Shure MVL Condenser Lavalier Microphone Review

Today we are going to take a look at another example of a quality microphone for portable devices by the colossus of mic. Production of Shure MVL was released in 2015 and managed to show that even lavalier microphones from the middle price range can provide fairly good recordings for different purposes, such as recording of reportages, lectures, public speeches, witness statements and everything you want. Moreover, everywhere you want because you can connect it to any portable device, that has 3,5mm connector. So let us dig a bit dipper!

Shure MVL Specifications

Capsule: MEMS
Polar pattern: Omnidirectional
Frequency parameter: 45Hz up to 20,000Hz
Signal / Noise Ratio: 65dB
Output Impedance: 350Ω
Maximum SPL: 124dB
Dynamic Range: 95dB
Sensitivity: -44dBFS / Pa with 1kHz
Equivalent Output Noise: 29dB
Type of Connector: 3,5mm TRRS
Material of Housing: alloy of lithium and zinc
Size (with cable): 5,5mm (diameter) × 15,2mm / 130cm length of cable
Net Weight: 8.0 gram

Shure Motiv MVL ShurePlusOverall Build and Features

Style of external part and overall thoughtful design gave us incredible result. The material of housing provides great endurance of construction and please your eyes with dark shades of the shell, which don’t look like plastic (although it is). This mic looks elegant and unobtrusive at the same time, and don’t forget that the weight is only 8 gram! Also in addition with mic you will get foam windscreen (so recorded speech will be clear), carrying pouch for transporting. Also clip is included in the set which is great addition to place it near mouth of the speaker. As an optional accessory you can buy AMVL-FUR (Rycote Windjammer for MVL), which will help to remove wind noise if you record the sound outdoors in a very windy weather.

As other products of “MOTIV Digital Mics” line MVL works with free official application ShurePlus which gives you a lot of advantages, for example you can control microphone gain, format of recorded files, set equalizer parameters, save your recordings in camera roll on IOS etc. So that is why using MVL is highly recommended specifically with devices as IPhone, IPad and others. More detailed information about this application you will be able to find on the official website of Shure.

Some information about device connection; one of the main features of this microphone – it is work in tandem with iOS devices and iOS applications, you can also connect a microphone to every Android device or PC. Connecting to DSLR cameras made by using the TRRS to TRS adapter. If you can’t use the iPhone as a sound recording device, you can connect the lavalier microphone to the Recorder / Digital Dictaphone, which are in a wide variety & price range on the market. Most importantly, choose the recorder that will record audio in WAV format and with a good Bit-Depth / Sample Rate (24bit / 44kHz or higher).

Sound Recording Quality

The sound quality that provides this mic is good even with the fact that it is based on condensed technology, almost any elder brother lavalier will sound better, but don’t forget that production capacity of iPhone, for example, is not infinite and we know a lot of cases when the abilities of lavalier mics were cut down due to hardware of devices which were connected to them.

Shure MVL vs Rode SmartLav+

Both microphones are identical in their package bundle, but the sound quality of lavalier microphone Rode SmartLav+ is a little better than Shure MVL. In our table, you can see a comparison of the technical characteristics and all pros / cons of the microphones, which will help you to make the right choice. You can also read our full review on the Rode SmartLav+.

Shure MVL Rode SmartLav+
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional Omnidirectional
Recording Quality Depends on Recording Device Depends on Recording Device
Frequency Response 45Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response on Scheme
60Hz to 18kHz
Frequency Response on Scheme
Transducer Type MEMS (MicroElectrical-Mechanical System) Permanently Polarised Condenser
Pros Good Sound Quality
Free ShurePlus Motiv App for iOS
Good Package Bundle
Good Sound Quality
Kevlar Reinforced Cable
Good Package Bundle
Cons Full Rode Rec App is not Free
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Three Reasons to Buy:

  1. Price / Quality. This lavalier microphone costs under hundred dollar and gives you good sound quality for this price, also it gives you nice package bundle with windscreen, leather carrying pouch & lav-clip.
  2. Opportunity to use with iOS devices and ability to use a trademark free application ShurePlus which provides you user-friendly features that help you to save time on some operations.
  3. Great solution for videography, interviews and voice recording.

Final Verdict

We realize that this mic is not technology breakthrough as in our opinion MV88 is, but on the other hand size of that mic and its acceptable price speak for themselves and this quality will be more than enough for unsophisticated persons, as the majority of users are. So, we recommend this stuff to mediocre people who need certain recordings for certain reasons and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. 

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Global Shure MVL Rating
  • Sound Recording Quality - 7.9/10
  • Overall Build & Features - 9/10
  • Design - 7/10