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Shure PGA98HX

Small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone

1 Review


Our take on the Shure PGA98HX

If you're looking to step into the world of professional sound but need to watch your budget, check out Shure PG ALTA™ microphones. PG ALTA mics combine Shure engineering excellence, durability, and great sound. Best of all, you'll find a model for almost any application — studio, home recording, or live venue.

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If you're looking to step into the world of professional sound but need to watch your budget, check out Shure PG ALTA™ microphones. PG ALTA mics combine Shure engineering excellence, durability, and great sound. Best of all, you'll find a model for almost any application — studio, home recording, or live venue.

An instrumental mic for brass or woodwind instruments

Shure designed their PGA98X condenser microphone for use with brass or woodwind instruments. Just clip this mic on to the bell of the instrument, and use the flexible gooseneck to position the mic. The mic's cardioid polar pattern picks up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise. And don't worry — the PGA98X can take it. Its tough cast zinc housing will hold up to years of recording sessions and gigs. The mic comes with a male XLR connector for your mixer or audio interface.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • designed for wind and brass instruments
    • condenser microphone
    • male XLR connector
    • cardioid pattern for noise rejection and feedback suppression
    • cast zinc housing
    • suitable for studio and live sound applications
    • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
    • sensitivity: -52 dBV/Pasca
    • output impedance: 850 ohms
    • maximum SPL: 130 dB
    • requires phantom power (11 to 52V) on your mixer or audio interface
    • weight: 8 oz.
    • male XLR connector
    Included Accessories:
    • storage bag
    • XLR cable
    Other Info:

    What's in the Box:

    • Cardioid condenser instrument microphone with attached 5' cable and preamplifier (male XLR plug)
    • Horn clamp (installed)
    • 15' XLR mic cable (male XLR on one end and female XLR on other end)
    • Foam windscreen
    • Zippered storage pouch
    • 7" Hook-and-loop cable tie
    • User Guide
    • Limited Warranty sheet
    • Warnings and Safety Instructions

    Shure PGA98HX Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    Excellent instrument mic for sax!

    Roger from Santa Rosa, CA on 12/31/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first purchase I have made of a clip-on mic and in this case for use with a saxophone when playing with amplified instruments in Rock & Blues bands. I used a different brand for years in a big band on my bari sax and have a few observations. First, a saxophone's sound does not come from a consistent place given the physics of the horn. This particular mic has a relatively broad pattern which allows it to function better than I would have expected as the sound-source changes location depending on the note being played. It is not quite so "boomy" when playing the low end and it handles the sound quite well when playing from the high left palm-keys. For an "entry-level" clip-on instrument mic, it performs far better than I expected. I also like the inclusion of a 15' XML extension cable. Make sure you have phantom power (I purchased a phantom power supply for playing when the sound-guy is clueless--since many are-- or when phantom power is unavailable.

    Pros: Great sound Directional (cartiod) but not too much so for a sax Even sound throughout sax range

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Application For live & studio use
    Type Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Phantom Power Y
    On/Off Switch No
    Connector XLR
    Frequency response 60-20k
    Sensitivity -52dBV/Pa
    Max SPL 130 dB
    Diameter 0.762
    Length 1.168
    Weight 8 oz.
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years

    Product Research


    Overview: The Shure PG ALTA series of microphones is designed and manufactured with the highest quality and construction. The PGA 98H microphone is designed specifically for horn and woodwind performance and recording. It has a horn clamp with a flexible, discrete gooseneck design. At the end of the 5' cable is a preamplifier with an XLR connection for plugging into mixer or audio console. The PGA 98H also comes with a 15' XLR-XLR cable, a foam windscreen, and a zippered storage pouch.

    Note: A version of the PGA 98H designed for use with wireless systems is available. The PGA 98H-TQG has a TA4F connector instead of an XLR connector, and can be used with a wireless bodypack transmitter.

    Pickup Pattern: The PGA 98H has a cardioid polar pattern, which reduces feedback and rejects unwanted background noise. The microphone has dual mesh grilles with an arrow to indicate which direction to aim the microphone toward the source. The tailored response microphone cartridge is designed for clear reproduction of wind instruments sound sources.

    Phantom Power: Condenser microphones require power to operate. A 48-volts DC power supply is recommended for the PGA 98H-XLR, however, it can operate with lower voltages. Phantom power is usually provided by most mixers or audio interfaces where the microphone will be connected. A balanced microphone cable is required.

    Construction: The microphone has an industrial design with a black metallic finish and grille for an unobtrusive visual presence.

    Mounting: The PGA 98H comes with an integrated, spring-loaded horn clamp that allows you to attach the microphone directly to the horn of a woodwind or brass wind instrument. The flexible gooseneck lets you position the microphone exactly where you want. The included foam windscreen is recommended for outdoor performances.

    XLR Connector: The Shure PGA 98H has a 3-pin male XLR connector on the preamplifier.


    • Type: Electret Condenser
    • Frequency Response: 60Hz - 20kHz
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    • Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52 V DC (2 mA)
    • Output Impedance: 850 ohms
    • Sensitivity: -52 dBV/Pa (2.51 mV)
    • Maximum SPL: 130dB SPL
    • Overall Dimensions: 0.762" diameter, 1.168" length
    • Weight: 8 ounces

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