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Shure SM86 Condenser Microphone  From Shure

Rugged condenser microphone that features a tailored frequency response for clear reproduction of vocals.



Retail:  $239.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Shure

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 a clear, studio-quality sound.

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.

SM86-LC:  Cable not included. Includes stand adapter and zippered pouch.

  • 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

About Manufacturer

Since 1925, musicians and music enthusiasts around the world have chosen Shure with confidence in the unparalleled sound and performance of our products. For forty years and counting, the Shure SM58 has been the most popular vocal microphone in the world, revered for its natural sound and famed durability. Our wireless microphones are synonymous with innovative technology and bulletproof reliability. And our award-winning earphones are redefining the audio experience for the most discerning listeners. But Shure stands for more than quality products. We are passionate about enabling performances that engage, energize and inspire audiences -- performances that help shape the course of history. Shure was there when Elvis stepped into Sun Studios and when JFK vowed to put a man on the moon. We've been on the world's biggest stages, from Live Earth to the Oval Office, ever since. Shure is also passionate about getting it right. We work tirelessly to develop flawless products and support them with the best customer service in the industry. In fact, in everything we do, we are committed to delivering a great audio experience -- because that's the true measure of legendary performance.


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%)





Shure SM86 Spec Sheet (Includes Polar Pattern Graphs)

SM86 User Guide