The Shure SM86 is a unidirectional (cardioid) condenser vocal microphone for professional use in live performance. An extremely rugged microphone, the SM86 withstands the rigors of touring while delivering studio-quality sound. The tailored frequency response of the SM86 reproduces vocals with clarity. A cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise. The built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise, and a two-stage pop filter reduces wind and breath "pop" noise. The SM86 is an excellent selection. For use with both stage monitors and personal in-ear monitors.
Unidirectional (cardioid) microphones progressively boost bass frequencies by 6 to 10 dB below 100 Hz when the microphone is at a distance of about 6 mm (1/4 in.) from the sound source. This phenomenon, known as proximity effect, can be used to create a warmer, more powerful sound. To prevent explosive low frequency sound during close-up use, the bass response gradually rolls off. This provides greater control and helps the user take advantage of proximity effect.
Place the microphone so that unwanted sound sources, such as monitors and loudspeakers, are directly behind it. To minimize feedback and ensure optimum rejection of unwanted sound, always test microphone placement before a performance.
The SM86 requires phantom power. This may be supplied to the microphone from an external power supply (such as the Shure model PS1A) or directly from preamplifi ers, mixers, or consoles with built-in phantom power. Suitable sources should provide 11 to 52 Vdc phantom voltage.
A load impedance of at least 600 Ohms is recommended. The load may be as low as 150 Ohms, but a reduction in output level and output clipping level will result.
50 to 18,000 Hz
at 1kHz, open circuit voltage
-50 dBV/Pa (3.15 mV)
1 kΩ load, at 1 kHz
+ 3 dBV (1.41 V)
1 kΩ load, 1% THD
23 dB typical, A-Weighted
1 kΩ load
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
|Phantom Power||11 to 52 V DC|
|Current Drain||5.2 mA|
Three-Pin Professional Audio Connector
Dark gray, enamel-painted, die cast metal; matte-finished, silver colored, spherical steel mesh grille
278 g (9.8 oz.)
|Operating Temperature||-18° to 60° C (0° to 135° F)|
|Storage Temperature||-29° to 74° C (-20° to 165° F)|
|Relative Humidity||0 to 90%|
 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL  S/N ratio is difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted.
Microphone Clip for SM58, SM57, SM87A, Beta 87A, Beta 87C, PGA57, PGA58, PGA48, PGA81
5/8" to 3/8" Thread Adapter
Phantom Power Supply
|Shock Stopper® Isolation Mount||
|Shock Stopper Isolation Mount||
Black Foam Windscreen for KSM8, SM85, SM86, SM87A, Beta 87A, and Beta 87C
25 foot (7.5m) Triple-Flex® Microphone XLR Cable with Switchcraft connectors
This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.
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
75031 Eppingen, Germany
Phone: 49-7262-92 49 0
Fax: 49-7262-92 49 11 4