Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary EditionItem ID: TLM103Anniv
Large-diaphragm Cardioid Microphone with Aluminum Carrying Case and Shockmount
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Versatile And Amazingly Affordable!The Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary 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 Anniversary 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 Anniversary at a Glance:
Cardioid pattern to limit bleed
The cardioid TLM 103 Anniversary 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. 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 mic with a wooden box and stand mount or in matte black finish.
Classic design for transparent sound
The TLM 103 Anniversary 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 Anniversary Features:
Get classic Neumann sound onstage or in the studio with the TLM 103 Anniversary!
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
a BIG step up
by floyd roberts from marylandWith this you wont be needing to break the bank for those 3,000-4,000$ mics and still end up with quality that sounds like you may as well have paid that. I use this my self , plugged in to presonus c... read more [+]hannel strip pre amp , and i hear what is a world of difference compared to my previous setup!! the second i plugged it adjusted my eq and comp. etc etc. i knew the difference then my last mic which was mxl v69 mogami edition at the price range of 389$.......i been recording for 4 years now and ive tried a couple of others , but this one does sound better then any of the others. well worth it close [-]
April 6, 2012
Music Background: artist/producer/engineer
by Dan Musselman from Los AngelesBeautiful V.O. mic. The best! I've tried them all and the 103 is sweet - crystal clear and warm.
November 23, 2011
Music Background: Producer Audiobooks
BEST MIC ON VERY LOW PRICE
by BIGBOSS studio dehradun INDIA from INDIAThis is a great MIC from Neumann. we are having two in our recording studio.
August 13, 2011
Music Background: we are in music since 1986 to 1997----and are in recording studio since 1997
Very nice addition to the mic locker
by IMAGO RECORDING STUDIOS from Lexington, KyThe TLM 103 is a great overall mic. Use it on everything from vocals to acoustic to guitar cabs(But not too loud) The result is sweet and crisp with a smooth bottom end. HIghly recommended.
February 28, 2007
Music Background: Recording Engineer, pro musician, and Independant producer.
I'm still amazed that a microphone of this quality and craftsmanship can be offered at this price. I've picked the 103 in almost every blind mic comparison shootout I've been a part of, whether it's been for vocals, acoustic guitar, and even as a supplement to piano mic’ing situations. Incredibly rich character, yet very clean.
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