Shure SM81-LC - Cardioid Instrument Condenser Microphone

Model: SM81-LC

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Packaging Info

Package Weight 1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 6.0 x 3.1"

General Information

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 120 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78 dB, (@ 94 dB SPL, IEC 651)
Maximum Input Sound Level 136 dB, (@ 250 Hz 0.5% THD) 146 dB, (with Pad)
Power Requirements Phantom 11 - 52v DC
Output Impedance 150 Ohms (85 Ohms Actual)
Transducer (Electret Bias) Condenser
Pad -10 dB Attenuation
Low Frequency Roll-Off -6 dB/Octave @ 100 Hz -18 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
Applications Sound Reinforcement, Broadcast and Studio Recording.
Dimensions 212 x 23.5 mm LxDiameter
Weight 8 oz. (230 g)
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Expert Reviews
23 March 2009

The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, cardioid condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement and its wide frequency response and low noise characteristics have established it as a standard for applications involving acoustic instruments, especially strings,...

User Reviews
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15 February 2016

After doing much research I settled on buying 2 of these. I had done some previous recording with 2 SM57's, but the SM81's have a flatter sound. I have only used these to record trumpet, but they sound is great and handles the loud sound and quick response very well.

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    Clear Sound, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight

8 December 2014

As expected, great sound reproduction, well built

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    A bit pricey but well worth. Performance like the microphones at four times the price!

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