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The Neumann TLM 103 offers the same stunning sound as the classic Neumann U87 in a more compact, affordable package. Featuring a universal cardioid pattern, straightforward handling, and extremely low self-noise level, this large diaphragm condenser mic is perfect for home recording, professional broadcasting and commercial recording studios.
This anniversary edition includes an EA-1 elastic suspension and aluminum briefcase.
The TLM 103 utilizes Neumann’s legendary transformerless circuit—found in classic microphones such as the M 149, TLM 49 and TLM 107—to achieve the lowest self-noise of any microphone in its class.
The TLM 103 is equipped with Neumann’s coveted K 103 capsule, which is modeled after the K87 capsule used in the U67 and U87 microphones. The K 103 capsule delivers a flat frequency response up to 5 kHz, with a wide, flat 4 dB presence boost on the top-end.
The cardioid pickup pattern provides optimum sound rejection—making the TLM 103 ideal for recording vocals in untreated rooms. The large wire mesh grille reduces plosive sounds and prevents pop noises without resorting to corrective resonance effects.
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 when recording in front of studio monitors.
Capable of handling signals up to 138 dB SPL, the TLM 103 is perfect for recording loud instruments like guitar cabs, heavy-hitting drummers, and brass.
The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone". With TLM technology, the standard output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. As with traditional transformers, this ensures superior common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference that may influence the signal.
The Neumann TLM 103 includes an SG 1 shock mount and woodbox carrying case.
|Package Contents||TLM 103 Microphone, EA 1 shock mount, and aluminum case|
|Unit Weight||450 g|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Impedance||Rated: 50 Ohms / Rated load: 1 kOhm|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-32.8 dBV/Pa (23 mV)|
|Max. SPL||138 dB|
The best microphone I've ever owned. Of course, it's also the most expensive microphone I've ever owned as of this review. Some claim that the mic is too bright or that it's harsh, but I highly disagree. A Rode NT1A is harsh. Even a Rode NT1 is harsher than this mic. The highs are open and smooth, the mids aren't too emphasized, and the lows are very full. Some say the lows are unnatural, and that may be true, but this can be balanced by using a hi-pass filter starting at 80Hz @ 12dB/octave. For voice work, you will want to use that hi-pass filter for normal recording. Sometimes the natural sound on the mic is perfect though. This is still the best mic at this price range, at least according to my ears and tastes. No buyer's remorse whatsoever!
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