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AES 2006 Product Preview

A sampling of products to be featured at the 121st AES Convention, October 6-8, in San Francisco.

Condenser microphone

Targeted at live sound and studio applications, the Perception 400 multi-pattern, large-diaphragm, condenser microphone from AKG Acoustics features selectable cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-eight pickup patterns. It incorporates two separate back-to-back, 1-inch-diameter vibrating surface capsules with gold-sputtered diaphragms. The Perception 400 offers 20 Hz to 20 kHz response and 145 dB maximum SPL at less than 0.5 percent THD. The microphone has a switchable bass roll-off switch and a switchable 10 dB pre-attenuation pad. A screw-on, spider-type shock mount and metal carrying case are included. Price: $559.95. Availability: currently available. For more information, see AKG Acoustics at AES booth 801, or contact the company at 615-620-3800 or at

Wireless audio system

Targeted for use in touring and large installation applications, the Opus 900 wireless system from beyerdynamic includes multiple transmitter and receiver options. Receivers include the single-channel NE 900 S, the dual-channel NE 900 D, and the quad-channel NE 900 Q (pictured here). Each receiver features a jog-wheel control for system configuration, as well as a balanced XLR headphone output with monitoring and volume control for each channel. Transmitter options include the DM 960 S, DM960 B, and DM969 D dynamic transmitters; the EM 981 S and CM 930 B condenser transmitters; and the TS 900 M and TS 900 C pocket transmitters. Price: N/A (all models). For more information, see beyerdynamic at AES booth 1102, or contact the company at 631-293-3200 or at

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