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:


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.

Anonymous '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.

hurikan21's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
Neumann TLM 103 condenser microphone


What about this faithful companion galley lool, Ben already used bcp to me.
All in all a very good microphone with very good quality, although I feel it lacks a bit of précense the mix. Tbone before and had a margin between the two microphones is enormous.
you can listen to what gives a final mix with the TLM 103 on my music blog

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

Neumann TLM 103
-see other notices and manufacturer data sheet


-sold ... utlilis year
-chirurgical, fearsome noise level signal
-Neumann U87 and 89 and KM184, AKG 414BTL2, Studio project C4, Audio Tech 4050, AKG Solid tubetc ...
-prcis some sources (guit acous and some voice, bass, perc etc ...) or search for it on-shine ... otherwise delicate
-8/10 According to the purchase price
-micro typ have in its fleet
-less hard with a good pre-amp lamp
Before buying this mic I did not like too much of certain surgical cot neumann (eg 184/87) ... on some sources it is rather very useful ... in complment of Dynamic good (MD441 ...), and static or softer (414) / TLM170 / MKH404
Studio C&P04/29/2005

Studio C&P's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
See the website builder.


- How long have you use it?

2 years.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

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- The signal to noise ratio is excellent.
- The micro possde gain trs lev ... super convenient for acoustic instruments and voice .... much less practical for high volume sound sources.
- The sound is pure and trs was a sense of micro vrit with this ....

- It does not work on all the voices. Inadequate on nasal voices.
This micro possde a bump in mdiums which according to the timbre of the singer is more or less adapted.
.... Résumé for the TLM103 is far less universal than the confrre the AKG C414.
As against this boss can be very useful for the recovery of classical guitar / folk.

Once I even used to record the cracking of codes of my bass player for a portion of SLAP ........... EXCELLENT!

- How do you report qualitprix?

Good. It remains all the same onreux from an AKG C414 ... which is more universal.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

I think I would take an AKG C414.
But I do not regret my choice at all .... it's a great micro!
Can be for the purchase of a first condenser microphone srieux ..... it is better to take the AKG C414.

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

Neumann TLM 103
Nice sound, balanced, but not very big, barely above the AKG C3000 STK on my table, it's a bit expensive for a mic in this range ...


Good but not a still U87

U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
Large diaphragm cardioid microphone without att and without high-pass
SG1 clamp supplied with a wooden box, suspension ELESTA Optional AI1 (TLM 103, M 147)
comes in two colors: gray and mtal foncbr /> Dtails technique at:


For the price it is a good micro trs is also in this price range most Aesthetics and well done, it proposes a circuit without output transformer (Transform Less Microphone) or of the pr TLM fixed. It is a micro extrment clean, with a bump is higher than the microphones oldest brand, which gives it a modern and trsdtaille color at the top of the spectrum. The main diffrence with models like the M 147, the equivalent lamp, is a somewhat broader directivity and rstitution of mdium mdium up a little less pronounced.
Its main dfault when compared to less affordable models is its lack of body, sound was less than its full NSAIDs (U89i) notte on acoustic guitars and strings. necessitte this investment more complex than a U89 that is my opinion one of the easiest to use microphones!
micro competitor cost: Blue Dragon (excellent!)
The result is well located and trs nanmoins comparable to micro BPM, it remains in this price range that most cohrent AKG C 3000, AT 4033 etc ...
If you love color, 4050 AT Savre srieux a competitor to the same extent as the C414 and U89 of Thiers OCCAZ (his sober and full) of OCCAZ TLM 170 (extreme versatility, high quality!
The brand offers each microphone to the sound Extremely diffrent, it becomes a matter of taste, appropriate, but the TLM 103 is the finish and the name for him.
it's more of a microphone on a robust and significant cash pressures.
With ca 103 will not always can be fabulous, but it does not ever be bad, and that's what dj price compared to other brands!

bidule-truc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann TLM 103
IT CAN BE USED I for voice but trs versatile well located in front of a guitar it also works well


J'utilse this micro depuit more than 1 year
I love the percision sound and look like small but robust.
It replaced my AT 4033 for vocals.
trs good value qualitprix (optional suspension llastique regrettable especially the price)
I do not regret my choice of any value is fawn Neunamnn sre.

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

Neumann TLM 103
Condenser microphone large-diaphragm, more particularly suitable for singing.


I use it for 1 year already
Appreciated features: the price, "true" pro microphone. Too bad the suspension is so expensive.
Compared to big brother U87, or the TLM 193, the 103 sounds a bit tight, lacks precision and clarity, it requires a good equalizer to make good sound. So the logical "price" is met, the TLM103 sounds worse compared to others, but it is also cheaper. I'd say it's a microphone in the entry level range (although the price may seem high). But if you really want a more precise mic, I recommend waiting a little longer and buy a TLM193 (possibly second hand), which is a one class (price) higher.