M81-SH Low Profile

The low profile M81-SH is ideal for tight drum miking, brass or vocal applications where a smaller footprint is necessary.


M81-SH Low Profile

The low profile M81-SH is ideal for tight drum miking, brass or vocal applications where a smaller footprint is necessary.


M81-SH Low Profile

The smaller footprint of the M81-SH low profile dynamic makes them ideal for tight fit applications including drums and guitar amps on stage, as well as vocal positions for drummers and keyboard players, where a full size microphone may be too obstructive. Designed to deliver the same character and high SPL handling as the handheld versions, the M81’s smooth frequency response and exceptional midrange articulation make them also idea for brass, woodwinds and percussion. Their Supercardioid pickup pattern has minimal proximity effect and provides superior off-axis rejection.

Both the M80-SH & M81-SH come with two styles of drum mounts and a TELEFUNKEN right angle XLR cable.


  • Same clear, condenser-like performance as the handheld M81 
  • Smaller size and built-in mount allow for easier positioning
  • Custom-wound impedance-matching audio transformer  
  • High SPL handling and excellent off-axis rejection 
  • Right-angle XLR cable included 
  • Designed and hand assembled in the USA 
  • Recommended Applications: Toms, Guitar amps on stage, Brass instruments 

Technical Specifications

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Range: 50 Hz – 18 kHz, ±3 dB
Capsule: 25mm Dynamic Moving Coil
Transformer: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik T80
Sensitivity: 1.54 mV/Pa, ±1 dB
Output Impedance: 325 Ω
Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): 135 dB
Dimensions: 125 mm L x 48 mm Dia
Weight: 340 g
Included Accessories: Right Angle XLR Cable, Plastic Mount, Metal Mount, Zip Pouch

Frequency Response


The M81-SH comes with a ZB82 Zipper Bag, SGMC-5R 5-Meter Right-Angle XLR Cable, M 784 Metal Drum Mount & M 785 Plastic Drum Mount.

DCFC drummer Jason McGerr commented, “Telefunken is making incredible microphones these days. I’ve been using a pair of M60 FET’s as my overheads, M80-SH on snare, M81-SH on toms, with an M82 on the kick. The live kit has never sounded better to my ears, both behind the drums and out at Front of House. I’ve also been tracking in the studio with the same setup, but I use an AR-70 as my overhead instead of the M60’s. The larger diaphragms and stereo pattern flexibility give a really big, beautiful image of the drums.” 

Jason McGerr – Death Cab For Cutie

Custom Shop

Put your own twist on the tried-and-true TELEFUNKEN Dynamic Series microphones. Start by choosing a model and finish to make your M80 or M81 microphone match your unique style!

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