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Neumann TLM 170R MT Microphone  From Neumann

Fantastically neutral multipattern condenser mic that features a rich warm tone without sacrificing detail.  

Neumann USA


Retail:  $4,398.00

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Neumann TLM 170R MT Microphone Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure pro audio specialist Travis Hall talks us through the Neumann TLM 170R MT Microphone, and plays some demo clips of this mic in action on male vocals.

Manufacturer's Description from Neumann

The TLM 170R is a large diaphragm, studio condenser microphone with 5 polar patterns selected either by a rotary switch on the rear side of the microphone, or remotely by the N 48 R-2 dual phantom power supply / controller, (optional). "TLM" stands for Trans-formerless Microphone. The "R" denotes remote control capability. Remote control of microphone polar patterns had previously been achieved only through the use of special, multi-conductor cables and connectors. The TLM 170R is the first microphone to achieve this feat via standard, two conductor shielded microphone cable and 3-pin XLR type connectors.

When using the rotary switch on the rear of the body of the microphone to select the polar patterns, the TLM 170R will function normally with any 48V phantom power source conforming to DIN 45 596. For remote control of the polar pattern, the "r" position is selected and the N 48R-2 is required. The N 48 R-2 will provide phantom power and independent polar pattern control for two microphones. Remote control is affected by varying the phantom power voltage in 1.5V increments from 45-51 volts.

The mic comes equipped with a swivel shock-mount providing effective isolation from external mechanical vibrations. It may be easilyremoved or mounted on the opposite side of the microphone when required. An optional elastic suspension EA 170 is also available.

The TLM 170R is distinguished from previous TLM 170 by a red ring around the base of the microphone body. Two finishes are available: satin nickel, (silver) and matte black. Previous TLM 170 can be upgraded for remote control via circuit modification.

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.


Acoustical operating principle

Pressure gradient transducer

Directional pattern

Omnidirectional, wide angle cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8

Frequency range

20 Hz ... 20 kHz

Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm

8 mV/Pa

Rated impedance

50 ohms

Rated load impedance

1 kohms

Equivalent noise level, CCIR1)

26 dB

Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1)

14 dB-A

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

68 dB

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

80 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2)

144 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation2)

154 dB

Maximum output voltage

10 dBu

Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted)

130 dB

Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938)

48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938)

3 mA

Matching connector



625 g


60 mm


152 mm



1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS

2) measured as equivalent el. input signal