The KMS 104 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 cardioid pattern.
The KMS 104 brings studio sound quality to the stage. Unlike usual stage microphones, which use dynamic capsules, the KMS 104 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 KMS 104 possesses the ruggedness required of a stage mic, thus refuting the myth that condenser microphones must be “fragile”. The KMS 104 can stand enormous sound pressure levels of up to 150 dB without clipping, and its tight, frequency-independent cardioid pattern ensures high gain before feedback. The KMS 104 has a much smoother frequency response than dynamic microphones and an airy top-end. Compared to dynamic microphones, the Neumann KMS 104 has a vastly superior transient response resulting in a more immediate and more emotional vocal sound. In practical terms: effortless intelligibility, without the usual EQ boosts – which further improves feedback resistance.
As a stage microphone, the KMS 104 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 highly effective internal pop screen which also keeps moisture away from the capsule. Thanks to careful Neumann engineering, these acoustic filters do not cause any sibilance problems. 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 KMS 104 can drive very long cable runs of up to 300 m (1000 ft) without transmission losses.
The KMS 104 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 KMS 104 is also an excellent microphone for home recording and broadcast applications. Because it is optimized for close mic placement, the KMS 104 will pick up a dry sound with very little ambience, which is a big advantage in untreated rooms.
|Acoustical operating principle||Pressure gradient transducer|
|Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938)||3.5 mA|
|Equivalent noise level, A-weighted¹⁾||18 dB-A|
|Equivalent noise level, CCIR¹⁾||28 dB|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz ... 20 kHz|
|Matching connector||XLR 3 F|
|Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%||150 dB|
|Maximum output voltage||12 dBu|
|Rated Impedance||50 ohms|
|Rated load impedance||1 kohms|
|Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm||4.5 mV/Pa ± 1 dB equ. -47 dBV|
|Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL)¹⁾||76 dB|
|Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL)¹⁾||66 dB|
|Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938)||48 V ± 4 V|
|Weight||approx. 300 g|
1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS
2) measured as equivalent el. input signal
"No ´ifs´, ´ands´ or ´buts´: The Neumann KMS 105 earns our wholehearted recommendation."
"It has a very transparent and open sound, reducing or eliminating the need for additional console EQ." " ... dynamic range goes from a whisper to a roar. The response of this microphone to these nuances was impressive, to say the least." "It is definitely a high-end microphone designed not to break the bank."
Pro Audio Review 6/2000
"This mic is destined for a great future thanks to a sound that is entirely beyond reproach." " ... singers who really know about microphones and already have a few of their own are almost bound to add this one to their collections."
" ... the Neumann KMS 105 had a clarity that was indescribable." "There are only a few mics that would make you just drop everything and buy one. I would say the Neumann KMS 105 is most definitely one of those few."
Audio Media 8/2000
"Included in the package is a clever, nylon-and-Velcro padded bag that wraps around both the mic and the stand clip, offering a high degree of protection." "In use, the 105 proved to be an impressive mic with a character all its own." " ... for the performer with clarity and articulation, the open and natural character that the 105 imparts to an outstanding vocal will be appreciated by those with the ears to hear it."
"The Neumann KMS 105 is a dream. The outstanding foamless pop screen was completely convincing."
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MIPA Award 2010 - KMS 104 plus
Soundcheck Leser Poll - Mikrofon des Jahres 2003 - KMS 105
MIPA Award 2002 -KMS 105
Soundcheck Leser Poll - Mikrofon des Jahres 2001 - KMS 105
TEC Award 2000 - KMS 105
TEC Award 2007 - KMS 104
TEC Award 2010 - KMS 104 plus
MIPA Award 2011 - KMS 104 plus
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