Shure SM86 Handheld Condenser Microphone

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Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Stage Vocal Microphone

Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Stage Vocal Microphone

Shure SM86 Details

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. The SM86 is an excellent selection for use with both stage monitors and personal in-ear monitors.

Shure SM86 Specifications

  • Transducer Type: Condenser (electret bias)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 18,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms at 1 kHz Recommended minimum load impedance: 600 Ohms
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz): Open Circuit Voltage â?"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 load (1% THD) 147 dB
  • Self-Noise: 23 dB typical, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (1000): 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 selfâ?"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: Threeâ?"pin (XLR) professional audio
  • Case: Dark gray enamel-painted steel with matte-finished silver colored steel grille
  • Net Weight: 278 grams (9.8 oz)
  • Environmental Conditions:
    • Operating: â?"18° to 60° C (0° to 135° F) (relative humidity <90%)
    • Storage: â?"29° to 74° C (â?"20° to 165° F) (relative humidity <80%)

Shure SM86 Features

  • 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 in-ear monitors
  • Built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise
  • Two-stage "pop" filter reduces wind and breath noise

Shure SM86 Applications

  • Lead Vocals
  • Backup Vocals

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  • 5
    Step up from SM 58

    Posted by Sandman on Nov 11th 2015

    I run an open mic attended primarily by singer songwriters and have performed as a solo act for decades. I own and most clubs were I have played use the SM 58 mic.

    I wanted something that gave me a little more freedom to move in front of the mic (greater sensitivity) and was a little less muddy without sounding brittle (a common complaint about many other condenser mics in this general price range.)

    I couldn’t be more pleased with the Shure SM86. It’s very natural sounding. I have had no problems with feedback using it with PAs and stage monitors.

    In addition to accomplishing my original objectives, I have had several people comment that is it much easier to make out lyrics. Keep in mind, because it is a condenser mic, it requires phantom power.

  • 5
    Great Mic - Step up from SM58

    Posted by Ross on Jul 2nd 2010

    This is a fantastic mic. It's basically the stage-worthy form factor of a SM58 with the enhanced audio quality of a condenser. I typically use it for vocals, but also used it to mic a guitar amp with good results (though I still prefer a SM57 for amps). It's a great step up from the SM58; I would get it again before a Beta.