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Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic  

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The Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic gives you all the advantages of Shure's SM line with condenser mic clarity. It's ruggedly built to handle touring, with a frequency response tailored for cl... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic gives you all the advantages of Shure's SM line with condenser mic clarity. It's ruggedly built to handle touring, with a frequency response tailored for clear reproduction of vocals. The cardioid polar pattern minimizes background noise and feedback. The SM86 has a built-in 3-point shockmount for minimizing handling noise and a 2-stage filter for reducing breath noises and pops.

It requires phantom power.

Features
  • Condenser capsule provides studio-quality sound
  • Rugged design handles the abuses of touring
  • Tailored frequency response for clear reproduction of vocals
  • Cardioid polar pattern minimizes unwanted background noise
  • Works excellently with both stage monitors and in-ear personal monitors
  • Built-in 3-point shockmount minimizes handling noise
Specifications
  • Transducer type: Condenser (electret bias)
    Frequency response: 50 to 18,000Hz
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Output Impedance: 150Î at 1kHz (Recommended minimum load impedance: 600Î)
    Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -50dBV/Pa (3.15 mV) (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
    Output Clipping Level: 1000Î Load at 1,000Hz: +3dBV (1.41 V)
    Maximum SPL (at 1,000Hz): 1000Î load (1% THD): 147dB
    Self-Noise: 23dB typical, A-weighted
    Dynamic Range (1000Î): 124dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 71dB at 94dB SPL (IEC 651)*
    *S/N ratio is difference between 94dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted
    Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector.
    Power (Phantom Supply Requirement): 11 to 52 VDC, positive at both pins 2 and 3
    Current Drain: 5.2 mA
    Connector: Three-pin (XLR) professional audio
    Dimensions (H x W): 183mm x 49mm, 7.2" x 1.92"
    Net Weight: 278g (9.8oz.)
    Environmental Conditions;Operating: -18 to 60 C (0 to 135 F) (relative humidity >90%), Storage: -29 to 74 C (-20 to 165 F) (relative humidity >80%)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
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ShureSM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

If you don't have one, get one!

Any musician who lacks one of these is incomplete. This mic outright beats the SM58 and Beta58. It's only competitor could be the Beta87. The SM86 reproduces vocals with utmost precision and clarity....Read complete review

Any musician who lacks one of these is incomplete. This mic outright beats the SM58 and Beta58. It's only competitor could be the Beta87. The SM86 reproduces vocals with utmost precision and clarity. It has incredible gain before feedback, so turn up the volume and be heard! I have used it for 1 year and have not had a single problem with pops or anything.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Muffled, dull and weak

As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and...Read complete review

As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and move around the vocal mic a lot, and dynamics lose me on the fringes – so I go with condensers for their wider pick-up swath & range, 'tis good for me. I thought I would treat myself and upgrade to the Shure-86 from my old Sterling, but after actually hearing it I am going back to the Sterling. The 86 sounds like it has a muffler on it, dull and dead and maybe about 1/3 the volume of the Sterling. I thought maybe there was a "remove before use" tape or some packing material inside the windscreen or something, but no, it was fine, just very weak and muffled – like singing through a wool blanket. It actually doesn't' even sound as crisp, nor as loud as my old Shure-57 dynamic mic. Maybe I got the one bad one - could be, but I cannot recommend this mic…especially for the price. It does seem to be very solidly built however – just like my old 57, unfortunately I don't really need a hammer at the end of my mic-stand, I need a good sounding mic that will faithfully reproduce my voice without the "wool blanket effect"…this ain't it.

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5.0

Great mic for lead vocals

By The Sound Dad

from Louisville, KY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

    Purchased this mic as a birthday present for my son who is lead singer in a rock band. He's been singing for 13 years and sounds way better than he has on any prior mic. This mic really lets him be heard over the instruments. Based on my prior experiences with Shure mics (running sound for the 13 years my son's been singing), I expect this mic to last a long time.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SHURE SM86 SOLID MICROPHONE FOR VOCALS

    By Johnnie

    from Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

      The Shure SM86 as a "GREAT" microphone. The texture and tone is captured in a very natural way. Compared to the Shure Beta 87a this mic is just as good at $70 less. If you want to cut through a mix with a big sound this microphone is for you. If I needed more I would defintely buy it again. Of course Shure is a solid company in the professional audio world.

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Muffled, dull and weak

      By CMB

      from Western USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Barely Audable
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Sounds Deaddullweak

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

          As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and move around the vocal mic a lot, and dynamics lose me on the fringes – so I go with condensers for their wider pick-up swath & range, 'tis good for me. I thought I would treat myself and upgrade to the Shure-86 from my old Sterling, but after actually hearing it I am going back to the Sterling. The 86 sounds like it has a muffler on it, dull and dead and maybe about 1/3 the volume of the Sterling. I thought maybe there was a "remove before use" tape or some packing material inside the windscreen or something, but no, it was fine, just very weak and muffled – like singing through a wool blanket. It actually doesn't' even sound as crisp, nor as loud as my old Shure-57 dynamic mic. Maybe I got the one bad one - could be, but I cannot recommend this mic…especially for the price. It does seem to be very solidly built however – just like my old 57, unfortunately I don't really need a hammer at the end of my mic-stand, I need a good sounding mic that will faithfully reproduce my voice without the "wool blanket effect"…this ain't it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My go-to live microphone!

          By eabrunner

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Live Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

            The SM86 is my go-to mic at my live performances. I would highly recommend this mic to any musician looking for a very clear sound for performing. The SM86 is also great in the studio. It produces very clear sound when placed on instruments, especially drums. Just keep in mind that this mic requires phantom power! I purchased Shure's phantom supply so I can use this mic anywhere!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great mic but,

            By dyemusica

            from on the road.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Amazing Tone
            • Clear Sound

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              As a long time singer in many different styles of music, I have to say this is my favorite mic for live use. It sounds amazing. The only issue is it is NOT rugged. I have gone through a couple of these in the last year. They just stop working. As a guitar player I obviously keep the mic in a stand at all times, and we use very nice mic cases and road cases to transport our gear. Take CARE of them and they will sound awesome.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Live Vocal Mic

              By Ryan

              from Virginia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clarity
              • Clear Sound

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              This is really a great mic for live use, especially at this price. My wife and I have been performing for many years, and most of that time we used SM58's just because they were available and we knew many acts used them. This mic was a complete revelation. The clarity is outstanding and makes the SM58 sound as if it has a bag over it for comparison. We tested this mic against 10 others in this price range (AKG, Sennheiser, EV, Audix, etc.), and this won for my wife's vocals (although I think it could easily work for mine as well). Makes me wish we had tried it sooner!

              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great live vocal mic!

              By Sam-Pk9U5

              from Hilton Head, SC

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              I have been singing in a band or solo for a VERY long time. My mic has always been the tried and true Shure SM58. I wanted a cleaner sound so I got one of these SM86 mics. The difference is like night and day. I love the sound this mic produces, even on some lower end equipment I use for some lesser gigs. I have no problem at all with feedback, but I dont know why. I sit and sing about 6 feet beside and slightly to the front of the speaker, but I can turn up the gain pretty high before any feedback occurs. I would recommend this mike in a heartbeat to anyone.
              It has what it needs. No more, no less.
              I am hard on equipment. I just finished my 3rd tourest season (gigging 6 nights a week from the end of may through labor day) setting up and tearing down every day. This mic is tough! not a mark on it except for maybe a rust spot or two on the screen where I got caught in a downpour.
              It could be priced lower, but still, for the money it is a great value.

              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Condenser Mic for the Price

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              After trying a number of different mics on my singer's voice ($100 to $400 price range), this model stood out from the pack. It was the perfect combo of warmth and clarity for his particular voice. For the price, this mic simply can't be beat. After owning this mic for about a month now, here are a couple of issues we have had that might help others out.FEEDBACK: This mic does like to take off a little bit around 8k but it is easily resolved with a 2 db or so reduction on the monitor EQ (note: monitors initially rung out with a 58). Otherwise, we did not experience any significant feedback issues as others have stated on here. It could be possible that the input gain was being pushed too hard in those cases, causing the feedback - difficult to say without seeing the application.ELECTRICAL SHOCK: We just had this issue come up today in a different venue. Singer was getting shocked on the face (by the mic) while playing electric guitar. The issue is NOT with the mic but rather the outlet the guitar amp was plugged into (outlet was not grounded properly). Needless to say, we will be carrying around a ground-fault tester from now on.Overall, if you're looking for a great condenser at a fair price and are doing acoustic, R&B, funk, etc. , this could be the ideal mic for you. I don?t think I?d recommend this for metal / hard rock due to the typically loud stage volumes you?d be fighting with for monitors. Bottom line: test a few different mics to insure it's the ideal mic for you...

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              worship leader

              By David Cromer

              from Mitchellville Iowa

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              I usally use the 58 series both wireless and regular. This mic has excellant pick up with no feeling of feedback. really nice for lead vocal

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great mic!

              By Mike Talbert

              from Hot Springs Arkansas

              Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

              I live in a noisy hood and have a home studio, this mic is the best I've ever had. It pics up what I play with a quality sound and minimal background noise. I bought one to sing through and it makes my acoustic guitar sound so good I bought another for that. I haven't dropped it so I can't say much about the toughness but Shure is such a great brand that I'm sure, that it is tough too!

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