Neumann TLM 103
Neumann TLM 103
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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 25 reviews )
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bainmack's review"Neumann TLM 103 works beautifully on acoustic guitars"

Neumann TLM 103
Hello curious wanderer,
Owned and used a Neumann TLM 103 for about a year now.
I've paired it with various preamps including a LA-610 mKII.
Primarily used w/ acoustic guitars and vocals.
There does tend to be a lot of artifacts when using this mic at close sources -- these artifacts i have not experienced with other mics and concluded that the microphone is causing the problem. These 'artifacts' are distortion in nature of the source and tend to be difficult to edit out or make EQ correction. That's why I only give this a 4 star instead of 5 star review.

BUT, like always, take every review with a grain of salt.
You can hear it paired w/ other microphones here:


Jonthebass's review"Okay but look around"

Neumann TLM 103
I borrowed a pair of these to record an acoustic piano at my studio. They looked great, nice and light and easy to place.
There seemed to be something missing at the top end. Sure you can eq to hell and back but I like my source sound to be awesome. After many adjustments and a bit of eq I still couldn't get that top end without it sounding muddy. I even tried just using one in case of P.C. But nope. That flat spot was still there.
In the end I used my pair of NT2's. The difference was incredible.
I'm sure the name will sell many and maybe I'm just too pedantic. I love my Rodes even more now.
Sorry Neumann, doesn't do it for me.

HalfSquid's review"PERFECT VOCAL MIC!!! "

Neumann TLM 103
This is everything and more you would ever expect from Neumann. A great condenser recording mic with a broad and clear frequency response. Perfect for recording studio vocals and professional broadcasting. Every studio needs a good vocal mic and this one definitely sets the bar high. 100% recommended.

It is a very sensitive mic so I would definitely recommend buying the shock mount accessory which let's the TLM do it's job without interruptions.


It is a very precise microphone that delivers reliable and clear recordings. Although it is an expensive purchase, it is one that you won't regret making. Worth every penny!!!

MatrixClaw's review"Quite the Underrated Mic"

Neumann TLM 103
Microphone Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 138 dB
Output Impedance: 50 ohms
No low cut/pad.
Shockmount NOT included.
Wooden, padded, box included.


I'm going to start off by saying that, if I were in the market to buy this mic new ($1100), there are many others I'd be looking at in its price range; however, for the price you can get them on the used market, they're fairly well priced.

People complain a lot about how these have a brittle high end - I get that. I'm not going to sugar coat it and say that it sounds AMAZING, but it's also not anything a tad of EQ can't fit. What I love about this mic, is the fact that it IS fairly bright. It brings out the character and definition in vocal performances. Beware - This mic WILL show your mistakes, it can be flattering if you're good, and be VERY unforgiving, if you're bad.

For the price these things cost, I would really expect for it to come bundled with a shockmount, and not have to pay an extra $50 for it, but I suppose it's not a huge deal.

This mic will NOT get you the classic Neumann U series sound, but it's a very nice mic for any studio to have around. In its used and new price ranges, there's other mics that can certainly compete well with it, but being the trusted name Neumann is, it's a fairly safe bet for most.

yoTrakkz's review"top notch"

Neumann TLM 103
Got this mic (TLM 103) from my local Guitar Center store. The price was high but the name says it all. It does just what I wanted it to do. It sounds like "nothing". VOC recorded in my home digital studio sound natural, open, as if I was there live doing it. It sits in the mix like nothing else I have. I can turn the channel way down and the vocals are still very much a part of the mix. I got Mogami cables for the full signal path and I'm sure that helps a little....if you crank the preamp you must have the iso mount. And no mine didn't come free with the mic. Here is the low down, you get what you pay for and this quality is the best that I have had from recording at home. Its not cheap at all, its pretty expensive and it took me a while to save for it. But once I heard it I knew I had to start saving because this was the mic that really made me sound the best. It will do the same for you as well.


This microphone has really made a name for itself and for a good reason. It has a nice natural sound to it and works well in many situations. I have used it on drums and vocals and have been very pleased with the results every time. The only down side is the shock mount doesn't always come with it, but other than that, it is hard to lose with this fantastic piece of gear. I haven’t had a single complaint with this mic or even seen or heard anyone else complain about it when they come record at my house. They all love it, but when I tell them how much it cost they all say they wont be getting it. But if you want cheap quality then go to radio shack and get a mic. If you want great quality invest in your career and yourself and get the TLM 103.
Audiofanzine FR12/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Neumann TLM 103
(Originally written by Hagbard/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

1) The U87 capsule is fabulous

2) the capsule is not the only parameter for the sound of a mic


- Five years

- Quality of the proximity effect

I also tested a tube AKG, Electro-voice, and Brauner and the sound generally corresponds to the price (except for the AKG) .

- Excellent value for money. Quality has a price and it is fully justified.

- Yes

Three or four years ago it was very trendy to criticize the TLM103 with the argument that it was great for speech but not for vocals.

But that's not true. It depends on the voice and the accompaniment (it's a transformerless mic so you need other good components to get a good result). But the mic is also very good with wind and string instruments so it's quite versatile. Don't even try to compare it with products in other price ranges.

Top sound engineers include it in their must-have list when it comes to equipping a new a recording studio. See Steve Pogact's online article: Build a studio?.

moosers's review

Neumann TLM 103
I've used the Neumann TLM103 strictly in the studio on everything from vocals to banjo to acoustic guitar. It is great for any and all applications that you would typically use a large diaphragm condenser mic for. The only thing I wasn't happy about was that with the regular model (not the Anniversary edition) I had to purchase a separate shockmount; however, the clip that comes with the mic works fine as well if you don't care about having a shockmount for it.


I've had the TLM103 about a year and a half and I have had nothing but good times with it. It's got such a clear and crisp sound. I've used a ton of different Neumann mics (U87, U67, etc) and although this isn't as great as those classic mics, it definitely holds its own. A friend of mine did a shootout between this mic and the U87 and said he really couldn't see much of a different, except of course for the $2000 extra the U87 will run you. Although it may be a bit pricey for a small studio setting, if you are looking for a real quality mic, this is about the cheapest you can get from a company who makes the best mics on earth. I wouldn't trade this mic for any other in its price range.
Save UPR08/13/2013

Save UPR's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" relatively versatile microphone."

Neumann TLM 103
Condenser vocal microphone, large diaphragm, cardioid.
Ideal for taking close.


I use it for a month and I've tested a lot of other sources, viola, acoustic guitar, shaker, electric guitar, bass.

I tried a lot of large diaphragm condenser microphones with his older brother (U87) and it is mostly the price that motivated my choice.

It has a strong proximity effect gives the body a lot of female voices but against part-it does not suit me on male voices.

The downside is that it does not have a variable directivity and lacks an attenuator.

For the rest, it does the job and for the price (on occasion) I remake this purchase without hesitation.

Neafbi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well"

Neumann TLM 103
What kind of microphone?

Microphone to rap

What technology?


How long you use it?

1 week

Did you tried many other models before buying it?

No, I did the 2050 so for me it is day and night

What is so special that you love the most, least?

his capacity to judge by yourself

How would you rate the quality / price?

not bad at all knowing there is the suspension with the cost so the price is lower microwave

With experience, you do again this choice?

must see that knowing the tlm 193 is a 70 euro dearer but without suspension so ....

lucasd'airy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
See below, it shows dj prcis
1) that the capsule of U87 is indeed fabulous
2) it is not everything in a micro


- 5 years
- The quality in recording the vicinity a small bump due
- No, only a few microphones of well, the press is sold pasncessairement brands. Since I tried lamps AKG, Electro-Voice, Brauner, Beyerdynamic and it seems that, apart from AKG, the performance is well gnralement Fidler to cot; Ricardo Music West had about a Groove Tubes ... Nice try!
- Excellent qualitprix because that achieving this certainty has a cot, so it is adequate (if it were only a microphone for singing, it would plutt "good")
- Yes

The silent mode, 3-4 years ago, the TLM103 dnigrer the grounds that this mic excels in the voice speaks and would be less able to singing hardcore.
In my opinion, this opinion is not ngatif honnte trs, it is excellent for voice talking is one thing, but ingnieur sound will tell you that the famous "greenhouse proximity does not fit all situations, and is 'irraliste' in some cases (cinma, etc.).. dpend All types of voice and accompaniment (both "Transformerless" must Obviously well be round to give a valid rsultat). But as his owners know, there is trs good for strings and wind instruments, so versatile, and up the akm ( Obviously, then saturate it, but you have plenty of room before reaching this stage). Still, he should not compare the lines out of proportion.
But for this kind of petty or small hostile [qu'videmment because, in part lgitime fear is that it ensures the lowest common dnominateur and therefore takes all more than proportionally with cong Nres (but they are REALLY trs below, except that I did not test the GA or Heil)], the ingnieurs sound chip included in the "minimum list "a studio. Duly noted. Obviously if you have the option of a U87 acqurir ... this is not comparable. If you have found an original and reliable microphone that outperforms, you do not like the blow Pigon.