Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone

Model #MX185

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Packaging Info

Package Weight 0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 4.7 x 3.2"

General Information

Frequency Response 50Hz - 17kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 94dB, (@ 1kHz, A-Weighted)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 65dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 123dB, (@ 1kHz, 1% THD)
Power Requirements 11 - 52VDC (with Belt Clip Preamp, Included)
Output Impedance 150 Ohms (180 Ohms Actual)
Transducer Electret Bias Condenser
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Applications Radio, Videography, Television and Broadcast.
Dimensions Microphone Housing: .85 x .46" (22 x 12mm) LxDiameter In-Line Pre-Amp: 3.89 x .79" (99 x 20mm) LxW Cable: 4' (1.2 m) Long (w/TA4F Connector)
Weight 0.12 oz (3.4g)
Output Connectors TA4-F (4-pin mini connection) XLR-3M Type (with included RK183T2 preamplifier)
Polar Pattern Cardioid
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
30 January 2014

I bought this (along with the 183 and 184 cartridges, for a full selection of pickup patterns) to do interviews in a very small room (not at all a sound studio). For now I use it with a Roland Quad Capture to get audio into Adobe Audition CC for processing/sync with video.

B h photo.34921152
8 September 2014

Perfect mic for our on line live streaming drum lessons... We have a wireless mic but it's noisey and this is perfect because I sit behind a drum set... so wires are not a problem for me while I'm sitting down.

B h photo.34921152
25 January 2012

After testing Azden's cheaper wireless lav kit we decide to purchase an extra zoom recorder and a wired lav from a company I have nothing but faith in. This shure lav is a bit bulky but its audio quality makes the size worth it.

B h photo.34921152
15 July 2014

The shure omni is an audio breath of fresh air for me. I started using it for direct xlr connection to my panasonic af100 and its given me the cleanest audio ive ever had.

B h photo.34921152
23 March 2015

Rugged despite its strange design. Quality audio. A large capsule but priced right.

B h photo.34921152
15 July 2016

I use lots of microphones intensively every day - 4-5 at any given time, sometimes even more, for legal depositions, and they are abused quite a bit. Frustrated attorneys and deponents alike throw them on the table, pull them by getting up from the conference table forgetting to detach them, etc.

B h photo.34921152
10 October 2015
6.0/10 on/off switch.

B h photo.34921152
23 March 2014

I was told this mic was a powered mic and of all the reviews I read, nobody mentioned this mic requires phantom power, so I want to make it clear to everyone this mic requires phantom power. Otherwise, it is a really good mic.

B h photo.34921152
15 March 2012

I have several Shure lavs for my video documentaries, and have found this brand a bit more forgiving from rubbing sounds from my subjects clothing and the mic screen. I also like the convenient zipper bag to hold the mic.

B h photo.34921152
14 September 2011

Using this to into the XLR input for in-studio shoots. They're very sensitive; one guest clipped it to his tie and picked up tie movement.

Product Highlights
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • XLR Connection
  • Includes Accessories
In The Box
  • Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • Zipper Bag
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Snap-Fit Windscreen
  • Tie Clip
  • Dual Tie Clip
  • RK100PK In-Line Preamp with XLR Connection
  • Hex Wrench #4
  • 1 Year Warranty
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