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Neumann TLM 103 Microphone 75th Anniversary Set  From Neumann

Large Diaphragm Microphone kit with shockmount and aluminum microphone briefcase

Neumann USA

$1,299.95

Retail:  $1,858.00

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What We Think

The tried and true new classic TLM-103 is now offered here at an unprecedented deal, compliments of the Neumann anniversary. This setup is offered (request quoteback) as an excellent deal. We have the setup available in silver or black, as well as in a stereo, sequential serial number setup. It is available for a limited time, and on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to take advantage of this as soon as possible! The Neumann TLM103 remains to be Neumann's top selling large-diaphragm microphone. It's no surprise since they decided to come out with this one and base it on their famous U87, while still releasing it for a third of the price!

Manufacturer's Description from Neumann

The TLM 103* is the ideal large diaphragm microphone for all professional and semi-professional applications requiring the utmost in sound quality on a limited budget.

By utilizing the tried and true transformerless circuit found in numerous Neumann microphones, the TLM 103 features yet unattained 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. 

The TLM 103 is available in satin nickel and matte black.

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.

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 20 Hz and thus even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration.

Due to this low frequency extension, the TLM 103 is more sensitive to structure borne interference and wind noise. For such cases, the elastic suspension EA 1 and the windscreen WS 87 are available as accessories. For close vocal use, the PS 15 or PS 20 a pop screens are recommended.

*The design of the microphone is a registered design of the Georg Neumann GmbH in certain countries.

 

Large diaphragm cardioid microphone

Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule

Transformerless circuitry

Extremely low noise: 7 dB-A

Includes shockmount

Straightforward handling for home recording and professional studios

High-quality professional equipment for limited budgets

 

Neumann USA

About Manufacturer

Specializing in some of the finest microphones in the world, Neumann has develpoed a top name in the industry for consistency, reliability, and sonic excellence. With microphones suited for the entire range of studio recording (and more recently live application), Neumann microphones are often a first choice for uncompromised acoustic reproduction.

Specifications

Acoustical operating principle

Pressure gradient transducer

Directional pattern

Cardioid

Frequency range

20 Hz ... 20 kHz

Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm

23 mV/Pa

Rated impedance

50 ohms

Rated load impedance

1 kohms

Equivalent noise level, CCIR1)

17.5 dB

Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1)

7 dB-A

Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)

76.5 dB

Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)

87 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2)

138 dB

Maximum output voltage

13 dBu

Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted)

131 dB

Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938)

48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938)

3 mA

Matching connector

XLR3F

Weight

approx. 450 g

Diameter

60 mm

Length

132 mm

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1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting according to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
2) measured as equivalent el. input signal