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

BH #NETLM103A • MFR #008508
Neumann
Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Mono Set, 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 Mono Set 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 Mono Set 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 Mono Set comes with a color-matched shockmount and an aluminum case, making it well suited to use in the studio or on stage.

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 nickel shockmount and aluminum case
UPC: 615104085084

Neumann TLM 103 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL138 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection>2 dB at 60°
>10 dB at 120°
>25 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-32.5 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Output Level13 dBu (Max)
Dynamic Range131 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio76.5 dB CCIR
87 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level7 dB A-Weighted
17.5 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption3 mA
Physical
ColorNickel
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.4 x L: 5.2" / ø: 6 x L: 13.2 cm
Weight15.87 oz / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.37 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.8 x 13.9 x 6.6"
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