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Telefunken U47 Condenser Microphone

Vintage Classic Condenser Pressure Gradient Microphone

Every great singer deserves an amazing microphone, and for more than 60 years the U47 has been that microphone. Its authoritative mid-range and extended low-end response have made the Telefunken U47 the “go to” standard for any serious recording studio. Everything, from vocals and loud guitar sounds to full on orchestral recording and chamber ensembles, will benefit wildly from the rich and vibrant tone of this stunning microphone. The Telefunken Elektroakustik recreation of the U47 large diaphragm tube microphone is exact in every detail, down to the historically accurate BV8 output transformer and M7 capsule.

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Product Description


Upon first glance of the new U47 from Telefunken Elektroakustik, it's easy to see the "family resemblance." The large, chrome head grille houses a newly manufactured M7 capsule. Its matte nickel finished body houses a new BV8 output transformer and a newly developed VF14k vacuum tube; a "plug and play" replacement for the rare VF14M tubes found in the original. The classic "TELEFUNKEN" diamond logo proudly adorns the front of the body tube. All of these accoutrements show that this microphone means business.

Since its original development in 1946, the Telefunken U47 has been the microphone of choice for generations of recording professionals. The first condenser microphone to offer selectable polar patterns (cardioid and omnidirectional), the original U47 also featured the famous M7 capsule which had been developed in 1928 by Georg Neumann. To this capsule was added an amplifier built from military surplusVF14 tubes (they had been used in field and aircraft radios), and BV8 output transformers. The combination of these components created a sonic quality that was absolutely unheard of in the English speaking world of the mid-1940s when darker sounding, less detailed ribbon microphones were the standard.

The introduction of the U47 brought a new level of fidelity to the audio world, and is still considered to be one of the finest microphones ever produced. Whether you're recording a symphony, a "crooner," or any facet of modern music, you'll find a great tool in the U47. Its authoritative mid-range and extended low-end response dance from your ears . . . much as a vintage wine dances from the palate. Everything, from vocals to the loudest of guitar sounds, full on orchestral recording, beautiful backing vocal arrangements, or a chamber ensemble will benefit wildly from the rich and vibrant tone of this stunning microphone.

Each U47 microphone system comes complete with M940 power supply, M840 25’ dual-shielded ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M740 elastic shock mount, FC40 locking flight case and WB40 wooden microphone box.


  • New M7 style capsule
  • NOS Telefunken VF14K tube
  • Shock Mount, Wooden Mic Box
  • Gotham Audio GAC7 cable
  • Locking Flight Case
  • Includes Vintage NG Style Power Supply with hand wired transformer
  • Cardioid & Omni polar patterns


Additional Information


Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient

Capsule: M7

Frequency Range: 20Hz / 20kHz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid and Omni

Sensitivity: 24.5 mV/pa +/- 1 dB

THD at 1kHz at 1Pa: <0.3%

Output Impedance: <400 ohms

Maximum SPL: 127 dB

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

Self Noise: 9dBA +/- 1dB

Tube Type: VF-14K

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

Size: 9 3/4" (248mm) length x 2 1/4" (57mm) diameter

Weight: 22oz (624g)

Supply Current: <45mA

Connected Via: Large Tuchel/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