Shure Beta 98 H/C condenser w/ horn mount


Shure Beat 98 H/C horn microphone


The Beta 98H/C and the wireless version WB98H/C are premium cardioid condenser instrument microphones that clamp onto the bell of wind instruments or onto the rim of percussion instruments. The integrated gooseneck and ratcheting swivel joint allows the mic to be easily positioned and secured, and an isolation shock-mount reduces the transmission of instrument ‘key noise’ and other mechanical noise. A gooseneck angle brace is included to provide better retention of the microphone placement during more active performances.


  • The Beta 98 H/C and WB98 H/C feature transformerless preamplifier circuitry which improves linearity across the full frequency range.
  • The pickup pattern provides high gain-before-feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise.
  • Its high maximum sound pressure level (SPL) enables it to handle the extreme demands of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
  • The Beta98H/C features a 3 m (10 ft.) high-flex cable with attached preamplifier (XLR connection)
  • The WB98H/C features a 1.6 m (5.3ft) high-flex cable terminating in a 4-pin mini-connector, for use with wireless bodypack transmitters
  • Tailored frequency response for open, natural sound reproduction
  • Compact, lightweight construction provides a low degree of visibility
  • Gooseneck, ratcheting swivel joint and gooseneck angle brace allow for optimum placement and fixed positioning
  • Legendary Shure ruggedness and reliability
  • Interchangeable replacement cartridges:
    • RPM108 : Cardioid
    • RPM110 : Supercardioid
Condenser (electret bias)
Frequency Response
20 to 20,000 Hz
Shure Beta 98 H/C frequency curve
Polar Pattern
Unidirectional (cardioid)
Output Impedance
Rated at 150.0 ohms (actual) Recommended minimum load impedance: 1 kilohm. May be used with loads as low as 150 ohms with reduced clipping level.
Output Level (0 dB = 1 volt per Pascal)
Open Circuit Voltage: -56 dB (1.6 mV)
Output Clipping Level (at 1kHz, THD < 1%)
2.5 kilohm load: 11 dBV (3.5 V)
1.0 kilohm load: 3 dBV (1.4 V)
Maximum SPL
2.5 kilohm load: 163 dB
1.0 kilohm load: 155 dB
Dynamic Range (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level)
132 dB (2.5 kilohm load)
Signal-to-noise ratio
63 dB at 94 dB SPL (IEC 651)
Positive pressure on microphone diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of preamplifier output connector.
Recommended Operating Voltage
11 to 52 Vdc Phantom
Environmental Conditions
Operating temperatures: -7 degrees C to 49 degrees C (20 degrees F to 120 degrees F)
Storage temperatures: 29 degrees C to +74 degrees C (-20 degrees F to 165 degrees F)
Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%
Net Weight
Microphone w/cable and preamplifier: 156 g (5.5 oz.)