Shure Beta 87A Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic


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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.


  • 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


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.


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


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