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Shure Incorporated announced the immediate availability of the newest microphone in the SM line, the SM86. Combining the ruggedness of Shure's SM line with the audio quality of a Shure condenser, the SM86 handheld vocal microphone is the first model to join the SM line in over 10 years.

Built with the same standards the SM family is known for, the SM86 has a cardioid polar pattern and a wide frequency response of 50 Hz to 18 kHz. The mic additionally delivers high gain-before-feedback and a tailored frequency response for a clear reproduction of vocals.

The SM86 is additionally equipped with an integral two-stage windscreen and pop filter, and has a built-in, three-point shock mount which virtually eliminates stand and handling noise. The microphone requires phantom power for operation and is housed in a rugged, silver-colored, enamel-painted enclosure incorporating a steel-mesh grille.

Standard accessories offered with each unit include a microphone clip and vinyl storage pouch. With a suggested retail price of $300 in the United States, the microphone is currently shipping at all authorized Shure dealers. Along with the arrival of the SM86, the entire SM family of components will begin appearing on dealer shelves in new, attractive packaging bearing detailed specifications and information on the complete product line.

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