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TLM 103 SE

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By utilizing the tried and true transformerless circuit found in numerous Neumann microphones, the TLM 103 features yet unattained 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.

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.

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 (A-weighted).

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.

Due to this low frequency extension, the TLM 103 is more sensitive to structure borne interference and wind noise. For such cases, the elastic suspension EA 1 and the windscreen WS 87 are available as accessories. For close vocal use, the PS 15 or PS 20 a pop screens are recommended.

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This is my go-to mic for female vocals generally—it more often than not wins against my U87 when auditioning mics for a session. It's a pro mic for $1500, so how can you loose...
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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Pembina Hwy.), Manitoba
If you're going to do at-home vocals, prepare to never have to worry about getting the mic to sound good again. Went through a couple mics ( SM58, WA 87, NT1A ) before I went to this one, and it IMMEDIATELY sounded just like the voice I was hearing in my head. The top end has a lift to it, but it has this very smooth way of buttering it over. The thing feels like a German engineered rock. This is definitely the premium choice for the home studio.
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Amazing Upgrade!! Worth it!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon South, Saskatchewan
It is a pretty amazing mic, I was previously using the Techica 4040 with my scarlet 2i2. Now get this, I was producing pretty decent quality raw tracks with this combo. But seriously, if you are getting a $1000+ mic give the mic justice and get a decent interface to go with it. If you want next level professional sound for your projects this should satisfy you.
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Closest StoreLondon South, Ontario
To the buyer below if you think you can compare the Rode to a Neumann tlm103 you are sadly mistaken, the Rode sounds very tiny and dull compared to this microphone, Don't devalue the tlm 103.
Posted by joe on Mar 25, 2017
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Now, I'll be honest; I haven't owned a lot of mics, but I've run enough soundboards and played with enough mics to know that this was the one I was going to buy myself. And I was definitely not disappointed. It picks up vocals better than any mic I've heard and what you hear is the singer's voice; no buzz or other hindrance from the mic at all. I would have to say this is the perfect mic for vocals, and I'll never need to buy another vocal mic ever again.
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