RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone

RØDE Microphones has just announced the TF-5. The TF-5 was designed in collaboration with legendary, Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Tony Faulkner.

According to RØDE, the TF-5 represents a new standard in small diaphragm condenser microphones, and it is unrivaled in terms of airiness and clarity, with a warmth that makes it uniquely versatile.

RØDE goes onto say that the diaphragm condenser microphone has precision sonic matching and the beautiful tone of the TF-5 makes it perfect for recording detailed and natural-sounding performances when used as a stereo pair, or for capturing the nuances of a soloist when used as a spot mic.

RØDE TF-5 Key features

  • Matched Pair for Accurate Stereo Imaging
  • Optimized for Sonic Transparency
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern Reduces Ambience
  • Precision Small-Diaphragm Capsule Design
  • Wide, Flat Frequency Response
  • Low Noise, High SPL Handling
  • 48V Phantom Powered
  • Compact, Lightweight Housing
  • Includes SB20 Stereo Bar for Easy Setup
  • Includes Mic Clips and Windscreens
RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone

“The TF-5 is the best small diaphragm condenser in the world, plain and simple. The degree of obsession that went into the design and development of this mic has set a new benchmark for our craft of high-end microphones.”

RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM
RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone


Acoustic PrincipleExternally biased condenser
Active ElectronicsJFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
Polar PatternCardioid
Frequency Range20Hz – 20kHz
Frequency Response30 Hz – 20 kHz ±3dB // 20 Hz – 20 kHz ±4dB
Output Impedance63Ω
Signal to noise Ratio80dB
Equivalent Noise14 dB SPL
(A-weighted, as per IEC651)
Input SPL @ 1% THD120 dB SPL (1kHz @ 1% THD, 600Ω load)
Sensitivity-29 dB re.1 Volt/Pascal or better (35 mV @ 94dB SPL @ 1kHz)
Dynamic Range112.6 dB (1kHz @ Max SPL)
Power Requirements7mA @ 48V phantom power
Weight (g)114g (single microphone)
DimensionsLength: 98.7mm Diameter: 20mm
RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone

The precision-engineered capsule of each microphone employs a cardioid polar pattern to enhance directionality and reduce ambiance. By utilizing JFET active electronics, the microphones are able to handle high SPLs up to 120 dB while delivering a wide, flat frequency response with low noise.

Being 48V phantom powered, the mics aren’t subject to performance degradation caused by drained batteries.

RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone

You can attach both TF-5 mics to a single mic stand via the supplied mic clips and SB20 stereo bar, which features angle/measurement indicators for ORTF and X/Y configurations. The compact, lightweight mic housings ensure a balanced setup with a variety of mic stands from compact to heavy duty. Windscreens are included to reduce noise from wind or HVAC systems.

RØDE TF-5 small diaphragm condenser microphone

Price & Availability

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The RØDE TF-5 is now shipping. It retails for $1,499 USD.

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