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Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M260

Regular price €1.365,00

€1.109,76 ex VAT
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The small diaphragm ELA M 260 is arguably one of the industry's finest acoustic and classical recording tube microphones, offering plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. While not a historically accurate reproduction of the original ELA M 260 like the Diamond Series microphones, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s version of the ELA M 260 is still built with the same attention to detail and level of quality that would be expected from a TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphone.

Sonic Characteristic

In use, the ELA M 260 has plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. It captures sources with a natural presence, making it a fantastic tool for recording acoustic instruments of all types. Violin, cello, upright bass, drum overheads, percussion, woodwinds, saxophones, strings, and especially acoustic guitar all shine through the ELA M 260. Also, despite its size, it has also served well on vocal applications. Its unique tonal character is very well suited for a myriad of applications, both traditional and not.


Circuit Design

The ELA M 260 system features a new circuit design based around a New Old Stock (NOS) EF732 / 5840W vacuum tube and a custom output transformer that is wound to exacting specification in the United States. The combination of these features yields a small diaphragm microphone that is unique while also bearing the qualities of the vintage microphones that it was based upon.


System Configurations & Accessories

ELA M 260 tube microphone systems include an M 902 power supply,  M 860 25’ dual-shielded TX-7 tube microphone cable with right angle female XLR connector,  M 761 elastic shock mount, and hard shell zipper carrying case.

The ELA M 260 Cardioid Set system packages are supplied with one interchangeable TK60 cardioid capsule. Additional TK61 Omnidirectional and TK62 Hypercardioid capsules can be purchased and attached separately.

The ELA M 260 Master Set system packages are supplied with a set of three interchangeable capsules: the TK60 Cardioid, TK61 Omnidirectional, and TK62 Hypercardioid. With all three capsules the user can have the flexibility to record their source material in any way they wish.

The ELA M 260 Tri-Mono Set package for the ELA M 260 system consists of three ELA M 260 microphones, designed for use in the Decca Tree recording technique. It comes with a 3-channel power supply capable of powering all three microphones, three elastic shock mounts, and a set of three 10-meter AccuSound TX-7 tube mic cables with right angle XLR connectors. In order to foster an element of creativity, all three capsule systems (TK60 cardioid, TK61 omnidirectional, and TK62 hypercardioid) are included in the package, along with a set of diffuse field spheres. 

Technical Specifications

  • Type: Vacuum Tube Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Hypercardioid (interchangeable)
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±3 dB
  • Power Source: External Power Supply
  • Capsule: M 260 & Master Set -TK60 | Master Set - TK61, TK62 - Edge Terminated Small Diaphragm, Thread-on
  • Tube: NOS Philips 5840W
  • Transformer: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik T60
  • Sensitivity: 16.5 mV/Pa, ±1 dB
  • THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.15%
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ω
  • Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): 135 dB
  • S/N Ratio: 83 dBA
  • Self Noise (Amplifier): 11 dBA
  • Dimensions: 140 mm L x 20 mm Dia
  • Weight: 116 g
  • Included Accessories: Tube Mic Cable, Power Supply, Shock Mount, Foam Windscreen, Carrying Case

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