General Description

The MX150 is a professional subminiature electret condenser lavalier microphone ideal for use in speech and other applications requiring low-profile, discreet placement. Available with cardioid or omnidirectional patterns, the MX150 provides uncompromised sound quality and high reliability with minimal visibility for use in television broadcasting, corporate lectures, A/V teleconferencing, House of Worship, and sound reinforcement. CommShield® Technology offers superior RF immunity from cellular devices and digital bodypack transmitters. Each microphone is supplied with a snap-fit foam windscreen to minimize wind noise and a multi-position tie clip with integrated cable management to minimize cable handling noise.

Model Variations

The MX150 is available in several varieties:

Ⓐ Polar Pattern

C Cardioid

O Omnidirectional

Ⓑ Connectors

TQG For Shure transmitters with 4-pin TA4F/TQG connectors

XLR Includes the RK100PK in-line preamplifier

Features

  • Available in cardioid or omnidirectional polar patterns and TQG (for use in Shure bodypacks) or wired XLR variations
  • CommShield® Technology guards against interference from Cellular RF devices and digital bodypack transmitters
  • Matte black, sleek, low-profile, design for inconspicuous placement
  • Multi-position tie clip allows for a variety of placement options and features an integrated cable management system for convenient cable dress with minimized handling noise
  • Kevlar-reinforced soft-flex cable design further reduces handling noise while providing superior flexibility for routing and placement
  • User-changeable equalization caps for response shaping (omnidirectional only)
  • Snap-fit, concise windscreen provides protection from plosives and wind noise with minimal visibility
  • Legendary Shure quality, ruggedness, and reliability

Equalization Caps

The omnidirectional MX150B/O variations ship with two types of equalization caps for high-frequency shaping:

Normal: Silver color screen; provides the most natural sound in most applications
Presence Boost: Black screen; provides a smooth, high-frequency boost

The cardioid MX150B/C variations are only compatible with the gold cap shipped with the microphone. Do not use the silver and black omnidirectional screens.

Snap-fit Windscreen

Use the furnished snap-fit windscreen to provide plosive and wind protection.

  • Snap into the groove below the cartridge to secure to the microphone.
  • To remove, grab the plastic cage in the windscreen and lift over capsule.

TQG Models

Using with Other Bodypack Transmitters

When connecting the microphone to anything other than a Shure wireless bodypack, ensure the device provides a regulated +5 V DC (130 µA minimum) to the red conductor. Refer to the wiring diagram in the specifications.

XLR Models

Phantom Power

The supplied RK100PK preamplifier requires phantom power and performs best with a 48 V DC supply (IEC-61938). However, it will operate with slightly decreased headroom with supplies as low as 11 V DC.

Most modern mixers provide phantom power. You must use a balanced microphone cable: XLR-to-XLR or XLR-to-TRS.

RFI Filtering

This microphone features CommShield® Technology for RF filtering. For best results in hostile RF environments, always use the RK100PK preamp furnished with the XLR versions of this microphone.

Mounting the Microphone

This microphone is furnished with a multi-position tie clip for flexible mounting options and reduced cable noise. Reference the furnished tie clip guide for placement and routing suggestions.

Multi-Position Tie Clip Assembly

Specifications

MX150/O

Polar Pattern

Omnidirectional

Transducer Type

Electret Condenser

Frequency Response

20 to 20,000 Hz

Output Impedance

TQG N/A
XLR 165.0 Ω

Sensitivity

open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical

TQG –51.0 dBV/Pa[1] (3.0 mV)
XLR –39.0 dBV/Pa[1] (11.0 mV)

Maximum SPL

1 kHz at 1% THD[2]

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 147.5 dB SPL 147.5 dB SPL
XLR 134.5 dB SPL 129.5 dB SPL

Signal-to-Noise Ratio[3]

TQG 60.0 dB
XLR 59.5  dB

Dynamic Range

@1 kHz

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 109.0 dB SPL 109.0 dB SPL
XLR 90.5 dB SPL 90.5 dB SPL

Self Noise

equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical

TQG 34.0 dB
XLR 34.5 dB

Clipping Level

1 kHz at 1% THD

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 2.0 dBV 1.5 dBV
XLR
1.0 dBV –4.5 dBV

Common Mode Rejection

20 to 20,000 Hz

TQG N/A
XLR >60 dB

MX150/C

Polar Pattern

Cardioid

Transducer Type

Electret Condenser

Frequency Response

20 to 20,000 Hz

Output Impedance

TQG N/A
XLR 165.0 Ω

Sensitivity

open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical

TQG –51.0 dBV/Pa[1] (3.0 mV)
XLR –39.0 dBV/Pa[1] (11.0 mV)

Maximum SPL

1 kHz at 1% THD[2]

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 147.5 dB SPL 147.5 dB SPL
XLR 134.5 dB SPL 129.5 dB SPL

Signal-to-Noise Ratio[3]

TQG 57.5 dB
XLR 57.0  dB

Dynamic Range

@1 kHz

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 111.0 dB SPL 111.0 dB SPL
XLR 97.5 dB SPL 97.5 dB SPL

Self Noise

equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical

TQG 36.5 dB
XLR 37.0 dB

Clipping Level

1 kHz at 1% THD

2500 Ωload 1000 Ωload
TQG 2.0 dBV 1.5 dBV
XLR
1.0 dBV –4.5 dBV

Common Mode Rejection

20 to 20,000 Hz

TQG N/A
XLR >60 dB

Polarity

TQG Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 3 with respect to pin 1
XLR Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3

Power Requirements

TQG 5 V DC (0.04–0.18 mA)
XLR 11–52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938), <2.2 mA

Weight

TQG 21 g (0.7 oz.)
XLR 121 g (4.3 oz.)

Operating Temperature Range

-18°C (0°F) to 57°C (135°F)

Storage Temperature Range

-29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)

[1] 1 Pa=94 dB SPL

[2]THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal level is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL

[3]S/N ratio is the difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted

[4]All specifications measured with a 48 Vdc phantom power supply. The microphone operates at lower voltages, but with slightly decreased headroom and sensitivity.

Specifications

Typical Polar Patterns

Cardioid

Omnidirectional

Wiring Diagram

Accessories

Furnished Accessories

Multi-Position Tie Clip

95A15539

Snap-fit Windscreen

95A16167

Storage Pouch

WA150

RFI Resistant, Inline Preamp for all MX Models (Black)

RK100PK

Replacement Parts

Standard Protective High Boost Cap for BETA 53, and BETA 54, Black with Gold Top (Contains Five)Standard Protective High Boost Cap for BETA 53, and BETA 54, Black with Gold Top (Contains Five)

RPM208

Normal Cap, Silver, for MX150B/O (5)

RPM213

Boost Cap, Black, for MX150B/0 (5)

RPM215

4-Pin Mini Connector (TA4F/TQG)

WA330

Multi-Position Tie Clip (3)

RPM150TC

Snap-fit Windscreen (3)

RPM150WS

Certifications

Meets essential requirements of all applicable European Directives.

Eligible for CE marking.

Note: Testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other than shielded (screened) cable types may degrade EMC performance.

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from Shure Incorporated or any of its European representatives. For contact information please visit www.shure.com

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from: www.shure.com/europe/compliance

Authorized European representative:

Shure Europe GmbH

Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa

Department: EMEA Approval

Jakob-Dieffenbacher-Str. 12

75031 Eppingen, Germany

Phone: 49-7262-92 49 0

Fax: 49-7262-92 49 11 4

Email: info@shure.de