Comparing Neumann U87 Ai and Shure SM7B

Lowest price found: $3295 Show listings
Lowest price found: $398 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Neumann U87 Ai ranks #171 out of 174.
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4.3
Poor
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Shure SM7B ranks #11 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing

Experts recommend Shure SM7B more than Neumann U87 Ai

As of 2 Aug 2022, experts prefer Shure SM7B over Neumann U87 Ai, but both Microphones have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Shure SM7B received 3 recommendations: from PianoDreamers (27 Jan 2022), Just Creative (29 Apr 2022) and MusicTech (6 Apr 2022). By contrast, Neumann U87 Ai received only 2 recommendations from PianoDreamers (27 Jan 2022) and MusicTech (6 Apr 2022).

Rank Change Price Microphone
Music Grotto
Tom's Guide
PianoDreamers
Just Creative
CBR
Music Radar
IGN
PC Gamer
MusicTech
CNN Underscored
11
-5 $398
Shure SM7B
-
-
8
6
-
-
-
-
10
-
23
-11 $3295
Neumann U87 Ai
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
-
13
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 27 Jan 2022 PianoDreamers ranked Shure SM7B as #8 and Neumann U87 Ai as #11
    Rank Microphone Comment
    ... ... ...
    #8 out of 11 Shure SM7B
    Best known as MJ's Vocal Mic
    ... ... ...
    #11 out of 11 Neumann U87 Ai
    The King of Microphones
  • On 6 Apr 2022 MusicTech ranked Shure SM7B as #10 and Neumann U87 Ai as #13
    Rank Microphone
    ... ...
    #10 out of 15 Shure SM7B
    ... ...
    #13 out of 15 Neumann U87 Ai
    ... ...
  • On 29 Apr 2022 Just Creative ranked Shure SM7B as #6
    Rank Microphone Comment
    ... ... ...
    #6 out of 20 Shure SM7B
    The best high-end microphone
    ... ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 107 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Shure SM7B outranks Neumann U87 Ai. This is not to say that Neumann U87 Ai is a bad option. Like Shure SM7B, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Shure SM7B way more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Neumann U87 Ai
Shure SM7B
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Shure SM7B, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Neumann U87 Ai.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling microphone receives a consumer score of 8.7 (great). Shure SM7B ranks higher than that and Neumann U87 Ai ranks lower than that.

Neumann U87 Ai
In comparison:
Neumann U87 Ai ranks #171 out of 174.
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4.3
Poor
Shure SM7B
In comparison:
Shure SM7B ranks #11 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Median best-selling Microphone
In comparison:
Fifine K670 ranks #88 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great





Shure SM7B is more popular than Neumann U87 Ai

It's fairly safe to say that Shure SM7B is a more popular microphone than Neumann U87 Ai, based on its 7,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Neumann U87 Ai and Shure SM7B often consider Warm Audio WA-47, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Neumann U87 Ai and Shure SM7B
Warm Audio WA-47 $948
In comparison:
Warm Audio WA-47 ranks #80 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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9.0
Great
2 expert recommendations
Sennheiser MD 421 II $394
In comparison:
Sennheiser MD 421 II ranks #49 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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9.2
Amazing
2 expert recommendations Cheaper
AKG C636 $463
In comparison:
N/A
2 expert recommendations
Shure SM7B $398
In comparison:
Shure SM7B ranks #11 out of 174. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
3 expert recommendations
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Shure SM7B outranks Neumann U87 Ai by 12 positions. This indicates that, as of 2 Aug 2022, Shure SM7B is more critically acclaimed than Neumann U87 Ai.
Rank Change Price Microphone
Music Grotto
Tom's Guide
PianoDreamers
Just Creative
CBR
Music Radar
IGN
PC Gamer
MusicTech
CNN Underscored
1
- $249
Shure MV7
-
-
-
8
-
5
3
1
4
-
2
- $82
Blue Yeti
-
1
-
19
-
-
-
-
11
1
3
+2 $99
Rode PodMic
-
3
-
-
-
-
5
-
1
-
4
+9 $28
Fifine K669
-
-
-
2
3
-
-
-
-
2
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [6]

96
Total expert reviews: 6
  • with a score: 3
  • without a score: 3
Highest score by yourlocalmusician.com
100
Average score based on 6 reviews
96
Lowest score by Music Critic
92

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [22]

94
Total expert reviews: 22
  • with a score: 8
  • without a score: 14
Highest score by Music Radar
100
Average score based on 22 reviews
94
Lowest score by Music Critic
86

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
From Seller:
  • 3 selectable directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-810dB attenuation switch127dB SPL handling 20Hz to 20kHz response Impedance rated at 200 ohms.
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From Seller:
  • ONE MICROPHONE FOR EVERYTHING - Studio Recording, Home Recording, Podcasting and Streaming. The SM7B Is Trusted By The Worlds Leading Vocalists, Podcasters and Streamers.
  • STUDIO VOCAL RECORDING - The SM7B’s Dynamic Cartridge With Smooth, Flat, Wide-range Frequency Response Produces Exceptionally Clean and Natural Reproduction Of Both Music and Speech.
  • Read more
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
Neumann U87 Ai Mic Review / Test (Compared to NW700, AT2020, NT1, SM7b, KSM44a, C414 XLII)
Review by Podcastage
Very popular! 104K views!
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Best Vocal Microphones | Neumann U87 Ai Review
Review by Archie Beatz
Popular! 13K views!
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Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone Review / Test (Rap, Sing & Guitar)
Review by Kelli
Popular! 13K views!
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Getting the Most From Your Shure SM7B Microphone
Review by Sweetwater
Very popular! 216K views!
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Shure SM7B Mic Review / Test
Review by Podcastage
Very popular! 288K views!
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Shure SM7B Microphone Review: Worth it?
Review by Manchester Music
Very popular! 199K views!
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0615104070226, 0639476315518, 0731642795091, 4006087070222
UPC Numbers: 615104070226, 639476315518, 731642795091
EAN Numbers: 0042406088879, 8711624720749
UPC Numbers: 042406088879
Model Numbers: SM7B
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Neumann U87 Ai is a well-known and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling microphones and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Audio Technica AT5040 or Royer Labs R-121 .

Neumann U87 Ai is $3204.52 more expensive than an average microphone ($90.48).

Shure SM7B is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling microphones and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Sennheiser MD 421 II or Audio-Technica 4033A .

Shure SM7B is $307.52 more expensive than an average microphone ($90.48).

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