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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
Shockmount sold separately
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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5.0

This is a good mic for the money.

By dsuden

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  • Clear Sound
  • Compact

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    Comments about Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone:

    I do voice-overs at home and also at commercial studios. Of all the mics I've ever recorded into at the studios, I liked how my voice sounded in the Neumanns the best, so I always hoped to own one, but $3200 was more than I could justify spending. This one fit the bill. It doesn't have multiple patterns, which I don't need for voice-overs anyway, but it does have the same guts as some of the higher end Neumanns (or so I've been told), and the sound is really good. Some mics love certain voices. My new Neumann loves mine, so it's mutual admiration. I'm good. Crystal clear high ends, and VERY low noise compared the my previous SE 2200a (which was also a good mic, but lacked the depth and definition the Neumann gives me).

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