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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

Condition New
Package Contents Includes 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
Length 240 mm
Diameter 60 mm
Unit Weight 620 g
Tube or Solid State Tube
Transducer Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni-Directional
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Phantom Required No
Impedance 400 Ohms
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB
Sensitivity -32.2 dBV/Pa (24.5 mV) ± 1 dB
Max. SPL 127 dB

Product Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.
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Great experience with Vintage King. Got me a unit very quickly thanks to my sales rep's experience. Otherwise these mics can take up a year to deliver. The microphone itself
It is definitely sensitive to radio interference. If it fuzzes and goes away after some time its probably frequency based issue although there is definitely a noise floor because this IS a tube microphone. Had that issue right out the box even after waiting to warm it up for 15+ minutes (make sure to do that every time before you actually track) so make sure you prepare for that. Super attractive and well built unit with well made accessories. This mic is the perfect synergy of the classic u47 without falling apart and needing numerous upkeeps. The sound will make your song vocals sound like 10-30% better than what they really sound like in my experience. Rich, sound that is on the thick end yet still very clear. A few people wrote on forums about an odd compression effect/boxy sound/ paired with distortion with higher volumes. Obviously if you go into the red itll distort but I have never experienced that problem even in the sound levels right before that. Definitely a more retro sound but honestly works for any genre because it is generally a good microphone. In my opinion much much better than anything else on the market period. Doesnt need a million repairs (although do keep an eye on the tube I have been told that is the most likely to fail) but sounds like a u47. Much much better than any microphone I have used in any setting. Yields a professional sound. Mix wise, this mic tend to attenuate bass frequencies very much so make sure cut off some bass as otherwise itll make the mix muddy. I am using it with a neve shelford channel strip and it sounds like its already mixed even though its a demo. Not too bright and the sound can be molded into really anything. Leaps better than the u87 and a much more attractive tone than the u67. Great mic for male voices tenors and baritones alike. It has a 3d sound. The opposite of this microphone is the sony or the manley. The elam 251 by telefunken usa is also somewhat in this camp with s brighter more modern sound. Stand out with this microphone. It also looks dope.

By Maxim V on January 2, 2023

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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