The matte black KM 185 MT Microphone from Neumann is a hypercardioid pattern, pressure gradient condenser microphone intended for live sound reinforcement and broadcast, as well as recording applications.
The KM 180 series microphones feature an output stage based on the KM 100. Transformerless circuitry and balanced output result in high output gain with a very low noise floor and no coloration to the output signal.
The KM 185 MT is powered via +48V phantom power. Its 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response provides flexibility for use in a wide range of recording situations. The KM 185 provides attenuation at the off-axis sections of the mic, and is suitable for X,Y and ORTF stereo miking, announcer's mic for broadcast, spot capturing of drum overheads, strings, wind instruments, percussion, piano, and amp cabinets. The KM 185 handles sound pressure levels up to 142 dB allowing close miking of instruments high in transient (peak) level response.
Hypercardioid Polar PatternThe hypercardioid polar pattern offers greater attenuation at the off-axis sections of the microphone, resulting in a tighter pattern with even less noise caused by ambiance. KM 100 Based Output StageThe KM 185 features the same output stage electronics as the KM 100. Transformerless circuitry and quiet balanced output design ensure a clean, high-gain output signal without any coloration. The KM 185 is powered via +48V phantom power, and its 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response provides flexibility for use in a wide range of recording situations. The KM 185 can handle sound pressure levels up to 142 dB, allowing fairly close miking of instruments. Compact Rugged ConstructionThe slim design and rugged construction allow easy microphone placement while remaining road worthy.
Operating PrinciplePressure GradientTransducerCondenserPolar PatternHypercardioidFrequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHzSignal to Noise Ratio70 dB CCIR 79 dB A-WeightedEquivalent Noise Level24 dB CCIR 15 dB A-WeightedMaximum SPL142 dB SPL 0.5%Impedance50 ohmsLoad Impedance1 kOhmsSensitivity10 mV/PA @ 1 kHz into 1 kOhmsPower Requirements48 V+/- 4 VOutput Connectors3-Pin XLROperating Current Consumption3.2mALength4.21" (107 mm)Diameter0.87" (22 mm)Weight2.82 oz (80 g)