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

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

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

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

Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set, 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: 615104085015
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set, Nickel)
  • 2 x TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
  • 2 x EA-1 - Shock Mount (Nickel)
  • Aluminium Case
  • 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 9.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 14.0 x 6.5"

    Neumann TLM 103 reviews

    TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set, Nickel) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mics for the price I have used the matched pair for over two years now and am beyond pleased with the sound. I use a tube pre-amp for the mics and the sound is mellow but sharp, clear and full. I used to have to adjust the sound recorded by my previous mics, but rarely have to do anything with the sounds these mics record. I have recorded school bands and orchestras, and now record two local symphonys. The product is consistant and always good. I also video the performances and use the sound track from these mics to overlay the video sound. Perfect match. Thinking of buying a second set of matchings to work as backup. Great mics!
    Date published: 2017-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Microphone review So far I have used the TLM 103 to record a male vocal and acoustic guitar. I am delighted with my purchase.... I had already recorded a vocal using another similarly priced AKG product and I rerecorded it with the 103 and I was very pleased with the result. To be fair the AKG went through a Demeter mic pre and the 103 went through a BAE 1073 MP, so no doubt that brought something else into the equation, but either way I was delighted with the new vocal recording. I also tried the acoustic guitar with the matched stereo pair of 103s and it was beautifully alive and crisp. The Anniversary matched stereo pair came with two shock mounts in a very swish aluminum case which for fussy people like me has it's own delight. As of now I can't find anything wrong with the TLM103.
    Date published: 2011-01-16
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