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Winter NAMM 2010: Telefunken AR-51

January 14, 2010
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The AR-51 large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone. The AR-51 is designed in the tradition of the classic mics of the past, using the same circuit design as the Telefunken ELA M 251E. The new R-F-T AR-51 uses only premium components, including a vintage NOS tube that has been rigidly tested for noise and microphonics. The AR-51 also features a globally sourced power supply and capsule, both rigorously tested prior to installation.  

The mic's circuit board has been designed for superior current handling, permitting the amplifier to have full access to the necessary "power on demand" for handling low-frequency and transient information. Modifications have been made to the amplifier circuit to optimize the performance of the capsule and a signal path that includes the same European manufactured output transformer found in every ELA M 251 E built since 1960.  

The microphone is geared for recording acoustic and electric guitars, piano, percussion, drum overheads and close-miked drums, as well as for male and female vocals.

MSRP: $1,695.

Hall E, Booth #1868

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