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Neumann KM 185 Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone Stereo Set
Neumann KM 185 Hypercardioid Condenser Microphones (Stereo Pair)

Neumann KM 185 Hypercardioid Condenser Microphones (Stereo Pair)

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MSRP: $2,079.00

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While many microphones are designed to add some sonic imprint of their own, there are many applications that require a faithful reproduction of the original acoustic event, without adding or removing anything. That’s where the Neumann 180 series comes in.

The KM 185 is a state-of-the-art small diaphragm condenser microphone with a tight, frequency-independent hypercardioid polar pattern. Its very natural, transparent sound with low self-noise and high SPL capability have made the KM 185 a worldwide stage and studio standard for many applications ranging from classical piano to heavy metal drums.

KM 185's hypercardioid pattern is frequency-independent; rejection of rearward sound (120°) is excellent, even at low frequencies. In practical usage, there is no sound coloration over a wide pickup angle, which is crucial in multi-microphone setups and for precise stereo/surround imaging. The KM 185’s frequency response is very smooth and linear with a slight treble lift around 10 kHz for added brilliance. Its innovative transformerless head amplifier offers a wide dynamic range of 127 dB and is carefully designed to maintain the capsule’s sonic integrity. The KM 185 has a very low self-noise of only 15 dB-A and can handle high sound pressure levels of up to 142 dB free from distortion. Due to its low impedance output stage, the KM 185 can drive long cable runs of up to 300 meters (1000 feet) without transmission losses.

The KM 185 is a universal microphone for studio and stage applications. Its transparent sound makes the KM 185 a superb microphone for acoustic instruments, such as piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, violin, cello, wind instruments, drums and percussion. Its high rejection at 120° without off-axis coloration makes the KM 185 a perfect problem solver in demanding applications, such as recording the snare drum while suppressing spill from the hi-hat. Although the KM 185 is not specially optimized for the human voice, it is often used for classical vocals and whenever sonic authenticity is paramount. Due to its small size, the KM 185 is visually unobtrusive and well suited to TV and radio applications.

Neumann KM 185 Set Features

  • Uniform hypercardioid pattern without off-axis coloration
  • High suppression of unwanted sound
  • Linear frequency response with a slight treble lift
  • Low self-noise (15 dB-A)
  • Low impedance output for long cable runs without transmission losses
  • Compact size, visually unobtrusive
  • Hypercardioid pickup pattern without off-axis coloration
  • High SPL capability up to 142 dB
  • Transformerless electronics
  • KM 185 hypercardioid condenser microphones2
  • Windscreens2
  • Stand mount swivels2
  • Transducer TypeCondenser
  • Polar PatternHypercardioid
  • Frequency Range20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Rated Output Impedance50 ohms
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1 kΩ10 mV/Pa ± 1 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level, CCIR24 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level, A-Weighted15 dB-A
  • Max. SPL for THD 0.5%142 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL)70 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio, A-Weighted (re. 94 dB SPL)79 dB
  • Max. Output Voltage10 dBu
  • Supply Voltage (P48, IEC 61938)48 V ± 4 V
  • Current Consumption (P48, IEC 61938)3.2 mA
  • Matching ConnectorXLR 3 F
  • Weight2.82 oz
  • Dimensions0.87" diameter x 4.21" length

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