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Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • XLR Connection
  • Includes Accessories

The Shure MX185 Cardioid Lavalier Microphone features a wide dynamic range and frequency response for accurate sound reproduction of vocals, instruments and other sound sources.

The microphone may be clipped to neckties, lapels, and other articles of clothing, making it an ideal solution for interviews, presentations, dictation and sound reinforcement.

The cardioid polar pattern features a uniform frequency response and adequately rejects noise and feedback at the off-axis sections of the capsule.

The MX series lavalier microphone feature interchangeable cartridges for easy servicing and replacement. The MX185 features a 4' (1.2 m) long cable with an TA4-F connection. The supplied RK100PK preamplifier provides the standard 3-pin XLR connection. Additional accessories include tie clips, a foam windscreen, zipper pouch, and snap-fit windscreen.

Highly sensitive condenser lavalier capsule
Interchangeable cartridges for easy replacement and servicing
4' (1.2 m) long cable with 4-pin female (TA4-F) connection
Transducer Electret Bias Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz - 17kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 94dB, (@ 1kHz, A-Weighted)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 65dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 123dB, (@ 1kHz, 1% THD)
Power Requirements 11 - 52VDC (with Belt Clip Preamp, Included)
Output Impedance 150 Ohms (180 Ohms Actual)
Output Connectors TA4-F (4-pin mini connection)
XLR-3M Type (with included RK183T2 preamplifier)
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Applications Radio, Videography, Television and Broadcast.
Dimensions Microphone Housing: .85 x .46" (22 x 12mm) LxDiameter
In-Line Pre-Amp: 3.89 x .79" (99 x 20mm) LxW
Cable: 4' (1.2 m) Long (w/TA4F Connector)
Weight 0.12 oz (3.4g)
Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • Zipper Bag
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Snap-Fit Windscreen
  • Tie Clip
  • Dual Tie Clip
  • RK100PK In-Line Preamp with XLR Connection
  • Hex Wrench #4
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    ShureMX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone
     
    4.1

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (9)
    • Durable (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Long lasting (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional (7)
      • Productivity (4)
      • Presentations (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (8), Gearhead (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      What a gorgeous sounding mic!

      The pickup pattern of the MX185 is just right for legal videography. The rejection of distracting noise is very good, yet the mic will continue to produce good audio when a speaker turns away...Read complete review

      The pickup pattern of the MX185 is just right for legal videography. The rejection of distracting noise is very good, yet the mic will continue to produce good audio when a speaker turns away from the sweet spot.
      The most surprising thing about the MX185 is the smooth, crisp sound- that Shure managed to get that silky quality high end with smooth bass into a little dinky capsule is a bit of an engineering miracle.
      In a lot of ways it reminds me of the 'classic' SM57 sound but with a condenser's slightly excited-sound added to the high end.

      My complaints are few- they say that the output may be adjusted by -12db, but the way you're supposed to make this adjustment is by replacing resistors on the macroscopic PC board, lots of luck with that! Besides, the signal is perfect right where it is.

      Also the little lapel clips don't have as much grip as I'd like, but a bit of stair tread tape on the opposing surfaces fixes that quickly.
      Handling noise is pretty bad, this is a mic you hope people don't rub against... but the output signal is nice and hot; you'll get plenty of gain from these little guys.

      I bought this one to try them out- I'm buyng several more.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Ugly as a Lavalier

      Too bulky as a clip-on lapel mic.
      When I use it comjunction with other lavaliers, it is extremely full of bottom and not much top.
      When my customers need a...Read complete review

      Too bulky as a clip-on lapel mic.
      When I use it comjunction with other lavaliers, it is extremely full of bottom and not much top.
      When my customers need a lavalier, and have options, the WL185 is usually left behind.
      If only Shure made a smaller mic that can connect to the SLX series body pack.

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      5.0

      Sounds good!

      By Drum Concepts Live

      from Palm Springs

      Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

      Perfect mic for our on line live streaming drum lessons... We have a wireless mic but it's noisey and this is perfect because I sit behind a drum set... so wires are not a problem for me while I'm sitting down.

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      5.0

      Fine Quality for Depositions

      By Tcircle

      from Toledo, Ohio

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Productivity
        • Professional

        Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

        Use in depositions. Pickup is superb.

        CONS: None.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Excellent sound quality, no hassle

        By Havremunken

        from Drammen, Norway

        About Me Gearhead

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Interviews

          Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

          I bought this (along with the 183 and 184 cartridges, for a full selection of pickup patterns) to do interviews in a very small room (not at all a sound studio). For now I use it with a Roland Quad Capture to get audio into Adobe Audition CC for processing/sync with video.

          Shure have done a good job with the product design - as a low-experience amateur I thought it was a joy to work with. The audio quality is excellent, and once I fiddled enough with the levels etc. on the other equipment, I got crystal clear audio with a minimum of background noise.

          Disclaimer: I have not tried other lavalier microphones, so I can't compare, but I am extremely happy with this one.

          Pros: Audio quality, build quality, options for fastening to subjects.

          Cons: Not come across any after using for a while.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          1.0

          Correction

          By Lola Visuals

          from Duluth MN

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Noisy
            • Unreliable
            • Unstable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

              This mic has never been useful too us. It is too large, tips over on collars from weight and it has connection problems. I know Shure has a great repair/replace policy but I'd rather not have to use it so often.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              4.0

              Good for the money

              By Sam

              from Lafayette, LA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                    We use this for video interviews. The sound quality is good without being great. We've had no issues at all with it.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    A SHURE BET!

                    By Tell-Tale Productions RR documentaries

                    from Vermont

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Presentations
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                      I have several Shure lavs for my video documentaries, and have found this brand a bit more forgiving from "rubbing" sounds from my subjects clothing and the mic screen. I also like the convenient zipper bag to hold the mic. My one mic, from a competitor, comes in a rectangular box, which doesn't store well in my camcorder case.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      nice lavaliere mic

                      By YALE STAFF

                      from New Haven, CT

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Productivity
                        • Professional

                        Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                        great for use in quick sessions to record or on the road. compact, easy to use, very straight forward use.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Our first wired Lav

                        By Lola Visuals

                        from Duluth MN

                        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                            After testing Azden's cheaper wireless lav kit we decide to purchase an extra zoom recorder and a wired lav from a company I have nothing but faith in. This shure lav is a bit bulky but its audio quality makes the size worth it.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Performs as Expected

                            By Nate

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Presentations
                              • Professional

                              Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                              Using in live events. Mic performs as expected. In this price range, there's no other mic I would choose.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              Excellent studio mics

                              By Lee Feinswog

                              from Baton Rouge

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Might be overly sensitive

                              Best Uses

                              • Productivity

                              Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                              Using this to into the XLR input for in-studio shoots.
                              They're very sensitive; one guest clipped it to his tie and picked up tie movement.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              3.0

                              Ugly as a Lavalier

                              By Earl

                              from Bermuda

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Long Lasting
                              • Simple Use

                              Cons

                              • Lot of Bass
                              • To big and bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional

                              Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                              Too bulky as a clip-on lapel mic.
                              When I use it comjunction with other lavaliers, it is extremely full of bottom and not much top.
                              When my customers need a lavalier, and have options, the WL185 is usually left behind.
                              If only Shure made a smaller mic that can connect to the SLX series body pack.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

                              Share this review

                               
                              4.0

                              Dependable mic with great sound

                              By VideoGal

                              from Kentucky

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Lasting
                              • Simple Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional

                                Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                                I have been using this mic at work for about a year and just ordered one for my business. Beautiful, worry-free sound. My only complaint is the wind screen is really big. The mic itself is nice and small. They just need to include a smaller wind screen.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                3.0

                                Solid Mic

                                By Fernando's Opinions

                                from Chicago, Il

                                About Me Sufficiently Knowledgeabl

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Simple Use

                                Cons

                                • Large mic

                                Best Uses

                                • Den
                                • Presentations

                                Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                                Well, I've been using this mic for the purpose of video interviews. One very big negative of this mic is that it is huge compared to some of the other lavs out there. Nonetheless, the sound quality is really great. I think, for the price, it's a good deal.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Surprising low noise

                                By Daniel Lobo

                                from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                                About Me Video producer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Quiet
                                • Simple Use

                                Cons

                                • Short Cable

                                Best Uses

                                • Interviews
                                • Professional

                                Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                                I bought this over a friend indication and found out it is more that I expected: a very good mic for it's price. Low noise and good sound.
                                Direct phantom power, doesn't need batteries.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Quite good for it's price range

                                By enricox

                                from Italy

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Cheap

                                Cons

                                • A bit noisy

                                Best Uses

                                • Productivity

                                Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                                I use the product for small documentary production and it does it's job, is quite robust and it comes with full accessories, it has a bit of self noise but for the price is a good mic.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                What a gorgeous sounding mic!

                                By Doc Blase

                                from University Place, WA

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good Value
                                • High Quality

                                Cons

                                • Adjusting the output No
                                • Lapel clip isn't grippy

                                Best Uses

                                • Legal Deposition Videos

                                Comments about Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone:

                                The pickup pattern of the MX185 is just right for legal videography. The rejection of distracting noise is very good, yet the mic will continue to produce good audio when a speaker turns away from the sweet spot.
                                The most surprising thing about the MX185 is the smooth, crisp sound- that Shure managed to get that silky quality high end with smooth bass into a little dinky capsule is a bit of an engineering miracle.
                                In a lot of ways it reminds me of the 'classic' SM57 sound but with a condenser's slightly excited-sound added to the high end.

                                My complaints are few- they say that the output may be adjusted by -12db, but the way you're supposed to make this adjustment is by replacing resistors on the macroscopic PC board, lots of luck with that! Besides, the signal is perfect right where it is.

                                Also the little lapel clips don't have as much grip as I'd like, but a bit of stair tread tape on the opposing surfaces fixes that quickly.
                                Handling noise is pretty bad, this is a mic you hope people don't rub against... but the output signal is nice and hot; you'll get plenty of gain from these little guys.

                                I bought this one to try them out- I'm buyng several more.

                                  • Similar:
                                  • Audio Technica ATR35s, Rode NTK, Electro-Voice RE-27

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                                  Accessory Packages

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                                  An accessory kit is a great way to provide backup parts for your system.

                                  B&H Photo Video -  Lavalier Accessory Backup Kit - Large (3/8") (9.5mm)
                                  • You Pay: $8.95
                                   

                                  Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                  Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 6' (1.8 m), Black
                                  • You Pay: $17.99
                                   

                                  Wind Protection

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                                  Windscreens are often lost or worn out over time. Make sure to get extra Windscreens.

                                  Shure -  RK183WS - Windscreen for MX183 / 184 / 185/ 202BC
                                  • You Pay: $17.20
                                   

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                                  PACK

                                  Auray WLF-038-3 Foam Windscreens for 3/8" Diameter Microphones (3 Pack)
                                  Auray -  WLF-038-3 Foam Windscreens for 3/8" Diameter Microphones (3 Pack)
                                  • You Pay: $8.95
                                   

                                  Microphone Clips

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                                  Microphone Clips are often lost or broken out over time. Make sure to get extra Microphone Clips.

                                  Shure -  RK183T1 - Set of 2 Single Tie Clips
                                  • You Pay: $16.20
                                   

                                  Cases & Protection

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                                  Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                  Pelican -  1020 Micro Case (Clear Black)
                                  • You Pay: $11.64
                                   
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