SAN FRANCISCO, CA–October 6, 2006  AKG Acoustics’ Perception 100 and 200 microphones have quickly built a strong following among musicians and engineers, proving to be among the best high-value condenser microphones on the market today. Building on this reputation, AKG has now introduced the Perception 400–a multi-pattern, large-diaphragm condenser microphone ideal for musicians and audio engineers for both studio and live sound applications.

The new Perception 400 encompasses selectable cardioid, omni and figure-eight pickup patterns with switchable 10dB pad, switchable bass cut filter, shock mount and metal case. The Perception 400 features two separate one-inch diameter vibrating surface capsules with gold-sputtered foil diaphragms. The technologically-advanced, externally-biased “true” condenser capsules deliver impressive performance consistency, especially in high temperature and humidity conditions. The Perception 400 features a full 20  20,000 Hz response and high 145 dB max SPL capability at less than 0.5% THD.

“Perception 400’s genuine large-diaphragm capsules deliver a classic warm, yet present sound that has been the performance hallmark of AKG studio microphones for nearly 60 years,” said Mike Torlone, Market Development Manager for AKG Acoustics U.S.

“With the addition of the Perception 400, we now have a ‘good, better and best’ option within the high-value Perception product line. Each microphone in the Perception line provides unique performance and addresses a segment of the market not previously targeted by AKG.”

The Perception 400 boasts a durable, modern precision-tooled zinc/aluminum alloy metal chassis with a stainless steel, dent-resistant grille screen to protect the capsules.

Like the Perception 200, the Perception 400 comes in a metal-framed “sound tools” carrying case with a screw-on, spider-type shock mount. Every Perception microphone is backed by a two-year parts and labor warranty from AKG.

About AKG Acoustics:

AKG Acoustics is widely recognized as the most innovative manufacturer of microphones, wireless systems and headphones in the world. Since its founding in Vienna, Austria in 1947, the company has been granted over 1,500 patents. Today, AKG employs over 60 engineers in research and development, providing them with the most advanced tools available for design, testing and performance simulation.

AKG Acoustics GmbH is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Located at 8500 Balboa Boulevard in Northridge, CA, AKG Acoustics, U.S. markets the full line of AKG Acoustics microphones, headphones, wireless systems and processing for recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial sound, broadcast and home entertainment applications. AKG Acoustics is part of the Harman International (NYSE: HAR) family of companies, which includes trusted brands such as BSS, Crown, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Soundcraft, Studer, dbx, Harman-Kardon, Revel and Digitech.

About the Harman Pro Group:

The Harman Pro Group ( is the world’s largest provider of professional audio products and system solutions for commercial sound, contracting, tour sound, recording and broadcast, musician, portable PA and cinema applications. !The Group is headquartered in Northridge, California and includes industry leaders AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, Crown international, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer. The Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), a leading supplier of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets.


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