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Shure PGA48 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

94 out of 100. Incorporating 1800+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank High Notes

The PGA48 appeared in our first edition of Microphones Under $50 in February 2018 until October 2020.

Then in September 2021 the PGA48 had high enough ratings to go back on our recommended list where it remained until December 2022 when it was out-ranked by other mics.


There is no denying Shure’s reputation when it comes to quality microphones, and they make their presence known in the entry level market with the PGA48.

First thing you’ll notice about this mic is its premium look, with its black metallic finish and classic silver ball grille.

It sports a dynamic transducer with cardioid polar pattern, a combination based on the iconic Shure SM58.

Other features of this mic include a frequency response of 70Hz-15kHz and an on/off switch.


  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 70Hz-15KHz
  • Impedance: 600 ohms
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals or speech
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you will find in our guide to The Best Microphones Under $50.