Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

Article number: SM86
Availability: In stock
Delivery time: Usually ships in 3-5 business days

Hands down, probably my favorite vocal mic for live performance. It's the most underrated vocal microphone in Shure's line in my opinion. Its reliability is on par with the SM58, but with the sensitivity of a condenser. It doesn't pick up near as much stage noise as you would expect from a condenser thanks to the extremely tight polar pattern. In blind tests I've conducted, more often than not Male and Female vocalists will pick the SM86 to sing on. I've used the SM86 on everyone from James LaBrie of Dream Theater to Amy Grant. -Jason Spence, JSS President and Engineer

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.


  • 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
  • Includes Microphone Clip and Zippered Pouch


  • Type: Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 18,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -50 dBV/Pa (3.15 mV) (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms at 1 kHz
  • Recommended minimum load impedance: 600 Ohms
  • 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
  • Self-Noise: 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)
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector.
  • Power Requirements: 11 to 52 Vdc, 5.2 mA
  • Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast with a stainless steel grille
  • Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
  • Net Weight: 284 grams (10 oz)
  • Dimensions: 183 mm (6-3/16 in.) L x 49 mm (1-1/4 in.) W at the widest point
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