- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Output impedance: 50 Ω, ±30 %
- Load impedance: <1 kΩ
- Sensitivity: –36 dB, ±2 dB (0 dB = 1 V/Pa at 1 kHz)
- Maximum sound pressure level: 135 dB
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB
- Connector: 3-pin XLR, male
- Phantom power: DC 48 V
- External dimensions (Ø × L): 51 mm × 188 mm
- Weight: 417 g (mic body only)
The TM-280 is the top model in the Tascam microphone series offering rich, warm and bright sound with a low noise level. Its wide frequency response with a slightly enhanced high end is ideal for precise and smooth reproduction of vocals, acoustic string instruments, wind instruments and other sound sources in your home or project studio.
A switchable low-cut filter allows you to add clarity by reducing the amount of unwanted low-frequency sounds or to compensate for the proximity effect in close miking. There is also a switchable level attenuation that reduces the risk of distortion caused by excessively loud sounds. And the cardioid directivity pattern enables the TM-280 to pick up the intended source while rejecting off-axis sounds.
The circuit in the TM-280 is made of selected discrete electronic components that lead to an overall signal-to-noise ratio of 80 dB. When connected to a Tascam HDDA mic preamp (as used in the US-2x2/US-4x4), for instance, this means you can turn up the input gain and still have a low noise level even when you’re not singing or playing.
Flexible - by design:
The TM-280 is equipped with a switchable low-cut filter and a second switch to reduce the microphone’s sensitivity. Use the low-cut filter (also called high-pass filter) to add clarity to your sound by reducing the amount of low frequencies. When you’re close to the mic while singing or speaking, for instance, your voice may sound too rich due to the so-called proximity effect. Using the low-cut filter can compensate part of that effect. When recording very loud sounds like brass instruments or very powerful voices, you can set the level attenuation switch to –10 dB to avoid distortion.