Extremely low self-noise and high SPL transmission.
A standard name in high-end recording studios around the world, Neumann mics deliver the professional touch that's needed to capture high-quality audio. The TLM 103 is fast becoming a standard for home recording and the music industry. The large-diaphragm Neumann TLM 103 microphone provides platinum-quality sound on a bronze budget, using transformerless circuitry for ultralow self-noise and handling high sound pressure levels up to 138dB. The TLM 103's cardioid polar pattern optimizes attenuation of unwanted sound and suppresses feedback, and comes with a rugged wire mesh grille that helps protect the capsule. This is the mic for everyone who, despite budget limitations, does not want to do without the uncompromising Neumann sound.
Due to the universal cardioid pattern, straightforward handling, extremely low self-noise level and finally, the price, the TLM 103 is predestined for all demanding applications, from home recording to professional broadcasting and commercial recording studios.
The TLM 103 is equipped with a large-diaphragm capsule with cardioid pattern. 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.
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 5kHz, and above that, a wide, flat, 4dB 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 microphone maintains an excellent impulse response and reproduces the finest details of music and speech without coloration.
With just 7dB-A /17.5dB CCIR the self-noise level of the TLM 103 is so reduced that 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).
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.
- Large-diaphragm cardioid microphone
- Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule
- Transformerless circuitry
- Extremely low noise: 7dB-A
- Includes swivel mount
- Straightforward handling for home recording and professional studios
- High-quality professional equipment for limited budgets
- Shockmount sold separately
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Available at Ken Stanton Music.
- Acoustical operating principle: Pressure-gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20Hz–20kHz
- Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1 kohm: 23mV/Pa
- Rated impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated load impedance: 1kohms
- Equivalent noise level, (CCIR1): 17.5dB
- Equivalent noise level, (A-weighted): 7dB-A
- Signal-to-noise ratio, (CCIR1) (rel. 94dB SPL): 76.5dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio, (A-weighted) (rel. 94dB SPL): 87dB
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2: 138dB
- Maximum output voltage: 13dBu
- Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted): 131dB
- Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48V ± 4V
- Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3 mA
- Matching connector: XLR3F
- Weight approx.: 450 g
- Diameter: 60 mm
- Length: 132 mm