Shure WH20 Headset Mic with XLR Connector for Balanced Mic Output

Shure WH20 Headset Mic with XLR Connector for Balanced Mic Output

Shure WH20 Headset Mic with XLR Connector for Balanced Mic Output

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  • For ENG, Stage and Television
  • 50 Hz to 15 kHz Frequency Response
  • Includes Windscreen
  • Clothing Clip

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Shure WH20 overview

  • 1Description

The improved version of the WH10, the Shure WH20, is a rugged, lightweight, dynamic headset microphone that provides high-quality voice pickup. It fits securely for active microphone users, such as aerobics instructors and musicians, with low visibility for stage appearances. The WH20 is suitable for any voice communications application where comfort and reliability are required.

The WH20 has a cardioid (unidirectional) pickup pattern. This provides greater gain-before-feedback and isolation from ambient noise and other unwanted sound sources, such as air conditioning, musical instruments, and loudspeakers. A carefully shaped frequency response includes a voice-frequency presence peak and a low-frequency roll off to compensate for the proximity effect inherent in cardioid microphones during close-talk operation. An integrated elastic CROAKIES headband secures the headset comfortably. The headband, wireframe, and gooseneck are adjustable to accommodate any head size or shape.

XLRM for balanced microphone output is included
Lightweight wireframe and headband adjust for a secure, comfortable fit
Extra-strong, small-diameter attached microphone cable resists breakage
Collapsible microphone boom for easy storage and transportation
Smooth, natural frequency response comparable to high-quality dynamic handheld vocal microphones
High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion
Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes
UPC: 042406066044
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Shure WH20 Headset Mic with XLR Connector for Balanced Mic Output
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Clothing Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Shure WH20 specs

    Transducer Dynamic, close-talking
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 50 Hz to 15 kHz, Measured @ 0.3" (8.0 mm)
    Power Requirements Dynamic (Requires NO Phantom Power)
    Impedance 150 ohms (200 ohms actual)
    Output Level Open Circuit Voltage: -67 dB/Pa (1.48' / 0.45 m)
    1 Pa = 94 dB SPL
    Close-talked (@ 0.50" / 12.5 mm) @ 1,000 Hz
    Electromagnetic Hum Sensitivity 38.4 dB equivalent SPL in a 1 mOe field
    Operating Temperature 0 to 140°F (-18 to 60°C)
    Storage Temperature -20 to 165°F (-29 to 74°C)
    Connector XLRM for balanced microphone output
    Cable Length 4.0' (1.2 m)
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 3.5 oz (98 g) including connector
    Packaging Infoezbwusfu
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.4 x 3.0"

    Shure WH20 reviews

    WH20 Headset Mic with XLR Connector for Balanced Mic Output is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Mic... I love this mic. I do a lot of voice over work with inexperienced talent. This allows them to be natural and allows me to get a consistent level on them. Sounds similar to the SM58, but not as much low end. You have to find a balance between mic position for the lows, while not getting the pops. The unit is very compact and the XLR feature is great. I tested this in a noisy reflective room and still got a good recording, it has good off axis rejection. I plan to buy more. I thought at first it would hurt my head as there is not much padding, but after adjusting it and wearing for over 1.5 hours - no problems. I wish there were more padding though around the temples.
    Date published: 2010-11-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the money We purchased this for our band's drummer. It's been a god-send for him because now he has the freedom to play the drums without worrying keeping his head at a fixed position. The sound is good but less sensitive than the regular SM58s so we have to turn up the gain a bit, but still usable. The other thing any singer using this mic have to be aware is that now you really have to control your voice, because your mouth to mic distance is considered constant.
    Date published: 2008-07-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not right for me I hoped to use this with a portable amp so I could go out busking. It will work for this but I had feedback issues with the gear I was using. I couldn't get the volume up loud enough. The mic sounds pretty good...probably better with a nice amp/speakers. I like a hands free mic and it was comfortable. But that darn feedback kept messing with my sound and I had to send it back coz it just wasn't going to work for me. That doesn't mean it won't work for you. It is worth checking out. I didn't have eq to fix the problem.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the price We use 2 of those microphone for commentators during our live sport webcasts (surfing/bodyboarding events) all around the world. It work great in noisy environments but need to be well positioned. It's comfortable to wear, commentators might have to wear them for up to 8 hours in a row and their feedback were positives. The XLR connectors are plugged into our audio mixing table via an XLR extension cable and don't need phantom power. Great product with the right pricing.
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I'd tried this years ago!! Straight out of the box this is a great product. It's light, fully adjustable to fit any head size but best of all is the sound quality. It is 'almost' as good as a hand held sm58 (needs a little more 'pre amp' and it has just slightly more treble response than the sm58). The freedom it gives to a 'guitar vocalist' like myself is quite simply amazing. Before I was rigidly glued to my mic and stand now I find myself almost dancing whilst performing...It must be even better for a drummer or keyboard player...total freedom to move. I love my WH20 xlr.
    Date published: 2014-09-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Head Gear Microphone The keyboard/guitar player in our band had a problem when switching instruments, plus he was always off-mike when singing. We solved the problem by buying the WH20XLR. It's a well made headset mic, comfortable, sounds very much like an SM-58 and sounds fine in the mix. The mic is slightly less gainy than an SM-58 and needs a bit of a low-end EQ bump, but once properly setup it works just fine. It's a great buy for the price and I'd definitely replace it if it were to break or get lost.My only complain is that the mic could benifit from an on/off switch, but I can work around that....
    Date published: 2011-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product at a great price Each month I record a live game show for radio with four panelists, a host, and guests from the audience. The show takes place in a long concrete and brick bar with terrible acoustics. We initially had problems with feedback and room noise bleeding into the panelist's tracks. These headworn mics have been an effective and affordable solution. The quality of the recordings has improved immensely! Now, my post-production time is greatly reduced, and my Executive Producers are happy with the final product. While not as lightweight or small as the more discreet microphones available, the price is 5-10x cheaper. The dynamic element allows me to crank the gain without feedback. As other reviewers have noted, it does require careful positioning for optimum sound.
    Date published: 2014-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice fit, great sound Read the reviews before ordering and found most everything true to word. Works very well for my 12 year old drummer and her smaller size.
    Date published: 2012-08-08
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