Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Dynamic Handheld Microphone


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Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Dynamic Handheld Microphone

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

The KSM8 Dualdyne first appeared on our recommended list for Handheld Live Vocal Mics from August 2017 until November 2018 when it was out-ranked by the Rode S1 and Audio-Technica AE5400.

Then in April 2020 it had strong enough ratings to go back on the list where it remained until August 2022 when it was out-ranked by the Beyerdynamic M 88 TG.


With its dual diaphraghm design, the KSM8 isn't your run-of-the-mill handheld vocal microphone.

The design was implemented to reduce its proximity effect -- making it perfect for singers that get right up close with the microphone.

A large sweet spot enables singers who also play instruments to be able to be picked up consistently when the mic is on a stand.

This complex capsule design is a bit more sensitive and prone to damage, but since this mic is developed by Shure, you can be sure of reliability and durability.

If you're looking for a mic that handles dynamic singing, or if you want a mic for a vocalist/instrumentalist that sounds consistent, the KSM8 by Shure is a great pick if you can get past the price of admission.


  • Type: Dynamic (Dual Diaphragm)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz-16kHz
  • Impedance: 300 ohms
  • Sensitivity: -51.5 dBV/Pa (2.66 mV)
  • Applications: Live vocals
  • Power Requirements: None

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Hugh Robjohns 95/100
TapeOp Chris Koltay 95/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.
Although the Shure KSM8 was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated alternatives in the category of Live Vocal Mics $300 to $500.

Shure KSM8 Frequency Response Chart:

Shure KSM8 frequency response chart

Shure KSM8 Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure KSM8 polar pattern chart