Shure SM7B Studio Dynamic Vocal Microphone


98 out of 100. Incorporating 4550+ ratings and reviews.

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The Shure SM7B Studio Dynamic Vocal Microphone
The Shure SM7B Studio Dynamic Vocal Microphone

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Our rating of 98/100 is based on analysis of 4550+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: This is currently on our recommended lists for The Best Studio Mics For Vocals and The Best Dynamic Mics.

Used by big name artists such as Sheryl Crow, Sammy Hagar of Chickenfoot and System of a Down's Seri Tankjan just to name a few, the Shure SM7B continues to be one of the most in-demand and sought after vocal mics on the market today - both for recording and live performances.

Even the King of Pop Michael Jackson, who could have whatever microphone he wanted, recorded vocal parts of Thriller using the original SM7.

These days, the mic has been updated to SM7B, to meet the demands of today's stages and studios, but it still carries the core features that made the original popular, quality sound that works great for intense vocal work, high SPL handling that can handle loud instruments like drums, and reliability.


  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 150++ dB
  • Bass roll-off control
  • Mid-range emphasis / Presence boost control
  • Power Requirements: None


Many users consider the Shure M7B to be the best vocal mic for male vocalists. Even experts comment that this mic can trump more expensive tube condenser mics, reporting that many singers just sound better with the SM7B. It's directionality and ability to reject noise was also well liked by many users, along with its tank tough build that's been proven to work like new after many years of use. And it's not just a vocal mic because, many report getting great results when used for podcasting, voice over recordings, and some even used the mike for loud amplifiers and drums.


There are a few that commented on the mic's low level output compared to condenser mics, which is to be expected since this is a passive dynamic mic. Another concern that was raised about the SM7B is its directionality, while it does help in rejecting noise, it also limits the positioning and movements of the vocalist.


If you're not into the nuances of condenser mics and you prefer a warm sounding mic for rock, metal and the like, the versatile and reliable SM7B is highly commended.

NB: This is currently on our recommended lists for The Best Studio Mics For Vocals and The Best Dynamic Mics.


Our Shure SM7B was used and

Our Shure SM7B was used and enjoyed for about 20 hours before it sounded like a ‘tin can’. The distributor in Australia has checked the mike and found its main cartridge needs to be replaced. The quote for repair is $480 AUD plus postage. The work is guaranteed for 90 days. Amazon can land a new one in Australia for $560 AUD. What would you do?