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Neumann TLM 103 works beautifully on acoustic guitars

By bainmack, 02/06/2019
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:


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By Jonthebass, 31/10/2017
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.


By HalfSquid, 01/09/2014
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!!!

relatively versatile microphone.

By Save UPR, 13/08/2013
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.
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Neumann TLM 103 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Neumann
  • Model:TLM 103
  • Series:TLM 103
  • Category:Large diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 03/27/2004

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