Shure WH20 Dynamic Headset Microphone

Designed for active performers, Shure's WH20 headset microphone is built for comfort and reliability in any setting -- from the stage to the fitness studio.

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.


- 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
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- 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
- Impedance: Microphone rating impedance is 150 ohms (200 ohms actual)
- Output Level (close talked (at 12.5 mm (1/2 inch)) at 1,000 Hz) :
- Open Circuit Voltage: -67.0 db/Pa (0.45 mV)
- (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
- Hum Sensitivity: 38.4 dB equivalent SPL in a 1 millioersted field
- Polarity:
- WH20XLR as a wired microphone: Positive sound pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3 of microphone output XLR connector
- Environmental Conditions:
- Operating Temperatures: -18 to 60 degrees C (0 to 140 degrees F)
- Storage Temperatures: -29 to 74 degreesC (-20 to 165 degrees F)
- Humidity: 0 to 95%
- Cable: Attached 1.22 m (4 ft), small-diameter, shielded, PVC-jacketed, two-conductor.
- Cable Connector: Three-pin XLR with detachable belt clip
- Construction:
- Black thermoplastic housing
- Stainless steel grille
- Black TEFLON-coated stainless steel wireframe
- Flexible plastic-clad monel gooseneck
- Rubber/nylon elastic headband
- Net Weight (including connector) : 98 g (3.5 oz)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
WH20QTR, with 1/4" Hi-Z Connector
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WH20QTR
Warehouse Resealed, WH20QTR, with 1/4" Hi-Z Connector
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 3 in
WH20TQG, with TA4F Connector
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WH20TQG
WH20XLR, with XLR Connector
Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WH20XLR

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-516-2525

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted July 3, 2012 by NICK A in BURBANK, CA

"First headset in years"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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In an effort to save my back and consolidate the amount of gear I take to live gigs, I've gone back to using a headset mic instead of a mic on a stand. My trusty SM58 took care of me for years, but it's time for a change. The last time I used a headset mic, it was a crummy AKG that was difficult to maintain in position, weighed too much, and sounded like butt. So I had a bit of trepidation when I ordered this mic, even though the reviews I'd read were mostly favorable. Thankfully, the WH20 is a quality item, even though it's on a lower tier than, say, the Beta53. The mic is crisp and clean, and does an excellent job of picking up every nuance of my vocal. To the dismay of the rest of the band. This mic is light, sounds really good, and is comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. One thing you're gonna want to keep in mind if you go the headset route is that a headset will pick up EVERYTHING. Every sniffle, cough, grunt and squawk. i ended up getting a Rolls mic switch to kill the signal when I'm not singing. Will probably replace that with a Panic Button so I can have a direct line to my tech or monitor engineer. My only issue with the mic is the gooseneck. It's a bit on the flimsy side, and could use a little beefing up. But all in all, this mic is a good quality, affordable entry into the world of headset mics. Recommended.

Musical Background:

15 years recording and touring

Musical Style:

Rock, country, blues, R&B
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