Neumann KM 184 Minature Studio Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
The slender shapes and the transmission characteristics of the Neumann KM 184 make the "Series 180" especially suitable for a very wide range of tasks in the radio and television sector.
The KM 184 condenser can trace its roots back to the enormously successful KM 84, a microphone successful in becoming a market standard in essentially no time at all.
The pressure gradient transducers KM 184 include very smooth frequency responses not only for the 0° axis, but also for lateral (off-axis) sound incidence. In the diffuse sound field it enjoys a flat frequency response and, during standard usage, there is no colouration of sound over a wide pickup angle. The KM 184 also has a gentle rise at about 9 kHz, a characteristic that was introduced very successfully with the KM 140. The result is a tonal balance that is fresher and livelier when compared to the KM 84 with its flat frequency response in that band.
Neumann’s "Series 180" contains three neatly miniaturised microphones with patterns to fulfil the criteria set by any studio. Thanks to its enhanced mechanical build and deliberate omission of modularity, the "Series 180" is designed for cost-efficient production and home recording studios. All the mics in the series are finished with either matte black or nickel.
As is the case in the KM 100 system, the "Series 180" microphones have the same transformerless circuitry. The end product is beyond superb technical specifications and each microphone functions seamlessly, 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.
- Successor of the worldwide successful KM 84
- Transformerless circuitry
- Trouble-free operation also with unbalanced equipment (e.g., DAT recorders)
- Set includes windshield and two different microphone clamps
Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
Directional pattern: cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 15 mV/Pa
Rated impedance: 50 ohms
Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
Equivalent noise level: 22 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (rel. 94 dB SPL): 72 dB
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138 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
- KM 184 Microphone
- WNS 100 Windscreen
- SG 21 Stand Mount Swivel