In 1997, the TLM 103 was the first microphone to deliver true Neumann quality at an affordable price. In fact, its superlative performance set a new benchmark: ultra-low self-noise of only 7 dB-A and an enormous dynamic range of 131 dB.
The TLM 103 – 25 Years Edition is a homage to the industrial aesthetics of the late 1990s, when it was conceived. Neumann's Made-to-Order team developed a raw, yet refined titanium look. The galvanic nickel coating with ultra-fine rills, thinner than on vinyl, add an elegant roughness to the TLM 103 – a tribute to its reputation as a studio workhorse. Which is a result of its lineage: Its large diaphragm condenser capsule is derived from the K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U 87. Yet its broad presence boost and ultra-low self-noise has made the TLM 103 a modern classic in its own right.
The TLM 103 – 25 Years Edition is limited to 500 pieces. Each microphone bears an individual serial number on the front and is delivered together with an elastic suspension and a pair of black gloves in a sturdy aluminum case.
The TLM 103 is a cardioid microphone with a large diaphragm condenser capsule derived from the classic K67/87 capsule of the legendary Neumann U 87. However, the TLM 103 has a slightly more modern voicing with a wide presence boost for frequencies above 5 kHz. Its very direct yet refined sound is perfect for vocals, and solo instruments that pop out of the mix without effort. Of course, the TLM 103 also has the famous authoritative midrange that has become the hallmark of Neumann microphones and made them the number one choice in studios around the world. A unique feature of the TLM 103 is its impressively deep yet controlled low end, perfect for sonorous voices and powerful bass instruments.
The TLM 103 has set new standards for technical performance, too. With an incredibly low self-noise of only 7 dB-A , it is among the quietest microphones available. And its high sensitivity of 23 mV/Pa, ensures ultra low noise even with budget preamps and audio interfaces or vintage tube equipment. At the same time, the TLM 103 can handle enormous sound pressure levels of up to 138 dB without the need for preattenuation. Its vast dynamic range of 131 dB makes the TLM 103 a very easy to use studio microphone as it will capture anything from a soft whisper to a thunderous bass drum without adding noise or distortion.
As a member of Neumann’s TLM series, the TLM 103 works with a transformerless output stage, which minimizes transmission losses and ensures a very immediate, uncolored sound, true to the original, as well as a clear, powerful bass response, even at highest signal levels.
The TLM 103 was primarily designed for project studios and broadcast use, but due to its outstanding performance was soon embraced by renowned studios as a more modern sounding alternative to the U87 e.g. for speech, vocals, drums, guitar amps, and piano. The TLM 103 is also often used as a spot mic in classical recordings e.g. for cello and double bass.
TLM 103 Features:
- Large diaphragm capsule derived from the classic U 87 microphone
- Balanced sound with enhanced presence
- Cardioid pattern
- Transformerless circuitry with high SPL capability
- Extremely low self-noise: only 7 dB-A
- TLM 103 - 25 Years Edition
- EA 4 BK Shock Mount
- Aluminum Case
- One pair of black gloves
- Quick guide
- Safety guide