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I had wanted for ages a good quality microphone for doing karaoke with, gaming and doing that age old dream everyone has had of messing around pretending to be a radio commentator. I figured that due to all the reviews that I had read of cheaper microphones and how they sounded terrible from people claiming to be experts while others said it was fantastic that I figured that I would risk it and buy an expensive one with fantastic reviews. So as I tested out the microphone I found that the sound quality was crisp and sounded just as good as a song done in a recording studio.
When I played games over teamspeak and used this microphone no one had any trouble hearing me and everyone said that it was almost as good as if I was standing in the room with them. It sounded very good for karaoke to and me and my friends had a ball messing about with it at parties.
The microphone is a nice shape and sits comfortably in your hand and is also made of a nice enough material that it is light enough that it does not hurt your arm when you hold it up to your mouth for long periods of time. I think it would break extremely easy however if you were to drop it though due to the fact that it does not feel overly nonbreakable even though it is very sturdy to hold.
The microphone fits in a lot of different stands easily and looks rather attractive from any distance. If you do buy this microphone you will be the envy of your mates if they are all into karaoke but have cheap microphones wit bad sound and looks.
For the price of around £100 I consider this microphone to be a bargain and would recommend it to anyone that wants to play around with a microphone. I have to say though if you are just wanting to mess around with a microphone and are worried about the sound quality of the cheap ones not to be as I recently bought a different microphone for £1 and it works perfectly. The sound is fair enough not as good as it throws out a lot of static unlike this one but it still does the job of being fun.
I recently bought the AKG D 7, and I was a little skeptical about how it would sound considering the price, but I was shocked when I heard the quality of this microphone. I own a small karaoke set up that I use to entertain guests, and this microphone is absolutely wonderful for my purposes. I have just recently purchased a second one because I was so impressed by the quality of this one. The build quality of the equipment itself is outstanding - there are no plastic pieces on it anywhere - and the built in high pass filter is great for people with exceptionally high pitched voices. I did not realize that so much power could be found in a dynamic microphone. The professional sound quality of this mic outshines other microphones in the same price range, and I would definitely recommend it to any armature or hobbyist singer.
I have experience with a lot of microphones, cheap ones, vocal ones, studio ones and condensers. This, while giving studio-quality sound, crisp vocals, minimal popping, and fantastic omni-direction, it can be a bit expensive for more idle hobbyists. For any professional, indie or aspiring to be professional, as long as you have the money, this would be PERFECT for you. But for people who sing/record more as a hobby then anything else, while this would give you almost unsurpassed quality in the price range, I would personally recommend opting for a cheaper one.
But if this is in your price range, then I can give you a plethora of features to entice you to follow through on your order. This microphone can transform any room into a studio, it seems to automatically have some sort of gate feature, since while I was testing it with background noise, it was not detected at all. While there were a few instances of popping, it was relatively low, but any simple pop filter would eradicate this problem completely. I found that it was omnidirectional by turning and moving the microphone as I spoke, and volume or pitch drops were virtually undetectable. My high notes were crisp, low notes the same. There didn't seem to be any buzzing, and when using monitor speakers, there was very low delay.
As a professional microphone, there is no better, but for any hobbyist on a budget, I would recommend cheaper.
I work for an event production company in the East of England, with 15 in stock on the event and hire side, both D7 and D7 LTD ( Chrome in Colour) Amazing quality with fantastic clarity, perfect for both home studio vocals, to large stages for live PA. Anyone looking for a Vocal mic and happy to spend between £150 and £200 on one, for me this is the only option, should you have a smaller or greater budget all of AKG's vocal series of microphones are superb!
My view is not that of a musician, as I can't sing! However its the view of an experianced sound tech and event manager. If you're into your specifications on equipment like this, please see below!
AKG D7 Main Features:
*Dynamic reference microphone
*Hum compensation coil
*Patented AKG Laminated-Varimotion diaphragm
*New acoustical design of inner windscreen
*Precision metal dust filter
*Suitable for Vocals, Recording, Live applications, Sound/AV company
*Polar pattern: Supercardioid
*Frequency range 70 to 20,000 Hz
*Sensitivity 2.6 mV/Pa (-52 dBV)
*Max. SPL 147 / 156 dB SPL
*Equivalent noise level 18 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
*Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted) 76 dB
*Impedance <= 600 ohms
*Recommended load impedance >= 2000 ohms
*High pass filter 80 Hz, always active
*Connector 3-pin XLR
*Dimensions: 185.2 mm (7.3 in.) X 51 mm (2 in.)
*Net weight 340 g (12 oz.)
*Special features: integrated humbucking coil
Hopefully this helps anyone looking with technical knowledge, a brilliant looking, build quality and sounding microphone for a non-excessive amount of money, I have in the past recorded vocalists singing through D7 microphones, and the same warm clarity of their live use is picked up.
So far the sorts of acts I have directed these microphones to be used by are : indie-rock, R&B, UKG, even stand up comedy, and also solo classical acts.
This is only my second review on this website, and I'm only just getting the hang of writing them, but I hope it is found to be a well rounded, thorough and interesting opionion and experiance of this product.
As John McJunkin said:" The D7, like other AKG mics, exhibits an attractive appearance. It's 7.3in. in length and 2in. in diameter at its widest point, which is the metal ring around the mic's beefy spring-steel wire mesh. The mic's zinc-alloy die-cast body tapers steeply to the segment of the body that's intended for handling, which tapers less drastically down to the tail end of the mic, where its balanced XLR connector is found, surrounded by a bevel in the mic body. The D7's matte-finish metal handgrip surface is a source of minor concern for me; a nice rubberized surface would lend a much better grip. I've stated this about the mics of numerous manufacturers, so I want to be clear that I'm not poking at AKG exclusively. It seems to me that even in the case of extremely rugged handheld microphones, dropping them should be avoided at all costs, and a rubberized coating goes a long way toward keeping such mics where they belong--in the performer's hand." I totally agree with his summary of the physical element of the microphone.