Shure WL185 Cardioid Lavalier Microphone

Shure WL185 Cardioid Lavalier Microphone

Shure WL185 Cardioid Lavalier Microphone

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  • For Live Vocals, Video, Broadcast & ENG
  • Cable Terminated with TA4F Connector
  • Tailored Frequency Response
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Includes Tie Clip
  • Windscreen
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Shure WL185 Overview

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The Shure WL185 is a cardioid subminiature lavalier microphone with signal characteristics ideal for general sound reinforcement applications. The cardioid pick up pattern provides adequate rejection of off-axis ambient signal that can cause noise and feedback. The low-profile subminiature design is ideal for applications where the microphone must be concealed. The hardwired 4-foot cable terminates to a 4-pin TA4-female connector which is compatible with Shure wireless transmitters and power supplies.

Subminiature Profile
The miniature capsule is easy to conceal during video, broadcast, stage and sound reinforcement applications
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The cardioid polar pattern effectively minimizes noise and ambiance at the off-axis sections of the capsule, reducing noise and feedback
Full Signal Reproduction
A wide frequency response and high SPL rating results in full, clear audio reproduction for speech
TA4-Female Connection
The hardwired cable terminates to a TA4-female connection, compatible with Shure wireless microphone transmitters
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Shure WL185 Specs

Transducer Electret Bias
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 50 Hz to 17 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 102 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 18 dB SPL (A-weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 130 dB
Power Requirements Regulated Nominal +5 VDC (2 to 10 VDC)
Output Impedance 28 ohms
Output Connector TA4-Female
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Cable Length 4' (1.2 m)
Weight not specified by manufacturer

Shure WL185 Reviews

WL185 Cardioid Lavalier Microphone is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Microphone! I use this for preachers at our church. It can handle a higher SPL and isn't horrible with monitors. Some lavs can't handle a little bit, I can give the speaker enough to be able to have a decent reference on the platform. For under $150, this microphone combats much more expensive options, the only downside is that it is large, but if you're on a budget and can't spend $500+ on a mic, this is the way to go in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Price I am a stage entertainer and I do not use this microphone for music, so I can only speak for my purposes. It works well for me. Prior to this purchase, I bought an omnidirectional lavalier microphone and learned the hard way that omnidirectional mics have bad feedback problems near a set of speakers. This cardioid (WL185) mic solved the problem. I know because I tested it out a couple different places. I love that the WL185 comes with a windscreen. It is really nice.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome lav We used this lav for a class being taught, recorded and filmed at the church. It's cheaper than the countryman headset and better for speakers who don't want a headset that feels awkward around their ear. We'll probably go on to use this for preaching on Sunday's as well. Sound quality was great, and when the person turns their head left to right it continues to pick up their voice well, without picking up other ambient noise around the person.
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down perfect We use this product daily. Reliability is a must since we get one chance to get it right. This product delivers! Due to frequent use, our mic and or wire portion went bad after a ten year run. We realized that the condenser portion was fine so when we saw that we could replace the wire and mic portion with a click of a button we were thrilled. Not to mention it saved us a decent amount of money times twelve! I know of nothing that is negative.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The preist standard I have spec’d in this mic for its cardioid pattern and tonal quality as a standard over the last 20 years. Remember to show preists to place it where their chin touches their chest and your eq should be trimmed back at mid bass. Instruct users not to wrap the cable around the bodypack and it will last for years.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lavalier mike by Shure has clean sound. The lavalier cadioid mike from Shure, provides a crisp and clean sound with almost no pick up of ambient noise from crowds or clothing. It is small and unnoticed yet provides a sound as big and clear as a hand held mike. We have an older wireless system and when our mike failed from a break in the mike wire due to rough handling, we feared that it would be hard to find a replacement. ... Shure has kept the same connector design for their old and new models and we were back in business in a few days. Thanks, B&H
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent Choice for live application The mic is used for our church and the results are just awesome. I called Shure support because of many options and they recommended this one for our application. Excelent feedback rejection. Clear and crisp on sound. I don't have to put up with the original flat lapel that sounds muffled when the mic pinhole is pointing inwards, this new WL185 is always pointing upwards. The old one is also more sensitive to feedback.
Date published: 2010-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Felt we needed a backup A backup to the original we ordered from B&H couple years ago; orig. worked fine, but due to delicate nature of mic, it was felt we needed a duplicate in case the orig. failed or was broken.
Date published: 2010-09-12
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Would I be able to get a converter and plug directly into my DSLR's 3.5mm mic jack or is a separate transmitter/power source required for use? If this is possible, please direct me to the specific conversion cable I would need as I'm struggling to find one. Thanks!
Asked by: Mandy A.
This lavalier has a condenser mic element which requires phantom power to operate, something that is generally not provided by the 3.55mm input on a DSLR. A TA4 connector also cannot be converted to 3.5mm with a simple solution such as an individual adapter or cable (hence some of the difficulty you have been experiencing in your search). It's best to either consider another microphone option that would be compatible with your DSLR's 3.55mm input, or to look into adding a portable field mixer to your rig that can supply the phantom power and signal conversion needed (among other great benefits). Since there are multiple factors involved and quite a few options for you to consider on based on your application, I'd recommend either giving B&H a call or stopping by the superstore to discuss a solution with one of their Pro Audio Experts.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


Looks a bit heavy. Does it sit straight when clipped onto on a tie?
Asked by: John
It is a bit weighty however it should not be placed as far down as your breast plate. The clip rotates to accommodate various clip positions. Optimal placement would be right about where your chin can touch below your neck. In live applications this will help to give better gain before feedback occurs. In live and recording purposes this position also gives a fuller range especially for mens voices. This also keeps the presenter from sounding like he/she is far off in a cavern. A lighter option would be Shures MX150.
Answered by: Wayne C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is a Shure MX150 compatible with a QLXD1 Wireless Bodypack Transmitter VHF? Thanks for your help
Asked by: Douglas
Yes it is. This models is compatible with all Shure bodypacks.
Answered by: Product Rep Shure Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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