Neumann KM 185 NI Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann KM 185 NI Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann KM 185 NI Microphone (Nickel)

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Neumann KM 185 NI Microphone (Nickel)

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Product Highlights

  • Dialog Boompole Microphone
  • Small Diaphragm
  • Hypercardioid Pattern
  • KM 100 Based Output Stage
  • Transformerless Circuitry
  • Uncolored, High-Gain Output Signals
  • Compact & Rugged
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Neumann KM 185 NI overview

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The nickel KM 185 NI Microphone from Neumann is a hypercardioid pattern, pressure gradient condenser microphone intended for live sound reinforcement and broadcast, as well as recording applications.

The KM 180 series microphones feature an output stage based on the KM 100. Transformerless circuitry and balanced output result in high output gain with a very low noise floor and no coloration to the output signal.

The KM 185 MT is powered via +48V phantom power. Its 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response provides flexibility for use in a wide range of recording situations. The KM 185 provides attenuation at the off-axis sections of the mic, and is suitable for X,Y and ORTF stereo miking, announcer's mic for broadcast, spot capturing of drum overheads, strings, wind instruments, percussion, piano, and amp cabinets. The KM 185 handles sound pressure levels up to 142 dB allowing close miking of instruments high in transient (peak) level response.

Hypercardioid Polar Pattern
The hypercardioid polar pattern offers greater attenuation at the off-axis sections of the microphone, resulting in a tighter pattern with even less noise caused by ambiance.
KM 100 Based Output Stage
The KM 185 features the same output stage electronics as the KM 100. Transformerless circuitry and quiet balanced output design ensure a clean, high-gain output signal without any coloration. The KM 185 is powered via +48V phantom power, and its 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response provides flexibility for use in a wide range of recording situations. The KM 185 can handle sound pressure levels up to 142 dB, allowing fairly close miking of instruments.
Compact Rugged Construction
The slim design and rugged construction allow easy microphone placement while remaining road worthy.
UPC: 615104084407
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Neumann KM 185 NI specs

Analog Performance
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio 70 dB CCIR
79 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level 24 dB CCIR
15 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL
THD 0.5%
Impedance 50 Ohms
Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity 10 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption 3.2 mA
Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
Length 4.21" / 107 mm
Diameter 0.87" / 22 mm
Weight 2.82 oz / 80 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.0 x 2.5"

Neumann KM 185 NI reviews

KM 185 NI Microphone (Nickel) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for dialog Looking for a great indoor dialog mic for booming? This mic excels at it. You want a Hyper-cardiod for this application due to room reflections. I know in the up and coming video crowd you see a lot of guys using shotguns indoors - well, that's why their dialog caries strange reverberations. This is not the cheapest dialog boom mic, but certainly not the most expensive either. I think this mic is the best value for the money. I had heard good things about it before using one myself. I trusted Neumann due to some of their other exemplary microphones and decided to purchase one myself. They have not let me down. Very crisp and intelligible sound. Nicely directional pickup patter that works well for isolating your source
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic for recording HQ sound. This is the last mic so far I've bought last year. I've being looking forward to it for a while now. My previous model was KM-185, which is same small diaphragm condenser microphone based on Neumann 184 series, but in Hyper-Cardioid polar pattern. What is that means? Hyper-Cardioid polar patter has quite a lot more reach in the front of the mic and quite much tighter pickup angle than a regular Cardioid mic, such as 184 version. I've used this incredible mic indoors most of the times as well as outdoors with the Rycote Modular System to protect it from the high strength wind. Reason I've used Rycote, is mainly because it's a small size wind shield ( Anyways. Usually you'd use a shotgun pattern mic outside, which sometimes referred as a Super-Cardioid. But I've noticed some shotguns might loose som bass response when you get closer than 1-2 feet from the source, where Hyper-Cardioid sounds much thicker sounding bass response, less coloration compare to some other mics I've used before. Pros: 1) Compact and Light weight - Very compact size and weight feels good on a boom pole or a mic stand. 2) Many years of experience - Neumann's high end technology of the diaphragm and long term experience will provide amazing results for people who are trying to achieve them. You will achieve it with this mic. 3) Very Versatile - Good for XY, AB, ORTF, Spaced Matched Pair tracking of music instruments, vocals, VO, onset dialogues and sound effects and sound design elements. 4) Can be used indoors or outdoor (with protective wind shield of course). I've done multiple successful recordings indoors and outdoors. This mic has more tighter polar patter compare to KM-184 model, thus it's more useful in higher noise floor, if you don't own a good shotgun mic for that or can't use in that specific situation. 5) Better for recording in echoey rooms - In my opinion and experience this mic sounds more natural in rooms or locations which have hig reflective surfaces and lots corners. It's less susceptible to Comb Filtering effect that sometimes shotgun mics can get more. That's just a very specific thought. 6) High SPL/ Very Low Total Harmonic Distortion - KM-185 can handle very high Max SPL level of 142 dBSPL with THD of <0.5% , which is very impressive for the size of the diaphragm. 7) Standard P48 - KM-185 uses standard P48 Phantom Power for mic to work. 8) Great Frequency Response - KM-185 Has a 20Hz-20kHz high quality frequency response, for high accuracy of representation of the incoming in to the diaphragm audio signal. Cons: 1) Quite pricey - Yes this mic is pricey, but it's worth it and there other mics which are same size but sounds worse and cost few hundreds to thousands more. 2) Might be slightly High Humidity sensitive - Just might be. I've experienced higher sensitivity to humidity with most of the condenser mics, with most of brands. 3) Slightly sensitive to a low rumble and handling noise - great sounding low end, creates a higher sensitivity to handling noise as well as winds and etc. So just be more careful with this guy then with other mics.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Mimc This mic is ideal for indoor recording situations in and especially excels in tight spaces. LOVE IT!
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS MIC! Amazing Mic for internal dialog recording! When you Can't Boom with a Shotgun, You need to go Omni!
Date published: 2015-10-17
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