Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Tube Microphone
The Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Tube Microphone is arguably one of the industry's finest acoustic and classical recording tube mics, offering plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity.
One of the few small diaphragm tube microphones available today, the ELA M 260 is an absolute first choice for acoustic instrument recording. Everything from stringed instruments to drum overheads will benefit from the 260’s perfect combination of small diaphragm precision and classic tube warmth. While not a historically accurate reproduction of the original ELA M 260 like the Diamond Series microphones, the new production ELA M 260 is still built with the same attention to detail and level of quality that would be expected from a Telefunken Elektroakustik microphone.
In use, the ELA M 260 has plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. It captures sources with a natural presence, making it a fantastic tool for recording acoustic instruments of all types. Violin, cello, upright bass, drum overheads, percussion, woodwinds, saxophones, strings, and especially acoustic guitar all shine through the ELA M 260. Also, despite its size, it has also served well on vocal applications. Its unique tonal character is very well suited for a myriad of applications, both traditional and not.
Hand-built in the USA, the ELA M 260 is designed around a NOS 5840W vacuum tube and a custom American-made output transformer. The circuit features premium quality polystyrene and electrolytic capacitors hand-plugged with a circuit board layout optimized for shortest distance traces to reduce impedance and noise floor. The combination of these features yields a small diaphragm microphone that is unique while also bearing the qualities of the vintage microphones that it was based upon. The ELA M 260 Master Set is supplied with interchangeable, thread-on TK60 Cardioid, TK61 Omnidirectional and TK62 Hypercardioid capsules. With all three capsules the user can have the flexibility to record their source material in any way they wish.
Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Tube Microphone Specifications
- Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient
- Capsule: M260, M261, M262 Gold sputtered 3-micron
- Frequency Range: 20Hz / 20kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omindirectional, Hypercardioid
- Sensitivity: 14MV/Pa = -37dB (0dB = 1v/Pa) -10bD
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- SPL: 120 dB
- Non Linear Distortion: (for 1% THD @ 1KHz) 120dB
- Equivalent Noise: 19dB (A-weighted)
- Tube Type: Telefunken EF-732
- Power: Dedicated Power Supply
- Weight: 4.2 oz (119g)
- Size: 5 1/2" (140mm) length x 13/16" (21mm) diameter
Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Tube Microphone Includes
- ELA M 260 Tube Microphone
- Capsule Set (Cardiod, Omni, Hyper)
- Power Supply
- Shock Mount
- Mic Clip
- Zipper Case
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