The Neumann 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 Neumann 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 Neumann TLM 103 is predestined for all demanding
applications from home recording to professional broadcasting and commercial
The microphone headgrille twists off easily
for quick cleaning. Neumann offers optional color-coded headgrilles so
that, for reasons of hygiene, each announcer can use his or her individual
headgrille. In front of the capsule, mounted on a frame holder, a fine
gauze serves as a built-in popscreen. The microphones of the Broadcast
Line have an elastic mount against structure-borne noise, that is compatible
with standard broadcast-segment microphone arms.
The Neumann 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 Neumann TLM 103 microphone maintains an excellent impulse
response and reproduces the finest details of music and speech without
With just 7 dB-A / 17.5 dB CCIR the self-noise level of the Neumann 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 Neumann 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
The entire internal construction is elastically mounted to attenuate
any structure borne noise that could interfere with the Neumann 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
Due to this low frequency extension, the Neumann 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.