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Neumann TLM103 Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condensor Microphone

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Product Description

The Neumann TLM 103 is the ideal large diaphragm microphone for all professional and semi-professional applications requiring the utmost in sound quality on a limited budget.

By utilizing the tried-and-true transformerless circuit found in numerous Neumann microphones, the TLM 103 attains extremely low self-noise and the highest sound pressure level transmission. The capsule, derived from that used in the U 87, has a cardioid pattern, is acoustically well- balanced and provides extraordinary attenuation of signals from the rear.

Neumann TLM 103 Features

  • Large diaphragm cardioid microphone
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with one-diaphragm capsule
  • Transformerless circuitry
  • Extremely low noise: 7 dB-A v
  • Available in satin nickel
  • Includes swivel mount
  • Straightforward handling for homerecording and professional studios
  • High-quality professional equipment for limited budgets

Neumann TLM 103 Applications
Due to the universal cardioid pattern, straightforward handling, extremely low self-noise level, and finally, the price, the TLM 103 is predestined for all demanding applications from home recording to professional broadcasting and commercial recording studios.

Application Hints
  • A universal cardioid mic
  • Vocalist recording
  • Announcer's mic for broadcasting/voice over
  • Due to minimal self-noise:
    • on-air mic for radio/broadcast
    • very low amplitude signals
    • radio drama
    • sampling
    • foley/sound effects
  • Home recording and project studios
  • Spot mic for:
    • wind instruments
    • strings
    • percussion
    • guitar amps
    • drum overhead

These are just some of the most common applications. Neumann recommends additional experimentation to gain maximum use from this microphone.

Polar pattern
The TLM 103 is equipped with a large diaphragm capsule with cardioid pattern. By focusing on this pattern – used in most recording situations – the attenuation of unwanted rear sound has been optimized. 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 where loudspeaker playback is a factor.

Acoustic features
The TLM 103 is addressed from the front, marked with the red Neumann logo on the microphone body. The K 103 large diaphragm capsule is based on the K 87, well known from the U 67 / U 87 microphones.The capsule has a flat frequency response up to about 5 kHz, and above that, a wide flat 4 dB presence boost.

The large wire mesh headgrille protects the capsule from plosive sounds and effectively prevents pop noises. These characteristics are achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects

Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response and reproduces the finest details of music and speech without coloration.

Electrical features
With just 7 dB-A / 17.5 dB CCIR the self-noise level of the TLM 103 is so reduced that even the smallest signals are reproduced basically noise-free. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138 dB without distortion, the TLM 103 provides a dynamic range of 131 dB, according to DIN/IEC 651.The letters TLM stand for "transformerless microphone". With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference that may influence the balanced audio signal.

Operational safety
The entire internal construction is elastically mounted to attenuate any structure borne noise that could interfere with the TLM 103's operation. Furthermore the capsule is set on an elastic mount. The frequency range reaches below 20 Hz and thus even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration.

Product Specifications
Neumann TLM 103 Specifications
  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz...20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 23 mV/Pa
  • Rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
  • Equivalent SPL CCIR 468-3: 17.5 dB
  • Equivalent SPL DIN/IEC 651: 7 dB-A
  • S/N ratio CCIR 468-3: 76.5 dB
  • S/N ratio DIN/IEC 651: 87 dB
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138 dB
  • Maximum output voltage: 13 dBu
  • Dynaminc range of the mic. amplifier (A-weighted): 131 dB
  • Supply voltage: 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current consumption: 3 mA
  • Matching connector: XLR 3F
  • Weight: 450 g
  • Diameter: 60 mm
  • Length: 132 mm
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  860-434-9190 Warranty:  2 Years
Marty Submitted: 8/25/2017
Product Rating
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I have one of the early TLM103s, I'm not sure if there has been any design changes over the years. It 's a decent mic, but I've had trouble finding a use for it. For certain voices it can really sound good though not mine. It has a large upper mid boost that makes it sound harsh and unnatural on most things. I recently did a shoot out between a AKG 414, TLM103, and a Rode K2 and NTK. I think the 414 came out on top and the 103 dead last. But you're experience may be different.
Douglas Rogers Submitted: 2/11/2016
Product Rating
"Well worth the money a must have"
What is your opinion of this product?
I own various mic's such as the AKG C 414 XLS, Shure KSM32, Sterling ST77/ST51, and the MXL V69 Tube Mogami Edition but the Neumann TLM103 blows them away. I have used it on male rap vocals, haven't used it on a female as of yet but if I get the same results this will be my go to mic.
John G Evans Submitted: 5/14/2015
Product Rating
An Incredibly Worthy Microphone!
What is your opinion of this product?
As a novice musician/vocalist I was excited to receive this product! I read many reviews which were all super...thus, what prompted me to purchase the Neumann. I also purchased a Bose L1 Compact Line Array System to route the Neumann & my Casio 7600 WS keyboards but soon discovered I also needed a Mixer. Upon purchasing the Yamaha MG06 Mixer and 2 TRS Balanced 1/4 inch - 1/4 inch cables I was set to play and sing. The sound from the Neumann and the Bose as well as the Casio are phenominal! I received no interference or playback from the entire system and as far as the Neumann TLM 103 is concerned...well worth the money spent. I would definitively recommend the worthiness of this product.
John Submitted: 5/8/2015
Product Rating
Smoothest mic I ever heard.
What is your opinion of this product?
I have so far only used this mic for one hour since I received it. Truly amazing I got to say,i put it through my zoom r24 to check it out quickly. I did not bother cutting my fans off and other noises in my room and I was blown away that I could not hear nothing but my guitar amp on clean settings and I was shining like a pro. Cranked the distortion on my Ampeg Vl-503 recorded and the smoothest I have ever heard my self play on a recording.Like I said I have only used this for an hour and not used it on my DAW yet and really not trying to find sweet spots yet.I For what I just used it for I am truly blown away. THANK YOU AMS for 12 payments and NEUMANN for making an amazing mic.I hope to make so amazing jam session which this Neumann Mic. Thank you.
Mike guidry, Submitted: 2/7/2015
Product Rating
well worth the money!
What is your opinion of this product?
Nice sound, pure quality, just need your taste of mixing. .
Ezekiel from Dixon, Ca Submitted: 11/21/2013
Product Rating
This mic Sounds Awesome
Your general opinion of this product.
This mic is great for rap and vocals the 5k range really stand out which is good for vocalist. I would recommend this mic you wont be disappointed. A must have for your mic locker.
CG Productions from Littleport, Ely, UK, Submitted: 9/13/2009

A must have for beginners and pros
Bryan from Texas Submitted: 5/31/2009

Amazing Mic!!!
Jay Carls from Omaha, NE, Submitted: 5/8/2009

2nd Neumann Microphone
Daniel Trejo from Miami, FL Submitted: 1/30/2009

Excellent All around mic
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