Originally Posted by funkyman21
Just to add a bit of perspective to the discussion--I have a 414 XLS, and while I do very much like the mic, I have had problems with it that would make me hesitate to buy another. It turns out that the pattern selector on the front panel has a plastic backing onto which a thin layer of metal foil or paint is applied to carry the electrical connection. This layer on mine wore thin after only 18 months or so, and I started getting a serious low frequency hum/ground problem that made it unusable. AKG wanted $300 to fix their design flaw; luckily my gear guy in Chicago touched it up it for $60--hopefully it will hold up. I can't say that I have confidence in it, though.
I'm not sure about the build quality of the AT, but my AKG is kinda weak in that regard (sounds really nice, though).
No way!! This happened to me just a few weeks ago and I've found no-one with a similar problem.
Low frequency noise (like wind noise) very intermittently.
I've sent it back to dv247 (retailer) and I'm hoping it will be fixed free of charge, or am given a replacement.
Thanks for the info. I may forward the information regarding the cause to dv247 in a follow up email.