Neumann TLM103 Studio Set Condenser Microphone – 25 Years Edition

Brand: Neumann
SKU: 399004


The Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone is Neumann’s best selling studio microphone. Its pristine, clear sound is a modern update on the classic U87. The TLM 103 is a transformerless cardioid condenser microphone with a gentle presence boost for a stunningly direct sound with breathtaking definition and ultra low noise.

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The TLM103 Studio Set Includes:

  • TLM 103 Condenser Microphone
  • EA1 Shock Mount (Elastic Suspension)
  • Standard Box


In 1997 Neumann surprised quite a few ears with the large diaphragm microphone TLM 103. Its technical performance set new standards and, for the first time, the Neumann sound became affordable for private customers, too.

What's Special About the Neumann TLM 103

The extremely quiet self-noise of the TLM 103 is regarded a milestone until today. In technical terms: a noise level of just 7 dB(A). In other words: the TLM 103 is so low noise that even the faintest nuances become audible. Thus, it is perfectly suited for vocals and audio drama productions in high definition as well as for demanding samples production and instrumental recordings.

Once the Small Brother – Now a Modern Classic

Neumann equipped the TLM 103 with a very broad presence boost in the area of 6 to 15 kilohertz which helps the voice to cut through the mix. The TLM 103 offers everything demanding users could wish for: nuanced vocals with precise reproduction of sibilants and excellent speech intelligibility. The sound character of the TLM 103 cannot deny its origin: Its role model in the development process was our U 87, which is regarded the reference microphone in studios around the globe. After almost two decades, the TLM 103 has become a modern classic itself which sets new standards with its characteristic presence and its extremely low self-noise.

TLM: Clear Sound, Powerful Bass

The Neumann TLM series works with a transformerless output stage. This means: a clean and direct sound, very “close” to the acoustic source, and a powerful bass transmission all the way down to the lowest frequencies. Its transformerless output stage also makes the microphone resistant to electromagnetic fields and minimizes transmission losses.

Product Features

  • Sound design inspired by the legendary U 87 Broad presence boost
  • Perfect for demanding vocal and instrumental recordings
  • Extremely low self-noise, captures even the faintest nuances


Product 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 = –32.5 dBV ± 1 dB
Rated Impedance 50 ohms
Rated load impedance 1 kohms
Equivalent noise level, CCIR 1 17.5 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted 2 7 dB-A
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 3 138 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL) 4 76.5 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL) 5 87 dB
Maximum output voltage 13 dBu
Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3 mA
Matching connector XLR 3 F
Weight approx. 450 g
Diameter 60 mm
Length 132 mm

Additional information

Weight 1.35 kg
Dimensions 24.5 × 10.3 × 29 cm

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