Discontinued Products

The microphones listed below are no longer in production, however, they can be serviced and repaired by authorized TELEFUNKEN technicians.

R-F-T Series

The R-F-T Series was developed in 2005 to meet the needs of the emerging project studio market. These microphones utlize standardized metalwork and structural chassis from overseas, with circuits that borrow heavily from the classic Austrian and German vacuum tube based designs. This practice cut out a substantial portion of the overhead costs of custom metalwork and molding, therefore allowing a lower cost alternative to the Diamond Series microphones.

M16 MkII

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The M16 Mk II is a large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone with a 9-way pattern-selection switch on the power supply.

The M16 amplifier circuit was developed in partnership with AMI /TAB Funkenwerk and utilized an AMI T14 output transformer, a NOS GE JAN 6072A vacuum tube, and a TK67D capsule.

This microphone was discontinued and was replaced by the AR-51 which features an upgraded T14 transformer (built to tighter tolerances and historic specifications than the original) and wider circuit traces for better current handling, improved transient response and a lower self noise.

The AR-51 utilizes an alternative TK51D capsule which provides a different frequency response and sensitivity than the M16 MkII.

Information on the current production AR-51 can be found here.

AK-47 Mk I

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The AK-47 Mk I is a large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone with a 9-way pattern-selection switch on the power supply.

The AK-47 MkI amplifier circuit was developed in partnership with AMI /TAB Funkenwerk and utilized an AMI BV47 output transformer, a NOS TELEFUNKEN EF-732 vacuum tube, and a TK67D capsule.

This microphone was discontinued and was replaced by the AK-47 MkII which features an upgraded BV8 transformer (built to tighter tolerances and historic specifications than the original BV47) and wider circuit traces for better current handling and lower self noise.

The AK-47 MkII utilizes the same TK67D capsule as the AK-47 MkI, so sonically the frequency responses are similar, while the transient response, self noise and current handling are improved in the MkII new design.

Information on the current production AK-47 MKII can be found here.

M216 Matrix / Stereo / X-Y

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The M216 Matrix features two complete M16mkII amplifier circuits built into a single microphone system. Both capsules were designed with multi-pattern capabilities giving the system the ability to record in X-Y, Mid-Side, and Blumlein configurations.

The M216 Stereo is a similar design as the Matrix, however, the bottom capsule is fixed into cardioid polar pattern with the top capsule allowing multi pattern variability.

Much like the other mic in the M216 series the M216 X-Y features dual capsules enabling stereo recording, however both capsules are in fixed in cardioid polar patterns.

F Series Products

The “F” Series was developed in 2004 as “no frills” versions of the Diamond Series microphones. By removing the flight case and offering a “basic” style power supply sourced from overseas, the ELA M 250F, ELA M 251F and M12F were presented as affordable versions of the popular ELA M 251E and C12.  Each microphone utilized an alternative American made TK12 capsule,  new old stock vacuum tube, European made output transformer, and USA made metal housing as its Diamond Series counterpart. The F series was discontinued at the end of 2007.

ELA M 250F

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F Series version of the ELA M 250, featuring Cardioid and Omnidirectional polar patterns.

Information on the current production ELA M 251E can be found here.

ELA M 251F

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F Series version of the ELA M 251, featuring Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bidirectional polar patterns.

Information on the current production ELA M 251E can be found here.

ELA M 12F

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F Series version of the ELA M 12 (C12), featuring Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Bidirectional polar patterns.

Information on the current production C12 can be found here.

V Series

The “V” Series product line was developed around a private stash of new old stock, Austrian-made CK12 capsules. In 2006, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik acquired a private collection of historic CK12 capsule parts which were meticulously restored to original specs. These capsules were often mated with additional new old stock components like the rare AC701 (in the ELA M 251VAC) or VF14 (in the U47V) vacuum tubes,  which were also utilized in this series of microphones.

ELA M 251V

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ELA M 251V version of the ELA M 251, featuring an original CK12 capsule manufactured by AKG in Austria, but re-skinned and tuned in our lab in South Windsor, CT. The circuit featured a new old stock GE 6072A vacuum tube.

Information on the current production ELA M 251E can be found here.

ELA M 251 VAC

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ELA M 251VAC version of the ELA M 251, featuring an original CK12 capsule manufactured by AKG in Austria, but re-skinned and tuned in our lab in South Windsor, CT. The circuit featured a new old stock TELEFUNKEN AC701K vacuum tube.

Information on the current production ELA M 251E can be found here.

U47V

U47V-Discontinued-Products

U47V version of the U47, featuring a PVC skinned M7 capsule (Thiersch Blue Line) and new old stock VF14 steel vacuum tube.

Information on the current production U47 can be found here.

ELA M 12V

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ELA M 12V version of the ELA M 12 (C12), featuring an original CK12 capsule manufactured by AKG in Austria, but re-skinned and tuned in our lab in South Windsor, CT. The circuit featured a new old stock GE JAN 6072A dual triode vacuum tube, and historically accurate power supply, pattern selector switch and cables.

Information on the current production C12 can be found here.

Diamond Series

TELEFUNKEN’s Diamond Series of microphones was born out the desire to develop restoration parts for some of the worlds best vintage vacuum tube based microphones. Even after investing in the tooling and machining for new parts and materials, some key components are no longer in production, and are simply unobtainable.

ELA M 250

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The TELEFUNKEN ELA M 250 is the historically accurate recreation of the vintage model originally manufactured by AKG.

A distinguishing characteristic of the 250 is the two pattern capabilities (cardioid and omni) of the CK-12 capsule. The lack of the "E" or "Export" designation means the microphone features the renowned AC701 vacuum tube.

ELA M 250E

Discontinued Product ELA M 250E

Almost the same microphone as the ELA M 250 featuring the same polar patterns, capsule, and amplifier circuit. The difference between the two systems is the GE 6072a vacuum tube utilized in the amplifier circuit.

ELA M 251

Discontinued Product ELA M 251

The TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251 is the historically accurate recreation of the vintage model originally manufactured by AKG.

A distinguishing characteristic of the 251 is addition of the bidirectional polar pattern of the CK-12 capsule. The lack of the "E" or "Export" designation means the microphone features the renowned AC701 vacuum tube.

Information on the current production ELA M 251E can be found here.

ELA M 270

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The ELA M 270 is a re-creation of the one of TELEFUNKEN's rarest microphone designs, a stereo version of the ELA M 251E. This microphone featured two CK12 capsules, a dual triode new old stock 6072A vacuum tube, and a custom power supply designed to run both channels of the microphone system. The original design was abandoned by AKG / TELEFUNKEN in the early 1960's and replaced by the AKG C24 microphone systems.

Other Products

U47 AE

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U47AE was a product name used briefly for the U47. The "AE" is taken from the company American Elite, the original importer of TELEFUNKEN products in the USA. The "AE" was dropped from the name in favor of the current U47. This microphone is closest to the current product U47, featuring a new production VF14K vacuum tube.

Information on the current production U47 can be found here.

U47 M

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U47M was a version of the U47 that featured an alternative EF14 steel vacuum tube, a newly manufactured M7 capsule, and a standardized power supply from overseas. It was closely related to the "F" series products listed above.

Information on the current production U47 can be found here.

Cinemic

Discontinued Products Cinemic

Cinemic was one of the first microphones produced by TELEFUNKEN USA in 2002. It featured the body metal work and M7 capsule from the U47, with the vacuum tube, remote polarizing capabilities of the C12, and a custom Triad transformer. Named after Stanly Church's famous modifications of the original Neumann and TELEFUNKEN U47s.

RM-5C

Discontinued Product RM-5C

RM-5C was a ribbon microphone based on the classic RCA BK5 and marketed in partnership with Silvia Classics from Santa Cruz, CA.