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Neumann KMS 105 BK Handheld Vocal Microphone Black

Code: 8058    Manufacturer Part No: 8455   
Neumann KMS 105 BK Handheld Vocal Microphone Black
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KMS 105 BK Handheld Vocal Microphone Black description:

When compared to other handheld vocal microphones, the KMS 105 offers a superior resolution of the voice, with extended frequency response and accurate transient detail. Sibilance problems common to other handheld condenser mics are eliminated. No foam is used in the basket, thus eliminating any clouding or muffling of the sound. Also, by using a DC-polarized studio condenser capsule, all the nuances of the voice come through with subtlety, power and focus.

The K 105 capsule was developed from the K 50, found in the KMS 150, KM 150 and KM 185 microphones. The K 105 features a supercardioid pattern, achieved by specially modifying the response of the K 50 pressure gradient transducer. The frequency response characteristic is developed in the acoustic realm, allowing for accurate representation of transient details found in music and speech, and thus transmitting a very open and detailed capture of the human voice. Due to the tight supercardioid polar pattern and the coloration-free off axis response, a very high level of gain before feedback is achieved. This polar pattern offers the highest degree of isolation while still allowing for a generous sweet spot in front of the microphone. The dynamic range of the KMS 105 is 132 dB, allowing reproduction of the artists full expression, without restraint. The maximum SPL is 150 dB and with a low self noise of 18 dB-A, a greater gain can be used without risk of adding noise to the mix. This way, the artist is able to use the microphone at a greater distance therefore maintaining a wide range of creative freedom during the performance. Because of the superior resolution and linear high frequency response, it is very easy for the artist using in-ear monitors to identify whether or not he or she is on mic with the KMS 105. And by employing a transformerless output circuit, this microphone can incorporate long cable runs with no loss of signal quality or high-frequency response. Most of the available vocalist microphones rely on the attenuating effects of foam layers inside the basket. Although this is certainly a cost-effective procedure, the detrimental effects of this foam layer can be shown quite easily. Treble frequencies are attenuated, and furthermore the polar pattern can be deformed. These drawbacks can be eliminated by selecting open mesh constructions. With careful dimensioning and selection of different mesh sizes, excellent pop and wind attenuation can be delivered. In the KMS 105 a combination of four wire meshes with different mesh sizes is used. The chosen combination yields a very constant polar pattern, while maintaining the capsules acoustic frontal frequency response. Naturally, the outer microphone basket is hardened steel, due to the required ruggedness for on-stage use.


  • Neumann sound on stage
  • Excellent transparency for vocals/ speech and as an Announcer’s mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • High SPL capability at 150 dB and a low self noise of 18 dB-A
  • Without off-axis coloration
  • Transformerless output
  • Especially suited for in-ear-monitoring
  • Supercardioid polar pattern with excellent feedback rejection
  • Effective pop shielding without any side effects
  • Set includes SG 105 Stand clamp and Padded nylon bag


  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Directional pattern: supercardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 4.5 mV/Pa
  • Rated impedance: 50 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1000 ohms
  • Equivalent SPL CCIR 468-3: 28 dB
  • Equivalent SPL DIN/IEC 651: 18 dB-A
  • S/N ratio CCIR 468-3: 66 dB
  • S/N ratio DIN/IEC 651: 76 dB
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 150 dB
  • Maximum output voltage: 12 dBu
  • Dyn. range of the mic. amplifier DIN/IEC 651: 132 dB
  • Supply voltage: 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current consumption: 3.5 mA
  • Matching connector: XLR 3F
  • Weight: approx. 300 g
  • Diameter: 48 mm
  • Length: 180 mm

MPN: 8455

Manufacturer: Neumann

This page first created on: 20/07/2007

Customer Reviews

Expertise/Experience: Live sound engineer
Near Brighton GB

Pros: +
Crystal clear vocals for both male and female singers

Cons: -
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This customer purchased the product in March 2012

Expertise/Experience: Studio owner
Warwickshire GB

Pros: +
Great with a wide range of voices and vocal styles. Much more resistant to feedback than many other stage mics - and it sounds great too.

Cons: -
Needs phantom power - though most mixers should be able to deliver that - if not you'll need a preamp. The performance you get from it makes it worth the extra hassle.It's quite expensive - but then again it is a Neumann!

This customer purchased the product in February 2013

Expertise/Experience: Experienced
Music Style: Metal
London GB

I am singing in metal band and was always struggling to hear myself during the rehearsals as it gets really loud. Now thanks to this precious mic I can hear myself much better as well as everyone can finally hear the lyrics etc so it does the magic! The only thing I'd really appreciate off button but it's not a massive issue - just had to buy a special cable with on/off button on it.

This customer purchased the product in July 2016