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Neumann TLM 102 BK Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

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Neumann TLM 102 BK Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • For Vocal and Instrumental Recordings
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Background Noise
  • Handles up to 144 dB SPL Distortion-Free
  • 8 to 12 kHz Treble Boost for Brilliance
Bundled with a space-saving stand mount, the black Neumann TLM 102 BK large-diaphragm condenser microphone brings renowned Neumann sound quality to a price point that's inclusive to home producers, working musicians, and independent singer-songwriters. The capsule's high SPL rating of 144 dB permits the recording of percussion, drums, amplifiers, and other loud sound sources clearly and without distortion. With its 8 to 12 kHz treble boost, the TLM 102 imparts a silky vocal presence while avoiding pronounced sibilance.
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Neumann TLM 102 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Silky Tone
  • 3No Problem with High Volume
  • 4Neumann Sound on a Budget
  • 5Clear and Powerful
  • 6Features at a Glance
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Bundled with a space-saving stand mount, the black Neumann TLM 102 BK large-diaphragm condenser microphone brings renowned Neumann sound quality to a price point that's inclusive to home producers, working musicians, and independent singer-songwriters. The capsule's high SPL rating of 144 dB permits the recording of percussion, drums, amplifiers, and other loud sound sources clearly and without distortion. With its 8 to 12 kHz treble boost, the TLM 102 imparts a silky vocal presence while avoiding pronounced sibilance.

The mic utilizes a cardioid polar pattern to provide directional sound pickup in front of the capsule and strong rejection behavior behind it, yielding less background noise than most other polar responses. The integrated pop shield reduces breath noise and vocal plosives, though external pop filters are available for even more control. The TLM 102's transformerless output stage aids the mic in achieving a clean character with plenty of reach in the bass range, and it delivers resistance to electromagnetic interference.

Silky Tone

Neumann developed the TLM 102 as a universal talent for vocal and instrumental recordings. Its finely tuned sound signature especially accents the area of 8 to 12 kHz which is crucial for human voices. The recordings get a silky elegance typical of large-diaphragm microphones; the voice gets a noble presence in the overall mix. Nevertheless, the TLM 102 remains easy to handle and deals masterfully with critical consonants or sibilants, thanks to the integrated pop shield.

No Problem with High Volume

The TLM 102 also processes extreme volume and jumps in dynamics without distortion. That makes it an excellent choice for miking loud amps and drums. It reproduces sound pressure levels of up to 144 dB (e.g. very loud trumpet at a distance of about 4") with great clarity: open, detailed, with powerful bass and refined treble.

Neumann Sound on a Budget

The TLM 102 stands for legendary sound on a budget. Neumann remodeled the production and omitted non-vital functions such as pattern, pad, and low-cut switches. When you hear the TLM 102, you'll immediately notice what they did not omit: the Neumann sound, which remains faithful to its big role models.

Clear and Powerful

The TLM series works with a transformerless output stage to enable a clean and direct sound, very "close" to the acoustic source, and a powerful bass transmission all the way down to the lowest frequencies. Its transformerless output stage also makes the microphone resistant to electromagnetic fields and minimizes transmission losses.

Features at a Glance

  • Easy handling for vocal and instrumental recordings
  • Distortion-free sound even at extreme sound pressure levels up to 144 dB
  • Slight treble boost for silky vocals (independent of music genre)
  • Built-in pop shield reduces vocal plosives
  • Cardioid polar pattern lessens background noise
  • XLR 3-pin output
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Includes stand mount
UPC: 615104086272

Neumann TLM 102 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
WindscreenBuilt-In
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL144 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity11 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Output Level13 dBu (Max)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio73 dB CCIR
82 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level21 dB CCIR
12 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption3.5 mA
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Included CaseNone
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2 x L: 4.6" / ø: 5.2 x L: 11.6 cm
Weight0.46 lb / 210 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.065 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 4.35 x 2.75"

Neumann TLM 102 Reviews

This was my second so I'd have a matched pair.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-09

Small, beautifully made, well mounted and sounds great-- just like my first one. I wanted an alternative (semi-)matched pair for stereo work and this was my choice. Didn't want to spend the additional $3000 for the big daddy. I'm quite happy with it.

Best mic ever

By Davis-Grice
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-07

I’m a songwriter and this is my reference mic (main vocal mic is sony c-100). This adds something new to my vocal chain that I love without even having to EQ or compress. Raw vocals give an amazing cut for post production. Great low self noise. Dynamic range is awesome. Love it all. Highly recommend.

My new go to mic.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-04

I do mostly acoustic guitar recording. This mic captures beautifully and has a great form factor and shock mount. I have some good mics, but I haven't found a source that this mic doesn't improve or at least equal.

Beautiful all around sound for VO (midrange, baritone, male)

By Jay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

I'd previously been using the Rode NT1 as my primary mic, and I loved it. Booked and recorded lots of work on it. However, I have a midrange male voice with a solid amount of nasal resonance and found the NT1 too sharp for my voice at times and missing some of the balancing rich low end frequencies in my voice. The TLM 102 sounds just right. Great full low end, with smooth midrange for my voice. I hardly use an EQ it fits my voice so well.  It's sensitivity is also great for my situation. I'm in a Brooklyn apt building. Admittedly I invested about $500 sound proofing and treatment (Audimute isole, and door seals), so my closet boasts a good noise floor (on average -55db to -60db), and the TLM 102 performs really well here. If I'm being really picky about my noise floor, it picks up a fair amount of low frequencies (fridge, elevator, passing trucks, heavy footsteps above me) that I won't be able to eliminate without a full on vocal booth. None of this can't be fixed with modest EQ or by recording at off-peak traffic hours in my building.

GREAT microphone

By Linda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-20

For my book narrating, this microphone is nothing short of wonderful. A touch smaller than some of the more expensive ones, which works very well in my DIY recording booth. I shopped hard and decided on this with an Apogee One. Perfect combination. Very highly recommended....and it's a keeper.

wonderful microphone

By Jose Francisco
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-16

The quality of this microphone is unmatched

My TLM 102 is rockin!

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-26

My new Neumann TLM 102 was delivered even faster than promised, I used it that'd at on a job and the client loved the audio quality. Thanks B & H!

YouTube Video no help B&H

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-25

Am looking to buy a microphone and this one is on my list. Since I've not tried it this is not a review but a comment. B&H you include a useless YouTube video of a guy talking German who does not even demonstrate the microphone but just says, I like it! I just wonder if anyone there watches these videos before adding them to the product description and wasting customers' time.

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Asked by: Brendon
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Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-11-27

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Asked by: T Radha
This large diaphragm mic would work recording a sitar, or other stringed-instrument, providing a bright and lively sound. But I would strongly consider looking at a small diaphragm microphone for recording a sitar. Consider the Neumann KM 184 MT Microphone (Matte Black), BH #NEKM184MT, which can placed 4 to 8 feet from the instrument and gives a very realistic recreation of the sitar’s droning and twangy sound.
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Date published: 2020-07-14

How does this mic handle "popping p's"?

How does this mic handle "popping p's"?
Asked by: Matthew
The Neumann TLM-102 does include an integrated pop filter, which may address the popping p's, depending on the individual and proper use. A choice of additional Pop Filters may be viewed/ chosen here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/656902-REG/Neumann_TLM_102_NICKEL_TLM_102_Large_Diaphragm_Studio.html/accessories These are favorites: B&H #: KM23956B B&H #: RYIVUPF
Answered by: james
Date published: 2021-02-05

question

Does this need 48V phantom power?
Asked by: NICHOLAS
Yes, since its a condenser mic, so it requires 48V phantom power, which is normally available with every pre-amp.
Answered by: Muhammad I.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Product Highlights mentions that there Includes Elastic Suspension Shockmount However, in In The Box it is absent. Might be an error. Does it or does it not come with the shockmount?
Asked by: Joseph D.
The Auray suspension shockmount came with the kit order for me.
Answered by: Muhammad I.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Hi, I m a radio announcer, is this microphone the right one to use at a home studio ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, its one of the best yet cheapest mic from Neumann. The Neumann are industry leaders in mics and you'll love this mic for any sort of home recording. Will be perfect for your radio announcements.
Answered by: Muhammad I.
Date published: 2018-08-24
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