General Description

The Shure P9HW is a wired, two-channel stereo bodypack system designed to replace loudspeakers used for onstage monitoring. The portable, lightweight P9HW has several advantages over onstage monitor loudspeakers: it is less visible, offers improved clarity and control of sound, reduces the chances of feedback, and reduces stage clutter. It is a versatile system, designed for use in sound reinforcement applications including public address, live music, studio recording, broadcast, and theater.

P9HW Bodypack

① Audio Input

Use the supplied Y-splitter cable to connect up to two sources.

Important: Align the red dot on the cable with the notch inside the bodypack input.

② Clip Indicator

Illuminates when the input is overloaded. Turn the volume down at the mixer until the light remains off.

③ Volume Knob / Power Switch

Turn to power on/off and adjust headphone volume

④ Battery LED

Indicates battery health

Note: see the battery life table for specific runtime values

⑤ Headphone Output

Use earphones or headphones with a 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) plug

⑥ Display

Shows settings and menu navigation

⑦ Navigation buttons (▲▼)

Use to scroll through menu and adjust settings

⑧ Exit button

Press to return to previous screen

⑨ Enter button

Press to enter a menu screen or to confirm a setting

⑩ Factory Service Window

Used for importing firmware onto the bodypack at the factory (not user-serviceable)

⑪ Battery Compartment

Uses a Shure SB900 rechargeable battery or two AA batteries

⑫ Removable AA Adapter

Remove to use with a Shure SB900 rechargeable battery

Note: To remove, open the door and slide the adapter out. To reinstall, press the adapter into place—there is an audible click when seated.

Setup

① Insert batteries

Use the Shure SB900 rechargeable battery pack or two AA batteries.

② Connect the bodypack to an audio source using the supplied Y-splitter cable

Connect the 5-pin LEMO connector to the bodypack, with the red dot on the cable aligned with the notch inside the bodypack connector. Route the two XLR connectors on the cable to the appropriate mixer outputs. See the system overview diagram for a signal routing example.

Note: the bodypack can connect either directly to the mixer or through a patch bay on stage.

③ Put on the earphones and connect them to the headphone output

The P9HW is designed to perform best with Shure earphones, but works with any headphones or in-ear monitors that have a standard 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo plug.

④ Turn the power on

Turn the volume knob clockwise until it clicks to turn on the power.

Caution: do not turn the volume knob all the way up when turning the power on.

⑤ Slowly increase the volume until it reaches a comfortable level for listening

To set a maximum volume limit, use the VLIMIT function. See the utilities section of this guide for more information.

System Overview

Audio Settings

MODE

STEREO: Audio from channel 1 is heard on the left earphone; audio from channel 2 is on the right earphone.

MIXMODE: Both channels are heard on the left and right earphones. The blend between mixes is adjustable.

EQ

The parametric equalizer is divided into four frequency bands: LOW, LOW MID, HIGH                         MID, and HIGH. When the equalizer is enabled, the following parameters are adjustable:

FREQUENCY: Select the center frequency of the band to boost/cut

Q: Adjusts the width and slope of the frequency band (measured in octaves)

GAIN: Adjustable in 2 dB increments from -6 dB (cut) to +6 dB (boost)

NOTE: HIGH and LOW are shelf filters, and therefore do not have adjustable Q widths. The HIGH shelf is fixed at 10 kHz; the LOW shelf is fixed at 100 Hz.

VLIMIT (Maximum Volume)

Set a value (-3 to -21 dB) to attenuate the highest possible volume level. Turning the volume knob through its entire range of motion still affects volume; the limit simply narrows the range of dB adjustment.

Note: The VLIMIT does not compress the audio.

BAL MX / BAL ST (Balance)

The behavior of the balance control depends on which mode the bodypack is set to:

STEREO: Adjusts the left/right balance

MIXMODE: Adjusts the blend between channel one and channel two

INPUT

Line (+4 dBu): Use with mixers and other professional devices that send a line-level signal

AUX (-10 dBV): Use with consumer electronic devices, such as MP3 players or computers.

Utilities

CONTRAST

Customize the display screen contrast by selecting a setting between low and high

LOCK PANEL

Locks all controls except the volume knob to prevent accidental changes to settings

Lock: Select UTILITIES > LOCK PANEL

Unlock: Press the exit button and select OFF when the lock setting screen appears. Press enter to confirm.

BATTERY

Displays remaining battery runtime (hours:minutes), temperature, status, cycle count, health, and voltage

Note: Applies to SB900 battery only

RESTORE

Restores bodypack to factory default settings

AUTO OFF

Automatically turns off the bodypack after a selectable amount of time (5, 30, or 60 min.) while it is in power-save mode or when connected to a charger with the power on. To restore power to the bodypack, the power switch must be turned off and then on again.

Note: SB900 batteries charge fastest when the bodypack is off

MixMode and Stereo Monitoring

The bodypack can operate in either of the following listening modes:

Stereo (default)

To operate in stereo mode, enter the menu and select AUDIO > MODE > STEREO .

In stereo mode, audio from channel 1 is heard on the left earphone, while audio from channel 2 is heard on the right earphone. Listening in stereo increases clarity and separation between the sources on each channel.

Adjusting Balance

To adjust the left/right balance, select AUDIO > BAL ST . Use the ▲▼ buttons to change the setting.

MixMode

To operate in MixMode, enter the menu and select AUDIO > MODE > MIXMODE .

In MixMode, the blend between two monitoring mixes (an instrumental mix and a vocal mix, for example) is adjustable. The signal is mono, which means each mix is heard through both the left and right earphones.

Adjusting mix blend

To adjust the blend between channel 1 and channel 2, enter the menu and select AUDIO > BAL MX . Use the arrow buttons (▲▼) to make adjustments.

In this scenario, an instrumental mix is on channel 1 (left) and a vocal mix is on channel 2 (right):

To hear more of channel one (instruments), shift the balance towards the left.

To hear more of channel two (vocals), shift the balance towards the right.

Balance and Mix Adjustments from the Home Screen

To make quick adjustments to the stereo balance or mixmode blend, use the arrow buttons (▲▼) while in the home screen. If necessary, use the lock feature to prevent any accidental adjustments.

Shure SB900 Rechargeable Battery

Shure SB900 lithium-ion batteries offer a rechargeable option for powering the bodypack. Batteries quickly charge to 50% capacity in one hour and reach full charge within three hours.

Single chargers and multiple bay chargers are available to recharge the Shure batteries.

Caution: Only charge Shure rechargeable batteries with a Shure battery charger.

Single Bay Charger

The SBC-100 single bay charger offers a compact charging solution.

  1. Plug the charger into an AC power source or USB port.
  2. Insert a battery into the charging bay.
  3. Monitor the charging status LEDs until charging is complete.

Charging Status LED

Color Status
Red Charging
Green Charging Complete
Amber Flashing Fault: check connections and battery
Off No battery in bay

Multiple Bay Chargers

Shure offers three models of multiple bay chargers:

  • SBC200 two bay charger
  • SBC210 two bay charger
  • SBC800 eight bay charger

SBC200 chargers can charge individual batteries or batteries installed in bodypacks.

  1. Plug the charger into an AC power source.
  2. Insert batteries or bodypacks into the charging bay.
  3. Monitor the charging status LEDs until charging is complete.

Charging Status LED

Color Status
Green Charging Complete
Green/Red Charge level above 90%
Red Charging
Amber Flashing Fault: check connections and battery
Off No battery in bay

Important Tips for Care and Storage of Shure Rechargeable Batteries

Proper care and storage of Shure batteries results in reliable performance and ensures a long lifetime.

  • Always store batteries and bodypacks at room temperature
  • Ideally, batteries should be charged to approximately 40% of capacity for long-term storage
  • During storage, check batteries every 6 months and recharge to 40% of capacity as needed

Battery Life

Battery Indicator Tri-Color Battery LED Approximate Hours Remaining (h:mm)
Alkaline Shure SB900 Rechargeable Battery
Green 9:00 to 7:10 9:50 to 7:50
Green 7:10 to 5:25 7:50 to 5:55
Green 5:25 to 3:35 5:55 to 3:55
Green 3:35 to 1:45 3:55 to 2:00
Amber 1:45 to 0:50 2:00 to 1:00
Red < 0:50 < 1:00
Total Battery Life 9:00 9:50

Note: Battery life using Energizer™ brand AA Alkaline batteries and the following conditions:

  • Receiver audio set to EQ = OFF, V LIMIT = OFF
  • Audio output at bodypack: Pink noise at 100 dB SPL in ear with SE425 earphones (impedence at 20 Ω)

Power-save mode: When there are no earphones plugged in for 5 minutes, the receiver enters power-save mode to preserve battery life. The LED slowly fades on/off in this mode and continues to display the color that represents the remaining battery life.

Pin Assignments

Pin Signal Left XLR Right XLR
1 Shield 1 1
2 + 2 --
3 -- 3
4 3 --
5 + -- 2

Specifications

Audio Frequency Response

20 Hz–20 kHz (±3 dB)

Signal-To-Noise Ratio

A-Weighted

98 dB (typical)

Total Harmonic Distortion

@ 1 kHz, typical

<0.2%

Channel Separation

@ 1 kHz

>55 dB

Operating Temperature

-18°C to +63°C

Minimum Load Impedance

9.5 Ω

Dimensions

99 x 66 x 23 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in. x 0.9 in.) H x W x D

Net Weight

196 g (6.6 oz.) (with batteries)

Battery Life

9 hours (continuous use) AA batteries

Audio

Connector Type

LEMO

Configuration

Electronically balanced

Input Impedance

Line 45 kΩ
Aux 66 kΩ

Nominal Input Level

switchable: +4 dBu(Line), –10 dBV(Aux)

Maximum Input Level

+4 dBu(Line) +20 dBu
-10 dBV(Aux) +8 dBu

Phantom Power Protection

Up to 60 V DC

Audio Output

Connector Type

3.5 mm (1/8")

Output Impedance

<2.5 Ω

Minimum Load Impedance

4 Ω

Audio Output Power

1kHz @ <1% distortion, peak power, @32Ω

80 mW (driving two channels)

Optional Accessories and Replacement Parts

Dual-XLR to 5-pin LEMO cable

PA720

Shure Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery

SB900

AA battery adapter

65A15224

Power a SB900-compatible bodypack with an AC power supply instead of batteriesDC Power Insert (Battery Eliminator)

SBC-DC

Dynamic MicroDriver earphones

SE112

Dynamic MicroDriver earphones

SE215

High-definition MicroDriver earphones with tuned bass port

SE315

High-definition earphones with dual MicroDrivers

SE425

High-definition earphones with triple MicroDrivers

SE535

High-definition earphones with quad MicroDrivers

SE846

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

  1. READ these instructions.
  2. KEEP these instructions.
  3. HEED all warnings.
  4. FOLLOW all instructions.
  5. DO NOT use this apparatus near water.
  6. CLEAN ONLY with dry cloth.
  7. DO NOT block any ventilation openings. Allow sufficient distances for adequate ventilation and install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. DO NOT install near any heat sources such as open flames, radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. Do not place any open flame sources on the product.
  9. DO NOT defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wider blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
  10. PROTECT the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
  11. ONLY USE attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
  12. USE only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

  13. UNPLUG this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
  14. REFER all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
  15. DO NOT expose the apparatus to dripping and splashing. DO NOT put objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
  16. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler shall remain readily operable.
  17. The airborne noise of the Apparatus does not exceed 70dB (A).
  18. Apparatus with CLASS I construction shall be connected to a MAINS socket outlet with a protective earthing connection.
  19. To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
  20. Do not attempt to modify this product. Doing so could result in personal injury and/or product failure.
  21. Operate this product within its specified operating temperature range.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

The possible results of incorrect use are marked by one of the two symbols—"WARNING" and "CAUTION"—depending on the imminence of the danger and the severity of the damage.

WARNING: Ignoring these warnings may cause severe injury or death as a result of incorrect operation.

CAUTION: Ignoring these cautions may cause moderate injury or property damage as a result of incorrect operation.

CAUTION

  • Never disassemble or modify the device, as failures may result.
  • Do not subject to extreme force and do not pull on the cable or failures may result.
  • Keep the product dry and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures and humidity.

WARNING

  • If water or other foreign objects enter the inside of the device, fire or electric shock may result.
  • Do not attempt to modify this product. Doing so could result in personal injury and/or product failure.

This device is able to produce sound volume higher than 85 dB SPL. Please check your maximum allowed continuous noise exposure level based on your national employment protection requirements.

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

WARNING

LISTENING TO AUDIO AT EXCESSIVE VOLUMES CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING DAMAGE. USE AS LOW A VOLUME AS POSSIBLE. Over exposure to excessive sound levels can damage your ears resulting in permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Please use the following guidelines established by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) on maximum time exposure to sound pressure levels before hearing damage occurs.

90 dB SPL

at 8 hours

95 dB SPL

at 4 hours

100 dB SPL

at 2 hours

105 dB SPL

at 1 hour

110 dB SPL

at ½ hour

115 dB SPL

at 15 minutes

120 dB SPL

Avoid or damage may occur

Certifications

This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.

Meets essential requirements of the following European Directives:

  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC, as amended by 2008/34/EC
  • RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

    Note: Please follow your regional recycling scheme for batteries and electronic waste

Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)

Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)

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

Note: EMC conformance testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other cable types may degrade EMC performance.

Please follow your regional recycling scheme for batteries, packaging, and electronic waste.