The M81 dynamic microphone has been designed with the goal to 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.

Sonic Characteristic

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.

Circuit Design

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". Each M81 Universal Dynamic microphone ships with a leather zipper bag and M 780 mic clip.

Technical Specifications


Dynamic Moving Coil


25 mm


Custom Wound TELEFUNKEN T80

Polar Pattern


Frequency Range

50 Hz - 18 kHz


1.54 mV/Pa

Output Impedance

325 Ω

Maximum SPL (for 1% THD)

135 dB


184 mm L x 48 mm Dia


430 g


M 780 - Mic Clip

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Press Releases

Death Cab for Cutie Picks TELEFUNKEN for Album and Tour

By Patrick | March 1, 2016

Drummer Jason McGerr Uses M60 DD5 Drum Set and AR-70 Stereo Tube Mic South Windsor, CT, March 2016 – Evocative indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie have embraced TELEFUNKEN microphones for both their recordings and their triumphant worldwide touring. Death Cab’s North American tour kicked off March 23 in Toronto, Canada. DCFC drummer Jason McGerr commented, “Telefunken…

Jason Derulo Tours Worldwide With TELEFUNKEN M81-WH Mic

By Alan | August 1, 2015

Praise From Tour Engineers Adam Rebacz and Rick Wright, Jr. South Windsor, CT, August 2015 — Phenomenal singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo has chosen TELEFUNKEN’s M81-WH wireless capsule for his extensive touring around the world.  Since the start of his career as a solo recording artist in 2009, Derulo has sold over 50 million…

The Naked and Famous Pick TELEFUNKEN M81 Mics for World Touring

By Alan | April 1, 2014

Performing Coachella and Headlining America in May and June The Naked and Famous is pictured live with their TELEFUNKEN M81 dynamic mics; (L-R) are Thom Powers, vocals, guitars; Aaron Short, keyboards, engineering; Alisa Xayalith, vocals, keyboards.  Photo by David Goggin. South Windsor, CT, April, 2014  — New Zealand’s hit alternative rock band The Naked and…

Steely Dan Uses Variety of TELEFUNKEN Mics for “Mood Swings” Tour

By Alan | December 19, 2013

Models include C12s, M81 & M82 Dynamics, and Prototype M60 FETs Pictured onstage at the Wang Theater in Boston, MA, during the recent Steely Dan tour are (L-R) TELEFUNKEN’s Director of Operations Alan Venitosh, FOH engineer Mark Dowdle, and Bill Ryan, Tfunk’s Senior Design Tech. Photo by Tim Barrett / Bedford Photo. For over 35…