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Neumann U 87 Ai large diaphragm condenser microphone (nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai large diaphragm condenser microphone (nickel)

Regular price €2.499,00 EUR
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In a word: classic Neumann. Three directivity characteristics and adjustable damping provide ideal properties for every application.

At 87 years old, the Neumann is probably the best known and most used studio microphone. Every sound engineer will immediately recognize it by its characteristic shape. It is an excellent choice for general studio, broadcast, film and television use. It is also used as a main microphone for recording orchestras, as a spot microphone for individual instruments and as a vocal microphone for all kinds of singing and spoken word.

The double membrane is resiliently mounted and is protected by a cover grille. The aiming characteristics can be adjusted using a switch below the grille: spherical, cardioid and figure-eight. The selected attribute is displayed in the window above the switch. The frequency waveform is the same for both the cardioid and figure-eight characteristics at higher frequencies. The microphone can be placed very close to the source without the sound becoming unnaturally sharp. The bass filter significantly reduces distortion at low frequencies, even in the subsonic part of the spectrum.

The letter A in the microphone name indicates the newer generation of the U 87 - the original version was produced between 1967 and 1986. The modernization only concerns the electronic part, the microphone capsule is identical. Modern circuitry expands the range of applications - the U 87 Ai has a 10 dB higher sensitivity and a 3 dB better signal-to-noise ratio.

A switch on the back of the microphone reduces sensitivity by 10 dB and when enabled, the U 87 Ai is capable of capturing distortion-free sound with a sound pressure of up to 127 dB. Another switch controls the frequency of the bass filter. This reduces low frequency interference directly at the input of the microphone amplifier. This setting also compensates for the inevitable increase in the level of the bass component when recording from close range ("proximity effect"). With the cardioid characteristic, the frequency curve is balanced when observed at a distance of 30 to 40 cm, with the "figure-of-eight" characteristic even between 15 and 20 cm.

It is available in matt nickel and matt black, and in a special "Anniversary Set" version in a combination of chrome and matt nickel.


- Large-diaphragm microphone

- Pressure gradient transducer with double-diaphragm capsule

- Classic studio microphone

- Switchable bass filter

- Switchable -10 dB attenuation

- Ideal as a main and second microphone for various recording situations

- Packaging includes wooden carrying bag


- Acoustic system: pressure gradient.

- Sensitivity at 1 kHz/1 kOhm: 20/28/22 mV/Pa

- Min. load impedance: 1000 Ohm

- CCIR noise level: 26 / 23 / 25 dB

- Noise level at A: 15 / 12 / 14 dB-A

- CCIR signal-to-noise ratio (94 dB SPL): 68 / 71 / 69 dB

- Signal-to-noise ratio at A (94 dB SPL): 79 / 82 / 80 dB-A

- Max. Sound pressure level (SPL) at < 0.5% distortion: 117 dB (cardioid)

- Max. output voltage: 390 mV

- Microphone amplifier dynamic range (A) 105 dB

- Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V

- Supply current (P48, IEC 61938) 0.8 mA

- 3M XLR connection

- Diameter 56mm

- Length 200mm
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