TELEFUNKEN M 81 Universal Dynamic

TELEFUNKEN M 81 Universal Dynamic

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has created the M81 to give the user a superior alternative to the midrange-laden character of . . .

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The M81 is the second installment in TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's dynamic microphone range. Designed with the goal to develop a microphone that would not only complement the M80, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's first dynamic offering, but to also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options.

When the M80 was first introduced in 2008, it quickly became a favorite in both live and studio environments. Its clear and detailed top end, articulate mid-range, and minimal proximity effect won the hearts (and ears) of thousands of new users, making it a staple for vocal and snare drum applications, as well as the most popular microphone in the TELEFUNKEN product line.

Building off many of the strengths of the M80, the TELEFUNKEN M81 retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and articulate mid-range. However, with the M81, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for taming brighter vocals and guitar tones and for fattening up percussion, horns and thinner sounding sources.

The TELEFUNKEN M81's tailored frequency response makes the microphone exceptional on electric guitars, percussion, rack and floor toms, and brass instruments. This microphone's wide range of uses and rugged reliability make it the workhorse for the new generation.

Finished in the same flint gray body tube and tri-chrome head grill styling as the R-F-T AR-51, the M81 is readily identifiable when reaching for the microphone. The M81 was very much designed with the AR-51 in mind. Great care was taken to tune the M81's overall response to be complimentary to the AR-51 when recording electric guitars.

Basically, the TELEFUNKEN M81 is designed to be used on... well, anything and everything! It truly is a "Universal Dynamic Microphone."


Please contact your favorite TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik reseller to demo or purchase the TELEFUNKEN M 81 Universal Dynamic. For reseller referrals, please feel free to email:

TELEFUNKEN Factory Service - TELEFUNKEN offers restoration services for all TELEFUNKEN microphones. We do not sell any internal microphone housings or capsules without factory service performed in-house. Call TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik for a return authorization number and to discuss work needed on your microphone system.

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TypeDynamic Moving Coil
Capsule25 mm
Tube Typen/a
TransformerCustom Wound Telefunken T80
Polar PatternSuper Cardioid
Frequency Range50 Hz / 18 kHz
Sensitivity1.45 mV.Pa
THD at 1kHz at 1Pa (Amplifier)n/a
Output Impedance325 Ω
Maximum SPL (for 1% THD)135 dB
S/N Ration/a
Self Noise (Amplifier)n/a
Dimensions / Size184 mm L x 48 mm Dia.
Weight387 g
Current Draw from Mains0 mA
Power Supplyn/a
ShockmountM 780 - Mic Clip
Wooden Boxn/a
Flight Casen/a

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Accessories for the  M 81 Universal Dynamic  include:

M 780

Microphone Clip for M80



10 meter (32.8 feet) XLR cable TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's Stage Series Microphone Cable has been engineered for use on live sound stages and in recording studios. Featuring cable made from 100% Copper wire, the SGMC-10 is a 10 meter (32.8 foot) XLR cable featuring straight male and female connectors and is ideal for use on all audio applications.



Premium 10 meter (32.8 feet) XLR cable made in the USA TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's Studio Series Microphone Cable has been designed to achieve the perfect sonic transmission of sound signals for all critical studio and stage applications. Made in the USA by Accusound, the STMC-10 is a 10 meter (32.8 foot) XLR cable featuring high-strand count quad oxygen free copper conductors sealed in an audiophile-grade, low loss polyethylene insulator. A copper braid shield is added for additional RFI and EMI noise rejection, resulting in a premium audio cable offering sonic accuracy and clarity, as well as the legendary tone TELEFUNKEN products are known for.


M81 Head Grill

Replacement head grills for M81, available in multiple colors.


TELEFUNKEN M 81 Universal Dynamic

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