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Neumann TLM103


Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

Product Code 22706

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The award-winning TLM 103 is an ideal large-diaphragm mic for all professional and semi-professional applications. By utilizing the tried-and-true transformerless circuit found in numerous Neumann microphones, the TLM-103 features very 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.

Includes an SG 103 swivel mount and a wooden jeweler's box.

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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 high feedback suppression when the microphone is used in live situations or where loudspeaker playback is a factor.

The capsule has a flat frequency response up to about 5kHz, and above that, a wide, flat 4dB 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 7dB-A/17.5dB CCIR the self-noise level is so low that even the smallest signals are reproduced basically noise-free. As it is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138dB without distortion, the TLM 103 provides a dynamic range of 131dB.

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 20Hz and thus even very low bass signals are reproduced without coloration. Due to this low frequency extension, the TLM 103 is more sensitive to structure borne interference and wind noise.


Large diaphragm mic
Proven circuit used in numerous Neumanns
Low self-noise
High SPL transmission
Cardioid pattern capsule derived from the U 87
Includes swivel mount and wooden jeweler's box

Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
Directional pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity @ 1kHz into 1kohm: 21mV/Pa
Rated impedance: 50ohms
Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
Equivalent SPL CCIR 468-3: 17.5dB
Equivalent SPL DIN/IEC 651: 7dB-A
S/N ratio CCIR 468-3: 76.5dB
S/N ratio DIN/IEC 651: 87dB
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138dB
Maximum output voltage: 13dBu
Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier DIN/IEC 651: 131dB
Supply voltage: 48V±4V
Current consumption: 3mA
Matching connector: XLR 3F
Weight: approx. 500g
Diameter: 60mm
Length: 132mm

*nickel or matt black finish available upon request

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