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Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic 

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OVERVIEW

Studio-quality sound in a rugged stage mic.

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

SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic

  • 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%)
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ShureSM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Condenser Mic for the Price

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...Read complete review

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...

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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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(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...

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great live vocal mic!

By Sam-Pk9U5

from Hilton Head, SC

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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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic

By Beny

from Florida via NJ

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

This is one of the best condenser mics you are likely to fine (especially at this price). Its clarity, and depth across the board is in a catagory with much more expensive condenser mics.Great product.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Feedback

By Johnny one time's house of potatoes

from knoxville, tn

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

Used this for about 200 shows now and I'm always fighting feedback. Probably the best tone ever in a mic, makes me sound like a better singer than I probably am...there is a lot of life in this mic, but it's a tradeoff with our biggest problem; not having enough dbs in the vocals. I'm a lead guitarist/singer in a hard rock/blues band. Anytime we don't have a huge stage our sound guy and I struggle with feedback and bleed. The tone is awesome on these and great for recording but after last night playing at one of the better venues in town, although a but cramped (the problem for these), I think I am going to go with an Audix OM-7 for all our live shows from now on.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent choice.....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

As an alternative to the SM58, the SM86 excels at vocal and instrumental recording. It will give you a pleasant tone before any EQ and can really emphasize the middle tones of vocals. I am quite pleased with this mic.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Track Star 1

from Eynon, Pennsylvania

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

From it's tailored frequency response, to it's sleek design, the SM86 is a extremely nice microphone. You will be allured by it's smooth, shimmering, presence, and find comfort in it's ability to feel any mix."A well designed and pristine sounding microphone, at a appealing price."

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Search no more!!!

By Tim B

from Washington, WV

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

I sing in a Gospel Trio and we use these mics a lot. A friend of our group turned us on to the SM 86. We bought 3 mics soon after trying one out. For clean, clear, consistent vocals you wont find a better mic at this price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mic but,

By dyemusica

from on the road.

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    duh!

    By ToneSearcher-ygggv

    from L.A.

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    Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

    just buy them...as many as possible before they disappear.best mic deal on the planet.blow away my more expensive peices when applicale live or in studio.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Muffled, dull and weak

    By CMB

    from Western USA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

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