Shure Beta 87A Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic


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Shure Beta 87A Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommended

The Beta 87A first appeared on our recommended list for Live Vocal Mics from March 2016 until August 2017 when it was removed because it had been out-ranked by other mics.

Then in November 2018 it had high enough ratings to go back on the list where it remains today.

We also recommended it in our guide to Condenser Microphones from October 2018 until March 2020.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Audiofanzine JimboSpins 100/100
Gearspace bigmoods 85/100
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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.

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.

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.


  • 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

Shure Beta 87A Frequency Response Chart:

Shure Beta 87A frequency response chart

Shure Beta 87A Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure Beta 87A polar pattern chart