question about akg 414's

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by silent_nick, Aug 23, 2004.

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  1. silent_nick

    silent_nick Guest

    Are the XLII's good mics? I'm interested mainly in vocal applications. Is the TLII $150 better than the XLII?

    thanks in advance,
    Nick
     
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

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    The 414's are a studio standard and have been for years. The TlII is a transformerless design for vocal apps. the XlII I believe is just the name of the new model that replaces the TL II
     
  3. silent_nick

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    the XLII's also $150 cheaper than the TLII. I'm trying to find out the reason, and which one's a better value...

    Nick
     
  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

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    The XL II is indeed the replacement for the TL II- they are selling at sweetwater for $899 (see link) also they no longer carry the TLII

    Sweetwater

    The TL II's you can still get on e-bay for $725, I imagine while their supply lasts - here is the link

    E Bay
     
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    E Bay again
     
  6. silent_nick

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    why did they replace the TLII with a cheaper mic (AMS prices are $849 for the XLII, $999 for the TLII). Generally the older mic would be cheaper...

    Nick
     
  7. AudioGaff

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    The new 414's are an updated version with a new/updated capsule. The main difference in the TLII compared to the ULS is that the TLII is more crisp due to a high end eq bump built in and the lack of the cheap transformer that clouds the ULS version. I almost always prefer the TLII for anything that I would use the 414 on.
     
  8. silent_nick

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    audiogaff...thanks for the help.

    have you tried the new 414 (XLII) yet? if so, how does it compare to the TLII?

    Nick
     
  9. AudioGaff

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    No, not yet. I'm not expecting a big sonic difference. It was just fine the way it was in my book. The remote pattern control is a cool option thou.
     

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