Shure Beta 87C Cardioid Condenser Mic


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Shure Beta 87C Cardioid Condenser Mic

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The Beta 87C appeared on our recommended list for Live Vocal Mics from April 2021 until August 2022 when it was out-ranked by the Shure Beta 87A.


The Shure Beta 87C is the cardioid variant of the Beta 87A.

In contrast to the "A" variant, the 87C sports a tighter cardioid pattern for better rejection of sound towards the back of the mic. This makes it better for loud stage monitors that may cause unwanted feedback.

Despite the slightly different frequency curve brought on by the different polar pattern, the 87C retains much of the character of its "A" variant sibling.

If you're looking for a studio-sounding stage mic for louder stage volumes with floor monitors, the Beta 87C is a great pick especially if you've tried the 87A but experienced feedback concerns.


  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: : Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-16kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 139dB
  • Power Requirements: None
Although this was previously on our recommended list there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Handheld Live Vocal Mics

Shure Beta 87C Frequency Response Chart:

Shure Beta 87A frequency response chart

Shure Beta 87C Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure Beta 87A polar pattern chart


This video explains the practical differences between the Shure Beta 87C and the Shure Beta 87A: