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Shure Beta 98H/C Clip-On Condenser Microphone

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The Shure Beta 98H/C is a premium cardioid condenser instrumental mic that clamps onto the bell of wind instruments or onto the rim of percussion ins...Click To Read More About This Product

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Convenient clip-on design makes it perfect for miking horns and other instruments.

The Shure Beta 98H/C is a premium cardioid condenser instrumental mic that clamps onto the bell of wind instruments or onto the rim of percussion instruments. The Shure Beta 98H/C Microphone features an integrated gooseneck with angle brace, ratcheting swivel joint, and an isolation shockmount.

  • m (10 ft.) high-flex cable with attached preamplifier (XLR connection)
  • Tailored frequency response for open, natural sound reproduction
  • Compact, lightweight construction provides a low degree of visibility
  • Interchangeable microphone cartridges are available:
  • RPM108 - Cardioid cartridge
  • RPM110 - Supercardioid cartridge
  • Type: Condenser (electret bias)
  • Frequency response: 20 to 20,000Hz
  • Polar pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid)
  • Output impedance: Rated at 150Î (actual)
  • Recommended minimum load impedance: 1 kÎ (May be used with loads as low as 150Î with reduced clipping level
  • Output Level (0 dB = 1 volt per Pascal):
  • Open Circuit Voltage: -56dB (1.6mV)
  • Output Clipping Level (at 1kHz, THD < 1%):
    2.5kÎ load: 11dBV (3.5V)
  • 1.0kÎ load: 3dBV (1.4 V)
  • Maximum SPL:
  • 2.5kÎ: 163dB
  • 1.0kÎ load: 155dB
  • Dynamic Range (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level): 132dB (2.5kÎ load)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 63dB at 94dB SPL (IEC 651)
  • Polarity:
  • Positive pressure on microphone diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of preamplifier output connector
  • Recommended Operating Voltage: 11 to 52 Vdc Phantom
  • Environmental conditions: Operating temperatures: -7 C to 49 C (20 F to 120 F)
  • Storage temperatures: 29 C to +74 C (-20 F to 165 F)
  • Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%
  • Net Weight: Microphone w/cable and preamplifier: 156g (5.5oz.)
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Slam dunk the best portable, wireless mic I've ever used!!!


from Southern Cal


  • Small, lightweight, portable, wireless, amazing!


  • NONE.

Best Uses

  • Both live performance and studio recording

Comments about Shure Beta 98H/C Clip-On Condenser Microphone:

I can't say enough about this mic. The sound reproduction is pure, clean and perfectly true to what my horn is producing. And I don't use the word "perfect" lightly - I mean it. Perfectly true sound reproduction. I've had 3 different professional sound engineers over the past 5 years ask me, "Wow, what is that mic your using? The sound is so true, so real, and I don't have to add any compression or limiters or boost the EQ in any frequency range! That is some great gear!" When I just look at them, shrug my shoulders, and say, "it's a Shure Beta 98" they all just smile and nod, knowingly. Shure gear. Rock solid. Never fails. Beautiful true sound reproduction. Can take a massive beating and never miss a beat (although I treat my clip on with kid gloves; be good to baby and baby will be good to you, know what I mean?). Anyway, that from 3 sound pros. Ive been playing sax (all of them from soprano to Bari) for over 30 years, I've tried dozens of different mic setups, and for both live performance and studio recording, nothing beats a Shure instrument mic and the Beta 98 H/C is the Creme of the crop for horn players. It reproduces equally well on every single sax I play, from top to bottom. And it's ridiculously affordable. $200 brand new for the best horn mic you'll ever need. What a steal. I also have the exact same Beta 98W which the wired version (output is an XLR adapter) for situations where I can't take my wireless. Same great sound, but I really worry about the incredibly thin, wimpy little cable that they use because there's a big fat heavy metal XLR adapter hanging on the end of it and I worry that at some point my moving around on stage will cause the cable to be damaged, get pulled out of the mic housing, etc. Hasnt happened yet, but... anyway, if you're connecting to a wireless body pack this Beta 98H/C is absolutely the best way to go. And if you can get one slightly previously loved, open box, returned, etc, all the better! Go buy one. You won't regret it

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Good Sound, Fair Mechanics


from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Shure Beta 98H/C Clip-On Condenser Microphone:

I've had this mike about a year and have used it on my sax consistently during that time. The only complaint I have is that the goose neck and clip are not very robust. The goose neck on the first one I had broke, but Shure replaced the entire unit with no questions. I find it difficult to "aim" the mike squarely in the bell of the sax because the neck isn't flexible enough. The sound, however, is very good. The mike requires "phantom power" and some of the lower end mixing boards may not provide this, but most do. It is fairly hot and so far has no distortion or hum. The chord is very small and frail looking, but so far has proven road worthy.

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