ELA M 251E

The ELA M 251E is a meticulously accurate reissue of one of the most legendary microphones of all time, featured on countless hits and classic recordings.


ELA M 251E

The ELA M 251E is a meticulously accurate reissue of one of the most legendary microphones of all time, featured on countless hits and classic recordings.


ELA M 251E

The ELA M 251E is a meticulously accurate recreation of one of the most legendary microphones of all time, featured on countless hits and classic recordings. By virtue of its smooth, yet present and open sonic character, the ELA M 251E large diaphragm tube microphone is a true classic with very few rivals. Ideal for vocals and acoustic instruments, the ELA M 251E offers an extended and focused low end, a detailed mid-range response and a silky top-end. Each microphone is 100% true in every detail to the original (the parts are interchangeable with the 50+ year old originals) and will deliver the same sonically opulent response that has made the ELA M 251E one of the world’s most sought after recording tools.


  • Renowned high-end detail with body and low frequency definition 
  • Exceptionally warm and clear tone is unrivaled 
  • Cardioid, Omni, and Figure 8 polar pattern selection 
  • US-made historically accurate CK12 edge-terminated capsule 
  • TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik 6072A vacuum tube 
  • Point-to-point wired in the USA true to the original design  
  • Includes Vintage-compatible standmount cable and fully regulated power supply 

Technical Specifications

Type: Vacuum Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure-8
Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±3 dB
Power Source: External Power Supply
Capsule: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik CK12 – Edge Terminated Large Diaphragm
Tube: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik 6072A
Transformer: Haufe T14/1
Sensitivity: 17 mV/Pa, ±1 dB
THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.2%
Output Impedance: 200 Ω
Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): 130 dB
S/N Ratio: 85 dBA
Self Noise (Amplifier): 9 dBA
Dimensions: 216 mm L x 50 mm Dia
Weight: 596 g
Included Accessories: Tube Mic Cable, Power Supply, Shock Mount, Wooden Box, Flight Case

Frequency Response


Configuration Options

ELA M 251E

One complete mono microphone system

Each system includes:

  • ELA M 251E Microphone 
  • M 950E Power Supply 
  • M 850E Sommer Tube Microphone Cable10m
  • M 751 Rycote Shock Mount
  • FC50 Locking Flight Case
  • WB50 Wooden Microphone Box


ELA M 251E Stereo Set

A frequency and gain matched pair of microphones with dual power supply

Each system includes:

  • (2x) Matched ELA M 251E Microphones 
  • M 950ES Power Supply 
  • (2x) M 850E Sommer Tube Microphone Cables – 10m
  • (2x) M 751 Rycote Shock Mounts 
  • FC50S Locking Flight Case 
  • (2x) WB50 Wooden Microphone Boxes 

“I discovered the ELA M 251 while working on my album Djin Djin with producer Tony Visconti. Listening to my singing voice, he told me he knew exactly which microphone would be able to capture the whole range and dynamics of my voice and we rented a 251 during the recording. I was so happy with the results that I decided to have my own, as I record a lot of vocals at home. I heard the Telefunken factory was not far from New York, so one day we borrowed the mic we used for the album, drove to Connecticut and then I tried a few ELA M 251s in their studio to compare with the mic we brought. I picked the one that I fell in love with and this has been the microphone I have used on every recording ever since.” 

Angelique Kidjo – International Grammy Winning Vocalist and Musician

“This new microphone has all the warmth, the body, and the depth of the original, but the detail and the resolution of the high end has some extra quality that is especially appealing. They figured out a way to have it all, but it isn’t toppy; it doesn’t feel hyped at all. It’s a huge sounding microphone.” 

Greg Wells – Engineer and Producer | Katy Perry, Adele, Jamie Cullum

“We had a lot of fun messing around with different mics, we put them all up and we messed around with some old ones, some new ones, some classics, some non classics and this 251 just sounded really great. We did a lot of A-B ing and it really suited what we were doing, had a great vibe about it, and it just sounded really good.” 

Jamie Cullum – Songwriter and Vocalist

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