The AKG Perception series was AKG recognizing that not everyone wanting to record at home could afford the 1500 clams that it cost to purchase an AKG 414. The Perception 420 was the made in China version of the 414 and honestly it is pretty good. Featuring Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 Polar patterns, bass cut off switch and switchable attenuation pad for recording high SPL's. If I didn't have one of these I would want one, it is clear with low noise and nice tone. I don't know about the pretty powder blue but you can't have everything.
I am a final year student of the RMIT Bachelor of Music Industry Course. As part of my major project I have created a home studio with which to record my own music. This website chronicles the process that was followed and the items used within the studio.