Shure Beta 87A Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic

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98 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

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$249
Shure Beta 87A Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic

The Shure Beta 87A has a built-in pop filter and a low-frequency roll-off that reduces the proximity effect so you can get your lips up close to this mic.

This mic is used live by Kris Allen who won the 8th season of American Idol.

Specifications:

  • Type: Electret Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 140.5 dB
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals and even live broadcasting
  • Power Requirements: 11v to 52v phantom power

Pros

Many customer reviews compared this to the SM58 and were almost unanimous in saying this gives them a much clearer sound. A lot of owners say they use this with flat EQ because it already has a very good frequency response for vocals.

Cons

Some users report feedback problems if you cup the mic with your hands.

Overall

Although not well suited to hard rock singers and rappers who like to cup the mic, it is very well liked by most other types of singers.

Shure Beta 87A Frequency Response Chart:

Shure Beta 87A frequency response chart

Shure Beta 87A Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure Beta 87A polar pattern chart

From the Best Condenser Mics Guide

8th season American Idol winner Kris Allen is just one of the many artists who trust the Shure Beta 87A condenser mic for their live performance - and rightly so given its stage friendly features.

Speaking of stage, the Beta 87A blocks unwanted stage noise with its tight super cardioid pattern which only accepts the closest sound sources. It also has a built-in pop filter and low frequency roll-off that addresses proximity issues. Before being released to the public, Shure mic designs go through real world durability tests which include drops, humidity, heat and more, and this is the reason why their brand remains synonymous with reliability.

Specifications:

  • Type: Electret Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 140.5 dB
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals and even live broadcasting
  • Power Requirements: 11v to 52v phantom power

Pros

2018 saw a big increase in the rating of the Beta 87A, thanks to the many former Shure SM58 users who are impressed with the improvements they experienced after switching. As expected, build quality and reliability is reported to be top notch, with more and more reviewers praising its sound quality, some even point out that it sounds so good, it requires minimal EQ adjustments.

Cons

With its almost perfect ratings, there's not many negative comments to write about. There are a few who mention that covering the mic capsule causes feedback, but this is more a mic positioning issue than an actual problem.

Overall

Seeing that it outranks most of the mics in this list, including more expensive ones, the Shure Beta 87A is very highly recommended.

Shure Beta 87A Frequency Response Chart:

Shure Beta 87A frequency response chart

Shure Beta 87A Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure Beta 87A polar pattern chart

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