Shure Beta 87A Super Cardioid Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone

Supercardioid condenser vocal microphone designed to capture brighter vocals with sparkling accuracy

4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Shure BETA 87A Supercardioid Handheld Condenser Microphone
  • A25DM Mic Stand Adapter
  • Zippered Carrying Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

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The Beta 87A™ handheld microphone is consistently a top choice of performers and audio technicians around the world due to its superb accuracy and detail, and rich vocal production. This premium quality supercardioid electret hand-held condenser vocal microphone has exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level (SPL) capability. Used for professional sound reinforcement, broadcasting, and studio recording applications, the Beta 87A microphone combines superb performance with the ruggedness needed for touring and field production.


  • Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise
  • Highly consistent supercardioid polar pattern provides superior gain-before-feedback
  • Electronic low-frequency roll-off compensates for proximity effect
  • Wide dynamic range (117 dB) and low distortion characteristics
  • Very low susceptibility to RFI and electromagnetic hum
  • Advanced cartridge shock-mount system absorbs mechanical shocks and reduces handling noise
  • Built-in pop filter reduces undesirable wind and breath sounds
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

Specifications for the Shure Beta 87A

{ "Transducer" : "(Electret Bias) Condenser", "Polar Pattern" : "Supercardioid", "Frequency Response" : "50 Hz - 20 kHz", "Maximum Input Sound Level" : "140.5 dB @ 1 kHz 1% THD", "Dynamic Range" : "117 dB @ 1 kHz 1 kOhm load", "Power Requirements" : "Phantom 11 - 52 VDC, 1.2 mA", "Output Impedance" : "150 Ohms (100 Ohms actual ±20%)", "Output Connectors" : "XLR-3M Type", "Dimensions (∅ x L)" : "2 x 7.56" / 51 x 192 mm", "Weight" : "7 oz. (200 g)" }

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Jon Marx - Marx Music Studio
This is one of my favorite vocal mics in this class. I have sold sets of them to churches and touring vocal groups alike. They're versatile in most any vocal environment but especially with male vocalists. One of the best reviews I received back after a purchase by a Gospel quartet was that their bass singer finally joined the mix.

Stephen Lund
I've long liked the Shure Beta87 microphones and the hyper-cardioid model does a great job. The Beta87 is so clear and clean it brings vocals out very well. The down side is that it can be a bit too bright, especially on high sopranos. So generally I prefer it on male vocals, but it can work in so many places.

To me, I prefer the sister C cardioid version. But it's a preference - both are great mics! Many people think that supercardioid just means a tighter pattern. But it's really not that much. What does change between cardioid and super/hyper-cardioid is where the null is. It's a lot easier to tell people to point the back of the mic toward an unwanted source, than saying put it at 120 degrees off the back axis. Plus the C is just slightly less brittle in the high end.

The only reason I took a star off is not because of this mic, but because the KSM mics are just a bit better - and more expensive. So depending on your budget, I would definitely go with the Beta87.