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Teenage Engineering CM-15

Teenage Engineering CM-15 Condenser Microphone  ·  Source: Teenage Engineering


It’s already the best-looking microphone you’ve ever seen, but how does it sound? We find out more about the new Teenage Engineering CM-15.


Rather than trying to compete with existing products from Shure or Neumann, the Teenage gang choose the path of innovation as usual.

The Teenage Engineering CM-15 Microphone

From the moment you look at the specs, you can tell this is certainly no toy. The 1-inch diaphragm is hand-crafted by Peluso Microphones and there are three ways to connect the mic: Phantom-powered mini XLR, 3.5mm minijack, and USB-C.

The gain switch has three positions and all outputs are available simultaneously, which allows flexible recording and monitoring for a wide range of different applications.

Digital connectivity provides access to the ESS Sabre ES9822Q PRO AD conversion stage, and there’s also an OPA 140 JFET ultra-low distortion amplifier in the circuit path.

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Front and rear view.

Besides the built-in “kick-stand” for desktop use, the rechargeable battery is possibly the most intriguing aspect of the design. The battery is activated with the power switch on the side, and this will give you 10 hours of recording time.

In addition, the CM-15 can receive power from 48V phantom or USB-C and the power switching happens automatically.


Included in the scope of delivery are a USB-C cable, a mini-XLR cable, the protective pouch, and the tilting stand mount and universal adapter. The Tripod Mini is available separately.

Overall, Teenage has created a versatile microphone for the modern recording artist or content creator. The mind truly boggles with so many ways and possibilities to put the CM-15 into action.

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Pricing and availability:

The CM-15 is currently available for pre-order from Thomann, priced at $1,077.

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7 responses to “The Teenage Engineering CM-15 is now available for order!”

    Ab says:

    Best looking ? a couple of month ago maybe… but since Ohma released theirs it’s only the second best looking

      Nope says:

      Those sound terrible though, people love these TE mics. Basically just rehoused TULA’s

        Ab. says:

        Where do you get that from ? There are very little info on them out there (which is a redflag but still I’m curious)

      die beastie boys says:

      Please don’t downvote me, because this is a legitimate question: is “best looking” meant to be sarcastic? Do people actually like the way this looks?

      I guess people are so used to speaking into rectangles nowadays 🤣🤣

        Ab. says:

        TE is a design brand first and foremost (and people tend to forget that) so AT LEAST some thought went into the looks contrary to a most mics.

        The only one with a distinct non-strictly functionnal design I can think of is the OC818

          die beastie boys says:

          That’s interesting. I looked it up, and the OC818 doesn’t look particularly aesthetically interesting to me either. Maybe you’re right about high-end mics. Every time I see footage of someone saying l, “This mic is awesome, and it’s why this record sounds so good”, the mic itself looks unassuming.

          But I honestly think all of the common shure mics look awesome. SM57/58/7B, and a few audio-technia’s look great (even though many AT’s fall into the ugly-functional realm). My first mic was an SM58, not because I knew anything about specs, but because it looked like a mic and immediately made me feel like a rock star (we’re talking freshman high school here lol)

          Hmmm…okay, I can see some kind of a capella choir in a circle in a stark room, and they are singing into these squares instead of regular mics. I can see how that would be a sleek aesthetic for a YouTube video. This is something that would suit a band like Kraftwerk. I can see the appeal now.

    Modern3 says:

    There is a hubris with TE that is humorous and embarrassing all at once. There are modelling mics in this price range that are far more versatile and have better specifications.

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