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Telefunken Introduces R-F-T AR-51 Tube Microphone

At this week’s Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., Telefunken Elektroakustik introduces its new AR-51 large diaphragm tube condenser microphone. The AR-51 is Telefunken’s latest addition to its affordably priced R-F-T line of tube mics.

The AR-51 is designed in the tradition of the classic mics of the past, using the same circuit design as the classic Telefunken ELA M 251E. The AR-51 employs new cost-efficient manufacturing methods to meet a price point suitable to any recording studio, from major world-class facilities to voice-over rooms and home-based project studios. The new R-F-T AR-51 uses only premium components, including a vintage New Old Stock (NOS) tube that has been rigidly tested for noise and microphonics, as in the ELA M 251E. The AR-51 also features a globally sourced power supply and capsule, both rigorously tested prior to installation.

As with all products in the R-F-T range of Telefunken Elektroakustik microphones, the circuit board has been designed for superior current handling, permitting the amplifier to have full access to the necessary “power on demand” for handling low frequency and transient information. Modifications have been made to the amplifier circuit to optimize the performance of the capsule and a signal path that includes the same European manufactured output transformer found in every ELA M 251 E built since 1960.

According to Telefunken, audio engineers at the Telefunken Elektroakustic studios in South Windsor, Conn., have successfully tested a wide range of applications for this new large diaphragm microphone. The microphone is especially suitable for recording acoustic and electric guitars, piano and percussion; for drum overheads and close-miking drums; as well as for both male and female vocals. Lastly, the AR-51 is said to be the perfect complement to the company’s AK-47 microphone.

Hear the new AR-51 and the entire Telefunken Elektroakustik collection at Winter NAMM in Hall E, booth #1868.

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