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Neumann KM 185 DST

KM D stereo hypercardioid set, two each: KM 185 D, SG 21 BK, WNS 100 in one Woodbox

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The nickel KM 185 D from Neumann is a matched, stereo pair of hypercardioid, pressure condenser microphones with an AES/EBU digital output and built-in A/D converter. Neumann continues to make strides in microphone technology with internal digital conversion and an AES/EBU 42 output standard that allows remote software operation with the DMI-2 digital microphone interface, or direct connection to AES inputs on digital mixers, field recorders, etc.The capsule, polar pattern and sonic characteristics are similar to the KM 185 analog model and is intended for live sound reinforcement and broadcast as well as recording applications. The hypercardioid polar pattern minimizes noise and off-axis audio signal. Vocals and instruments are captured without feedback, and ambiance. The KM 185D features a non-reflective finish.

Stereo Matched Set

This package includes a stereo matched pair of KM 185 D microphones for precise stereo capturing of vocals, instruments, ambiance, etc.

Hypercardioid Polar Pattern

The hypercardioid polar pattern offers greater attenuation at the off-axis sections of the microphone, resulting in a tighter pattern with even less noise caused by ambiance.

AES/EBU Digital Output

The KM 185D features a 24-bit AES/EBU digital output stage and built-in A/D converter for direct connection to the AES/EBU inputs on field-recorders, digital mixers, or the Neumann DMI-2 direct remote control unit.

AES/EBU 42 Standard

The digital output complies with the current AES/EBU 42 standard, which allows remote powering and software remote control via the optional DMI-2 interface.

Compact Rugged Construction

The slim design and rugged construction allow easy microphone placement while remaining road worthy.


Bit Depth24-bit
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Polar PatternHypercardioid
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio69 dB CCIR78 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level25 dB CCIR16 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL136 dB SPL154 dB SPL with 18 dB Pad Engaged
Impedance50 ohms
Load Impedance1 kOhms
Sensitivity-42 dBFS @ 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
Power Requirements48 V+/- 4 V
Output Connectors3-pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption150 mA
Length4.25" (108 mm)
Diameter0.87" (22 mm)
Weight3.14 oz (89 g)