Old or new AKG C451 ?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mapostel, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. mapostel

    mapostel Guest

    Which should I get: The old C451 + CK1 or the new AKG C451B ? I am aware that the new model has a fixed capsule and is supposed to have improved specs (noise, max SPL). How do they compare sound-wise ?

    Thx for any input,

  2. MMayer

    MMayer Guest

    While we're on the subject, does anyone know about the C451E???

    I have a pair and they both need some work done on them ( one is MUCH hotter than the other, so I suspect problems).

    Any recommendations on where/who to send them to?


  3. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Try cleaning the contacts between the capsule and body of the softer 451 with Q-tips and 99% alcohol. They get dirty and that might fix it. Have you tried swapping the capsules around to see if it's the mic body or the capsule? If they need service I don't see why you couldn't send them back to AKG.

    I'd like to try the new 451 when it actully ships. Until I try it I'm not going to give any advice on it. I will say I'm a little miffed that I can't use different capsules or the old swival mount.
  4. sign

    sign Guest


    Be very careful when cleaning the 451, one very little drop of alcohol in the capsule and you need a new one.

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