Neumann KMS 105 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone
Gearank High Notes
- August 2017: Highest Rated Live Vocal Microphone from $500 to $1000
- October 2018: Highest Condenser Microphone from $500 to $1000
- November 2018: Highest Rated Live Vocal Microphone from $500 to $1000
Neumann is well known brand when it comes to recording gear, but incredibly one of their best rated mics, the KMS 105 is actually a handheld condenser mic for live vocal use. Big name artists like Norah Jones and Michael Buble are just two of the many professionals who put the Neumann KMS 105 to good use.
This mic comes with a supercardiod polar pattern that is really good at rejecting unwanted sound, and it has the ability to control proximity effect via a 120Hz high-pass filter. Both of these features work together to make this mic as transparent and clean sounding as possible.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Impedance: 50 Ohms - Load impedance is 1000 Ohms
- Maximum SPL: 150 dB
- Applications: Live and recorded vocals + recording acoustic guitar
- Power Requirements: 48v phantom power
Attaining an almost perfect Gearank score is quite a feat, especially in the higher price range where users are very picky. And most of its many 5 star ratings are from owners who are impressed with its natural sound and quiet operation. Some even go so far as stating that the Neumann KMS 105 is the best vocal condenser mic that they have ever tried.
There aren't that many complaints going on, aside from the usual ones that have to do with price. There are some who recommend pairing this mic with a premium PA system to get the most out of it. Also note that since this mic can do away with proximity coloration, this mic may not be a good mic for vocalists who utilize proximity in their singing technique - like rappers and rock singers.
If you want nothing less than the best rated condenser microphone, then get the Neumann KMS 105.
At time of publication the KMS 105 was on our recommended list of Live Vocal Mics.
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