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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

BH #NETLM103 • MFR #008430
Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
Key Features
  • For Speech, Vocals, and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Capsule
  • Capsule Derived from U 87 Microphone
Designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the heralded U 87 microphone for project studios, producers, and vocalists, the nickel Neumann TLM 103 is a large-diaphragm condenser mic offering the classic Neumann sound with elevated presence to impart a crisp, clean, and full tone. It boasts a capsule based on the U 87 married to pristine transformerless circuitry, allowing it to handle high SPLs up to 138 dB without distortion while maintaining superbly quiet self-noise of just 7 dBA.
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Neumann TLM 103 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Affordable Alternative to the U 87
  • 3Large-Diaphragm Capsule
  • 4Refined and Full Sound
  • 5Technical Excellence
  • 6Transformerless Output
  • 7Applications
  • 8Features at a Glance

Designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the heralded U 87 microphone for project studios, producers, and vocalists, the nickel Neumann TLM 103 is a large-diaphragm condenser mic offering the classic Neumann sound with elevated presence to impart a crisp, clean, and full tone. It boasts a capsule based on the U 87 married to pristine transformerless circuitry, allowing it to handle high SPLs up to 138 dB without distortion while maintaining superbly quiet self-noise of just 7 dBA.

The combination of the transformerless output stage and heightened treble response makes the TLM 103 a great choice when the sound source needs to clearly cut through the mix. The mic's compact body is ideal for positioning it in tight spots such as over a snare, inside a kick drum, or in front of a small guitar amp. By utilizing a cardioid polar pattern, the mic can effectively reduce ambient noise or instrument bleed behind the mic. The TLM 103 comes with a secure, space-saving swivel mount and a wooden box.

Affordable Alternative to the U 87
Introduced in 1997 as an affordable alternative to the venerable U 87, the TLM 103 has since become a classic in its own right. Today, the TLM 103 defines the standard by which contemporary studio microphones are measured. Its classic, tapered headgrille design gives the TLM 103 a distinct Neumann look.
Large-Diaphragm Capsule
The TLM 103 is a cardioid microphone with a large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U 87. However, the TLM 103 has a slightly more modern voicing with a wide presence boost for frequencies above 5 kHz.
Refined and Full Sound
Its very direct yet refined sound is perfect for vocals and solo instruments that pop out of the mix without effort. Of course, the TLM 103 also has the famous authoritative midrange that has become the hallmark of Neumann microphones and made them a top choice in studios around the world. A special feature of the TLM 103 is its impressively deep yet controlled low end, perfect for sonorous voices and powerful bass instruments.
Technical Excellence
With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dBA, the TLM 103 is among the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of -32.5 dBV ensures ultralow noise, even with budget preamps and audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for pre attenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the TLM 103 a very easy-to-use studio microphone as it will capture anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.
Transformerless Output
As a member of Neumann's TLM series, the TLM 103 works with a transformerless output stage, which minimizes transmission losses and ensures a very immediate, uncolored sound, true to the original as well as a clear, powerful bass response, even at highest signal levels.
Applications
The TLM 103 was primarily designed for project studios and broadcast use, but due to its outstanding performance was soon embraced by renowned studios as a more modern sounding alternative to the U 87 for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps, and piano. The TLM 103 is also often used as a spot mic in classical recordings for cello and double bass.
Features at a Glance
  • Large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic U 87 microphone
  • Balanced sound with enhanced presence
  • Cardioid pattern reduces background noise
  • Transformerless circuitry with high SPL capability
  • Extremely low self-noise of only 7 dBA
  • XLR 3-pin output
  • 48V phantom powered
  • Includes swivel mount and wooden box
UPC: 615104084308

Neumann TLM 103 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
138 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Studio Recording
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Instruments
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Orientation
Side Address
Circuitry
Solid-State
Pad
No
High-Pass Filter
No
Performance
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
138 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection
>2 dB at 60°
>10 dB at 120°
>25 dB at 180°
Impedance
50 Ohms
Load Impedance
1000 Ohms
Sensitivity
-32.5 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Dynamic Range
131 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
76.5 dB CCIR
87 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level
7 dB A-Weighted
17.5 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
V ()
Physical
Color
Nickel
Dimensions
ø: 2.4 x L: 5.2" / ø: 6 x L: 13.2 cm
Weight
15.87 oz / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.615 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
19.3 x 7.35 x 3.95"

Neumann TLM 103 Reviews

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What other mics did you compare before ...

What other mics did you compare before purchasing? Looking for voiceovers primarily.
Asked by: Anonymous
The 103 is an excellent choice of microphones, depending on the person using it (voice characteristics) and how it will be used, specfically, the room acoustics and level of quiet, as this mic is very sensitive and will "hear" everything. Great suggestion, esp if purchased with shock mount: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/302934-REG/Neumann_TLM_103_ANNIVERSARY_TLM103_Condenser_Microphone_Package.html OTHER considerations: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/676495-REG/AKG_3059Z00060_C_414_XL_II.html For a more challenging acoustic environment: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1182891-REG/shure_shure_sm_7b_brodcaster_package.html
Answered by: james
Date published: 2021-04-07

What is the difference between mono and standard ...

What is the difference between mono and standard set ?
Asked by: sam
The "Standard" configuration of the Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone includes the Neumann SG 2 Stand Mount and a wooded box, while the "Mono Set" includes a more robust Neumann EA-1 Elastic Suspension mounting option and an aluminum case. The "Stereo Set" includes two microphones and two EA-1 Elastic Suspension mounts.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-05-10

Is there a third party shock mount for this mic ...

Is there a third party shock mount for this mic that is more affordable than the $300 one they sell?
Asked by: Kelley
We offer BH #AUSSMNMN as a more inexpensive compatible shockmount for the Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2022-07-06

Does the kit include the mic mount?

Does the kit include the mic mount?
Asked by: Christina
Yes it does. The kit is complete.
Answered by: Mike
Date published: 2020-10-26

Do you need mixer to plug in computer?

Do you need mixer to plug in computer?
Asked by: Gary
This studio condenser microphone requires an audio interface, with an XLR mic preamp that provides 48 volt phantom power, that would then convert the analog signal to a digital signal to go into the computer. The Audient iD14 10x4 USB Audio Interface, BH #AUID14 is an example of an audio interface with high-quality mic preamp's and superior analog to digital conversion.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-07-29

Where is the mic made?

Where is the mic made?
Asked by: John
The Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black) is manufactured in Germany.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2021-11-28

Does the black mic scrape and show wear easily?

Does the black mic scrape and show wear easily?
Asked by: Patricia
No. The Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone has a durable, well-made finish that is designed to last. It does not scrape off or show wear easily.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2022-11-25
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