Share Quote. I'm going to wake up this tread because the TLM 193 deserves more praise! The Neumann TLM 193 sounds to me much like the U87, although it is a slightly different sound and definitely has it's own place in the studio. With these polar patterns, both Neumann U67 and Neumann U87 can be very versatile and useful in various recording situations. Neumann TLM 193 Vs. U89 or TLM 170. See also: Neumann TLM 102 vs U87! I found the 49 and a2d give quite a 'modern' pop vocal sound. Share … I only had a chance to use a set of these recently at a major studio. The Neumann TLM 193 sounds to me much like the U87, although it is a slightly different sound and definitely has it's own place in the studio. The 193 is a totally different beast again, much darker sounding, as is the TLM170 -- much more 'traditional' Neumann sounding large diaphragm mics. Hugh. It's very frustrating! 24th May 2011 #2. musicl. Lives for gear . Many top producers that I've met swear that this is their "secret weapon" mic that is often chosen over much more expensive mics. To me it's cleaner, and … We were recording drums in the live room and I think that these mics did an awesome job of capturing that live room sound. Same setup, any more comments on this chain? They each also have a 10dB pre-attenuation pad, which is handy for handling a loud singer or instrument, and a high-pass filter which can attenuate LF noise such as handling noise and wind. But now I looking for something better and I was thinking to buy the U87 what do you think is it better than the TLM49??? We were recording drums in the live room and I think that these mics did an awesome job of capturing that live room sound. Quote: The most apparent difference is that the 193 sounds like it has less top. 1. Hugh Robjohns Moderator Posts: 28794 … We used them as room mics. I already got the TLM49 through an API A2D and it sounds amazing!!! We used them as room mics. I only had a chance to use a set of these recently at a major studio. Neumann TLM 49 vs U87??? As a member of our TLM series, the TLM 193 uses transformerless circuitry which minimizes transmission losses and ensures a vast dynamic range of 130 dB. I've used the Neumann TLM 193 extensively and to me it beats the TLM 170 for most of the vocalists I've used it on at my studio. The difference is slite and and is nothing like the difference between the U87 and the tlm 103, Really the price difference is not justified unless you need the other patterns. The TLM 193 combines the superior linearity and fast transient response of a small diaphragm capsule with the smoothness and high sensitivity only a large diaphragm microphone offers. I don't understand why Neumann and Sennheiser (and several other manufacturers) have a bee in their bonnet about making modern mics so bright and shrill -- but they do.