Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone - Nickel

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Crystal-clear Onstage Vocals

Neumann is world-renowned for their legacy of fantastic studio microphones, but with the elegant KMS 105 they make their uncompromising standards available in an affordable, high-quality handheld mic. The exquisite design includes an elastic shockmounted supercardioid capsule with three metal basket layers providing a robust method of getting rid of those frustrating plosives. Not only is it a luxurious-looking mic; it’s also very lightweight, making it a pleasure to use in live performance. When compared with other handheld vocal mics, the KMS 105 offers superior resolution with extended frequency response and accurate transient detail. Sibilance problems common to other handheld condenser mics are eliminated. No foam is used in the basket, thus eliminating any "clouding" or "muffling" of the sound. If you're ready to step up to the Neumann of handhelds, Sweetwater has your mic: the KMS 105.

Superior parts and design: superior sound

The K 105 capsule used in the Neumann KMS 105 was developed from the K 50, found in the KMS 150, KM 150, and KM 185 microphones. The K 105 features a supercardioid pattern, achieved by specially modifying the response of the K 50 pressure-gradient transducer. The frequency response characteristic is developed in the acoustic realm, allowing for accurate representation of transient details found in music and speech, and thus transmitting a very "open" and detailed capture of the human voice. Due to the tight supercardioid polar pattern and the coloration-free off-axis response, a very high level of gain before feedback is achieved. This polar pattern offers the highest degree of isolation while still allowing for a generous "sweet spot" in front of the microphone.

Neumann KMS 105 Features:

  • Condenser microphone for crystal-clear highs and deep lows
  • Neumann sound onstage
  • Excellent transparency for vocals/speech
  • Without off-axis coloration
  • Transformerless output
  • Supercardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • Set includes stand clamp
  • Requires +48-volt phantom power

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 150dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 76dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 18dB (A weighted)
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Clamp, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number 008454

Customer Reviews

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The best decision I could make

Before buying the Neumann KMS 105, I was using a Sure SM 58. The first thing that I noticed was that it picked up the resonance in my voice in a way I never heard. It freed me up to enjoy singing the song i was singing for my coach who also said that she noticed the difference even though we were on a Face time call. I would actually like to use this mic now whenever I perform because I know the quality is going to be there.
Music background: Professional singer/Actor since 1997.

Believe the hype!

I have gone thru about six handheld mics in the past two years as I have gotten into singing. Home recordings in regular home surroundings and no desire to set up a home studio--which has lead me to use handheld mics. I use a voice play live to connect to my computer for recording. I own:Audio-Technica ATR2100Blue YetiShure SM58EV ND 967Blue Encore 300 (handheld condenser)I have tried a few other mics as well but not owned themIf you look up reviews of the Encore 300, you will find that they are VERY well reviewed and indeed it is a very good mic. I used it for over a year and was pretty happy with it. As I have become a bit of a mic geek, I read reviews on this mic and was very tempted...despite the steep price. By comparison, the Encore is around 200....vs 700 for the Neumann. Having had the Neumann for about a month now....I can say that this mic is simply amazing. So much better than the Encore and it is hard to describe how it helps your singing...but you seem to need less do need a pop filter for certain songs and it probably is not the best for hard rock. For everything else it is amazing. If you can afford it, this has to be among the best if not the best handheld mics available. I have never once felt that I overspent on this sucker! It is really that good! Give it a try and you will be hooked.

Neumann kms 105 Nickel

Best every! Didn't imagine it would sound this good. Very rich looking too, love the classic retro nickel look. I wish I bought it years ago, worth every penny.
Music background: sang live for 25 years. 2 bands.

Great Live Mic

I found a write up that intrigued me a bout this mic. Couldn't find a bad thing written about it. Talk to Ryan and he said go for it. My wife has used a beta 87 since it first came on the market and this is the best mic I have found for her vocals. Just perfect for someone who really sings and know how to use a good mic. I am using it with the Bose L1 Model 2 and it's a match made in heaven
Music background: 30+ yrs Bassist, Studio owner

Amazing Difference

WIsh I could have found a cheaper alternative, but this mic is well worth the money. I can now tell sound people just to leave the eq on the board flat and it sounds great (using it on a light soprano voice singing jazz and latin jazz). Great intelligibility on spoken word between songs as well (that was always a problem with a soft voice).
Music background: Keyboard player, Engineer, Arranger

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

Slick your hair back, button up your shirt, shine your shoes, and straighten your tie. It's time for a night on the town. You need to look good for your show and sound even better, that's why you choose Neumann. This is my favorite live mic for any of my barbershop, rat pack, or crooning customers. If your music demands high quality at any price, the KMS is the mic for the show.
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones