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Neumann KMS 105 - Live Vocal Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # NEKMS105NI Mfr # KMS 105 NI
You Pay: $699.95
Product Highlights
  • K 105 Supercardioid Capsule
  • Low Self-Noise
  • Transformerless
  • Good Pop Shielding Without Side Effects
  • Includes Stand Clamp

The nickel KMS 105 microphone from Neumann has been specifically developed to optimally and clearly transmit the human voice within the demanding conditions present on a live stage. The high acoustic resolution and smooth frequency response of the microphone ensure that the musician has control of their performance at all times.

The microphone is also ideal for use with in-ear monitoring systems due to its low self-noise and coloration-free crosstalk behavior, while the supercardioid characteristic of the capsule is particularly good at suppressing sounds originating from the entire 180° hemisphere behind the microphone.

Acoustic Features
  • The studio condenser capsule provides the basis for transmitting all the nuances of the human voice
  • Delivers high acoustic transparency, wide frequency range, and a fine resolution of transients when compared to other mostly dynamic handheld microphones
  • Carefully adjusted acoustic filters and transformerless impedance converters can handle very high sound pressure levels that prevent the microphone from being overloaded even by strong plosive sounds
  • In spite of good pop protection, sibilants and "S" sounds are transmitted with their natural accentuation without added harshness
  • The acoustic filters are designed so that the distinctive directional characteristics of the capsule are preserved even in the bass range
  • The filters ensure a very high level of feedback protection when used with a stage sound system
Electrical Features
  • Since vocal microphones are typically addressed at close range, electronic compensation is used to adjust for the proximity effect in the capsule
  • Built-in high-pass filter with a 120 Hz cutoff frequency
  • 132 dB dynamic range
  • 150 dB maximum sound pressure level
  • Low self-noise level permits the microphones to be used at high gain levels without the risk of additional noise
  • Even at large distances the microphones operate with a high signal-to-noise ratio, allowing the freedom of movement and creativity that can be important to an artist
  • Transformerless output circuit allows the microphone signals to be transmitted through long cables without loss of sound
Mechanical Features
  • Robust construction for dealing with the demands of live performance
  • Thick-walled metal housing provides effective protection against handling noise
  • Microphone head grille is made of hardened steel
  • If required, the grille can easily be unscrewed to permit cleaning of the interior acoustic filters
Operating Principle Pressure gradient transducer
Directional Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity 4.5 mV/Pa @ 1 kHz into 1kΩ
Impedance 50Ω
Load Impedance 1kΩ
Equivalent Noise Level CCIR: 28 dB
A-weighted: 18 dB-A
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 66 dB CCIR (relative 94 dBSPL)
76 dB A-weighted (relative 94 dBSPL)
Maximum SPL 150 dB for THD 0.5%
Maximum Output Voltage 12 dBu
Dynamic Range Microphone Amp: 132 dB (A-weighted)
Phantom Power 48V, +/-4V
Current Consumption 3.5 mA
Connector XLR 3 female
Diameter 1.8" (48 mm)
Length 7" (180 mm)
Weight Approximately 10.5 oz (300 g)
Neumann KMS 105 - Live Vocal Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
  • Matching Stand Clamp
  • Padded Nylon Bag
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    NeumannKMS 105 - Live Vocal Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Simply LOVE IT!

    By Raul Oliveira

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Neumann KMS 105 - Live Vocal Condenser Microphone (Nickel):

      I'm a singer and perform in different places in Brazil.
      The response is spectacular! Crystal clear sound. Almost no popping ou breathing is captured. Absolutely recommend this mic for stage performances. Just note that it works on phantom power.

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      5.0

      Great vocal mic

      By MarchingBear

      from NYC/Caracas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Neumann KMS 105 - Live Vocal Condenser Microphone (Nickel):

        I tried this mic at B-H in their isolated microphone room. I compared it to several other mics, some cheaper, some more expensive, and it is a great value. To get a significantly better sound, the prices went up several thousand dollars.
        It really brings out the subtle qualities in your voice and has a nice low range reproduction. It is more prone to feedback than other cheaper mics, especially the ones that sound guys usually work with, so you can have a hard time with this mic live if your sound guy isn't very experienced. But that's a whole other story....

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