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Shure SM86 Vocal Microphone

Model: SM86

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About: Shure SM86 Vocal Microphone

The Shure SM86 is a unidirectional (cardioid) condenser vocal microphone for professional use in live performance. An extremely rugged microphone, the SM86 withstands the rigors of touring while delivering studio-quality sound. The tailored frequency response of the SM86 reproduces vocals with clarity. A cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise. The built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise, and a two-stage pop filter reduces wind and breath "pop" noise.


  • Condenser cartridge for studio quality sound
  • Tailored frequency response for a clear reproduction of vocals
  • Rugged construction withstands the rigors of touring sound
  • Cardioid polar pattern minimizes unwanted background noise
  • Excellent choice for stage monitors and personal monitors
  • Built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise
  • Two-stage "pop" filter reduces wind and breath noise


Transducer Type
Condenser (electret bias)

Frequency Response
50 to 18,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Output Impedance
150 Ohms at 1 kHz
Recommended minimum load impedance: 600 Ohms
Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz)
Open Circuit Voltage: -50 dBV/Pa (3.15 mV)
(1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
Output Clipping Level
1000 Ohm Load at 1,000 Hz: +3 dBV (1.41 V)
Maximum SPL (at 1,000 Hz)
1000 ohm load (1% THD): 147 dB
23 dB typical, A-weighted
Dynamic Range (1000 ohms)
124 dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio
71 dB at 94 dB SPL (IEC 651)*
*S/N ratio is difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted.

Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector.
Phantom Supply Requirement: 11 to 52 Vdc, positive at both pins 2 and 3
Current Drain: 5.2 mA
Three-pin (XLR) professional audio
Dark gray enamel-painted steel with matte-finished silver colored steel grille
See User Guide
Net Weight
Net: 278 grams (9.8 oz)
Environmental Conditions
Operating: -18 degrees to 60 degrees C (0 degrees to 135 degrees F) (relative humidity >90%)
Storage: -29 degrees to 74 degrees C (-20 degrees to 165 degrees F) (relative humidity >80%)

UPC: 042406112406 is a Canadian authorized Shure retailer.

Reviews: Shure SM86 Vocal Microphone

Jeremy W. - 11/25/2010

- durable
- good range
- good pickup pattern

- none

As far as I am concerned, this is a better mic than the SM58. This mic has better pickup, is more flexible and looks more unique too. We are converting our entire mic lineup to these.

Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Warranty: Shure SM86 Vocal Microphone Warranty:

30 Days

Manufacturer's Warranty:

2-year limited

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