Neumann KMS104 Handheld Condenser Microphone, Cardioid (Nickel)
The Neumann KMS 104 is a handheld condenser microphone that has been designed for live vocal use. The KMS 104 is also ideal for use with in-ear sytems due to its low self-noise and crosstalk behaviour, which is free of colouration. With its cardioid response, the Neumann KMS 104 offers excellent rejection of all sounds originating from behind the microphone. This mic comes with a nickel finish.
- Neumann sound on stage
- Excellent transparency for vocals/speech
- Cardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
- Without off-axis coloration
- Transformerless output
- Effective pop shielding without any side effects
- Set includes stand clamp
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The high acoustic resolution and smooth frequency response of the KMS 104 ensures that the musician has optimal control of the stage performance at all times.
The studio condenser capsules used in the Neumann KMS 104 provide the basis for transmitting all the nuances of the human voice. In comparison with other handheld microphones, which operate mostly with dynamic capsules, the KMS 104 has a particularly high acoustic transparency, a wide frequency range and a fine resolution of transients.
In the KMS 104, carefully adjusted acoustic filters and transformerless impedance converters that can handle very high sound pressure levels prevent the microphone from being overloaded even by strong plosive sounds.
In spite of excellent pop protection, sibilants and 'S' sounds are transmitted with their natural accentuation, as is possible only with condenser microphones. Furthermore, the above-mentioned acoustic filters are designed so that the distinctive directional characteristics of the capsules are preserved even in the bass range. The filters thus ensure a very high level of feedback protection for the KMS 104 vocal microphone when it is used with a stage sound system.
Since vocal microphones are typically addressed at close range, for the bass frequency response of the microphones, electronic compensation is used for the proximity effect in the respective capsules.
In addition, the microphone has an invariable, built-in high-pass filter with a cutoff frequency of 120 Hz (–3 dB, measured in a free sound field). The dynamic range of the KMS 104 is 132 dB, and the maximum sound pressure level is 150 dB.
The low self-noise level of only 18 dB A permits the KMS 104 to be used at high gain levels without the risk of additional noise. Even at large distances, the KMS 104 thus operate with a high signal-to-noise ratio, facilitating the freedom of movement and creativity that are important to the artist.
Due to the transformerless output circuit, the microphone signals can be transmitted even through long cables without loss of sound.
Microphones designed for use on stage require a particularly robust construction. The KMS 104 therefore has a thick-walled metal housing, which also provides effective protection against handling noise.
The microphone headgrilles are made of hardened steel. If required, they can easily be unscrewed to permit cleaning of the interior acoustic filters.
The KMS 104, with a matching stand clamp, is supplied in an attractive padded nylon bag that is sufficiently durable for touring.
Neumann KMS 104 Specifications
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 4.5 mV/Pa
Rated Impedance: 50 ohms
Rated Load Impedance: 1 kohms
Equivalent Noise Level, A-weighted: 18 dB-A
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL): 76 dB
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 150 dB
Maximum Output Voltage: 12 dBu
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.5 mA
Diameter: 48 mm
Length: 180 mm
Weight (approx.): 300 g