Telefunken Elektroakustik Ela M 250 F
Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone
The Ela M 250 F was the lowest-cost member of Telefunken Elektroakustik’s family of Ela M 250/251 reproduction microphones.
Like the ElaM 250E, the 250F is a multipattern tube condenser, with Cardioid and Omni patterns selectable from a switch below the headbasket.
The primary differences between the ‘E’ and ‘F’ versions are:
- The 250F has an imported, “modern” power supply, rather than the historically-accurate “lunchbox”-style 250E power supply.
- The 250F uses the company’s TK-12 capsule, rather than their CK-12 capsule.
- The 250F’s “no frills” packaging does not include the the vintage-style locking flight case of the 250E.
The amplifier circuit, tube and transformer are identical to the higher-priced Ela M 250 E reproduction — both mics use a GE JAN 6072a tube, a Haufe transformer, and the modular construction technique peculiar to the original AKG-built Telefunken Ela M 250E and Ela M 251E.
Telefunken Elektroakustik manufactures numerous variations of the ElaM 250/251 family of microphones:
|Ela M 250||CK-12||AC-701||Cardioid, Omni||Historical||$13,495|
|Ela M 251||CK-12||AC-701||Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8||Historical||$13,995|
|Ela M 250 E||CK-12||6072a||Cardioid, Omni||Historical||$10,495|
|Ela M 251 E||CK-12||6072a||Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8||Historical||$10,995|
|Ela M 250 F||TK-12||6072a||Cardioid, Omni||Modern||n/a|
|Ela M 251 F||TK-12||6072a||Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8||Modern||($5,995)|
|Ela M 251 T||CK-13||6072a||Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8||Historical||n/a|
(MSRP current as of Nov, 2010)
Note the similarity between the ElaM 250F and ElaM 251F — the sole difference is that the 250F has only Cardioid and Omni patterns, whereas the 251F also provides figure-of-8.
[I]t’s not the quietest microphone in the world, but certainly not the noisiest either. Specs quote equivalent noise at 16dBA although it somehow sounds a little noisier than that in reality.
There’s a fine line with vocals between detail in the
high end and harshness — some microphones sound very warm but lacking in detail, others give you plenty of detail but can sound very hard, very quickly. The 250 F nails it absolutely.
[O]n acoustic guitar and piano… although there isn’t quite the snap to the strings or hammer sound when compared
to a Neumann M149 or 414, there’s a very solid rounded out sound that is pleasantly lacking in the brittleness around the 3kHz mark that many modern large diaphragm condensers seem to exaggerate.
[Although] I was hugely impressed by the Soundelux ELAM 251, from memory the 250 F sounds just that little bit bigger in every respect.
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|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(12 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (12 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
| Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
|200 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
|567g (20.00oz)||216mm (8.50'')||51mm (2.01'')||
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