Neumann TLM 103 (Nickel)Item ID: TLM103
Large-diaphragm Cardioid Microphone in Wooden Jeweler's Box with 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Range
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Make pristine recording with this low-noise mic!The Neumann TLM 103 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic boasts a capsule drawn from the U 87 and transformerless circuitry - not to mention classic Neumann sound! The TLM 103 is a great mic for any pro or project studio use and, due to its minimal self-noise, it's been used for classical recordings with a wide dynamic range, sampling (especially for very low amplitude sources), and Foley work. This mic is also robust enough for the live stage, as Jack White has employed the TLM 103 to mic amps in live situations.
Neumann TLM 103 at a Glance:
Cardioid pattern to limit bleed
The cardioid TLM 103 utilizes a tried-and-true transformerless circuit found in high-end Neumann microphones to achieve its otherwise unattainable low self-noise and the highest sound pressure level transmission possible. 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. And at this price there's no reason not to have a pair! For a stereo pair of TLM 103 mics, check out the TLM 103 Anniversary ST, which comes complete with an aluminum carrying case and shockmounts. Also available as a single TLM 103 Anniversary mic or in matte black finish.
Classic design for transparent sound
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 TLM 103 maintains an excellent impulse response and reproduces the details of music and speech without coloration. With the incredibly low self-noise level of the TLM 103 even the smallest signals are reproduced basically noise-free. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138dB without distortion, the TLM 103 provides a dynamic range of 131dB (A-weighted).
Neumann's "TLM" technology
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.
Neumann TLM 103 Features:
Get classic Neumann sound onstage or in the studio with the TLM 103!
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 20 reviews
It's everything I hoped for
by Ray from ConnecticutI been looking for the magic bullet of microphone's for quite sometime. The moment I tried this microphone I fell in love. The warmth is present, the high end is clean but not harsh and the voice is c... read more [+]aptured true and natural. The TLM 103 is well woth the investment. close [-]
November 9, 2012
Music Background: songwriter/producer/engineer
by Yonas from Chicago, ILNow I known what my studio has been missing...you should not record vocals without this mic.
May 29, 2012
Music Background: Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer
by Randall from Clifton, NJThis mic IS THE TRUTH. I own a studio in Clifton NJ. I heard great reviews on the mic and I couldn't be any happier. I run it with a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 mic pre and its clarity could almost bring... read more [+] a tear to your eye, well worth the money. close [-]
February 3, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Producer
Needs Great Preamp!!!
by Mark Andrasko from Grand Rapids, MII've been building a home recording studio, did the research, and was super excited to get my hands on this mic. I bought it and was EXTREMELY disappointed with its sound. My Shure SM57 sounded just a... read more [+]s good if not better on vocals. Why? Because through low end to average preamps this thing sounds no better than a 57.
November 11, 2011
Music Background: Home Recording Studio/Bar Musician
Months later I bought a Daking Mic Pre One and this mic literally transformed into a golden goddess of audio pleasure before my ears.
The TLM 103 NEEDS a good to great preamp to play with before it becomes useful at all (not quite true.. I still plug it into my Behringer Tube Pres from time to time for drum overheads = not bad). close [-]
The TLM 103 is nothing short of amazing and for the price, such an affordable way to get into the pro league. Once you have had the Neumann experience you will understand why these microphones are such an industry standard and sought after by many. From the moment that you open the elegant wooden Neumann box to the moment you put the TLM 103 to bed after a session, you'll notice that you have been smiling from ear to ear!
Neumann TLM 103 (Nickel)
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