TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik M80 Wireless Head  From TELEFUNKEN

Wireless head for the M80-WH and M80-WH6

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

$249.00

Retail:  $279.00

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Manufacturer's Description from TELEFUNKEN

The TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik M80 Dynamic microphone has rapidly become a new standard for live performance and stage use. The microphone features a low-mass capsule built with a super thin Mylar membrane that is coupled with our propriety step-up transformer to give superior clarity and extended high frequency response (which in many ways is similar to what one might expect from a condenser microphone), in a rugged design meant for daily abuse in touring applications.

The M80 Wireless Head is now available in two models (each in either CHROME or BLACK finish). The M80-WH is based on the SHURE brand wireless products, while the M80-WH6 is designed to mate with the Line 6 brand products.

In 2008 a band called Green Day tried the M80 and found they liked the tone of the microphone in various applications, but especially on vocals. The only fly in the ointment was that Green Day isn't a club band, they're an internationally prominent act that regularly sells out arena and stadium venues, which in this day and age means that a wired vocal microphone is out of the question.

After a bunch of experimentation and some custom machining the design team at TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik was able to successfully modify Green Day's current Shure® wireless mics to feature an M-80 wireless head, complete with TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik headgrill, capsule, and output transformer.

After giving the modified Shure® mics a try, more than 40 wireless modifications were ordered by Green Day as they embarked on a world tour. From this success "team TELEFUNKEN" developed a standard modification process for Shure® microphones (which made the guys at Shure® a little angry with us!!).

This is an entire M-80 (capsule, head grill, output transformer), neatly packed in a much shorter body with the screw on terminal connections. The result is a whole lot of microphone crammed in a little tiny space that provides 10 pounds of sound in a 6 oz package.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

About Manufacturer

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT has been following the tradition of excellence and innovation set forth by the original TELEFUNKEN GmbH of Germany that began over 100 years ago.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's origins began in 2000 when owner Toni Fishman acquired the rights to the name and diamond logo for use in North America. The company began with the reverse engineering of a single microphone part: the ELA M 251 polar pattern selector. Mr. Fishman purchased an original Telefunken ELA M 251 for use in his recording studio, but when he received it he discovered that the polar pattern switch was no longer functional. Realizing that this was a common issue with the original units, the idea to recreate it was born.

The switch was reverse engineered and brought into production for other 251 owners with the same issue. With one part down, the goals were set high to successfully reverse engineer the entire microphone exactly as it was originally manufactured. The next two years were spent developing each and every part of the microphone right down to every detail. Numerous original documents and drafts from TELEFUNKEN and AKG were acquired, and coupled with thorough reverse engineering the ELA M 251 was brought back to life with meticulous accuracy.

As TELEFUNKEN moves forward, one foot is rooted in the rich history of the brand, and the other in new microphone innovations. TELEFUNKEN has evolved exponentially from a single pattern switch to one of the industry leaders in top quality microphones.

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Telefunken Microphones - NAMM 2010

Telefunken Elektroakustik Microphones explores their entire line at the NAMM 2010 show. The line consists of some extremely well built affordable microphones from their RFT series, as well as the outstanding M80 dynamic microphone, and of course, their flagship line of museum-quality replicas of the most famous vintage microphones ever built, such as the Telefunken (Neumann and AKG) Vintage microphones the ELAM 251, U47, U48, C12, and many others. They go through the entire line in some detail at the NAMM 2010 show. Sound Pure proudly represents the entire line, and has numerous mics of theirs on demo, including all of the flagship staples in stock. Call Sound Pure to discuss your microphone needs, toll free, 888-528-9703