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Shure PGA48

Make Brand SHURE
Series PG Alta
  • Multipurpose
  • General Vocals
  • General Instruments
  • Amps
  • Live
  • Studio
General purpose microphone excellent for speech vocals

The Shure PGA48 is an entry-level handheld dynamic microphone with cardioid polar pattern.

As a microphone designed for speech vocals, it has a sharp and bright tone with a focused boost in presence.

It’s a member of the Shure PG Alta series family and like all microphones from this lineup, the PGA48 also comes with the signature design of a black metallic finish body with the classic silver ball grill. Its durable and forgiving for rough use, thanks to its light weight design of just 300 grams.

The effective frequency response bandwidth of the Shure PGA-48 ranges between 70Hz – 15kHz.

The lows appear accentuated as the response is measured from a distance of 0.6m/2feet. But for typical usage (~6 inches), they sound much fuller. Though, the proximity effect is negligible and allows the user to move around without affecting the tonal character.

There is an aggressive boost in presence, centering with a peak gain of 6.9 dB at 4.5kHz.
On some occasions though, it might be sibilant due to the sharp gain of 3.6dB at 11kHz.

The warmth is less pronounced which also compliments with the sharpness. It might not sound as great for singing professionally but makes a perfect choice for karaoke, rehearsals and speech vocals.

In conclusion, the tonal character of the Shure PGA48 can be outlined as sharp, clear and accurate in mids, present and bright in the highs.

Frequency Response Graph
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Shure PGA48 Frequency Response Graph

Technical Specifications

Transducer Type Dynamic
Form Factor Handheld
Pickup Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Bandwidth 70Hz - 15000Hz
Sensitivity 2.10 mV/Pa
Output Impedance 600 Ω
Rated Input Impedance 2500 Ω
Max. Spl 147 dB SPL
Self Noise N/A
Signal to noise Ratio N/A
On/Off Switch Yes
Pads N/A
Connector XLR
Dimensions 166mm(L) x N/A(B) x N/A(H) x 55.1mm(D)
Weight 300 grams