Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Edition

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
  • Classic design for transparent sound
  • Neumann's "TLM" technology

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:
  • Nickel finish
  • Large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
  • Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule
  • Transformerless circuitry
  • Extremely low noise
  • Includes swivel mount
  • Minimal self-noise
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2: 138 dB
  • Aluminum case and shockmount included
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Get classic Neumann sound onstage or in the studio with the TLM 103 Anniversary!

Additional Media

Read the Manual!
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 138dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 87dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 7dB (A weighted)
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1 lb.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 008508

Customer Reviews

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Voice Over Beast

This Neuman has extreme clarity, sensitivity and versatility. This is THE mic to get if you are doing voice over work, especially for males. The transparency gives you room to make whatever adjustments you need. Just be sure to use this in a very quite environment—it picks up everything! Some good plug-ins will help you get rid of unwanted noise. For the price range, nothing else can touch it. There are very few other mics I would consider, for any price.
Music background: Voice Actor

Neuman TLM 103

I'm super happy with this mic Neumann it's one of the best and with the right combination you can create great music with it...
Music background: Music producer

The mic to beat

Oh my God! it's the sweetness my studio needed. I have always used Sennhieser products however, as a voice actor, this is the Porsche in the driveway. About as close to live as you need to get. It won't give the response of the U87 but for what I am doing, it would be overkill. It's the mic to beat, except nothing does 💖


I really get a kick out of the idiots from Gearslutz, who continuously slam the TLM103 and all TLM mics. They think that they can turn people away from this fantastic mic with their lies- maybe because they don't want you to have something great that they use in the studio. It's so obvious that when you A/B this mic against other microphones like the Shure SM7B and Electrovoice RE20 (which are nice microphones), the TLM103 wins out hands down on everything from vocals to acoustic guitar ! I own 2 TLM103's and I own 2 Neumann U87's . There's NOT alot of difference in vocal recordings when running the U87's in cardiod mode ! I've been in the recording industry for 50 years and can tell you that what I say is true. The Neumann TLM series mics have a very low noise floor and GREAT dynamic range,especially for vocals! I would pair this mic with an Avalon VT737 for the best audio quality.
Music background: recording engineer/ producer

Neumann TLM 103

Best mic ever
Music background: Semi pro artist

Sweetwater Advice

Paul Allen

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.
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones