Telefunken ELA M 260 Cardioid Tube Condenser Microphone

An excellent studio mic for acoustic and classical recordings, the modern ELA M 260 condenser delivers lifelike detail with unmistakable tube character.
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.

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.

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.

ELA M 260 tube microphone systems include an M 902 read more 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 separately.
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Type: Vacuum Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-3 dB
Power Source: External Power Supply
Capsule: TK60 Edge Terminated Small Diaphragm, Thread-on
Tube: NOS Philips 5840W
Transformer: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik T60
Sensitivity: 19.5 mV/Pa, +/-1 dB
THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.15%
Output Impedance: 200
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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SYTM-097