Shure WH20 Dynamic Headset Microphone – Rugged, Lightweight, Secure Fit for Active Mic Users, Perfect for Instructors/Musicians,

(10 customer reviews)

$80.00

Brand Shure
Connectivity Technology Wireless
Connector Type 6.35 mm Jack
Special Feature Clip
Compatible Devices Headphone, Smartphone
Color Black
Included Components Headset Microphone Windscreen and Clothing Clip, Headset Band
Polar Pattern Unidirectional
Item Weight 0.55 Pounds
Microphone Form Factor Microphone Only

  • WH20QTR: Right-angle 1/4-inch phone plug
  • Lightweight wireframe and elastic 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 hand-held vocal microphones
  • High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion
  • Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes
  • Supplied foam windscreen and clothing clip
  • 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
SKU: B0002F6OY4 Category:

Description

The cardioid (unidirectional) pickup pattern provides greater gain-before-feedback and isolation from ambient noise and other unwanted sound sources. 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 mics during close-talk operation.


From the manufacturer

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With a history of audio innovation spanning over 80 years, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. No wonder Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior microphones and audio electronics.

WH20 Dynamic Headset Microphone

WH20QTR: Includes Right-angle 1/4″ Phone Plug for Unbalanced Mic Input

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 cardioid (unidirectional) pickup pattern provides greater gain-before-feedback and isolation from ambient noise and other unwanted sound sources. 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 mics during close-talk operation.

Specifications

Microphone Parts

The WH20 consists of the following parts (see image above). The headset features a collapsible boom for shipment and storage. Before wearing the headset, unfold the boom until it snaps and locks into place. Refold for storage or transportation.

Frequency Response

Type: Dynamic, Close-Talking

Frequency Response (at 8 mm):

50 to 15,000 Hz

Polar Pattern

Cardioid (unidirectional) response-uniform with frequency, symmetrical about axis.

Wiring Diagram

The WH20QTR has a right-angle 1/4-inch phone plug for use with Shure Headset Wireless Microphone Systems, or any unbalanced microphone input.

Wearing the Headset

Place the headset wireframe around the head so that the wireframe and elastic band are horizontal across the back of the head and the ends of the wireframe fit over and in front of the ears. Position the elastic headband either above or below the wireframe to provide the greatest comfort and stability. The white “SHURE” should face outward.

Wearing the Headset

Microphone Position

Wireframe Adjsutment

Headband Adjustment

Features

  • Lightweight wireframe and elastic 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 hand-held vocal microphones
  • High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion
  • Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes
  • Supplied foam windscreen and clothing clip

Additional information

Weight 8.8 kg
Dimensions 7.7 × 6.4 × 3.2 cm
Item Weight

8.8 ounces

Product Dimensions

7.7 x 6.4 x 3.2 inches

Domestic Shipping

Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.

International Shipping

This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More

Country of Origin

Mexico

ASIN

B0002F6OY4

Item model number

WH20QTR

Date First Available

July 16, 2004

Color Name

Black

Compatible Devices

Headphone, Smartphone

Connector Type

6.35 mm Jack

Material Type

Foam

Size

¼" Phone Plug

Power Source

Corded Electric

Manufacturer

Shure

10 reviews for Shure WH20 Dynamic Headset Microphone – Rugged, Lightweight, Secure Fit for Active Mic Users, Perfect for Instructors/Musicians,

  1. joe c.

    Fantastic sound, cut some eqWhy this Mic was of interest: As a lead singer / Guitarist, my set up was always singing lead vocals into a microphone on a stand and a Boss G-t10 as an Effects processor for my guitar. So Recently I made a change to the boss gx1000 and I found the buttons very difficult to navigate while singing as compared to the G-t10. The Gt-10 has larger buttons with more space between them, so it took less concentration to operate it while singing. However I love the new Boss Gx-100 unit. However, I found the new Boss GX-100, much more difficult to navigate this new boss unit as compared to the old one while singing . So I decided to look into a head worn microphone and WoW, am I glad I did! This microphone is so clear and crisp, the sound is great. I have sang live through all kinds of different microphones over many years and I must say this is the best lead vocal mic I’ve ever used! Now I can play much more relaxed when I don’t have to worry about bumping up to a microphone with my glasses or a tooth. I can just stand back and be relaxed and operate my multi effects processor and vocal processor with my feet without a microphone boom in front of me , as the cliche says this is “game changer” well for me this microphone really is “a game changer”. The band even commented on my enhanced performance and how much more relaxed I was! I love it and I encourage anybody else out there to try it. One new entanglement I did encounter is that my guitar is on a wireless system so I had to deal with the microphone wire hanging off my back. Simple solution is just get some XLR wireless converters and we’re good to go. Rock on!

  2. Tom H.

    Excellent Feedback from Audience Members on Quality of SoundI teach a Sunday School class for adults, some of whom join virtually. The classroom is set up with condenser mics, a mixer, and other audio/video components. I have a fellow teacher who sometimes speaks very softly and can’t be heard by those online, which was surprising, given that we had good condenser mics around the room. When the gain was turned up, however, we got unacceptable feedback. This mic solved that problem. The first day it was used we received very positive feedback about the clarity and its ability to pick up even the very low-volume speech. We are able to turn the gain up and not have feedback issues.

  3. S. C. Rumery

    Great mic for a drummerAs a drummer who sings, this mic allows me to “get around the set” without being held to one position with a traditional microphone and stand.

  4. KlaatuBaradaNikto

    Not terrible, but has its issues — see belowWe got this for our drummer so he can sing backup and occasional lead vocals without having to lean over to a mic on a stand positioned over his drum kit. The sound quality is “OK” — that may be as much to do with our sound guy and where the drummer positions the mic as anything, but it’s that second bit that’s more problematic. For a drummer, flailing away back there behind the kit, the mic tends to drift a little positionally and when it is really near his mouth, it’s BOOMINGLY LOUD; but when it strays just a bit further away, it becomes too soft.Now you’re saying, just use a lot of compression… yeah, yeah, yeah, tell that to our sound guy and then duck because he claims he has tried everything and he is not a big fan of this mic. It’s the only headset mic we use — the rest being Shure SM-58s on stands — and it’s the only one giving him fits.So, if you’re not a drummer or someone else who is moving around a whole lot, or if you are someone who has a bit more savvy as to how to work a mic distance and has your hands free (so you can keep adjusting it skillfully as necessary), this may be a great low-cost choice. If you ARE a drummer, especially one who doesn’t have a solid grasp of how to “work” a mic, you may find this one too finicky for your liking.

  5. Amazon Customer

    I take issue with…I have serious issues with reviewers who assume because a product is not right for them that it is not right for anyone. I play drums in a classic rock band and Cajon and percussion in a small trio. I also set up and run both outfits PA system. I was tired of being anchored to a mic and boom in both situations and decided to go with the Shure WH20XLR. First of all the attached wire is not designed to plug directly into a mixer or amp. It is made to be routed and clipped to a belt or pocket where a standard XLR cable is attached. The flexible wire on the mic is not made to run to the mixer. I run the wire inside my shirt, loop it around a belt loop and plug in the mixer cable. Problem solved. I installed an XLR plug with built in rotary on/off switch on my mic cable to mute the mic. This is a dynamic mic! No phantom power or battery. It is a full size XLR connector. The are other versions of this for wireless and computer use ( the last 3 letters in the model designate which is which.) when plugged into a mixer or PA the sound level is more than sufficient. I don’t know about a low to high impedance adapter into a guitar amp or other Hi Z inputs. It works great into our Behringer mixer. Just bump the gain a little. I have used an SM58 and SM57 for years and can state that this mic with just a small cut in mid and a small boost in low rocks. Every bit as clean as the SMs and no hassling with stands and booms. I’ve used it for numerous shows and it was a bit uncomfortable at first but once fitted properly it disappears. This mic is about $10 cheaper than an SM58 no switch version, so it’s not a lot cheaper, just different tech. I love it, both bands love it and the audience loves it. I wouldn’t record with it, but I probably would use a condenser on a stand or boom for vocals anyway. I hate to see good products trashed because folks don’t read the descriptions or do any research. It may not be for everyone, that’s why there are choices. And the reviews that make it clear that the reviewer has no idea what they are doing are the worst. Used as designed this is an excellent choice for a musician looking to get out from behind a mic stand or a drummer or KB player who wants to ditch the mic stand. I don’t need wireless so this wired version is perfect. My SMs and mic stands stay at home. Any piece of gear can be defective or fail during use. That doesn’t make it junk. Just electronics. It is astonishing how some folks love and use the mic with no issues and others can’t get it to work or sound good. I prefer Zildjian cymbals to Sabian or Paiste but I don’t trash those quality products. I do the companies a favor and don’t buy them. I’d highly recommend this mic. It’s worked perfectly for me.

  6. Joel Ball

    Works well, but uncomfortableThis works well, but it’s pretty uncomfortable. Not enough to buy a different one, but I would not have gotten it if I had known previously.

  7. Cat Martin

    I just added Vocal Designer to my Roland Jupiter XM synthesizer/keyboardAnd didn’t have the proper microphone until I got this one. First, I didn’t want one I had to attach to the table and lean over to talk/sing into the microphone. Looking at choices in this category, I was impressed with the build. Receiving it, the fit is very comfortable and feel I could wear the headpiece all day without it chafing against my ears or bothering the back of my head. The mic “boom” is very flexible so that I can adjust it just where I need it. The sound as a voice/vocoder microphone is very good. I’m extremely pleased with how well this Shure Dynamic Headset Microphone works with my Roland Jupiter XM keyboard.

  8. Arlie-Avery A.

    Good productFun

  9. Hansang Bae

    It beat out Audio-Technica BPHS1I’m by no means an audiophile or an expert. But I needed something to replace my MXL USB.006 mic. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the MXL for many years and love it. Except that it picks up too much ambient noise. It’s not its fault, it’s just doing what it was designed to do. I do quite a bit of recording for YouTube for technical training/material. And the MXL picked up every hum and beep of ambient noise. So, I decided to give the “Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset” a try. And it was a fine mic/headphone. While the headphone would have been redundant for me, I could have used it. Naturally, being an engineer, I decided to do a test. I setup my SPL meter and read the same paragraph twice. Keeping an eye on the SPL to even things out as best I could. I also had my game machine going full fan mode at 3 feet away, and 3 room fans 6 feet behind me. There was enough ambient noise to pick up. Surprising, my day to day Plantronics C720 did an admirable job. The MXL sounded *great* but picked up too much of the ambient noise – as expected. Audio Technica also did a great job. But I felt that the Shure unit did the best in terms of warmth of the sound while simultaneously block out ambient noise. I may not be able to pass a double blind test between the Audio Technica and the Shure, but the redundant headphone and the extra cost for the AT unit made it an easy decision. Just as an FYI, I paired it with Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface and it’s been working great. I highly recommend it and this Shure microphone.

  10. Tak Auyeung

    I am not sure about Shure anymoreI have been a fan of Shure products, especially its IEMs. Some expensive Shure products are worth their price.The WH20 is a mixed bag.My set up is a Pyle PDUSBPP10 XLR to USB adapter (for computer use) with a Dynamite DM1 (takes the 48V phantom supply to amplify signal from a dynamic mic) to connect to the WH20. The initial issue was a significant hum (60Hz power line hum). This hum does decrease when I touch the connector of the mic, or when I am not wearing the mic.Then I noticed that when I pushed the connector in certain ways, the hum went away completely. With a little bit of electronics background, I suspected this was a loose connection issue. So I took the connector assemble apart, and found that pin 1 is not soldered to the wire. There was solder on the pin and the wire, meaning that someone *tried* to solder, but probably was in too much of a hurry and moved on while the solder was still flowing (molten). Of course, quality control should have caught this one, but it did not.After this fix, the WH20 worked beautifully. I am only using it for Zoom meetings and recording my voice in demonstrations. For those purposes, I really cannot complain about the mic (after it is fixed).So there you have it, a mixed bag. I *really* want to support Shure and give more stars to this review. However, poor QC for a somewhat costly mic really does not sit well with me.

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