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Neumann TLM 103 Microphone  

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Overview
  • Large diaphragm cardioid microphone
  • Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule
  • Transformerless circuitry
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Extremely low self-noise and the high SPL transmission!

A standard name in high-end recording studios around the world, Neumann mics deliver the professional touch that’s needed to capture high-quality audio. The TLM 103 is fast becoming a standard for home recording and the music industry. The large-diaphragm Neumann TLM-103 Microphone provides platinum-quality sound on a bronze budget, using transformerless circuitry for ultralow self-noise and handling high sound pressure levels up to 138dB. The TLM-103’s cardioid polar pattern optimizes attenuation of unwanted sound and suppresses feedback and comes with a rugged wire mesh grille that helps protect the capsule. This is the mic for everyone who, despite budget limitations, does not want to do without the uncompromising Neumann sound.

Applications
Due to the universal cardioid pattern, straightforward handling, extremely low self-noise level, and finally, the price, the TLM 103 is predestined for all demanding applications from home recording to professional broadcasting and commercial recording studios.

Polar pattern
The TLM 103 is equipped with a large diaphragm capsule with cardioid pattern. By focusing on this pattern – used in most recording situations – 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.

Acoustic features
The TLM 103 is addressed from the front, marked with the red Neumann logo on the microphone body. The K 103 large diaphragm capsule is based on the K 87, well known from the U 67 / U 87 microphones.The capsule has a flat frequency response up to about 5 kHz, and above that, a wide flat 4 dB presence boost.

The large wire mesh headgrille protects the capsule from plosive sounds and effectively prevents pop noises. These characteristics are achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response and reproduces the finest details of music and speech without coloration.

Electrical features
With just 7 dB-A / 17.5 dB CCIR the self-noise level of the TLM 103 is so reduced that even the smallest signals are reproduced basically noise-free. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138 dB without distortion, the TLM 103 provides a dynamic range of 131 dB (A-weighted).

The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone". 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.

Shockmount sold separately

Features
  • Large diaphragm cardioid microphone
  • Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule
  • Transformerless circuitry
  • Extremely low noise: 7 dB-A
  • Includes swivel mount
  • Straightforward handling for homerecording and professional studios
  • High-quality professional equipment for limited budgets
 

TLM 103 Microphone Specifications:

  • Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern Cardioid
  • Frequency range 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kOhm 23 mV/Pa
  • Rated impedance 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance 1kOhms
  • Equivalent noise level, CCIR1) 17.5dB
  • Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1) 7 dB-A
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94dB SPL) 76.5dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94dB SPL) 87dB
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2) 138dB
  • Maximum output voltage 13 dBu
  • Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted) 131dB
  • Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48V ± 4V
  • Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3 mA
  • Matching connector XLR3F
  • Weight approx. 450g
  • Diameter 60mm
  • Length 132mm
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NeumannTLM 103 Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fix it in the mix

Some have the perception that this isn't a "real Neumann" or that a $79 Nady sounds "just as good."It is difficult to hear how a mic is...Read complete review

Some have the perception that this isn't a "real Neumann" or that a $79 Nady sounds "just as good."It is difficult to hear how a mic is going to sit in the mix when you're only listening to the mic itself with no music. It's deceiving to compare several mics side-by-side without being in the studio. People often say "I tried out all the mics in the store and the (whatever brand) didn't sound any better than the cheaper mics I compared it to."What we're all after is how is it going to sound in the mix. This is where the Neumann shines. First of all, Neumann is far less prone to sibilance than cheaper mics. Compared to less expensive mics, you can push the EQ, compression and FX a lot further with the TLM103 without it sounding artificial - like the cheaper mics will.Yes, I have Studio Projects, AKG414, BlueBird and a half a dozen others. The Neumann delivers. When it comes time to mix - the TLM103 sounds "balanced across the board" where cheaper mics start to sound tinny or mushy when you push them during mix-down.I know some will say "hey man, if you have to EQ more than 3dB then you're doing it wrong". The reality of it is that with modern music, including Rap, Metal and so on - to get "that sound" you gotta crank the EQ.Yes, Neumann is expensive, but it is not overpriced. When it comes time to mix, compress then master (more compression) Neumann delivers "that sound" without compromise. There is a reason that every major studio uses Neumann.You'll hear it in the mix.

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honest review from a professional musician

I really wanted to be honest here and help others in choosing the correct mic, I have worked professionally in the music industry and have been a gear addict for a while, I started...Read complete review

I really wanted to be honest here and help others in choosing the correct mic, I have worked professionally in the music industry and have been a gear addict for a while, I started off as gear deaf, then now my ear opened so much in which the sonic character of every mic is unique and easily identified, a good thing and bad. Anyway, as a neumann user for 10 year plus, I have been loving the tone of u87, u47 as much as any pro, however, the tlm103 is no where near the neumann high standard, think about it this way, you think such a big company will be so dumb to put another cheaper product (tlm103) to knock of sales from another(u87)? reality is no, there is no such thing as free lunch, you see, and I am been really really honest here, the mic firstly, doesnt sounds like a u87, in speech it sounds close, but not smooth hf, abit bright, and in vocal, no way, its completly different to a u87, and thats not the case here, the thing that concern me is it sounded brittly bright,and thin, to me, and other pro, is better to get a rode nt1a if you liked the tlm103. For the price, you can get an akg 414xlii, much better mic, and really sound nice on everything, an industry standard. well, i hope the point is clear, tlm103 is no high end sounding mic, is ok, but the quality is not much better than a rode nt1a. For those who never been working with high end mic,or industry std one, like u87, akg414, you may think this mic is gold, but in reality is abit of junk only for the beginners, of cos a small percentage of vox will still sounded ok, but the rest I doubt it will. You will still get an ok vox recording, but nothing special, I laugh when folks who bought this mic think they ve gota bargain,or a u87 in so call cardio, and thats why is cheap. BS, and I have used this mic before I cristise it. If you want a neumann badge which will give you more confidence, buy it, but if you are after the best sonic character mic, save more and go for a u87, or even a akg414 which is the same price but much more feature. Wellwellwell, at the end, some of you will still go and buy it, but keep my comments in mind, one day when your ear develop you will know exactly what I am talking about.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally Satisfied

By Jackson

from NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

I've been through a lot of budget mics, Chinese condensers, TLM-102 and have to say the TLM 103 has the magic. I'm using it on male vocals, acoustic guitar and a guitar cab. More than I wanted to spend but well worth the investment. It has this character that just sounds right. No more of having to coax desirable results by eq'ing budget MXLs, ATs, Sterling, etc. This mic isn't perfect but I love it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great quality product from Neumann

By jjdiggs

from Gainesville, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    Great on all types of vocals, fantastic on acoustic guitars. Works well on most other instruments if you take your time to get it right. It's a workhorse in pro studios everywhere, and for a reason.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Over-hyped, but better than a lot of stuff.

    By crwrd

    from Salem

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    It's not a bad mic, but it is definitely over-hyped. It doesn't really sound like Neumann. It's high end is really harsh. But it's good on acoustic instruments.
    Simple, straight forward condenser mic.
    Build: Solidy built. It's a heavy little guy.

    Sound Quality: Harsh. Excessive sibilance. Cold highs. The mids are good and so are lows. This mic is good for acoustic instruments and really not good on vocals. Just way too thin and brittle. The boost in the high frequency range is intended to give that "brightness effect" to attract first time Neumann buyers.
    You can get much better mics for this amount of money. If you can pick one of these up used for not much money it would be worth it. But before you drop this amount of money on a studio mic, you should look at Oktavamod. They do wonderful work for much less money than this.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    ideal home studio mic

    By Frankie Seuss

    from annapolis, MD

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    we recorded an album for my band with this mic. it sounds professional. it was a lot of fun doing vocals through this mic. we used it for lead and back up. it was also played infront of the kick drum alongside of the audix D6 to add a bit of flavor to the mix. it definitely played a big role in the album. if you wana hear it, go to youtube and search vista saints confession or vista saints its time. all the vox were recorded with this mic.
    it records sounds, it does as advertised just like every mic.
    it's built like a tank. i wouldn't want to drop it but if it happens it seems like it can take a little beating. when you pick it up it feels great.
    I haven't used toooo many mics but i've heard cheaper ones that sound just as good. not that this one is bad at all, it sounds amazing. but it's pretty pricey.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Love this mic!

    By Mark Gregory

    from Sierra Madre, CA

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    Overall, you can't beat it. For the price, every studio should have at least 2.
    This mic is fantastic, especially for the price. Our studio has 30+ mics from all the top brands and the 103s get used the most often. I would say it ends up in about 95% of the sessions we do here. I bought a pair almost 10 years ago and never had a problem. I've used them on vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, as room mics, violin, percussion, just about everything, and they always sound great. There is no better mic for under $1k, not even close. I'm about to buy another pair because we love them so much and use them on everything.
    Top notch, as you would expect from Neumann. Never had a problem
    This is the best mic available in it's price range and excells on a variety of sources. Plus, the resale value is great if you ever have to part with it.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fix it in the mix

    By Synth Quest

    from Sunny Portland, Oregon

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    Some have the perception that this isn't a "real Neumann" or that a $79 Nady sounds "just as good."It is difficult to hear how a mic is going to sit in the mix when you're only listening to the mic itself with no music. It's deceiving to compare several mics side-by-side without being in the studio. People often say "I tried out all the mics in the store and the (whatever brand) didn't sound any better than the cheaper mics I compared it to."What we're all after is how is it going to sound in the mix. This is where the Neumann shines. First of all, Neumann is far less prone to sibilance than cheaper mics. Compared to less expensive mics, you can push the EQ, compression and FX a lot further with the TLM103 without it sounding artificial - like the cheaper mics will.Yes, I have Studio Projects, AKG414, BlueBird and a half a dozen others. The Neumann delivers. When it comes time to mix - the TLM103 sounds "balanced across the board" where cheaper mics start to sound tinny or mushy when you push them during mix-down.I know some will say "hey man, if you have to EQ more than 3dB then you're doing it wrong". The reality of it is that with modern music, including Rap, Metal and so on - to get "that sound" you gotta crank the EQ.Yes, Neumann is expensive, but it is not overpriced. When it comes time to mix, compress then master (more compression) Neumann delivers "that sound" without compromise. There is a reason that every major studio uses Neumann.You'll hear it in the mix.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best by Far I've Tried

    By Experience 2000'

    from Scotland

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    I,m a Scottish vocalist musician and have been playing since the 1960's and we, my brother and I record ourselves now and again in our little house studio, we got this mic thinking it should be pretty good as its a Neumann but we did'nt expect just how fantastic it is, this is the best mic I've ever sung thru' its clean and clear and is'nt harsh on the treble side, it has a warm sound and you need very little EQ on it, and we use analogue mixers to record, dont like the digital crap its too hard a sound and you'll notice they try to make it sound analogue in the big recording studio's, so why not put it thu' an good quality analogue mixer in the first place,i.e. we use a soundcraft mixer, buy this mic and you wont be disappointed, and i'm not a Neumann salesman, Ian from Scotland.

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    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed

    By Music Lover-OYFvm

    from Belleville, Illinois

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    I have tried to like the Microphone but when compared to lower end I see no benefit. I run it through a LA 610 and end up using other microphones because they are just cleaner. I record using pro tools and have recorded at least two professionals on voice and they/we always selected a different mic such as an SM57 or CAD. Going to sale it hopefully today and get a better sounding, quality mic.

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    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    honest review from a professional musician

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    I really wanted to be honest here and help others in choosing the correct mic, I have worked professionally in the music industry and have been a gear addict for a while, I started off as gear deaf, then now my ear opened so much in which the sonic character of every mic is unique and easily identified, a good thing and bad. Anyway, as a neumann user for 10 year plus, I have been loving the tone of u87, u47 as much as any pro, however, the tlm103 is no where near the neumann high standard, think about it this way, you think such a big company will be so dumb to put another cheaper product (tlm103) to knock of sales from another(u87)? reality is no, there is no such thing as free lunch, you see, and I am been really really honest here, the mic firstly, doesnt sounds like a u87, in speech it sounds close, but not smooth hf, abit bright, and in vocal, no way, its completly different to a u87, and thats not the case here, the thing that concern me is it sounded brittly bright,and thin, to me, and other pro, is better to get a rode nt1a if you liked the tlm103. For the price, you can get an akg 414xlii, much better mic, and really sound nice on everything, an industry standard. well, i hope the point is clear, tlm103 is no high end sounding mic, is ok, but the quality is not much better than a rode nt1a. For those who never been working with high end mic,or industry std one, like u87, akg414, you may think this mic is gold, but in reality is abit of junk only for the beginners, of cos a small percentage of vox will still sounded ok, but the rest I doubt it will. You will still get an ok vox recording, but nothing special, I laugh when folks who bought this mic think they ve gota bargain,or a u87 in so call cardio, and thats why is cheap. BS, and I have used this mic before I cristise it. If you want a neumann badge which will give you more confidence, buy it, but if you are after the best sonic character mic, save more and go for a u87, or even a akg414 which is the same price but much more feature. Wellwellwell, at the end, some of you will still go and buy it, but keep my comments in mind, one day when your ear develop you will know exactly what I am talking about.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dont think, just BUY BUY BUY!!!!

    By XTREEMMAK

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Microphone:

    Run this mic through a Great River preamp, and you have GOLD! I freaking LOVE this mic!!! Makes vocals sound crisp and warm with not much attenuation necessary.

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