NEUMANN TLM 170R nickel

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Neumann TLM170R large diaphragm microphone with 5 selectable polar patterns and remote control option, incl. dust cover and wooden box, nickel
€ 2,699.99 Our Price € 2,231.40 Our Price

The TLM 170 R is a truly universal microphone for even the most demanding recording situations. It combines technical excellence with the smoothness and flexibility of a large diaphragm capsule. The TLM 170 R offers an exceptionally even response in five directional patterns. The latter may be remote controlled via the optional N248 PSU.

The TLM 170 R may be our most universal microphone. Over an enormous dynamic range it offers a remarkably linear frequency response, both on- and off-axis, in each of its five polar patterns. Thus, the TLM 170 R is able to capture the natural sound of any source, including its room ambience, without imparting a sonic imprint of its own. Additionally, the microphone's directionality may be remote controlled via the optional N248 PSU.

The TLM 170 R is an excellent microphone for orchestral recordings and may be used both as a main microphone and as a spot mic. At the same time, the TLM 170 R is a superb microphone for vocals and speech, capturing the human voice in its natural beauty.

With a self-noise of only 14 dB, the TLM 170 R can be used for delicate sounds without adding unwanted hiss. At the same time, it can handle extremely loud sources of 154 dB SPL using the -10 dB preattenuation switch. A second switch activates a 100 Hz low cut. Five polar patterns may be selected via a rotary switch: omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, and figure-8.

In the sixth position, patterns may be remote controlled from the optional N248 PSU. No special cables are required as pattern control works via Neumann's voltage sensing scheme: The phantom voltage is varied within the permissible +/- 4 V range of the P48 standard. The TLM 170 R sets its pattern according to the absolute voltage, while other microphones remain unaffected.

There may be no such thing as a perfect microphone, but the TLM 170 R comes fairly close: it combines the sonic precision and linearity of a small diaphragm microphone with the smoothness and flexible pattern control of a classic large diaphragm microphone.


  • versatile studio workhorse for vocals and instruments
  • high dynamic range: 130 dB
  • very low self-noise
  • even frequency response for all 5 polar patterns
  • remote control option for pattern selection

  • acoustical operating principle: pressure gradient transducer
  • directional pattern: omnidirectional, wide angle cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8
  • frequency range: 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kOhm: 8 mV/Pa +/1 dB
  • rated impedance: 50 Ohms
  • rated load impedance: 1 kOhms
  • equivalent noise level, CCIR: 26 dB
  • equivalent noise level, A-weighted: 14 dB-A
  • maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 144 dB
  • maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation: 154 dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL): 68 dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL): 80 dB
  • maximum output voltage: 10 dBu
  • supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V +/4 V
  • current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3 mA
  • matching connector: XLR 3 F
  • weight: 625 g
  • diameter: 60 mm
  • length: 152 mm

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