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Neumann TLM 170 R

The first Neumann mic with transformerless technology, featuring 5 polar patterns, selectable at the mic or remotely, in addition to pre-attenuation and low-cut filter switches.

The TLM 170 R was the first microphone to use the successful fet 100 technology. Along with a balanced, transformerless output stage it features extremely low self-noise and an impressive dynamic range. Five directional characteristics are selectable by means of a rotary switch. In the sixth position, marked R, the directional patterns can be controlled remotely with the N 48 R-2 power supply. There is no special cable necessary for this purpose. The microphone has at its rear a 10 dB attenuation switch for extremely high sound pressure levels, and a high-pass filter to suppress structure born noise.

The TLM 170 R condenser microphone is a large diaphragm microphone with multiple polar patterns. Its sound has a very transparent characteristic, in contrast to some of our other microphones that have a distinct personality. Therefore, this microphone is used for many diverse applications in professional recording studios, in broadcasting, film and television, and for semiprofessional productions. The polar patterns can be selected either at the microphone itself, or controlled remotely through the special N 48 R-2 power supply.

Acoustic features
The microphone is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The large diaphragm capsule inside the headgrille has a very smooth frequency response for all polar patterns over a wide acceptance angle. The curves are flat and parallel to the 0° frequency curve up to 10 kHz within an angle of ± 100°. As a result the TLM 170 R has a very even diffuse-field response for all polar patterns. This is important in a reverberant environment, as more reflections arrive at the microphone from different directions. The acoustic information is not affected in its tonal quality. when recorded by the microphone. This characteristic is achieved without resorting to corrective resonance effects. Therefore, the microphone maintains an excellent impulse response reproducing all transient phenomena of music and speech without any coloration. The capsule is elastically mounted to avoid any structure borne noise that could interfere with its operation.

Polar patterns
In addition to the usual directional polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8, we have added a hypercardioid and wide-angle cardioid characteristic. When compared to the standard cardioid pattern, the hypercardioid characteristic suppresses sound from the side more efficiently. The wide-angle polar pattern is especially useful to record large sound sources.

Electrical features
The letters TLM stand for transformerless microphone. With TLM technology the usual output transformer is replaced by an electronic circuit. As with traditional transformers, it ensures good common mode rejection, and prevents RF interference, that may influence the balanced audio signal.
  • Local and remote controlled large diaphragm microphone
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with double membrane capsule
  • Five directional characteristics: omni, wide angle cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8
  • Patented circuitry for remote and local switching of directional characteristics
  • Switchable low frequency roll-off and 10 dB preattenuation
  • Tiltable, elastically suspended bracket mount
  • Specifications
  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern: Omnidirectional, wide angle cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 8 mV/Pa
  • Rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
  • Equivalent noise level, CCIR1): 26 dB
  • Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1): 14 dB-A
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 68 dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL): 80 dB
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%2): 144 dB
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation2): 154 dB
  • Maximum output voltage: 10 dBu
  • Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3 mA
  • Matching connector: XLR3F
  • Weight: 625 g
  • Diameter: 60 mm
  • Length: 152 mm

  • 1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
    2) measured as equivalent el. input signal
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