Neumann SKM 184 Stereo Pair Small Diaphragm Microphone (Matte Black)
The Neumann KM 184 cardioid microphone, the successor of the well proven KM 84, has become a standard within the global studio community in just a very short time.
The pressure gradient transducer of the KM 184, features a very smooth frequency response not only for the 0° axis, but also for lateral (off-axis) sound incidence. In typical usage, there is no coloration of sound over a wide pickup angle. Although the KM 184 has the same capsule as the KM 84, the microphone differs slightly on the 0° frequency response: The KM 184 has a gentle rise at about 9 kHz, a characteristic that was introduced very successfully with the KM 140. The result is a tonal balance that is fresher and livelier when compared to the KM 84 with its flat frequency response in that band.
The KM184 microphone has the same transformerless circuitry as is used in the KM 100 system, resulting in excellent technical specifications: Compared to the KM 84 the dynamic range of the KM 184 increased by 24 dB mainly through the reduction of self-noise level to only 22 dB (CCIR) and an increased sound pressure handlingcapability of up to 138 dB. The microphones operate without any problems, even if the input of following equipment happens to be unbalanced, for example as in some DAT recorders. The output of the KM184, as in all Neumann microphones, is balanced and phantom (48V) powered.
The KM184 is a good choice for all users who look for a high-quality miniature microphone, but do not need the complex, modular KM 100 system, which continues to be part of the Neumann product range. The mechanical construction was simplified, for example, capsule and output stage cannot be separated from each other. For this reason the KM184 is an economical alternative without giving up the electroacoustic features the users expect from Neumann microphones.
Neumann SKM 184 Stereo Pair Small Diaphragm Microphone (Matte Black) Features
- Cardioid Polar Pattern
- Successor of the worldwide successful KM 83/84
- Transformerless circuitry
Neumann SKM 184 Stereo Pair Small Diaphragm Microphone (Matte Black) Specifications
- Acoustical operating principle: Pressure/Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
- Sensitivity: at 1 kHz into 1 kohm 15 mV/Pa
- Rated impedance: 50 ohms
- Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
- Equivalent noise level: CCIR1) 22 dB
- Equivalent noise level: A-weighted1) 13 dB-A
- Signal-to-noise ratio: CCIR1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 72 dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio: A-weighted1) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 81 dB
- Maximum SPL for THD: 0.5%2) 138 dB
- Maximum output voltage: 10 dBu
- Supply voltage: (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V Â± 4 V
- Current consumption: (P48, IEC 61938) 3.2 mA
- Matching connectors: XLR 3F
- Weight: approx. 80 g
- Diameter: 22 mm
- Length: 107 mm
Neumann SKM 184 Stereo Pair Small Diaphragm Microphone (Matte Black) Includes
- KM184 (x2)
- Miic Clips (x2)
- Windscreen (x2)
- Foam lined wood storage box
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The KM184 sound very honest and natural. They don't boost the high frequencies to much, but still they sound open and shimmery. I use them mostly for Acoustic Guitars and as Drum Overheads. It's no mistake to buy these ones, you will not regret.
Purchased this stereo set and the Lewitt LCT340 stereo set at the same time. While there is no denying the build quality of Neumann or the signature sound, I strongly recommend considering the Lewitt LTC340 for your SDC needs. In every session we have conducted with both these mics set against one another the Lewitt was preferred.
I don't have a string session until April 17 but I've used them on acoustic guitar, mandolin and omnichord -seriously I just used them on an omnichord tonight... so maybe this isn't the most complete perspective for a review but I imagine if you are looking at this page you know what a KM184 is...
Good for almost any instrument. I use them for battery overheads live. They are small and sound great. I've used them on sax, grand piano, accoustic guitar too... A little bit on the bright side -as it is now common for a lot of microphones- but nevertheless rich and full sounding.