ELA M 251E

Arguably one the most beautiful microphones ever produced, the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E has been featured on countless hits and classic recordings over the decades. Today, prime examples of vintage ELA M 250 / 251 (both "E" and "non E") microphones have become rare and highly sought after jewels, commanding tens of thousands of dollars on the vintage market. TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s historic recreations of the ELA M 251E exemplify the best qualities of the finest specimens of these legendary beasts, and they are true to the heritage of their 50+ year old brethren.

Sonic Characteristic

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.

Circuit Design

The TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E includes an edge terminated, dual backplate CK12 capsule capable of cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional polar patterns, a New Old Stock 6072a vacuum tube and a Haufe T14/1 output transformer (the same found in the AKG Acoustics GmbH C12). Modern component choices allow for tighter tolerance specifications, better current handling and a lower self-noise than their vintage counterpart. Each reissue 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 made the ELA M 251E one of the world’s most sought after recording tools.

Construction

The TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik recreation of the ELA M 251E large diaphragm tube microphone is exact in every detail, down to the historically accurate cosmetic finish and structural design. The amplifier circuit containing the vacuum tube and output transformer is housed in a molded plastic enclosure, while the capsule is suspended upon a moving polar pattern switch within the head grille. The classic diamond shaped TELEFUNKEN logo badge is attached to the front of the microphone with the ELA M model name engraved at the base of the headgrille.

Accessories

Each ELA M 251E microphone comes complete with M 950E power supply, M 850E 25’ Sommer tube microphone cable, Rycote shockmount, FC50 locking flight case and WB50 wooden microphone box.

Included Accessories

M 950E PSU
M850E Cable
M 751 Shock Mount
FC50 Flight Case
WB50 251 Wooden Box

Additional Accessories

M 950ES Dual Power Supply
FC50S Stereo Flight Case
GE JAN 6072A

Technical Specifications

Type

Pressure Gradient Condenser

Capsule

CK12 - 25mm Edge Terminated Diaphragm

Tube Type

GE JAN 6072a (NOS)

Transformer

Haufe T14/1

Polar Pattern

Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bibirectional

Frequency Range

20Hz - 20kHz, ± 3 dB

Sensitivity

17mV/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)

9dBA

Dimensions

216 mm L x 50 mm Dia

Weight

596 g

Current Draw from Mains

80 mA

Power Supply

M 950E - 7 Pin Female XLR Input, 3 Pin Male XLR Output

Cable

M 850E - 25 ft Sommer Cable, Vintage Compatible 6 Pin Female Stand Mount, 7 Pin Male XLR

Wooden Box

WB50

Flight Case

FC50 - Vintage Style Locking Combination Flight Case, FC50S for Stereo Set

Video Gallery

Press Releases

Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon Chooses New Telefunken USA ELA M 250

By Alan | September 19, 2006

Los Angeles, CA, September, 2006 – Matt Scannell, songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist for Vertical Horizon, has purchased the new Telefunken USA ELA  M250 for the recording of the band’s upcoming album. “It’s the best mic I’ve ever sung through, and I’ve sung through original Telefunken microphones which can cost $30,000,” says Scannell. “As far…