Rode M5 Vs AKG P170 Comparison

Rode M5 and AKG P170 are two models of pencil microphones often deployed for choirs and instruments. They are available in a similar price range, and they do share a number of similarities such as the frequency response range, polar pattern, and self noise level. Still, there are a few differences that set Rode M5 vs AKG P170 apart. Continue reading below to see whether Rode M5 or AKG P170 suits you!

Rode M5 Vs AKG P170

Size and Weight
Rode M5 is smaller and lighter than AKG P170. Rode M5 measures 20 mm in diameter and 100 mm in length. The weight is approximately 80 grams. In most cases, the mic is practical and easy to handle. You can get a pair of Rode M5 in a bundle that also includes the mic clips and pop filters. See our previous post about Rode M5 vs NT5 here!

On the other hand, AKG P170 is a little bit bigger and heavier. It has a diameter of 22 mm, a length of 160 mm, and a weight of about 130 grams. The mic is sold in a package that also includes a stand adapter. Both Rode M5 and AKG P170 have all-metal bodies for the best ruggedness and durability.

Technical Specs

Rode M5AKG P170
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid- Polar Pattern : Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz- Frequency Response : 20Hz-20kHz
- Output Impedance : 200 ohm- Output Impedance : 200 ohms
- Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient- Microphone Type : Condenser
- Capsule : 0.50"- Mono/Stereo : Mono

Rode M5 is a little more versatile in term of powering because it can work with either +24V or +48V phantom power. On the other hand, AKG P170can only work with +48V phantom power with ±4V tolerance.

Both mics have the cardioid polar pattern. A mic with a cardioid polar pattern captures sound signals from the front direction while rejecting signals from the sides and rear. Because of this, cardioid mics are suitable for musical recordings. They are more resistant to environmental noise.

Rode M5 has a good maximum SPL handling of 140 dB. This mic is good enough for handling most instruments and vocals except the very loud ones.

On the other hand, although AKG P170 only has a maximum SPL handling of 135 dB, it comes with a –20dB switchable pre-attenuation pad which enables it to handle sounds as loud as 155 dB. Hence, it is a good choice when you need to handle a very loud vocal or instrument.

Sound Quality
Rode M5 vs AKG P170 have similar sound quality, which is not entirely surprising due to the fact that they have similar frequency response range and self noise level. Each of them has a frequency response range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and a self noise level of 19 dBA. They are able to capture lows, mids, and highs with decent accuracy and definition. They have pretty good clarity.

Rode M5 does have a slightly higher sensitivity, which makes it able to capture more audio details. However, this also means that it is more prone to noise – the pop filters can be quite handy. On the other hand, AKG P170 has a slightly lower sensitivity, but the performance is still good.

Rode M5 Vs AKG P170

- Power Options: +48V phantom power, +24V phantom power
- Warranty: 1 year with free extension to 10 years following registration
- Rugged all-metal body and robust design withstands tough day-to-day use
- Switchable attenuation pad for high SPL applications up to 155 dB SPL

Between the two mics, AKG P170 is more recommended. The pre-attenuation pad makes the mic more versatile. You can use it for handling a wide variety of instruments, including the louder ones.