Shure PG27 USB Microphone review

Shure's PG27 USB microphone is an easy way to get high a quality audio input

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Our Verdict

If you're after a single mic set-up, it's fantastic


  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Great range of sound
  • On-mic monitoring capability


  • Single microphone use only

Shure's PG27 microphone represents the new breed of USB-based active mics, drawing both power and connectivity from a built-in USB interface.

Many of the functions of the mixing console have been transferred onto the microphone itself – you'll find volume and gain controls, a -20db cut for noisy sources and, most importantly, on-mic live monitoring, which cuts out the usual latency that software monitoring suffers.

Monitoring is important when using condenser mics that have a limited range of perfect reception, so plugging in headphones helps you make sure you hit the spot.

Getting it set up is easy, and its monitoring circuit shows up as an additional output, meaning you can route your Mac's playback straight to the PG27's headphone jack to save switching your headphones over.

It's arguable how practical the PG27 would be for portable use given that you need a mic stand to go with it, but it does cut out the need for a mixing console, so you can record in the field with no external power.

It is also a shame that using multiple simultaneous sound sources is difficult in OS X – this is only a solution if you just use one microphone at a time. And if you do, we can't recommend it enough.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMicrophone
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameShure
Host InterfaceUSB
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
ManufacturerShure, Inc
Product ModelPG27USB
Product NamePG27USB Microphone
Manufacturer Part NumberPG27USB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PG27USB side-address condenser microphone easily plugs into a computer USB port for the convenience of digital recording. Designed with a flat frequency response, the PG27USB naturally reproduces a wide variety of acoustic, amplified and vocal sound sources with professional clarity and guaranteed "Plug and Play" Shure quality.

Weight (Approximate)451.9 g