Hand Held Wired Microphones

Hand-held wired microphones are used to amplify sound at presentations, performances and other live events. They need to be plugged into an item of audio equipment.

What are hand-held wired microphones used for?

Hand-held wired microphones are used to provide clear sound amplification at live and recorded events. They might be used during speeches, vocal performances and instrumental performances. An alternative is a hand held wireless microphone, which functions in the same way but allows the user to move around unimpeded.

Types of hand-held wired microphones

Hand-held wired microphones are designed for different uses. For instance, certain microphones are best suited for recording vocals, instruments, or ordinary speech. The right microphone can play a decisive role in the audience’s perception of a speech or performance.

A common type of microphone is the unidirectional microphone. This type of microphone is primarily sensitive to sounds from a single direction. The cardioid microphone is the most common unidirectional microphone. Its name is derived from its heart-shaped sensitivity pattern (hence, 'cardioid'). Cardioid microphones are commonly used as vocal or speech microphones, as they are excellent at rejecting sounds coming from other directions.

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Description Price Directionality/Polar Pattern Frequency Response Maximum Sound Pressure Level Impedance Sensitivity Connector On/Off Switch Cable Included Length Weight Head Diameter Maximum Frequency Response Minimum Frequency Response Type
RS stock no. 250-514
Mfr. Part No.SM58-LCE
R 2,534.12
Unidirectional 50 Hz → 15 kHz - 300Ω -54.5dBV/Pa XLR - - 162mm 298g 51mm 15 kHz 50 Hz Dynamic
RS stock no. 352-2698
R 265.50
Unidirectional 70 Hz → 14 kHz - 500Ω -75dB 6.3 mm Mono Plug Yes Yes 208mm - 54mm 14 kHz 70 Hz Dynamic
RS stock no. 883-7718
Mfr. Part No.PGA58-XLR-E
R 1,568.22
Cardioid 50 Hz to 16 kHz 94dB 150Ω -55dBV/Pa 3-Pin Professional Audio (XLR) Yes Yes 4.6m 294g - 16000 Hz 50 Hz Dynamic
RS stock no. 665-9872
Mfr. Part No.SM57-LCE
R 2,540.88
Unidirectional 40 Hz → 15 kHz - 310Ω -54.5dBV/Pa XLR - - 157mm 284g 32mm 15 kHz 40 Hz Dynamic
RS stock no. 883-7712
Mfr. Part No.PGA57-XLR
R 1,561.46
Cardioid 70 Hz to 15 kHz 94dB 150Ω -56.5dBV/Pa 3-Pin Professional Audio (XLR) Yes Yes 4.6m 280g - 15000 Hz 70 Hz Dynamic