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The Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic is a new take on an old classic. The Beta 87 was consistently a top choice of performers and audio tec...Read More

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Perfect for all vocal applications.

The Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic is a new take on an old classic. The Beta 87 was consistently a top choice of performers and audio technicians due to its accuracy, detail, and rich vocal production. Now this longstanding favorite has been redesigned as the Shure Beta 87A. It has a thicker handle that gives a more comfortable feel when hand-held. It also includes a new break-resistant swivel adapter and low-frequency roll-off to compensate for proximity effect and to prevent boominess. The supercardioid pattern provides high gain-before-feedback, and its 3-stage pop filter minimizes breath pop and noise. Frequency response: 50Hz-18kHz.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Supercardioid electret condenser mic
  • Redesigned with a thicker shank for hand-held comfort
  • Break-resistant swivel adapter
  • Low-frequency roll-off
  • 3-stage pop filter

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ShureBeta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic
 
4.8

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best live mic I've used in 40 years.

    I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me...Read complete review

    I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me down. I have several SM 58's including the first one I bought in 1974 and even with years of hard road use it still works great (I have replaced the ball/grill at least 3-4 times)so I have nothing but praise for the SM 58. I had the opportunity about a year ago to get a pair of Shure 87A mics from a friend who was getting out of the business and selling his entire (large) PA system. I had the chance to buy 6 of them at an extremely low bargain price and wish I had taken all of them.
    The first night my partner and I plugged in the two 87a mics (the in place of our SM 58) we were amazed. I had the 58s standing by for a quick swap if needed but after two songs we both looked at each other with very positve nods. The difference in the upper mids was dramatic. The 87A was so much clearer than the 58. There was also a real difference in how the 87A worked with our in line vocal harmonizers. We use two Digitech Vocal harmonizers that we plug the mics directly into and then out to the PA mixer (Mackie). The 87A mics picked up and delivered a much more detailed and clearer vocal to the harmonizer thus making the vocals cut thru much better and gave the digitally created harmonies a much cleaner and more realistic sound overall.
    We are extremely pleased in every way with the Shure 87A mics. If the 87A's went missing today I would order another pair immediately (or as soon as I could afford it).

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Reviewing the Shure Beta 87A

    I have a CAD C-195, and it beats the beta 87A hands down!!! The Cad is much clearer(highs & lows)and hotter than the beta 87a, at less than...Read complete review

    I have a CAD C-195, and it beats the beta 87A hands down!!! The Cad is much clearer(highs & lows)and hotter than the beta 87a, at less than half the price. I was totally disappointed. Don't waste your money on this mic, it does not live up to its promises!!

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    5.0

    High quality!

    By volunteer4

    from Randolph, WI

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

      If you volunteer to do the sound at your church, do yourself a favor and get this thing. Make sure the phatom power is on and I didn't have to do any equalizing with this mic and it sounded great! If anyone knows of a wireless system that has the same quality in sound please post!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Beta 58a is much better. loud plosives

      By Rusty Todd

      from SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Light Weight Heavy Duty

      Cons

      • Beta 58a Is Much Better
      • Can Hear Plosives And Pop

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        This mic has very audible plosives and pops compared to shure beta 58a. I'd recommend a beta 58a any day over the beta 87a. This mic sounds thin.

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        5.0

        Gresat Mic for Sax

        By saxman

        from Ruston, La.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

          I have always used Shure Mics. including the wireless for Tenor Sax, but when I used the Beta 87A, it is the VERY BEST EVER. It is the cleanest sounding mic possible for the Sax at full volumes.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent stage or recording mic!!

          By Katherine Bastien

          from Northumberland, New Hampshire

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

            This mic is just great. It's like singing with no mic, it sounds as your real natural voice. This mic is just excellent, I love it. I am using it to perform live and also to record.

            I am also a lead guitar and I could concentrate more on my playing because I could be away from the mic when I sing.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best live mic I've used in 40 years.

            By Rick Holly

            from New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me down. I have several SM 58's including the first one I bought in 1974 and even with years of hard road use it still works great (I have replaced the ball/grill at least 3-4 times)so I have nothing but praise for the SM 58. I had the opportunity about a year ago to get a pair of Shure 87A mics from a friend who was getting out of the business and selling his entire (large) PA system. I had the chance to buy 6 of them at an extremely low bargain price and wish I had taken all of them.
                The first night my partner and I plugged in the two 87a mics (the in place of our SM 58) we were amazed. I had the 58s standing by for a quick swap if needed but after two songs we both looked at each other with very positve nods. The difference in the upper mids was dramatic. The 87A was so much clearer than the 58. There was also a real difference in how the 87A worked with our in line vocal harmonizers. We use two Digitech Vocal harmonizers that we plug the mics directly into and then out to the PA mixer (Mackie). The 87A mics picked up and delivered a much more detailed and clearer vocal to the harmonizer thus making the vocals cut thru much better and gave the digitally created harmonies a much cleaner and more realistic sound overall.
                We are extremely pleased in every way with the Shure 87A mics. If the 87A's went missing today I would order another pair immediately (or as soon as I could afford it).

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Great mic

                By tallen

                from Divide CO

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                  Sweet mic! I love the beta 87 for live shows. Lets me cut through the mix.

                  Comment on this review

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great company

                  By upc

                  from texas

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                  I have purchased from this company more than one tome and will do so again.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A solid mic, but missing something

                  By danestych

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                    This is a great vocal microphone. I've used it quite a bit with great results. However, some voices do not resonate on this mic, because the super-cardioid pattern makes it pickier. (The voice might sound clear, but not full.) I think the Beta 87C would be a better choice if you're looking for a versatile vocal mic.
                    If you're looking to buy a mic for a specific voice, TRY IT OUT FIRST! I highly recommend finding a mic you can borrow for a gig or two. Reviews cannot fully describe the pros and cons of higher-end mics, especially on vocal mics.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Words alone won't do it. Borrow one, rent one and you'll get one.

                    Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                    I have been performing since I had my first garage band in the mid 60's. I have worked consistantly since then both full time (on and off) and part time. I own a pretty decent home studio with several pro grade condenser mics and and enough PA gear to put together several quality systems.
                    I have been faithful to Shure SM-58 mics since I bought my first one in the mid 70's. I have no complaints about them. I own four SM 58's and even my original still works and sounds great after being abused on the road for for about 33 years. About 4 months ago a fellow musician told me a good friend of his had passed way and left some gear that he was trying to cell for the guys wife. Amoung the amps and mixers were two Beta 87A mics. I remember hearing some positive remarks about these mics so I made an offer and bought them (at the time I really didn't know what they cost or even if I really wanted them so I got them cheap). The very next night I used them with my partner in a fairly large club we reguarly play in. When setting up the mics in the PA I plugged them into the mixer and left the volumes at the same levels I use for the SM 58's. When I went to test them (testing 1-2-3........) the volume was amazing. This mic was so much louder, clearer and warmer than my trusty SM 58's that I was amazed.
                    When my partner arrived I explained how I got these mics and I said lets's try them. I kept the SM 58's next to the mixer just in case we had to switch back to them quickly. After two songs, my partner and I looked each other smiling giving these mics a big thumbs up. I put my SM 58's back in the mic case and just carry them now as backups.
                    One reviewer on another site said that the clarity and sound quality of the Beta 87A actually caused him to change the way he sings and made him a better singer. I agree. This mic allows you to use more dynamics in your singing. The quieter parts don't get lost or muddy. This mic is highly responsive and gets very loud long before it feeds back.If you can rent or borrow one of these Beta 87's, you will definately buy one. Try it and see.
                    No great features. just great sound.
                    The best mic I have ever used.
                    OK it's on the expensive side for a PA mic but once you have it you won't care about the extra money.

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great mic

                    By Barry Paul Project

                    from newport OR

                    Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

                    10
                    I think for the money you are getting a quality mic. Ive used a lot of mics and love this mic it always sounds good. Its not a Neumann in the studio everyone uses its a live mic meant to be used in gigs not the studio. So if you banging on this mic at that price look out there, there is nothing better. Its a solid dependable great mic that can be gig night after night and won't let you down. This mic is plenty warm and very smooth. If you can sing like Halford or Dio and hit those note you better spend a lot more money than what your getting here. For us earthlings this is a great mic !

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