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Neumann KM 185 MT Miniature Studio Condenser Microphone Stereo Set (Black)

Compact Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone Stereo Set (Black)
Part No: KM-185-MT-STEREO

The slender shapes and the transmission characteristics of the Neumann KM 185 make the "Series 180" especially suitable for a very wide range of tasks in the radio and television sector.

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Product Description


The "Series 180" consists of three compact miniature microphones with patterns that satisfy the demands of all common studio applications.

Because of its optimized mechanical construction and conscious omission of modularity, which is unnecessary in many cases, the "Series 180" is predestined for economy-minded production and home recording studios.

The KM 185 hypercardioid microphone is based on the tremendously successful KM 184 cardioid microphone, which has become a standard within the global studio community in just a very short time. All "Series 180" microphones are available with either matte black or nickel finish.

Acoustic features

The pressure gradient transducers KM 185 feature very smooth frequency responses 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.

The KM 185 with its hypercardioid characteristic features attenuation of sound incidence from the side or rear of about 10 dB, with minimum sensitivity at an angle of 120°.

Electrical features

The "Series 180" microphones have 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 "Series 180", as in all Neumann microphones, is balanced and phantom (48V) powered.


The "Series 180" 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 "Series 180" is an economical alternative without giving up the electroacoustic features the users expect from Neumann microphones.


  • Successor of the worldwide successful KM 84
  • Transformerless circuitry
  • Trouble-free operation also with unbalanced equipment (e.g., DAT recorders)
  • Set includes 2 x windshield and two different microphone clamps


Additional Information


Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer

Directional pattern: hypercardioid

Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz

Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 10 mV/Pa

Rated impedance: 50 ohms

Rated load impedance: 1 kohms

Equivalent noise level: 24 dB

Signal-to-noise ratio, (rel. 94 dB SPL): 70 dB

Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 142 dB

Maximum output voltage: 10 dBu

Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 3.2 mA

Matching connectors: XLR 3F

Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: approx. 80 g
  • Diameter: 22 mm
  • Length: 107 mm

What's in the box

  • KM 185 Microphone x 2
  • WNS 100 Windshield x 2
  • SG 21 Stand Mount Swivel x 2
  • Wooden Box