Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic

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Studio-quality sound in a rugged stage mic.

The Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic gives you all the advantages of Shure's SM line with condenser mic clarity. It's ruggedly built to handle touring, with a frequency response tailored for clear reproduction of vocals. The cardioid polar pattern minimizes background noise and feedback. The SM86 has a built-in 3-point shockmount for minimizing handling noise and a 2-stage filter for reducing breath noises and pops.

It requires phantom power.

  • Condenser capsule provides studio-quality sound
  • Rugged design handles the abuses of touring
  • Tailored frequency response for clear reproduction of vocals
  • Cardioid polar pattern minimizes unwanted background noise
  • Works excellently with both stage monitors and in-ear personal monitors
  • Built-in 3-point shockmount minimizes handling noise

SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic Specifications:

  • Transducer type: Condenser (electret bias)
    Frequency response: 50 to 18,000Hz
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Output Impedance: 150Î at 1kHz (Recommended minimum load impedance: 600Î)
    Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -50dBV/Pa (3.15 mV) (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
    Output Clipping Level: 1000Î Load at 1,000Hz: +3dBV (1.41 V)
    Maximum SPL (at 1,000Hz): 1000Î load (1% THD): 147dB
    Self-Noise: 23dB typical, A-weighted
    Dynamic Range (1000Î): 124dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 71dB at 94dB SPL (IEC 651)*
    *S/N ratio is difference between 94dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted
    Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector.
    Power (Phantom Supply Requirement): 11 to 52 VDC, positive at both pins 2 and 3
    Current Drain: 5.2 mA
    Connector: Three-pin (XLR) professional audio
    Dimensions (H x W): 183mm x 49mm, 7.2" x 1.92"
    Net Weight: 278g (9.8oz.)
    Environmental Conditions;Operating: -18 to 60 C (0 to 135 F) (relative humidity >90%), Storage: -29 to 74 C (-20 to 165 F) (relative humidity >80%)
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ShureSM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic

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Forget Dynamic Mics


from Freeland, WA

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

Forget Dynamic Mics! The Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser mic has everything you need. It is much more sensitive than it's dynamic equivalent - the Shure SM58 or even the Beta 58. The sensitivity makes it great for 2 singers on 1 mic or for vocal and acoustic instrument on 1 mic, and it's rejection of sound out the back greatly reduces the feedback like you'd get from a studio mic. One of it's best features is that it doesn't rumble when you handle it or move it, and it won't pick up noise from the floor like when you tap your foot! If you do a lot of handheld work, it's kinda small for a good grip so I would recommend using a wireless mic like the Shure SLX2/SM86.

(39 of 71 customers found this review helpful)


Good sound


from Pittsburgh

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

Very good sound, but hard to achieve. Mic is very sensitive. Very good on a stand. As long as you don't move the stand around.

(41 of 67 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding sonic characteristics


from Bahrain

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

A long awaited studio quality sound from a live performer since the SM87/Beta87. This mic is a real performer and that too at quite a reasonable price. I've tried it flat out and this one handles lows (with conspicuous proximity effect) and highs with grace. At the mid-range it is quite open and sonically gratifying. I've even tried the SM86 with the Joe meek VC3Q with convincingly warm vocals with minimum EQ and compression. Handling noise is present but with 80dB attenuation at the console, its no problem at all. This one is a winner.

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