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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 13 reviews )
 6 reviews46 %
 6 reviews46 %
 1 user review8 %
Target:BeginnersValue For Money:Excellent

AlanForPresident's review"good stage mic"

Shure PG81
This mic is a great stage mic condenser small diaphragm mic that should be used in live situations. It doesn’t have to be used in live situations but if you want to get the best out of it you should use it as a stage mic. Shure has several mics that are similar to this one in many aspects and im not sure why they have made so many mics that are so similar. The normal price for this mic is 160.00 which is not bad for a great stage and live mic. You may find it used somewhere but you wont see much of a price drop if you do. 160 dollars is worth the price paid for this mic because it puts out a great quality and it is very durable and it’s a Shure mic. Shure makes great quality products not just mics and if you every have something go wrong you can always call them and they will work out a solution with you.


The mic should be used in live situations on acoustic instruments. The cardioid polar pattern picks up all of the sound that it will out put from directly in front of the mic making it difficult to record unwanted sounds coming from other instruments or external things that may be going on. Jut think about if you where onstage and the mic was picking up stuff from the sides and other members on stage. The overeall output would be horrible. That is why this mic is design to pick up sound directly in front of it.

Great mic at a great price, but like I said Shure has made so many different versions of this mic im not sure why they have done that but they did. So you would probably need to try a few out before you found the one you wanted.

moosers's review

Shure PG81
The Shure PG 81 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone suitable for use both in the recording and on the stage. Unlike most condenser microphones, it is designed for use on the stage and will excel in this situation over the studio. It has a cardioid polar pattern pick up and a standard XLR output. It is designed mostly for use in the live setting, as it has a battery to power it that it comes with if you don't have phantom power at a show. Its sturdy design and on/off switch also make it a great candidate to use on the stage.


I've been using the Shure PG 81 both on the stage and in the studio for the last two or three years. I have found that it is best suited for picking up acoustic instruments during a live show. I have also used it in the studio a few times, but find that it doesn't pick up as much detail as I would like for a studio mic. For this reason, I would really only recommend the PG 81 for those looking for a condenser microphone to use for live sets. It is a great option for acoustic guitars that aren't acoustic-electric and don't have pick ups, and also excels on other acoustic stringed instruments like banjo and mandolin. As far as condenser microphones go, this is about as cheap as they will get, and while I wouldn't normally recommend using condenser mics for live use, this is designed for playing out and does a great job in this situation. I haven't used too many other condenser mics for live shows, so I'm not sure what I could compare it to. Its heavy build and good sound quality make it a great option to bring out to shows for picking up acoustic instruments.

Le_Chamois's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" For recovery instrument or choir"

Shure PG81
Micro recovery condenser instrument or choir


10 years of use.
Test conducted indoors:
Micro 8 m from the speaker means exactly what it says on the condition that the person pushes his way a bit.

Very good value for money.

Is unfortunately not bundled with one Bonette anti wind.

Micro relatively sensitive, think of cutting the track when it is not used because it takes everything within reach.

chauchau33's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good mood micro"

Shure PG81
Good mic for taking atmosphere and especially the chorus.


I use it for 5 years with a +48 V phantom power mixer. I did not use a 1.5V battery

I like it well for the resumption of choirs.

I use other models of the brand AKG but I know no ref.

Very good quality / price ratio for this microphone quality and worth around € 120.
Gold Ship07/25/2012

Gold Ship's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good."

Shure PG81
What kind of microphone? miking acoutisque, recovery room
What technology? static


How long you use it? 6 months
Did you tried many other models before buying it? Not
What is so special that you like best? The simplicity and accuracy.
the least? I'm still looking.
How would you rate the quality / price? Very good
With experience, you do again this choice? Yes ...

Jcl30rmw's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super thin and versatile!"

Shure PG81
Shure PG81 for miking drums in overhead
Very good definition on cymbals and hi-hat
but also very balanced in the midrange to capture the toms!
So, make a backup battery in the "atmosphere" is very easy: a PG52 at the entrance of the bass drum, a PG56 or SM57 on the snare and 2 in PG81 overhead and the sound is there!


used for 5 years
before, I had Shure 16A. They largely take the comparison!
Acquired with the briefcase of Shure drum mics.
Good quality / price ratio in this range entry / mid-range

With the proper definition and balanced mids, make a backup battery in the "atmosphere" is very easy: a PG52 at the entrance of the bass drum, a PG56 or SM57 on the snare and two PG81 overhead and in the sound is there!

I would do without hesitation that choice

pulvonium's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure PG81
Ambience mic.
Well designed and strong enough.
It lacks a small mark clearly visible whether the switch is ON or OFF.
The first time I struggled to find how to open it ...


I bought two copies of this microphone to add sound batteries, with an SM57 and a Beta 52.
This mic is a range lower than my other two elements. I had at that time not afford to put another 1000 euros in two overheads.
Well finally they s'n out perfectly! And they know how many other things that the overhead.

Taigong's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure PG81
Microphone for sound recording. Overhead condenser type.

Ideal for miking group or background. Requires the presence of phantom power at the table.

Shooting distance of its 1-2 m (after it becomes difficult to have a good sound)


Good microphone with satisfactory performance. The microphone sensitivity is very correct and it is not necessary to push too amplification at the table to get good sound.

Good value for money.

BeeOne's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure PG81
Initially more of a micro "instrument", but I use it to add sound to a church choir of a dozen people and it works very well! Typical distance: 1-2 meters of the group.


Used for several days, I appreciate very robust appearance (metal body), ease of implementation (+48 V not required, which suits me much because in the PA system of the church or singing is no phantom, so saves me a preamp dedicated implementation very simple).

The sound is just fine for this type of application. Good sensitivity, the sound is right and honest, decent output levels (including battery operation). Of course we must not leave it too close to the singer if he takes too many plosives and sibilance, but it's not a lack of micro, c capacitor technology which means ca. It has the great advantage of being relatively narrow in directivity, which great issues minimos feedback / snap even with a lot of gain. Finally, it has an On / Off button that allows to switch off between songs with a very low switching noise, almost inaudible, which is great practice for my use. In short I am quite delighted with this choice, it was exactly what I needed.

The level of defaults, it lacks an LED indicator on / off and battery status, but hey c no big deal. Super Q / P, this choice I would do again in a heartbeat!

chanmix51's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure PG81
I use the PG81 to make the sound of an old classical guitar.


This is my first (true) micro and after 6 months, I am frankly not. It is directional and trs trs sensible. The only thing I can blame him is not seen well on the switch, if it is on or not. Otherwise it's perfect.