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Shure Beta 87A

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  • MSRP: $249


Beta 87A Documentation

SupercardioidShure Beta 87A

Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

The Beta 87A is the same microphone as the Beta 871, with the following physical changes:

  • the handle is thicker, enabling better fit in standard mic clips
  • the mic now includes the A25D break-resistant swivel adapter

The capsule is a supercardioid electret condenser design. (A cardioid version is also available; see the Beta 87C.)

The Beta 87A features a controlled low-frequency roll-off that compensates for proximity effect and prevents the “boomy” sound often associated with close pick-up. The characteristic Shure presence rise brightens the upper midrange. The tight supercardioid pattern, with null points at approximately 125 degrees provides maximum isolation from other vocalists or instruments while offering minimal off-axis coloration. The Beta 87A operates on phantom power.

The Shure Beta 87A is also known as: Beta87A, Beta 87A.


Frequency Response - SupercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Beta 87A Supercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (2 mV/Pa; 50 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 140 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
207g (7.30oz) 192mm (7.56'') 51mm (2.01'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 11-52v

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