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Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone

The Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone provides a smooth mid-range, open top end, and solid, well-balanced low frequency translation to make it a great choice on anything from vocals to drums to acoustic guitar to saxophone.

Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone Details

The Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone provides a smooth mid-range, open top end, and solid, well-balanced low frequency translation to make it a great choice on anything from vocals to drums to acoustic guitar to saxophone. Telefunken Elektroakustik is well known for Telefunken Elektroakustik's historic recreation microphones, but as we all know those recreations are intended for the 'upper crust' of the recording industry who can afford the best of the best. The AR-51 is part of the R-F-T Series.

With this in mind Telefunken Elektroakustik created the R-F-T Series of microphones as an affordable solution that delivers amazing tone and ultimate application flexibility at a price anyone who is serious about recording can afford.

The AR-51 is the culmination of this ideal. For the AR-51 Telefunken Elektroakustik took the amplifier electronics of a C-12 and ELA M 251E and married them to an offshore capsule and power supply so Telefunken Elektroakustik can bring the best of both worlds together for what are destined to become the classics of tomorrow.

As of October 2012's Audio Engineering Society conference, the AR-51 and AR-70 microphone now include the TK51D capsule, a 34mm dual-membrane, edge-terminated design. This larger surface area provides an extended low end and a smoother, more open high end in comparision to the original TK67D. The implementation of this new capsule brings the AR-51 and AR-70 sonically closer to the ELA M 251E, C12 and C24 that employ the legendary edge-terminated CK12 capsule.

The core of this amplifier is NOS [New Old Stock] ECC81 vacuum tube which is coupled the same German built output transformer you will find in Telefunken Elektroakustik's far more expensive C-12 and ELA M 251E.

In use, the R-F-T AR-51 is a fantastic utility mic!! Its smooth mid-range, open top end, and solid, well-balanced low frequency translation make it a great choice on anything from vocals to drums and percussion to acoustic guitar to saxophone. There are 1000 more uses, but we think you get the idea that this is indeed a remarkably versatile microphone.

The remote pattern selector (located on the power supply) provides 9 different polar patterns, giving the user a myriad of choices for how to record the source sound in a manner that will best complement their production. You can start your path to sonic euphoria by picking up the R-F-T AR-51. It is sure to put a smile on your face without putting too much of a dent in your wallet.

Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone Includes

  • Modern Power Supply
  • Shock Mount
  • Wooden Box

Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Tube Microphone Specifications

  • Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient
  • Capsule: dual sided gold sputtered membrane
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz / 20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Omni, Cardioid, Figure 8 with 6 intermediate stages
  • Sensitivity: 14MV/Pa = -37dB (0dB = 1v/Pa) -10bD
  • Impedance: 200 ohms stock
  • SPL: 138 dB
  • Non Linear Distortion: Less than or equal to 0.5% at 100 dyne / cm sq
  • Equivalent Noise: 16 dB (a-weighted)
  • Tube Type: NOS ECC81 twin triode
  • Power: Dedicated Power Supply
  • Weight: 27oz (765g)
  • Size: 9 1/2" (241mm) length x 1 3/4" (44.45mm) diameter

What We Think - Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 Review

The Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 is a very nice mic. Of course that comes as no surprise to those that have use Telefunken Elektroakustik mics. I personally have yet to use one that I did not like. The AR-51 is a rich and warm mic, with a nice forward dimension. But what surprised me is the slight boost that seems to be around 5k. It add just enough cut, to help add clarity, and let the track stick out just enough. This makes it great for vocals, and I really like it on guitar cab too. All in all, it is just another reason why you can"?t go wrong with Telefunken Elektroakustik.

- Ryan

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