All user reviews for the AKG D5

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 11 reviews )
 4 reviews36 %
 6 reviews55 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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JimboSpins's review"EQ boosting"

The AKG D5 is a vocal microphone that can be used for our lead and backing vocals. It does a great job of not picking up much external noise from the rear and sides of the microphone. It is a super cardioid microphone with a frequency range of -70Hz to 20kHz. If you have a softer voice you wont have to worry about it with using the D5, it will still bring your voice to the for front with just a little EQ boosting when you mix and master your final track. If you have a deeper toned voice this is where the microphone could use some work, it will really over due your low tone and can make it muddy if you are not careful. It works so much better if you have a “lighter” voice or a female voice it sounds amazing. For the price of the D5 you really can not expect to get a better quality, most of its competitors will charge you almost double what the D5 cost to get the same level of quality. I have only used this microphone for recording purposes and never seen it used live.


My favorite part of the D5 is for the songs or vocals that are not punchy and are more mellow, it will still bring your voice out very clear (with a little EQ boost). But like I said it does need some work on a male voice that is deeper, you will have to do some cutting of the low frequencies in order for it to be clean. The value of this microphone is great for the price which is less than 100 dollars now. I have used a ton of microphones that are use for voice and this one does not stand out, but it doesn’t sound bad either. It is ok, if you only have about 100 dollars to spend for a vocal microphone for your home set up. This one should do the trick with no problems.

Anonymous 's review

TThe AKG Acoustics D 5 is a microphone that is designed for hand held vocal use in a live setting. It is AKG’s current entry in the world of these types of microphones. It is a dynamic microphone, as one would expect in this price range and model or line, but the real kicker and appeal of this microphone is its engineering specifically in mind of keeping bleed to a minimum and the reduction of the handling noise and feedback on stage, eliminating many logistical errors from the setup of a show. This is accomplished by the polar pattern. AKG chose to make the D5 a supercardioid microphone, which means that the pickup pattern is far tighter than the typical cardioid pattern that one might expect. This also allows increased gain before feedback. What is particularly special about this microphone is its patented Varimotion diaphragm, which means that the microphone’s diaphragm varies in thickness. This is not a new trait, but the patent is for the manufacturing process that makes these advanced technologies available at a lower cost than would be otherwise. The D 5 has a frequency response from 70 to 20,000 Hz, and it is capable of handling sound pressure levels of up to 147 dB. What makes this microphone very appealing sonically is the gentle low mid presence boost and a bit of air on top, helping it cut in a live situation.


The AKG D 5 ended up sounding quite different from the venerable Shure SM58, and its tone was a bit less crunchy, despite its air. It does not endeavor to smooth anything out, though, which makes the D 5 a bit more suited to certain smaller venues than the SM58 and softer music as well. The SM58 cuts more than this microphone, but often, I find it too aggressive, and that is where the D 5 shines.
Audiofanzine FR11/07/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

(Originally written by Laps/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

What kind of mic? (for vocals, instruments, both...)
Great-looking, sturdy and well-finished mic for vocals
The technology? (electret, condenser...)
Dynamic microphone. See specs on the AKG website


Which feature do you like best?
Its warm presence in the low mids, which is quite surprising for a dynamic mic in this price range!
Its response through the whole frequency range is not bad at all.
Which feature do you like least?
1) You need and EQ in the low mids to control the sound.
2) Handling noise requires a low cut (like many other mics with a similar price tag)
Did you try any of other models before buying this one?
For people who want to emphasize low mids on the vocals on stage, it's better than a SM58!!!
How would you rate its value for money?
Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

RickD's review

- What type of microphone? (live, recording, mixed...)
Live, but i guess you could use it for recording too...i mean people use SM58's for recording, and this is much better than that...

- What technology? (electret, condenser...)
It's a standard dynamic mic with an on-off switch.

Feels very sturdy...quite heavy...looks nice & pro.


- For how long have you been using it?
I've had it a few months, used it for a rehearsal and a live gig.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
It's cheaper than an SM58, looks better, feels better and sounds MUCH better. What more could you ask for? Oh: it's better at feedback rejection.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I've owned a Shure SM58 (sold cos it was rubbish) and a Sennheiser BF812 (wasn't much good either so i sold that too). I've tried others too and this was the best.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I paid 90 €, ie less than for an inferior Shure SM58.

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Of course i would. This is probably the best dynamic hand-held mic in this lower end of the market. I think you'd have to spend a loooooot more to get better. Who said KMS 105 ? ;-)

pasclor007's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent vocal microphone"

Designed for voice
Directivity: super cardioid
Frequency Response: 70 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance: 600 Ohm
Max SPL: 156 dB
Capsule suspended
Weight: 340g


I use it in a home studio for over a month.
I would say it rivals the Shure SM 58 and one gets the same warm sound with the Beyer M88, and much cheaper!
The feature I like the most? Round and warm sound, sensitivity ...
It's solid, well finished, delivered with forceps. This is a super-cardioid, so no need to stick your chin out to the microphone sound. He agrees perfectly my cries as the sweetest melodies, even whispers.
The sound spectrum is very well balanced and EQ flat, treble not invade the space is very round, I find I like. Especially, especially! The sound is warm, much less metal than most microphones! Larsen: not too much, okay, it's okay. I love the look.
In my opinion, an unbeatable price for an equivalent quality. This is an excellent microphone that I recommend.

nathjac83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good microphone for singing"

dynamics can be better suited for medium voice serious (8)


used for 1 year. I've used sm58, m88, and static This is my favorite wired dynamic (8)

yoyo70's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good alternative"

It is a vocal mic, dynamic, supercardioid.


I use it for 3 years, it is better suited to my voice the SM58, I voice a little "nose" and from this point of view then, the D5 is more flattering than the Shure.

I tried the SM58, the Beta58A, opus 89, but the D5 is easier to manage for my voice.

What I love most: the price of course, but also its good resistance to feedback and the fact that I like my voice ;-)

The least: not much ...

I have it and I keep it, if it again I will buy again!

guilhem001's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vocal Mic


Purchased on the advice of the dealer
I'm not disappointed
rather a beautiful sound and a lot better than SM58 yet more expensive!
Excellent price / quality ratio

sinclar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

I bought the WMS 450 D5 and I must say that HF ​​is exeptional under the price! By comparison my SLX SM58 Shure, AKG is better off in terms of sound quality and feedback ... The rcption is optimal: a must AKG ... Bravo!

September 16, 2009, small precision: over time, switch the microphone a bit and DCON s'avre fragile, AKG vrifier should have!


I use it for 4 months ... Trs good battery life and beautiful design. In addition, this product is rcent and we pay for, compared to the SM58, which is a good mic but totally Exceeds .

Lonewolf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

We will not go back on it forever ... cardioid vocal mic with a big head

Relatively light, more than a Sennheiser or Shure (SM58 or E835), and the handling can be improved compared to the competitors mentioned above.


This micro tempted me for a while on paper it was very attractive, in reality I am currently a little more mixed.

The record is clear, less than 58 colorful, less "synthetic" than E835, at least those who say that its tone is closer to the 58 would do well to invest quickly in a stock of cotton buds .. . if I had to approach a competitor that would be the E935 Senn, but definitely not a Shure (at least not an MS).

The bass response is very clean, and absolutely no mud and put forward as a 58 and is less flattering than a male voice on the E835, You need a good preamp in the ass to add a little roundness.

The famous rejection of the Larsens is not monstrous, it is certainly much better than 58 (but at the same time it is not too hard), but not transcendent vis a vis a Sennheiser.

For the field against it captures, it captures almost too well, I had to put the pad of my preamp to avoid capturing the noise floor and other things that do not have a pass into the mic. This sensitivity is also the proximity effect is much harder to deal with a Sennheiser (a Shure must work to draw something).

In short, I rather like the sound from the microphone that fits with my voice (singing thrash / death metal, I have a low-pitched), but the taming of the microphone much less natural to me with my E835 who responded immediately to my expectations.