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Telefunken Elektroakustik U47 Condenser Microphone

Large diaphragm tube condenser microphone formerly known as U47AE
MFR# U47

Product Description

From the instantly recognizable TELEFUNKEN diamond logo on the outside to the historically accurate BV8 output transformer and M7 capsule on the inside, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s 47 recreation of the classic large diaphragm tube microphone is exact in every detail. Offering a forward mid-range and extended low-end response, the extremely versatile U47 has been a must-have mic for any serious vocal and classical recording project for more than 70 years.


The first condenser mic to offer a choice of pickup patterns, with selectable cardioid or omnidirectional polar responses, the TELEFUNKEN U47 is considered by generations of engineers and artists to be one of the finest microphones ever produced. When it was first introduced in the late-1940s its detailed high-end and sweet sonic character were a revelation to listeners more familiar with the darker, less transparent sound of the standard ribbon microphones of the era.


The original components that helped give the U47 its clarity and tone are no longer made, so TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has gone to great lengths to recreate this classic tube mic for new generations. The military surplus VF14M vacuum tubes used in the original U47 amplifier are now extremely rare and pricey, so TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has specially developed the VF14K, a plug-and-play replacement. Georg Neumann’s famous M7 capsule, used in various early mic models, has been reengineered, as has the BV8 output transformer, using modern materials and manufacturing methods. With all those components snugly fitted inside the familiar large chrome head grille and matte nickel-finished body, the result is a modern take on a timeless classic that offers all the sonic character of the original.


The dual pattern U47 is versatile in the extreme, capable of faithfully capturing every nuance of a solo singer’s performance or backing vocal arrangements, while equally at home in front of a guitar cabinet or drums. Favored by many when recording acoustic instruments, from a soloist to a chamber ensemble to a symphony orchestra, the U47 will give you the rich, smooth and vibrant character you expect every time.


Each U47 microphone includes:

  • M 940H power supply
  • M 840TH 25-ft. Sommer tube microphone cable (vintage compatible 6-pin female Tuchel input, 3-pin male XLR output)
  • M 740 Rycote shock mount
  • FC40 locking flight case
  • WB40 wooden microphone box
  • M 940HS dual power supply
  • M840H historic U47/U48 mic cable (vintage compatible 6-pin male and female Tuchel)
  • FC40S stereo flight case
  • VF14K vacuum tube

Product Specifications

Package ContentsIncludes M940 power supply, M840 25' dual-shielded ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M740 elastic shock mount, FC40 locking flight case and WB40 wooden microphone box
Length240 mm
Diameter60 mm
Unit Weight620 g
Tube or Solid StateTube
Transducer TypeCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid, Omni-Directional
Number of MicrophonesSingle Microphone
Phantom RequiredNo
Impedance400 Ohms
Frequency Range20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB
Sensitivity-32.2 dBV/Pa (24.5 mV) ± 1 dB
Max. SPL127 dB

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Beautiful microphone. All of the vocals that come out of this thing are absolutely crazy! Have also had a chance to record guitar samples and it worked perfectly. I am so happy with the results this mic has given! I don’t see how it can get better!

By Austin on January 3, 2021

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