Neumann tube sound with a cardioid directional characteristic and a classic design. The double diaphragm capsule is derived from that of its legendary predecessors, the U 47 and M 49.
Following the capsule is a tube that functions as an impedance converter. The next stage is an efficient, transformerless output circuit, that guarantees an extremely low self-noise level. Note: This innovative combination of current tube technology with the most advanced solid-state circuitry was decisive in awarding the 1997 TEC Award to the related M 149 Tube mic.
The M 147 Tube can feed extremely long microphone cables without affecting the quality of the audio signal. Like all Neumann tube microphones, the M 147 Tube comes with an elegant satin nickel finish.
The microphone is delivered as a complete set in a high-quality aluminum case. Included with the microphone are a microphone cable, a metal swivel mount for a mic stand, and a compact universal power supply for standard mains sockets. Our modern manufacturing methods makes it possible to offer this complete set at a very attractive price.
Similar to the recently introduced M 149 Tube, the new M 147 Tube combines a specifically selected vacuum tube (triode) with modern circuitry. This technique takes full advantage of the special transfer characteristics of the tube and passes the processed audio signal of the capsule to the microphone output, without any coloration or unwanted side effects.
The tube amplifies the capsule's signal by approximately 10 dB, thus preventing any possible influences from subsequent electronics. The M 147 Tube delivers a high output voltage, and therefore can feed microphone cables up to 300 m length without signal degradation.
The ideal operating conditions (anode current, heater voltage) of the tube are maintained throughout its life expectancy. A sensor lead detects any voltage drop that occurs through the microphone cable and compensates for it in the N 149 A power supply. The tube warms up gradually using inverse current limiting to guarantee long life.
This implies that the microphone may also be sensitive to unwanted LF interference by structure-borne noise, or wind noise. To avoid possible signal degradation, we offer the EA 1 elastic suspension and the WS 87 windscreen as accessories. During close miking of vocals we recommend using the PS 15 or PS 20a pop screen.
N 149 A Power Supply
- Universal tube microphone
- Pressure gradient transducer with the large diaphragm capsule from the legendary U 47 and M 49
- Transformerless circuitry
- Low self noise level
- Comes with swivel stand mount made of metal, universal power supply, and cable in an attractive aluminium case
These are just some of the most common applications. We recommend additional experimentation to gain maximum use from this microphone.
- Vocalist mic: its warm and yet transparent sound gives volume and presence
- Announcer's mic for broadcasting dubbing, and voice-over
- Spot mic for close miking of solo instruments, especially strings, wind instruments, piano
|Acoustical operating principle||Pressure gradient transducer|
|Frequency range||20 Hz ... 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm||20 mV/Pa|
|Rated impedance||50 ohms|
|Rated load impedance||1 kohms|
|Equivalent noise level, CCIR1)||24 dB|
|Equivalent noise level, A-weighted1)||12 dB-A|
|Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)||70 dB|
|Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL)||82 dB|
|Typical SPL (tube characteristic)2)||114 dB for THD < 0.5 %, 134 dB for THD < 5 %|
|Maximum output voltage||8 dBu|
|Powering||Power supply N 149 A|
|Matching connector||Microphone: DIN 8F, Power Supply: XLR3F|
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