Neumann M 149 Tube Nine-Pattern Tube Mic with K 49 capsule, seven filter positions (M 149-SET-117)

Neumann M 149 Tube Nine-Pattern Tube Mic with K 49 capsule, seven filter positions

Set Contains:

  • Neumann M 149 Switchable Tube Microphone
  • Attractive Microphone Case
  • N 149 Power Supply with Plug-In Mains Unit
  • 8-Core Microphone Connecting Cable
  • EA 170 Full Elastic Microphone Suspension
  • Dust Cover
  • Protective, Wooden Storage Box for All Components


State of the Art Tube Microphone

The M 149 Tube is a modern version of Neumann’s famous M 49 microphone. Like its predecessor, it uses the classic K47/49 large diaphragm capsule in an acoustically open headgrille. The M 149 is a universal studio microphone with 9 selectable polar patterns. Its innovative transformerless tube circuit ensures optimal sound with lowest self-noise.

Classic Neumann Sound with 21st Century performance

The M 149 is a universal studio microphone with tube electronics in the tradition of the legendary M 49, the large diaphragm condenser microphone that raised the standard of audio recording in the 1950s and has shaped the sound of countless jazz and pop albums ever since. The M 149 continues in this tradition, augmenting the timeless fidelity of its predecessor with updated technology and improved performance specs.

The M 149 uses the same sound transducer as its famous predecessor, the classic K 47/49 large diaphragm capsule, renowned for its supreme balance and unmatched presence. This delicate dual diaphragm capsule is housed in a large, acoustically open headgrille, which minimizes internal reflections. The capsule signal is then amplified by a subminiature triode tube, specially selected for lowest noise and optimal transmission characteristics. The final stage is a high-precision, ultra-low distortion transformerless output stage, which preserves the full dynamics of the preceding tube circuit and is optimized for 21st century signal chains. The M 149 offers higher sensitivity and much lower noise than vintage tube microphones. And thanks its current sensing technology, which ensures optimal operating conditions for the tube, and its low output impedance, the M 149 can drive long cable runs of up to 300 m without transmission losses. It was this innovative combination of classic tube technology with state of the art Neumann engineering which earned the M 149 a prestigious TEC Award in 1997.

Truly Universal

The M 149 offers nine directional characteristics – omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-8, plus four intermediate positions – as well as a 7-position low cut (20 to 160 Hz in half-octave steps). This flexibility along with an exceptionally low self-noise figure of only 13 dB-A (cardioid mode) makes the M 149 a truly universal studio microphone for all applications. Not only is the M 149 a superb microphone for vocalists in any genre; unlike many other modern tube microphones, it is also an amazingly versatile microphone for a wide range of instruments, such as piano, acoustic and electric guitar, upright bass, percussion, drums overheads, as well as solo strings, brass and woodwind instruments. The M 149 is a premium microphone which will satisfy even the most demanding users.

  • Same capsule as the legendary Neumann M 49
  • Classic sound in nine directional patterns
  • Seven-position low cut switch
  • Tube circuit with extremely low self-noise
  • Transformerless output stage
  • Comes with power supply


      Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
      Tube Yes
      Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Wide-Angle Cardioid
      Pattern Selection Switched
      Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
      Signal to Noise Ratio 66 dB CCIR
      69 dB CCIR
      71 dB CCIR
      78 dB A-Weighted
      81 dB A-Weighted
      83 dB A-Weighted
      Equivalent Noise Level 28 dB CCIR
      25 dB CCIR
      23 dB CCIR
      16 dB A-Weighted
      13 dB A-Weighted
      11 dB A-Weighted
      Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL
      136 dB SPL
      THD 0.5%
      Impedance 50 Ohms
      Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
      Sensitivity 34 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
      47 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
      62 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
      Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
      Length 7.91" / 201 mm
      Diameter 2.76" / 70 mm
      Weight 25.75 oz / 730 g
      Packaging Info
      Package Weight 13.4 lb
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 13.9 x 6.6"



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