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Neumann KMS 105 Vocal Condenser Mic - Black

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Acts as reference on the stages of the world. For demanding singers, the microphone for a lifetime!

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The KMS 105 microphone has been developed to permit optimal transmission of the human voice, and are thus microphones of choice for demanding live applications. The KMS 105, which has already been available on the market for some time, has become an internationally recognized standard in the field of high-quality stage microphones.

Due to its low self-noise and crosstalk behavior which is free of coloration, the KMS 105 is ideal for use with in-ear monitoring systems.

The high acoustic resolution and smooth frequency response of the KMS 105  ensure that the musician has optimal control of the stage performance at all times.

Features

  • Neumann sound on stage
  • Excellent transparency for vocals/speech
  • Cardioid/Supercardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
  • Without off-axis coloration
  • Transformerless output
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • Set includes stand clamp

Applications

  • Vocals and speech on stage
  • Announcer’s mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • Especially suited for in-ear-monitoring
  • For feedback-prone environment

Includes 

  • KMS 105 microphone
  • Matching stand clamp
  • Padded nylon bag that is sufficiently durable for touring

Technical Data

  • Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern Cardioid/supercardioid
  • 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, CCIR 28 dB
  • Equivalent noise level, A-weighted 18 dB-A
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (rel. 94 dB SPL) 66 dB
  • 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
  • Dyn. range of the mic. amplifier (A-weighted) 132 dB
  • Supply voltage (P48, IEC 1938) 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current consumption (P48, IEC 1938) 3.5 mA
  • Matching connector XLR3F
  • Weight approx. 300 g
  • Diameter 48 mm
  • Length 180 mm

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Neumann KMS 105 Vocal Condenser Mic - Black Reviews

9/10

Neumann KMS 105

Neumann is a name all professionals and most serious amateurs know well, especially if studio recording is a frequent event. Nuemann U87 microphones are among the most prized microphones worldwide and often are the cornerstone of top quality recording studios. The Neumann \"sound\" adds what some call a \"sheen\" to the sound. It\'s this trademark sound, high end reputation and quality that Neumann offers in exchange for a serious entry cost to make these mics your own.

So when Neumann offered this microphone at a price point that attracts both professional and high end amateur users, it seemed like a \"no brainer\" that this microphone would soon be on everyone\'s short list of \"must have\" products. But, as is said by some, there is often quite a gap between perception and reality, and that\'s where I find the KWS 105 to require serious evaluation of your talent before committing to a long term relationship.

Unlike other microphones the design of this one includes no foam baffles, but relies upon a very well designed and constructed series of metal \"cages\" to provide the pop protection needed for aggressive closely miked vocals. Coupled with a built in, and non-defeatable low filter roll-off and a relatively narrow pickup pattern, the microphone has the unique ability to provide ulta clear vocal sound. The flip side is that it can tend to make some singers, especially soprano female voice, sound a bit thin, especially when compared to some other microphone brands.

The effect is magnified by a lack of upper range \"presence\" boost, typical again of other manufacturers standard offerings. The result is that relying upon built in boost to power up a vocal isn\'t what this mike is all about. Opera singers performing with wide vocal range and control, perfect diction and powerful voices would work perfectly with this microphone. Full voiced pop/rock and others may find similar nirvana. For those performers this microphone has the potential to provide a more true to life, clearer presentation than almost anything I\'ve used, but there is another consideration as well.

That consideration is the overall sound of your music. Do you play an acoustic guitar solo, or are you part of a five person vocal group. Is you music heavily amped or natural and mellow? If your in the big group camp, you may find that your sound man becomes your best friend as you try to balance the total characteristics of this mic with the rest of the vocals. Your soundman can boost your mic to match the rest, but if you do what happens to the clarity that you bought this mic to produce? Do you reduce the presence peak in the rest of the band, and if you do will they still sound \"punchy\" or will the lack of vocal contouring wash out their sound?

Overall this microphone can be so good that it makes you rethink how you present your music. That\'s a good thing, but requires honesty and careful listening and evaluation. At its best the 105 will challenge you to rise to the level that it offers, but if you aren\'t up to the challenge, or if your music isn\'t, you may find that the more well known competitors are more to your liking.

Highly recommended, but caveat emptor.

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