$ 1,600.00

Pure Neumann sound in the digital domain, for use with AES/EBU, 
AES 42 or S/PDIF. The signal is converted directly at the capsule. Difficult questions concerning the optimal preamp and A/D converter for a Neumann mic are thus a thing of the past.

For many years the analog version of the TLM 103 D has played an important role for ambitious home recording and project studios. This microphone has made the Neumann sound available to a broad spectrum of demanding audio engineers and musicians. The TLM 103 D provides all of the sound features of its analog counterpart, in addition to the advantages of digital circuit technology described above. 

TLM 103 Microphone

The 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 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. 

The TLM 103 is available in satin nickel and matte black. Delivery includes an SG 1 metal swivel mount and a wooden jeweler's box.
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. It is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 138 dB without distortion.

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.
  • Large diaphragm cardioid microphone
  • Pressure gradient transducer with with one-diaphragm capsule
  • Includes swivel mount
  • The legendary Neumann sound in the digital realm. 
  • Pure Neumann capsule sound.
  • The satisfaction of recording the uncolored original, 
  • with no "bottlenecks" between the capsule and the recording system.
  • The guarantee of having one of the best 
  • A/D converters available.
  • Anti-clipping processing ensures handling safety, 
  • and reduces stress.
  • Reduced time requirements and personnel costs, 
  • particularly due to faster post production processing.
  • Lower investment costs, since separate A/D converters and preamps are no longer needed. This also means space and weight savings (e.g. in the OB van).

Acoustic transducer: Pressure gradient transducer
Directional characteristic: Cardioid

Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Free-field sensitivity1):–39 dBFS
Equivalent noise level, CCIR3): 17.5 dB
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted3): 7 dB-A
Signal-to-noise ratio2), CCIR3): 76.5 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio2), A-weighted3): 87 dB
Maximum SPL at 0 dBFS: 134 dBSPL
Dynamic range, A-weighted3): 127 dB

44,1/48 kHz: 52 samples
88,2/96 kHz: 61 samples
176,4/192 kHz: 121 samples (AES 3)

- Sampling rate: 48 kHz 
- Gain: 10 dB (variable with DMI-2)
- Compressor on, Attack time 100 ms, Release time 0.5 s,
Threshold –10 dBFS, Ratio 2:1

Supply voltage range: +6 V to +10.5 VCurrent consumption: max. 150 mA
Weight: approx. 460 g, Diameter: 60 mm, Length: 132 mm

General Specifications of the Solution-D microphones

Interface: AES42

Remote controlled functions:
- Polar pattern4)
- Low-cut: flat, 40, 80, 160 Hz
- Pre-attenuation: 0 , -6, -12, -18 dB
- Gain: 0...63 dB in 1 dB steps, clickless
- Testsignal: 1 kHz, pink noise, white noise
- Sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
- Parametric compressor/limiter (incl. de-esser function)
- Independent peak limiter avoiding any clipping
- Switch functions: soft muting, phase reverse, signal lights
- Signal lights: red4) and blue LEDs
- System functions, firmware download

A/D conversion: Neumann process (patented), 
28-bit internal word length

Digital signal processing: Fixed-point, 
variable internal word length 28 bits to 60 bits

- Asynchronous operation (free-running, AES42 - Mode 1),
basic frequency accuracy: ± 25 ppm
- Synchronous operation (AES42 - Mode 2), 
pulling range: Min. ± 100 ppm

Power supply (phantom power complying with AES42)

Output: XLR3M, 24 bits as per AES/EBU (AES3)

All data with respekt to 0 dB pre-attenuation and 0 dB gain.
1) at 1 kHz
2) re 94 dBSPL
3) according to IEC 60268-1; 
CCIR-weighting according to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; 
A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
4) D-01 only
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