Shure Beta 87A Handheld Condenser Microphone

Handheld Supercardioid Electret Condenser Mic
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Studio Quality Vocals on a Live Stage

The Shure Beta 87A handheld condenser microphone is a great live mic. If you're really desiring great nuance, or for vocalists looking for a higher-quality sound than the rusty old mics at your local venue, the Beta 87A is a great fit. While giving you a crystal clear sound, their supercardioid pickup pattern is absolutely stelar at feedback rejection. And of course, you get legendary Shure roadworthiness and quality, which is why Shure is a live standard worldwide. If you need to perform and sound your best every night, the Shure Beta 87A is a great choice.

Shure Beta 87A Handheld Condenser Micophone at a Glance:
  • Superb sound quality
  • Built for a loud stage
  • Durable
Superb sound quality

Engineered to exacting standards, Beta 87A unites the best of studio and stage. With its condenser design and supercardioid polar pattern, the Beta 87A reveals nuance and subtlety in a microphone optimized for the most demanding live environments. The choice for the world's most accomplished vocal performances, Beta 87A microphones capture vocal subtlety with extraordinary detail to deliver clear articulation, functional flexibility and precise vocal reproduction for live performance.

Built for a loud stage

One shortcoming of a lot of condenser mics is their inherent nature to capture everything around them, resulting in terrible feedback and lack of control in a loud environment. The Beta 87A counters this with it's supercardioid pickup pattern, accepting only the closest and most direct signal sources. You'll be amazed how well they do standing right infront of a loud set of monitors. And Beta 87A microphones offer consistency across all frequencies, providing more gain before feedback, and minimizing proximity effect.


Like any other Shure mic, the Beta 87A is built to withstand just about anything. Shure mics are renowned industy-wide for being virtually indestructable. All of their designs go through the same durability testing from drops, to humidity, to heat tests, and more! Shure mics are one of the top choices for live performance worldwide for one very simple reason: They perform night after night, no matter how rough it gets.

Shure Beta 87A Handheld Condenser Micophone Features:
  • Durable, and great sounding handheld condenser mic
  • Tuned for live vocals
  • Great noise and feedback rejection
  • Built like a tank
  • Low handling noise
  • Full-range frequency response (50Hz to 20kHz)
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Studio quality on stage with the Beta 87A Condenser Microphone!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 140.5dB
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 70.5dB
Self Noise 23.5dB (A weighted)
Color Grey
Connector XLR
Weight 0.48 lbs.
Included Accessories Mic Clip, Carrying Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number BETA87A

Customer Reviews

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Love this mic

I already have used one of these for over 15 years, it was time to get another one, my other one still sounded good but it was old. Wow even though it still sounds better than most the new one is so crisp and clear and natural sounding it took me by surprise. the best vocal mic there is!
Music background: Professional for over 40 years

Bang for your Buck!

I've been using the Beta 58 and SM 86 mics for years, switched to Sennheiser for a BRIEF time, came back to Shure because of this mic! My vocal range goes from the lows of George Jones to the highs of Ronnie Dunn and everything in between and this mic does it all! The only thing that makes this mic even sweeter is a quality tube preamp, a little compression and a little verb/ need EVER for an EQ adjustment. Worth every pretty penny!
Music background: Pro/Hack Musician

Studio Quality on stage

performing live demands a microphone that has clarity and quality that is found in a studio, and The Beta 87A has all of that, whether it be in a small curch or a 10,000 seat arena. Vocals are crisp and clear, That's why The Crownsmen Quartet use only the Shure Beta 87A,. and all our road equipment was purchased from Sweetwater Sound.The Crownsmen Quartet
Music background: Sang in Quartets for 55 years

Beta 87A

I've had this microphone for 2 years now at our church. I've never had to EQ this mic! And the sound quality far exceeds the other microphones we have had. I got so many compliments at our churches Christmas service today after running the sound but it's pretty easy to do with this mic! Well worth the money.

A Singer's dream mic

I am a singler/songwriter . i play in resturants and weddings and partys . This microphone is outstanding. I really love the warm crisp sound of this mic.I have quite a powerful voice so I sing a few inches away and give it all I've got . It picks up so much detail even a few inches away plus when I go close up its so warm. I have many good quality mics i.e the Rode S1, Se Electronics H1 but the Shure beta 87a surpasses them all. This microphone is like what Hagen Diaz is to having a choice of ice cream it really is a delux condenser mic worth every penny.
Music background: Singer/songwriter
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