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MS-TFB-2-MKII – Ultra-low noise, in-ear Binaural microphones – select 3.5mm or XLR cable options

Brand: Master Series by Sound Professionals
(2 customer reviews)

$249.95$339.95

Ultra low noise, high-definition In-Ear Binaural microphones – Made in USA

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The next generation in Binaural In-ear microphones have 22dB less noise (hiss), 18dB more sensitivity and 10dB higher max SPL than our standard model. This means that your recording will have noticeably less background hiss and greater dynamic range than previously possible with in-ear binaural microphones! Compare these to the best omnidirectional microphones anywhere and you will see why these offer the highest level performance at fraction of the cost of other similar mics.

The MS-TFB-2-MKII Sound Professionals In-Ear Binaural microphones are mounted in extremely comfortable super-soft, In-Ear holders that slip right into the ear structure. Why put microphone here you ask?

Pretty simple, really. There have been many ‘binaural’ microphone designs over the years…….mics built into fake heads, built into Croakies, made with clips for attaching to glasses, built into headphones and earbuds.

All of these have one flaw……none actually put the mic element in the best possible place for the most realistic recording within the Pinna (the part of the human ear that is visible the folds on the outside). Even earbud Binaurals have the mic element outside the Pinna. Because everyone’s Pinna is unique, recording made in your own ears will sound the most realistic.

These mics put the mic element right next to the ear canal, well within the Pinna. This results in the most realistic recording possible, from the perspective of the person wearing them.

Because of their larger size, while recording, your hearing is somewhat impaired. If you need to enjoy the sound while making the recording, this model is recommended instead. The 59″ cables terminate in a stereo 1/8″ (3.5mm) gold-plated miniplug or XLR connectors (for devices with phantom power).

Note: When selecting the XLR connectors, please note that we must use very thin, flexible Mogami cable with the XLR option. While this is the very best, small diameter cable made, it does tend to tangle more easily than other types. Take care when wrapping your cables to avoid tangling.

Features:

  • Flat frequency response
  • Extremely low noise for the quietest recordings
  • Small size
  • Can be used directly with any recorder that has “plug-in-power” or phantom power (with the XLR connector option)
  • Produces extremely realistic recordings
  • Made in USA

Specifications:

  • Pickup Pattern: Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz +/-1dB
  • Sensitivity: -24dB ±3dB @ 94dB SPL
  • S/N Ratio (1kHz, 94 dB input, A-weighted): 80dB
  • Self Noise: 14 dBA
  • Maximum SPL at 12vdc: 120dB
  • Dynamic Range: 106dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • Impedance: 2.2 kOhms
  • Voltage range – 2vdc – 12vdc (48v on XLR version)
  • Current draw: 500 µA
Weight 0.2 lbs

2 reviews for MS-TFB-2-MKII – Ultra-low noise, in-ear Binaural microphones – select 3.5mm or XLR cable options

  1. overmedium

    These make great field recordings.

    Recorded with mix pre 3ii , with XLR cable option for the mics. The only editing I did to the file was to run a high pass filter because the massive rumble from all the motorbikes was overbearing, plus fade in/out.

    If you want to get right to the meat of the recording check out the middle part (-4:07 or so) for the very loud bikes and sirens, and also check out the accurate detail of the chimes near the end (-0:30 or so).

    The only minor gripe I have about these mics is that the cables are ultra thin and appear to be quite delicate, but they have given me no issues so far.

    I also have the MKI version of these mics, and these are definitely superior in terms of detail and self-noise. They also sound overall better, in my opinion, then the pair of Uši Pro’s I have when comparing sound quality and noting that they are regular mics and not binaural.

    I would definitely recommend these.

  2. peter.hajba (verified owner)

    Great sound and sensitivity on these, they have way better fidelity than my older pair of MS-TFB-2 binaural mics. They are also easier to put on, and stay in place well.

    However in the description it says “While recording, your hearing is not impaired” – and I have to say this is not true this time around. The silicone plugs insert right into your ear canals and they do quite block my hearing. You can pull them out a bit (not fully inserted) to let you hear but then they are not properly nested in your pinnae.

    Note: this comment is correct (it was an error on our part) and has been corrected on the website. Thank you Peter!

    The Mogami cable I ordered these with seem to get tangled very easily, but there’s a way to coil the cable (figure of 8) to prevent the tangle and have them come out of the included bag all straightened up.

    All binaural mics have some sensitivity to wind. Ear muff warmers, a bit modified, are a great way to protect the mics from wind and still get a great clean recording. Here’s a little lifehack video showing how to do it.

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