Truly multipurpose supercardioid stage microphone
The AKG D5 is an entry-level handheld dynamic microphone with supercardioid polar pattern. However, it also comes with a cardioid variant called D5C.
In total, the mic comes in four variants: AKG D5 (Supercardioid, without on/off switch), AKG D5S ( Same, but has on/off switch), AKG D5C ( cardioid, without switch ), AKG D5CS ( Cardioid, with switch).
Being a supercardioid, the AKG D5 well-suited for live/stage performances that require absolute noise isolation.
Although its primarily endorsed for vocals, the flat mids with smooth presence/brightness boost makes it a truly multipurpose microphone that works well with lead/backing vocals as well as full-range instruments such as piano, horns, strings woodwinds etc.
The effective frequency response bandwidth of the AKG D5 ranges between 70Hz – 20kHz.
It’s tonal character is interesting. The high-pass upto 70Hz helps in isolating handling noise and rumble that would be otherwise problematic in onstage environments and produces a clean upper-bass.
In the mids, we see a smooth gain of +2dB at 1.5kHz – 2.5kHz range, this can be helpful in emphasizing the attack in instruments.
Overall, the mic has a warm and rounded tone (warmer than SM58) that’s complimentary for people with thin/natural voices. The color is flattering for vocals and there is no evidence of nasalilty/honkiness in this mic according to users.
Frequency Response Graph
|Frequency Bandwidth||70Hz - 20000Hz|
|Output Impedance||600 Ω|
|Rated Input Impedance||2000 Ω|
|Max. Spl||156 dB SPL|
|Self Noise||18 dB-A|
|Signal to noise Ratio||76 dB-A|
|On/Off Switch||Yes, Optional|
|POWER REQUIREMENT||Not Required|
|Dimensions||181mm(L) x N/A(B) x N/A(H) x 51mm(D)|