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The Neumann TLM 102 defines a new generation of studio condenser microphones. This applies not only to the design of the microphone but also to its price.

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The Neumann TLM 102 defines a new generation of studio condenser microphones. This applies not only to the design of the microphone but also to its price.

Neumann reduced the overall size of the TLM 102 mic to make it exceptionally compact. Here's a microphone that unites all of the design components typical of a Neumann mic. The harmonious proportions and gleaming grille ring ensure that even at first glance, the TLM 102 condenser mic attracts attention.

In the interior of the TLM 102 is a newly developed large-diaphragm cardioid capsule with a maximum sound pressure level of 144dB. Use the TLM 102 to record percussion, drums, amps, and other very loud sound sources.

Instruments that are not especially loud also benefit from the very fast transient response of the TLM 102 condenser mic. However its most important applications are in the realm of vocals and speech. A slight boost above 6kHz provides for excellent voice presence in the overall mix. Up to 6kHz, the frequency response is extremely linear, ensuring minimal coloration, and a clearly defined bass range. The TLM 102 mic capsule's elastic suspension suppresses structure-borne noise. A pop screen integrated into the grille attenuates plosives in vocal and speech recording.

Due to its price and flexible field of application, the Neumann TLM 102 is an ideal condenser microphone for home recording and project studios, as well as for broadcasting-especially when clear lines of sight to the speakers are a priority.

  • Large-diaphragm microphone with cardioid directional characteristic (pressure gradient transducer)
  • Compact, characteristic but smaller-scale Neumann design
  • Very high maximum sound pressure level
  • Slight presence boost above 6kHz
  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
    Directional pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
    Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kOhm: 11 mV/Pa
    Rated impedance: 50 Ohms
    Rated load impedance: 1 kOhms
    Equivalent noise level, CCIR1): 21dB
    Equivalent noise level, (A-weighted): 12dB-A
    Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1 (rel. 94 dB SPL): 73dB
    Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL): 82dB
    Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 144dB
    Maximum output voltage: 13dBu
    Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48V ± 4V
    Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 3.5 mA
    Matching connector: XLR3F
    Weight approx.: 260g
    Diameter: 52mm
    Length: 116mm
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My studio workhorse!

By Karma J

from Bismarck,ND

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer


  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    When I was looking to add a new Microphone to my arsenal I was stuck between the Neumann tlm 103 and the 102 it was a hard choice but in the end I'm glad I chose the 102 plus a saved some money as well!
    I was shocked at how small it was but don't underestimate this microphone it truly holds its ground compared to more expensive mics! My main use for it is on vocals and it has become my studio workhorse! The price is great as well. Trust me if your looking for a great microphone then look no more because the Neumanm tlm 102 is the mic to have!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Might buy again.


    from Boston MA

    About Me Professional Musician


    • Clear Sound


    • Specific applications

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    This is a pretty good mic. I have used numerous Neumann microphones and this is by far NOT the best. However, it is still a lovely mic. If you are looking for a mic with great clarity and that "Neumann sound" this might be a good option. The TLM 102 doesn't have the flattest response and therefore doesn't work on every source. I have certainly had vocalists come in and try the 102 and had it be unsuccessful. That being said, I have had pretty good success with others. Due to some certain enhanced frequencies, this mic can sometimes sound a bit boomy. All this being said, it is worth buying and returning if it's not the right fit. Experimenting is the best way to find you favorite mics.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


    Amazing Lil Mighty mouse Mic!

    By Tom Taliaferro

    from Virginia beach, va

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    I'm a Multi-platinum music producer and have recorded with the best, but I felt so compelled to write about this mic. I a/b'd this mic against my U87ai and loved the TLM 102 more! Hands down I liked the sheen, top end and well balanced low end. What a mic. I own several vintage mics as well and even though the TLM wasn't as warm as them it had character for days! What an unexpected pleasure! I brought another. IMHO, this mic is pro sound in a nice Lil bundle. Hope this helps!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    I'm Getting Another on of these

    By Pascal Casimir

    from Miami

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    When I was in school we used the higher end models, but when I heard Neumann was coming out with something more affordable I was like kind scratching my head like what are they doing, but then again they do want to get there product in more people's hands. So I ask Reps From GC and what they thought about it after I did my home work, the response I got were all positive so I got one the other day and man I was surprised, I even took it to the recording studio work at here in Miami (Audio Vision Recording) and myself an another engineer did some comparison to the U67 and the 87, we could tell a difference, but it was very small of a difference that we used it for some of the clients work for back ground vocals and it was awesome. So in other words if you don't have U67 or 87 budget get the TLM 102, unless you want to put the others on layaway. oh the Sennheiser MK$ shock mount fits the 102

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Holy Smokes!!! Classic Neumann Sound for little money!!!

    By Jerry Wetzel

    from Midwest

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    Let me start out by letting you all know I've been in the professional recording game since 1969. Yeah, I have worked with the best of the best over the years so here we go.....You get an amazing classic Neumann sound from this tiny little bodied mic. Absolutely great on both male and female vocals if you like the "U87" sonic flavor which is imprinted on so many top hit recordings of the past 40 some years. Marry it to a Grace M101 preamp (for clarity and soul) or an API 512C (for in-your-face rock and pop) and your recordings will have that "big studio" magic. Despite having an internal windscreen this baby Neu-Neu is very susceptible to plosives so be sure to stick a Stedman Proscreen XL in front of it!!! Hard to believe you can now get a real Neumann for such an affordable price. I'm lovin' mine!!! Once more - the TLM102 gives you the classic Neumann sound and if that's what you like, then you'll like this mic!!!!!

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    High End as any Neauman

    By Tony DeYoung

    from Rochester, NH

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    Listen alot of people say this mic is not like the u87. Well maybe it isnt, but as a standalone microphone for vocals, this thing will get you professional quality. Obvisouly the mic is just the beggining, you gotta have a decent preamp, I have the LAMK2 universal audio and with this mic, you quality is just amazing, I recomend this to anyone who is actually an audio engineer, because if you are having trouble with this beaty, You must know what your doing, plus post production is a big part of a song aswell, so know what your talking about, before you say it

    (14 of 48 customers found this review helpful)


    not satisfied

    By katt

    from dalllas tx

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    this mic is no where near what i expected it to be you would just be better off buying a $300 -$500 like a.t or shure I found my at4040 to be more succesful in most of my vocal recordings

    (35 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


    Fantastic LIttle Mic

    By Mike Carta

    from Knoxville, TN

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    Size doesn't matter...I'm a full-time voice over talent. Quality vocal gear is a must. This little mic is amazing! I was blown away with this mics clear. percise tonal quality. Much better than my Neumann TLM-193. The TLM-102 is proof that big things can and do come in small packages. Buy it, you'll be glad you did.

    (61 of 64 customers found this review helpful)


    Another Neumann Beauty

    By David

    from Moore, OK

    Comments about Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone:

    Although Neumann has not published whether or not this is modeled after the famed 67 capsule, this small Large Diaphragm Condenser is another home run in clarity and accurate tonal response. About the size a standard computer mouse, this mic is the same high quality that can be expected from Neumann. In the 4 hours that I have owned this mic, I have tracked some of the most clear vocals that rival my work with my TLM 103 and U 87 A. This is a must have for any studio.

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