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Telefunken TF11 FET

Cardioid Capacitor Microphone By Neil Rogers
Published April 2021

Telefunken TF11 FET

We try out Telefunken’s affordable take on an Austrian classic.

Telefunken Elektroakustik’s Alchemy range was released in late 2019, and saw the company introduce a series of affordable large‑diaphragm tube condenser microphones. I had the pleasure of reviewing these mics early last year and was impressed with a great‑sounding and stylish‑looking range of mics that offered different audio flavours inspired by some of the big hitters from the Telefunken Diamond range (see www.soundonsound.com/reviews/telefunken-alchemy-series). For review here is the latest addition to the Alchemy series, the TF11 FET, which is not only their first non‑tube large‑diaphragm offering but also their most affordable to date.

Telefunken describe their new release as having an Austrian‑style voicing, with a capsule inspired by the legendary CK12 — but with modern FET amplifier technology. The price for the TF11 has seemingly been made possible by cherry‑picking design aspects and components from their other products. The TF11 is cardioid‑only and uses a single‑membrane version...

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Published April 2021