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Telefunken ELA M251 Condenser Microphone

Vintage Classic Condenser Pressure Gradient Microphone
Part No: TELEFUNKEN-M251

The Telefunken ELA M 251 amplifier circuit was originally built to satisfy the standardized requirements of the German and Austrian national broadcast systems after World War II. Featuring the AC701 tube, a small triode vacuum tube known for producing a very rich and opulent tone with exceptionally low self-noise and microphonics, the ELA M 251 has achieved legendary stature in the modern recording industry.

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The Telefunken ELA M 251 amplifier circuit was originally built to satisfy the standardized requirements of the German and Austrian national broadcast systems after World War II. Utilizing a TELEFUNKEN AC701 vacuum tube, a CK12 capsule provided by AKG Acoustics GmbH, and a Haufe made T14:1 ratio output transformer, the ELA M 251 has achieved legendary stature in the modern recording industry.

Developed specifically for microphone applications, the AC701 is a sub-miniature triode vacuum tube that produces a very rich and opulent tone. Built from a glass enclosure, its characteristics include a very low self-noise floor, a low degree of microphonics, and a propensity for an exceptionally long life (so long as the voltages provided by the power supply were correct and stable) which meant far less maintenance and consistent results.

Today, prime examples of vintage ELA M 250 / 251 [both "E" and "non E"] microphones have become rare and highly sought after jewels, commanding tens of thousands of dollars on the vintage market. Telefunken Elektroakustik's historic recreations of the ELA M 251 exemplify the best qualities of the finest specimens of these legendary beasts, and while more expensive than most modern microphones, they are true to the heritage of their 50+ year old brethren.

The new Telefunken ELA M 251 includes an edge terminated, dual backplate CK12 capsule capable of cardioid, omnidirectional, and biirectional polar patterns and a European made Haufe 14:1 ratio output transformer (the same design found in the AKG Acoustics GmbH C-12). Each reissue is 100% true in every detail to the original [the parts are interchangeable with the 50+ year old originals], and will deliver the same sonically opulent response that made the ELA M 251 one of the world's most sought after recording tools.

Each ELA M 251 microphone system comes complete with M950 power supply, M850 25' quad-shielded Accusound ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M750 elastic shock mount, FC50 locking flight case and WB50 wooden microphone box.

Features

  • New CK12 Capsule
 
  • NOS AC701 tube
 
  • Swivel Mount
 
  • Gotham Audio GAC7 cable
 
  • Wooden Mic Box
 
  • Locking Flight Case
 
  • Includes VINTAGE style Power Supply with hand wired transformer
 
  • Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 polar patterns

Specifications

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Specification

Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient

Capsule: CK12

Frequency Range: 20Hz / 20kHz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8

Sensitivity: approx 1.2 mvolts per dyne / cm sq

THD at 1kHz at 1Pa: <0.15%

Output Impedance: <200 ohms

Maximum SPL: 132 dB

Non Linear Distortion: less than or equal to 0.5% at 100 dyne / cm sq

Self Noise: 7dBA

Tube Type: AC701

Power Type: Dedicated American-made power supply with slow-ramping filament voltage

Size: 8 1/2" (216mm) length x 2" (51mm) diameter

Weight: 20oz (567g), 34oz (960g) with swivel

Supply Current: <1mA(4V) 100mA

Connected Via: Historic stand mount swivel, XLR-3 (M) output

Supplied Accessories: Locking flight case, power supply, wooden mic box, clasping shock mount, 25' Accusound quad-shielded cable with swivel connector

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