Shure MV7 vs Shure SM7B

Shure is a very known and well-respected brand in the microphone industry. They are most famous for their SM7B. That mic is all over the place! It is trusted by musicians, singers, gamers, broadcasters and many more. 

However, the Shure SM7B is NOT for everyone. Thats why they came out with the Shure MV7 to target a new crowd. Now, which one is right for you?

I myself have a home studio and sound quality and a good mic is very precious to me. So I spent a long time diving into these 2 products to categorize these mics and see who they fit best. Read more to see which mic fits you best.

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Spec Comparison

Shure SM7B

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Weight: 1.69 lbs
  • Connectors: XLR
  • Low Cut Filter: Bass Roll Off

Shure MV7

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-16kHz
  • Impedance: 314 Ohms
  • Weight: 1.21
  • Connectors: USB-B, XLR, 1/8″
  • Low Cut Filter: High pass With Presence Boost

Key Differences


Shure SM7B

This mic is built to be an all around mic. It can handle almost everything like rock vocals, instruments and much more. This mic is more low-end frequencies which is great for broadcasters.


Shure MV7

This mic on the other hand is mostly for speech application. This doesn’t mean you cant record instruments. The MV7 emphasizes the mid range frequencies where the vocal clarity lives.


Shure SM7B

This mic is a little bit more for the pros since you’re gonna need a beefy preamp to get that clean sound that pros love. 


Shure MV7

This mic supports USB-B so you can take this on the go with you and the only thing you would have to carry is the USB cable and your laptop and you are set. This would also be great for beginners that are looking to get started with out having to buy an audio interface. It can also be hooked up with an XLR cable so anyone that already has an audio interface but you don’t wanna break the bank this mic is perfect.

On-Mic Features

Shure SM7B

This Mic has Eq rolloff switches and an XLR output on the back. Its pretty plain on the mic but again, this mic is more for the pros that have DAWs or audio interfaces and that where the customizability is. This mic focuses more on is quality and pro sound.

Shure MV7

This mic has and XLR output, Headphone connector, USB-B connector and a touch panel slider that helps you change the gain or headphone volume. Again, this helps out those beginners that don’t have the ability to customize sound through DAWs or interfaces so they put some customizability in the mic itself. With some configurability on the mic itself also allows you to travel without having to carry more things.

Motiv App

Shure SM7B

This mic isn’t compatible with the app. This app helps you customize the sound and since this was made for the pros this mic doesn’t need an app to customize it since the pros have other things to customize its sound.

Shure MV7

On the other hand, the app is perfect for this mic. As we mentioned before this mic is for beginners that don’t have that extra configurability. So aside from the more options on the mic itself, it also comes with an app to further configure its sound. This app has compression, Eq presets and more.


Shure SM7B

This mic is quite expensive but deservingly so. Its definitely not for beginners but it should for sure be on their mind once they grow.

Shure MV7

This mic is about $150 cheaper. Thats why its great for beginners. Its simple, minimal hardware and great quality for much cheaper. Even for a pro this would be a great option as a back up or on-the-go mic. Also if you are part of a group that need multiple mics this one would be great since you don’t have to spend as much as the SM7B when you are buying in bulk.

Our Verdict

As mentioned before the respected Shure SM7B was handcrafted for the pros. Its great quality puts a smile on many different pros’ faces. For the beginners however, it can be quite daunting to break the bank for a mic of this caliber, and you might need to buy other hardware with it!

That’s where Shure comes in to save the day and provides beginners with a cheap yet quality mic, the MV7. This mic is also made to be good by itself without any other hardware which is great for beginners. So all you need is the mic, a cable and your computer and you’re set. This also helps any travelers that need quality on the go. Also for any people that are in a group that need multiple mics then this mic is a great choice. For beginners, this is a great stepping stool to get you to that pro level and one day level up to the SM7B.

Now that you are confident in which microphone you want check out our page on microphone accessories

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