Neumann TLM 103
Neumann TLM 103
Audiofanzine FR 12/04/2008

Neumann TLM 103 : Audiofanzine FR's user review


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(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?.