Shure BETA98H/C Super-Cardioid Clip-On Condenser Instrument Microphone


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  • The Beta 98H/C is a premium cardioid condenser instrument microphone that clamps onto the bell of wind instruments or onto the rim of percussion instruments. The integrated gooseneck and ratcheting swivel joint allows the mic to be easily positioned and secured, and an isolation shock-mount reduces the transmission of instrument 'key noise' and other mechanical noise. A gooseneck angle brace is included to provide better retention of the microphone placement during more active performances.


    • The Beta 98 H/C features transformerless preamplifier circuitry which improves linearity across the full frequency range.
    • The pickup pattern provides high gain-before-feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise.
    • Its high maximum sound pressure level (SPL) enables it to handle the extreme demands of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
    • The Beta98H/C features a 3 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
    • Gooseneck, ratcheting swivel joint and gooseneck angle brace allow for optimum placement and fixed positioning
    • Legendary Shure ruggedness and reliability
  • SpecificationsBETA 98H/C Microphone (with preamplifier)
    TypeCondenser (electret bias)
    Polar PatternUnidirectional (cardioid)
    Frequency Response20 to 20,000 Hz
    Output ImpedanceRated at 150.0 ohms (actual)
    Recommended minimum load impedance: 1 kilohm.
    May be used with loads as low as 150 ohms with reduced clipping level.
    Output Level
    (0 dB = 1 volt per Pascal)
    Open Circuit Voltage: -56 dB (1.6 mV)
    Output Clipping Level
    (at 1kHz, THD < 1%)
    2.5 kilohm load: 11 dBV (3.5 V)
    1.0 kilohm load: 3 dBV (1.4 V)
    Maximum SPL2.5 kilohm load: 163 dB 1.0 kilohm load: 155 dB
    Dynamic Range (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level)132 dB (2.5 kilohm load)
    Signal-to-noise ratio

    63 dB at 94 dB SPL (IEC 651)

    PolarityPositive pressure on microphone diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of preamplifier output connector.
    Recommended Operating Voltage11 to 52 Vdc Phantom
    Environmental ConditionsOperating temperatures: -7 degrees C to 49 degrees C (20 degrees F to 120 degrees F)
    Storage temperatures: 29 degrees C to +74 degrees C (-20 degrees F to 165 degrees F)
    Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%
    Net WeightMicrophone w/cable and preamplifier: 156 g (5.5 oz.)
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