Neumann’s new TLM 102 is exploring a new market for Neumann, the “entry level,” though its entry level is a bit different than most microphone makers’ entry level.
The TLM 102 is a “large diaphragm” cardioid-pattern, solid-state mic that follows in Neumann’s one of familiar shapes, the squat TLM of the TLM 49 and TLM 103 (and the old “M” line).
It is available in the familiar Neumann nickel color (as well as black). It is powered by the standard 48 V and connects with a standard XLR3F connector. However, it offers no pads or low-cut filters. The TLM 102 does have a high max SPL, 144 dB.
Neumann President of Marketing/Sales Wolfgang Fraissenet states: “Due to its flexible field of application and price, the microphone will certainly be at home in ambitious home recording and project studios, as well as in the broadcasting area, particularly if priority is given to clear lines of sight to the speakers. We have recently received an increasing number of requests for this type of capability.”
Estimated street price is $699.