007 will see the launch of many new and innovative AKG products. With these and many more activities, AKG hopes to continue to be world famous for its high-quality microphones and headphones within the professional audio-world.
AKG worldwide on stage
AKG microphones and headphones have a long history on tour and in studio with international musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Anastacia, Eros Ramazzotti, Kanye West and Simply Red. Not only well-respected internationally, AKG has fans closer to home, with Austria’s most famous pop-star Falco counted as an AKG user, as well as the upcoming Austrian star Christina Stuermer.
Microphone system AKG Perception Wireless 45 Instrumental Set BD A
High-performance wireless microphone systemWireless Type: Analogue/ Purpose: Instrumental, Vocal and Speech/ Frequency Range: UHF (HF)/ Number of the Radio Frequency Channels: 8/ Radius of Action, m: to 100 m8 804 ₴Microphone system AKG Perception Wireless 45 Instrumental Set BD C1
High-performance wireless microphone systemWireless Type: Analogue/ Purpose: Instrumental, Vocal and Speech/ Frequency Range: UHF (HF)/ Number of the Radio Frequency Channels: 8/ Radius of Action, m: to 100 m7 038 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG C516 ML
Audio frequency bandwidth: 60 - 20000 Hz, Equivalent noise level: 31 dB-A, Sensitivity: 5 mV/Pa, Signal to Noise: 63 dB-A, Electrical impedance: 200 Ohms, Recommended load impedance: 2000 Ohms, Polar Pattern: CardioidIntended for: Wind and Brass/ Microphone Mount: On instrument/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: -46 dB/ Attenuator: Yes5 072 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG D5 CS
Audio frequency bandwidth: 20 - 17000 Hz, Sensitivity: 2.6 mV/Pa, Electrical impedance: 600 Ohms, Recommended load impedance: 2000 Ohms, Polar Pattern: CardioidIntended for: Vocal/ Microphone Mount: By stand/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: -52 dB/ Connection Type: 3-pin, XLR3 711 ₴Headphones AKG HSD171
The HSD171 professional closed, on-ear studio headset provides an extraordinary noise insulation, perfect for use in loud environments. The headset combines the K171 MKII studio headphones with a rugged dynamic microphone. The flexible microphone arm mutes the microphone automatically as it is moved up.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 18 Hz - 26 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 55 Ohms8 253 ₴Vocal microphone AKG D7S
Reference dynamic vocal microphone with on/off switch creates the subtle and open sound of a condenser capsule with the powerful resonance of a dynamic microphone. The patented dual-layer Varimotion diaphragm can vibrate unhindered, which results in an extraordinarily crisp and clean sound.Intended for: Vocal/ Microphone Mount: Hand/ Directional Pattern: Supercardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: Not available/ Attenuator: No6 434 ₴Wireless system AKG WMS40 Mini
The WMS40 Mini Single Instrumental Set is a true plugnplay wireless solution providing crystal clear audio sound The included PT40 Mini pocket transmitter provides a professional 3pin mini XLR connector, compatible with guitar and bass levels, headsets and instrumental mics. Its extremely long battery life of 30 hours off a single AA battery saves money in day-to-day use. The receiver comes in an ultra compact housing and offers a 1/4" jack output.Wireless Type: Digital/ Purpose: Instrumental/ Frequency Range: UHF (HF)/ Number of Antennas at the Receiver: 1/ Number of the Radio Frequency Channels: 13 966 ₴Headphones AKG K52
Headphones AKG K52, audio frequency bandwidth: 18 Hz - 20 kHz.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 18 Hz - 20 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 32 Ohms1 380 ₴Headphones AKG K72
Headphones AKG K72, audio frequency bandwidth: 16 Hz - 20 kHz.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 16 Hz - 20 kHz/ Body Color: Black1 737 ₴Headphones AKG K92
Headphones AKG K92, For live sound monitoring, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 16 Hz - 22 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 32 Ohms2 082 ₴Headphones AKG K141MKII
Headphones AKG K141MKII, audio frequency bandwidth: 18 Hz - 24 kHz.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Semi-Open/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 18 Hz - 24 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 55 Ohms4 209 ₴Headphones AKG K171MKII
Headphones AKG K171MKII, for live sound mixing [FOH] and drummers.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 18 Hz - 26 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 55 Ohms4 209 ₴Headphones AKG K181DJ
Headphones AKG K181DJ, audio frequency bandwidth: 5 Hz - 30 kHz, max. Input Power: 3500 mW.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 30 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 42 Ohms2 697 ₴Headphones AKG K182
K182 - professional closed-back monitor headphones.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Closed Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 28 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 32 Ohms4 209 ₴Headphones AKG K240MKII
Professional studio headphones for precision listening, mixing and mastering.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Semi-Open/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 25 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 55 Ohms3 501 ₴Headphones AKG K612PRO
Reference studio headphones, natural sound imaging for professional monitoring.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Open Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 39,5 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 120 Ohms5 271 ₴Headphones AKG K701
Reference class premium headphones.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Open Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 39,8 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 62 Ohms6 687 ₴Headphones AKG K712PRO
Reference studio headphones for precision listening, mixing and mastering.Headphones Type: Over-the-Ear/ Loading: Open Back/ Connection Type: Wire/ Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 39,8 kHz/ Impedance, Ohm: 62 Ohms11 634 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG CGN321STS
Table condenser microphone on a stand with a button, the length of 30 cm, programmable function buttons, cardioid, 70-18000 Hz, Max SPL of 125 dBIntended for: Conference Microphone/ Microphone Mount: Other/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: Not available/ Attenuator: No8 910 ₴Lavalier Microphone AKG CK99L
Condenser, miniature, mini XLR, cardioid, 15-18000 Hz, 8.8 mV, 1.6 m cable, windscreen, holder, backstopIntended for: Vocal/ Microphone Mount: Clip/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: -41 dB/ Attenuator: No3 159 ₴Radiosystem AKG WMS40MiniVocSet
Radiosystem with hand microphone works up to 30 hours on one AA battery. One antenna, fixed frequency, UHF band, balancing outWireless Type: Analogue/ Purpose: Vocal and Speech/ Frequency Range: UHF (HF)/ Number of Antennas at the Receiver: 1/ Number of the Radio Frequency Channels: 33 966 ₴Instrumental Microphone AKG C1000S
Microphone broad scope, cardioid, 50-20000 Hz, 6 mV, battery / phantom power, max SPL of 137 dBIntended for: Multifunctional/ Microphone Mount: By stand/ Directional Pattern: Changeable Directivity/ Sensitivity, dB: -44 dB/ Attenuator: Yes4 392 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG C411PP
Condenser "pickup" for String Instruments, 10-18000 Hz, 1 mV, the XLR phantom adapterIntended for: for Stringed/ Microphone Mount: On instrument/ Directional Pattern: Bidirectional/ Sensitivity, dB: Not available/ Attenuator: No5 754 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG C430
Condenser (plate), cardioid, 20-20000 Hz, 7 mV, max input SPL of 130 dBIntended for: Percussion Instruments/ Microphone Mount: By stand/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: -43 dB/ Attenuator: No5 754 ₴Microphone Condenser AKG C519ML
Condenser on the clothespin (brass, percussion), cardioid, 60-20000 Hz, 5 mV, max SPL 132dB, new design, with built-in mini XLR for radioIntended for: Wind and Brass/ Microphone Mount: On instrument/ Directional Pattern: Cardioid/ Sensitivity, dB: -46 dB/ Attenuator: Yes6 096 ₴
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