Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

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The nickel TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone from Neumann is a cardioid, directional microphone that features low self-noise and high sound pressure level transmission. The capsule, derived from that used in the Neumann U 87, has a cardioid pattern, is acoustically well-balanced, and provides great attenuation of signals from the rear.

The TLM 103 is equipped with a large-diaphragm capsule with a cardioid pattern. By focusing on this pattern, the attenuation of unwanted rear sound has been optimized. Off-axis sounds are rendered naturally while isolation is increased. This also leads to a high feedback suppression when the microphone is used in live situations or where loudspeaker playback is a factor.

The TLM 103 is addressed from the front. The K 103 large diaphragm capsule is based on the K 87, and has a flat frequency response up to about 5 kHz, and above that, a wide flat 4 dB presence boost.

The large, wire mesh head-grille protects the capsule from plosive sounds and effectively prevents pop noises. These characteristics are achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. The microphone maintains a great impulse response and reproduces details of music and speech without coloration.

With just 7 dB-A and 17.5 dB CCIR, the self-noise level of the TLM 103 is so reduced that even the smallest signals are reproduced almost noise-free. It is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138 dB without distortion.

With TLM technology, the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference that may influence the balanced audio signal.

The entire internal construction is elastically mounted to attenuate any structure-born noise that could interfere with the TLM 103's operation. The capsule is set on an elastic mount and the frequency range reaches below 20 Hz, allowing even very low bass signals to be reproduced without coloration. Due to this low-frequency extension, the TLM 103 is more sensitive to structure borne interference and wind noise.

Large-diaphragm capsule with cardioid pickup pattern
Pressure gradient transducer
Transformerless circuitry
Low noise
Straightforward handling for home recording and professional studios
UPC: 615104084308
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
  • SG 2 Stand Mount (Black)
  • Wooden Box
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Neumann TLM 103 specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 76 dB CCIR
    87 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 7 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 50 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity 23 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3 µA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 5.20" / 132 mm
    Diameter 2.36" / 60 mm
    Weight 15.87 oz / 450 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 4.8 x 4.1"

    Neumann TLM 103 reviews

    TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic - great price at B&H We are using this mic in a VO booth - great sound.
    Date published: 2011-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very versatile vocal mic I have used the TLM 103 for over 15 years. It is a very versatile vocal mic. I use it for voiceovers, animation character recordings, movie trailers, sung vocals, subtle narration, high energy commercials - this mic will take what you give it. Warm, crisp, does the job very well.
    Date published: 2014-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Already Noticing a Difference I would probably be considered 'talent' as opposed to 'tech'. Which is to say, I don't have any sound studies or, at least for me, difficult to understand terms to describe why this mic is better. I can only attest to the finished product. I've used roughly half a dozen mics of varying degrees of quality for voice work over the years and finally decided to give the 103 a try. With other mics I was used to making quite a few tweaks and learning the sweet spots for mic placement and mouth placement. While that is still necessary with the 103, it is far less time consuming. I was instantly aware of the warmness my voice had when I used this mic the first time. Where other mics would strain to come through on delivering the details of my voice the 103 seemed to effortlessly convey it. I'm early in the process but my first finished recording is def better with the details. I am one of those folks that doesn't really like the sound of my recorded voice, this mic made me think Wow, this sounds really good. Don't be afraid of the price if you can swing it and are ready to move up. I would def recommend this mic and in fact, this is the first mic I have ever been impressed enough with to review.
    Date published: 2016-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Pro Mic This Mic is a must have in any pro studio.I use it strictly on vocals. Very clear sound. Bit too harsh depending on talent's voice color. Also have in hand an AKG 414XLS. If you have both you ready to go !!
    Date published: 2013-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent product professional recording
    Date published: 2011-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT PRODUCT This is a great microphone for studio with professional sound capture.
    Date published: 2011-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great voiceover mic for those who can't afford the U87 This mic is a bit larger than the TLM 102. The lSSM-NMN Suspension Shockmount is a bit obtrusive if you are reading a script, so I use a Rycote. With that shock mount, it is a nicely compact setup for voiceover. Requires very little or no EQ. Great mic in the $1K price range.
    Date published: 2017-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy camper I bought this along w some ribbon mics, and I was pleased with how they packaged it and communicated during its shipping. The mic is awesome, I was looking for the poorer mans u87 and its doing the d*mn thing
    Date published: 2016-03-02
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