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Neumann TLM 103 SET Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone – Nickel


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Large-diaphragm Cardioid Microphone in Wooden Jeweler’s Box with 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Range

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Neumann TLM 103 Specs

Primary Applications Studio Recording
Form Factor Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources Vocals, Instrument
Sound Field Mono
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Capsule Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Orientation Side Address
Circuitry Solid-State
Pad None
High-Pass Filter None
Tone Adjustment None
Gain Adjustment None
Indicators None
On-Board Controls None
Windscreen None
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection >2 dB at 60°
>10 dB at 120°
>25 dB at 180°
Impedance 50 Ohms
Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity -32.5 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Output Level 13 dBu (Max)
Dynamic Range 131 dB A-Weighted
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 76.5 dB CCIR
87 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level 7 dB A-Weighted
17.5 dB CCIR
Output Connectors (Analog) 1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone Connector None
Bus Power None
Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption 3 mA
Color Nickel
Mounting Shockmount (Included)
Included Case Hard Case
Included Filters None
Dimensions ø: 2.4 x L: 5.2″ / ø: 6 x L: 13.2 cm
Weight 15.87 oz / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 8.37 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.8 x 13.9 x 6.6″

Product Description

Designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the heralded U 87 microphone for project studios, producers, and vocalists, the nickel Neumann TLM 103 Mono Set is a large-diaphragm condenser mic offering the classic Neumann sound with elevated presence to impart a crisp, clean, and full tone. It boasts a capsule based on the U 87 married to pristine transformerless circuitry, allowing it to handle high SPLs up to 138 dB without distortion while maintaining superbly quiet self-noise of just 7 dBA.

The combination of the transformerless output stage and heightened treble response makes the TLM 103 a great choice when the sound source needs to clearly cut through the mix. The mic’s compact body is ideal for positioning it in tight spots such as over a snare, inside a kick drum, or in front of a small guitar amp. By utilizing a cardioid polar pattern, the mic can effectively reduce ambient noise or instrument bleed behind the mic. The TLM 103 Mono Set comes with a color-matched shockmount and an aluminum case, making it well suited to use in the studio or on stage.

Affordable Alternative to the U 87
Introduced in 1997 as an affordable alternative to the venerable U 87, the TLM 103 has since become a classic in its own right. Today, the TLM 103 defines the standard by which contemporary studio microphones are measured. Its classic, tapered headgrille design gives the TLM 103 a distinct Neumann look.
Large-Diaphragm Capsule
The TLM 103 is a cardioid microphone with a large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U 87. However, the TLM 103 has a slightly more modern voicing with a wide presence boost for frequencies above 5 kHz.
Refined and Full Sound
Its very direct yet refined sound is perfect for vocals and solo instruments that pop out of the mix without effort. Of course, the TLM 103 also has the famous authoritative midrange that has become the hallmark of Neumann microphones and made them a top choice in studios around the world. A special feature of the TLM 103 is its impressively deep yet controlled low end, perfect for sonorous voices and powerful bass instruments.
Technical Excellence
With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dBA, the TLM 103 is among the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of -32.5 dBV ensures ultralow noise, even with budget preamps and audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for pre attenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the TLM 103 a very easy-to-use studio microphone as it will capture anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.
Transformerless Output
As a member of Neumann’s TLM series, the TLM 103 works with a transformerless output stage, which minimizes transmission losses and ensures a very immediate, uncolored sound, true to the original as well as a clear, powerful bass response, even at highest signal levels.
The TLM 103 was primarily designed for project studios and broadcast use, but due to its outstanding performance was soon embraced by renowned studios as a more modern sounding alternative to the U 87 for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps, and piano. The TLM 103 is also often used as a spot mic in classical recordings for cello and double bass.
Features at a Glance
  • Large-diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic U 87 microphone
  • Balanced sound with enhanced presence
  • Cardioid pattern reduces background noise
  • Transformerless circuitry with high SPL capability
  • Extremely low self-noise of only 7 dBA
  • XLR 3-pin output
  • 48V phantom powered
  • Includes nickel shockmount and aluminum case