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Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone   (Open Box)
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Based on proven and revered Neumann technology.

The Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone is an ideal large-diaphragm mic for all professional and semi-professional applications. By utilizing the tried-and-true transformerless circuit found in numerous Neumann microphones, the TLM 103 features very low self-noise and the highest sound pressure level transmission. The capsule, derived from that used in the U 87, has a cardioid pattern, is acoustically well-balanced, and provides extraordinary attenuation of signals from the rear.

Includes an aluminum mic briefcase and EA-1 elastic suspension mount.

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 high feedback suppression when the microphone is used in live situations or where loudspeaker playback is a factor.

The capsule has a flat frequency response up to about 5kHz, and above that, a wide, flat 4dB 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 7dB-A/17.5dB CCIR the self-noise level is so low that even the smallest signals are reproduced basically noise-free. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138dB without distortion, the TLM 103 provides a dynamic range of 131dB.

Operational safety

The entire internal construction is elastically mounted to attenuate any structure-borne noise that could interfere with the TLM 103's operation. Furthermore the capsule is set on an elastic mount.

The frequency range reaches below 20Hz and thus even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration. Because of this low frequency extension, the TLM 103 is more sensitive to structure-borne interference and wind noise.
Requires phantom power.

  • Large diaphragm mic
  • Proven circuit used in numerous Neumanns
  • Low self-noise
  • High SPL transmission
  • Cardioid pattern capsule derived from the U 87

Call now and own a piece of gear that's as legendary as it is extraordinary.


TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone

  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
    Directional pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
    Sensitivity @ 1kHz into 1kohm: 21mV/Pa
    Rated impedance: 50ohms
    Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
    Equivalent SPL CCIR 468-3: 17.5dB
    Equivalent SPL DIN/IEC 651: 7dB-A
    S/N ratio CCIR 468-3: 76.5dB
    S/N ratio DIN/IEC 651: 87dB
    Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138dB
    Maximum output voltage: 13dBu
    Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier DIN/IEC 651: 131dB
    Supply voltage: 48V±4V
    Current consumption: 3mA
    Matching connector: XLR 3F
    Weight: approx. 500g
    Diameter: 60mm
    Length: 132mm

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NeumannTLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone

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Very happy with this mic

By VoiceGuy

from New York, NY

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    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    Went from an RE20, which was so picky about pre-amps and noise, to the TLM 103, which is soooo much better. RE20 has it's uses, but for voice, I think the TLM can't be beat (at that price, anyway).

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Recording Engineer

    By Music Lover-OYFvm

    from Belleville, Illinois

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    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    We have several high dollar mics and felt this would add to the mix. It has been packed away for a years. Just does not capture vocals as good as other leading brand mics. I have tried to use it on several musicians and singers-but I/we have been disappoint. I truly do not understand how others are ranking this so high. Don't buy it-unless you have money to throw away.


    and you thought the U87 was cool!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    Neumann always delivers! Excellent mics! This is great for the home studio or even professional studio. I personally pick this mic over any other mic for my vocal tracking. Amazing. Pristine bright sound, but gives you the warmth and depth you want!


    Neumann Tlm 103

    By Sparky Arc Angel Studios

    from LA California

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    I have been Using this mic for some vocals in a professional studio for about two years and its fantasic. It's got the low mids and pristine hi's if you are as picky with non coloration sound as I am then this is the mic for you. A couple of notes with this mic. 1st spend the money on a real top end mic preamp. example: presonous or ashley. 2nd I thought neumann could have made the shock mount completely out of metal, the part that screws on to the stand is plastic.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Neumann TLM 103

    By Jesse G.

    from Madison,WI

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    After an extensive sound test of various mics, including the Neumann U87, BLUE's Bottle and Baby Bottle, and RODE NT1, I found the Neumann TLM 103 to be the best mic with the best price. It has a great sound and produces very low self-noise. The testing of all mics went through a 40 channel SSL-4000 Cousel to a Radar hard disk recorder.



    By bg

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    Crisp, clear, incredibly low noise, you can't even hear it. True Neumann sound quality for a great price. Can't be beat!!!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Worth every cent

    By Greg B

    from Burbank, Ca

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    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    If you need a great mic and can afford it buy it. There are some excellent mics that cost much less but they're not Neumann. What goes in is what comes out including warmth. For the price range this is the best.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Neumann Tlm-103

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone:

    Nice full sound, smooth top end. Not as good as a U87, but for the same price you could have a stereo pair of these and still have enough for a Km-184.

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