NEUMANN TLM 103 nickel, studio set

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Neumann TLM103 large diaphragm cardioid microphone, incl. EA1 elastic suspension, nickel
€ 1,100.00 Our Price € 909.09 Our Price

The TLM 103 has quickly become one of the biggest successes in Neumann's history. Its pristine, clear sound is a modern update on the classic U87. The TLM 103 is a transformerless cardioid condenser microphone with a gentle presence boost for a stunningly direct sound with breathtaking definition and ultra low noise.

The TLM 103 has set new standards for technical performance, too. With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dB-A , it is among the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of 23 mV/Pa, ensures ultra low noise even with budget preamps and audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for preattenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the TLM 103 a very easy to use studio microphone as it will capture anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.

The TLM 103 was primarily designed for project studios and broadcast use, but due to its outstanding performance was soon embraced by renowned studios as a more modern sounding alternative to the U87 e.g. for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps, and piano. The TLM 103 is also often used as a spot mic in classical recordings e.g. for cello and double bass.


  • large diaphragm capsule derived from the classic U 87 microphone
  • balanced sound with enhanced presence
  • cardioid pattern
  • transformerless circuitry with high SPL capability
  • extremely low self-noise: only 7 dB-A

  • acoustical operating principle: pressure gradient transducer
  • directional pattern: cardioid
  • frequency range: 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 23 mV/Pa = -32.5 dBV +/1 dB
  • rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • rated load impedance: 1 kohms
  • equivalent noise level, CCIR: 17.5 dB
  • equivalent noise level, A-weighted: 7 dB-A
  • maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138 dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL): 76.5 dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL): 87 dB
  • maximum output voltage: 13 dBu
  • supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V +/4 V
  • current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3 mA
  • matching connector: XLR 3 F
  • weight: approx. 450 g
  • diameter: 60 mm
  • length: 132 mm

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