The Neuman 180 series of microphones includes three compact miniature microphones with polar patters that satisfy the demans of all common studio applications. The attractive pricing and cardioid pattern of the KM 184 in particular have made it a go-to microphone for economy-minded studios looking to up their game.
THE 180 SERIES
The KM 183 and KM 184 microphones are the successors of the well proven KM 83 and KM 84, which have been used since the seventies worldwide with great success. The KM 185 rounds out the series with a hypercardioid microphone.
Although the KM 184 has the same capsule as the KM 84, the microphone differs slightly on the 0° frequency response: The KM 184 has a gentle rise at about 9 kHz, a characteristic that was introduced very successfully with the KM 140. The result is a tonal balance that is fresher and livelier when compared to the KM 84 with its flat frequency response in that band.
The 180 Series microphones have the same transformerless circuitry as is used in the KM 100 system, resulting in excellent technical specifications. Compared to the KM 84 the dynamic range of the KM 184 increased by 24 dB mainly through the reduction of self-noise level to only 22 dB (CCIR) and an increased sound pressure handlingcapability of up to 138 dB. The microphones operate without any problems, even if the input of following equipment happens to be unbalanced, for example as in some DAT recorders. All 180 series microphones operate on 48v Phantom Power.
The KM184 is a good choice for all users who look for a high-quality miniature microphone, but do not need the complex, modular KM 100 system, which continues to be part of the Neumann product range.
The mechanical construction was simplified, for example, capsule and output stage cannot be separated from each other. For this reason the 180 Series an economical alternative without giving up the electroacoustic features the users expect from Neumann microphones.