Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone (Black)

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Neumann KMS 105
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Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone

The Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone has been developed to optimally transmit the human voice with respect to the demanding conditions on the live stage. The KMS 105 has become the internationally acknowledged standard for first-class stage microphones.

The Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone is a studio grade vocal microphone for stage use. Its precision manufactured condenser capsule offers true Neumann sound quality, combined with all the virtues of a rugged stage microphone: excellent pop protection, low handling noise, enormous SPL capability, and high feedback resistance, thanks to its tight supercardioid pattern.

Studio Quality for Stage Vocals
The Neumann KMS 105 brings studio sound quality to the stage. Unlike usual stage microphones, which use dynamic capsules, the Neumann KMS 105 is equipped with a true condenser microphone capsule offering the superior clarity that made Neumann studio microphones famous all over the world. At the same time, the Neumann KMS 105 possesses the ruggedness required of a stage mic, thus refuting the myth that condenser microphones must be “fragile”. The Neumann KMS 105 can stand enormous sound pressure levels of up to 150 dB without clipping, and its tight, frequency-independent supercardioid pattern ensures high gain before feedback. The Neumann KMS 105 has a much smoother frequency response than dynamic microphones and an airy top-end. Compared to dynamic microphones, the Neumann KMS 105 has a vastly superior transient response resulting in a more immediate, more emotional vocal sound. In practical terms: effortless intelligibility, without the usual EQ boosts – which further improves feedback resistance. As a stage microphone, the Neumann KMS 105 is optimized for close miking; a fixed low cut filter compensates for the proximity effect and ensures clear bass, even if the singer’s lips touch the microphone. The headgrille is made of hardened steel and features a carefully designed multi-level pop filter made of wire gauze. Despite its effectiveness, this acoustic filter does not cause any sibilance problems or compromise the capsule’s directivity. The head amplifier is protected by a thick-walled housing. Its transformerless output minimizes electromagnetic interference, such as hum. Because of its low output impedance of only 50 ohms, the Neumann KMS 105 can drive very long cable runs of up to 300 m (1000 ft) without transmission losses.

The Neumann KMS 105 is primarily designed as a handheld vocal microphone but can be used for other stage applications as well, due to its high SPL capability and wide dynamic range. Examples include percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, acoustic guitar, and guitar cabinets. Thanks to its superior sound quality, the Neumann KMS 105 is also an excellent microphone for home recording and broadcast applications. Because it is optimized for close mic placement, the Neumann KMS 105 will pick up a dry sound with very little ambience, which is a big advantage in untreated rooms.

Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone Features

  • Tight supercardioid pattern without off-axis coloration
  • Unaffected by extreme sound pressure levels
  • Rugged construction
  • Feedback resistant
  • Built-in pop screen
  • Very low handling noise

Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone Specifications

  • Acoustical Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient Transducer
  • Directional Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz Into 1 k Ohm: 4.5 mV/Pa
  • Rated Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Rated Load Impedance: 1 k Ohm
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 28 dB, A-Weighted; 18 dB-A
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: (Rel. 94 dB SPL) 66 dB, A-Weighted; 76 dB
  • Maximum SPL for < 0.5% THD: 150 dB
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 12 dBu
  • Dynamic Range of the Mic Amplifier: (A-Weighted) 132 dB
  • Supply Voltage: 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current Consumption: 3.5 mA
  • Matching Connector: XLR3F
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • Weight: Approx. 300 g
  • Diameter: 48 mm
  • Length: 180 mm

Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone  Includes

  • Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Condenser Microphone (Black)
  • Stand Clamp
  • Padded Nylon Bag
  • 2 Year Warranty

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  • 5
    Mic review

    I have been using a Shure Beta 58 and liked it but having purchased a U87 for recording vocals I started looking at Neumann and other brands for live vocals - Really glad I went with the KM105-huge improvement in tonal quality and clarity. Cuts through while sounding very smooth. Amazing mic IMHO. Only adjustment needed was to re-EQ highs which had been boosted a bit for the 58. Ryan at FEA was very really new his stuff and was a great help in discussing my options so kudos to him as well!

  • 5
    The Best Microphone for Voice

    Great! Simply the best choice. A microphone that outperforms all others. No comparison. When it comes microphone for voice, Neumann KMS 105 is a product of another planet.

  • 5
    Neumann KMS 105 Supercardioid Microphone

    On a budget, yet still seeking a Neumann, I bought the KMS 105 to use for live and possibly home studio vocals. For live vocals, it performed very well, as advertised. I was somewhat surprised to realize that it performed equally well for studio vocals. Full- yet not boomy-sounding, the supercardioid pattern coupled with the onboard highpass filter reduced sibilance to a non-issue. Handling noise was minimal, as well. It translated the actual vocalist without coloring the voice. Knowing that some artists such as Bob Brozman use the KMS 105's more expensive cousin, the KSM 150, for live acoustic guitar work, I tried the KMS 105 for both live and studio acoustic instrument trials. I was extremely pleased and have since used it routinely for these purposes. I gave the KMS 105 five stars because for the price-conscious buyer, the KMS 105 is a very fine multi-purpose microphone, holds its value extremely well, and is truly an excellent alternative to the KMS 150.