Shure WCM16
Hypercardioid Headworn Wireless Condenser Microphone


The Shure Model WCM16 headworn electret condenser microphone is intended for wireless use by performers, lecturers, and others who require the highest quality voice pickup with maximum mobility. Its wide frequency response, low RF susceptibility and reliable operation at temperature and humidity extremes make the WCM16 suitable for virtually any vocal application. When used with the Shure Body-Pack Transmitters, the performance of the WCM16 closely resembles the finest conventional vocal microphones.

Miniaturized active circuitry included in the cartridge assembly provides equalization that tailors the low-frequency response to resemble the warm proximity effect of larger vocal microphones. Because of this low-end response, it is not necessary to position the microphone directly in front of the mouth, thus avoiding much popping and breath noise, even without the supplied foam pop screen.

The microphone's hypercardioid unidirectional pickup pattern provides maximum isolation from ambient noise and from adjacent sound sources such as musical instruments, loudspeakers and other performers. This permits higher gain-before-feedback without loss or masking of vocals.

Shure WCM16 Features:

  • Extra lightweight, adjustable headband stays secure and virtually disappears while being worn
  • Response comparable to the finest conventional vocal microphones
  • Hypercardioid polar pattern provides maximum isolation from vocalist's own instrument and those of other performers
  • Uniform polar pattern at all frequencies for maximum gain before feedback
  • High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion
  • Supplied acoustic foam pop screen
  • Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes

Shure WCM16 Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser (electret bias)
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 18,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid, uniform with frequency
  • Output Impedance: 1200 Ohms
  • Output Level (close-talked at 1,000 Hz): Open Circuit Voltage -55.0 dBV (1.8 mV) at 0.6 m
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 150 dB at 1% THD
  • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
  • Output Noise: 29 dB equivalent SPL, A-weighted
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 65 dB at 94 dB SPL
  • Current Drain: 0.35 mA
  • Recommended Operating Voltage: +5 VDC (positive on pin 2, negative on pin 1)
  • Operating Temperatures: -18° to 60° C (0° to 140° F)
  • Storage Temperatures: -29° to 66° C (-20° to 150° F)
  • Humidity: 0 to 95%
  • Cable: 1.5m (5 ft), small-diameter, shielded, with 4-pin mini connector
  • Case Finish (Microphone and Headband): Matte black enamel
  • Net Weight: 36 g (1.27 oz)
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