With a history of innovation that began in 1925, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior, reliable products.
Shure Radio Company is founded on April 25 by S. N. Shure as a one-man company selling AM radio kits and components. Mr. Shure’s office is located at 19 South Wells Street in downtown Chicago.
Shure publishes its first direct mail catalog.
Shure grows and prospers. S. N. Shure’s brother, Samuel J. Shure, joins the company. Shure Radio Company becomes Shure Brothers Company, moving to larger quarters at 335 West Madison Street in Chicago.
The Great Depression grips the United States. The market for radio kits declines as factory-built radio sets become widely available. Shure becomes the exclusive distributor for Ellis Electrical Laboratories, a microphone manufacturer.
Shure begins developing its first microphone, a carbon unit.
Shure becomes one of only a few U. S. microphone manufacturers, with the introduction of the Model 33N Two-Button Carbon Microphone. It is a lightweight, reasonably priced product in a market then dominated by heavy and more costly units.
Model 42 is Shure’s first condenser microphone. The Model 99 Modulator is Shure’s first wireless product.
The Model 70 series are Shure’s first crystal microphones.
First patent is received for a stylish and practical suspension support system for microphones.
Model 55 Unidyne® Microphone is the world’s first single-element unidirectional dynamic microphone. Its performance qualities and distinctive styling ultimately make it the most recognized microphone in the world. Notably, the single-element design makes microphones smaller, less expensive, and, therefore, more accessible to all. Shure also introduces its first ribbon microphone, the Model 50.
Shure becomes a prime supplier of microphones and headphones to the Allied Forces. The T-17B Microphone becomes the most widely used microphone by the U.S. Army and Navy. Shure develops Bakelite cases for these mics, preventing them from getting too hot to handle in armored vehicles while conserving scarce metal for the war effort.
The T-30V Throat Microphone, HS-33 and HS-38 Headphones, M-C1 Microphone for oxygen masks, Model 100 Carbon Microphone, and Battle Announce Microphone are manufactured for the military. Using T-30Vs, bomber crews could communicate over the extreme noise level inside the planes.
Shure adopts strict military standards (MILSPEC) as the standard of reliability for all products.
Shure is one of the largest Original Equipment Manufacturers of phonograph cartridges in the U.S., supplying major companies, such as Philco, RCA, Emerson, Magnavox, Admiral, and Motorola.
Shure Brothers Company becomes Shure Brothers Incorporated.
Shure introduces the Model 520 Green Bullet with controlled reluctance element. This eventually becomes the most popular microphone for blues harmonica.
Unidyne 55S is introduced: a smaller version of the renowned Unidyne 55.
Shure debuts the first handheld wireless microphone system for performers, called the Vagabond 88. Powered by two batteries, the system transmitted within a “performance circle” of approximately 700 square feet.
Shure moves from downtown Chicago to a new corporate headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.
Designed in cooperation with Columbia Records, the M3D Phonograph Cartridge is the world’s first magnetic phonograph cartridge for stereo LP playback.
The Model 545 Unidyne III Microphone is the first unidirectional dynamic microphone that is used by speaking into the end (“end-firing”) rather than the side of the microphone. It is the predecessor to the SM57.
Shure V-15 Stereo Dynetic Cartridge is one of the finest phonograph cartridges on the market. It featured a 15-degree vertical tracking angle and a symmetrical, bi-radial elliptical diamond stylus tip.
The SM57 Dynamic Microphone is introduced. Rugged and reliable, it has been the White House standard for every U.S. President since Lyndon B. Johnson.
Shure SM58® (“SM” for “Studio Microphone”) is introduced and soon is adopted by rock-and-roll musicians, who find it offers the right combination of rugged reliability and excellent sound quality. It quickly becomes the standard for live performance vocals. The SM58 is the most popular vocal microphone in the world.
Shure Vocal Master, the first portable total sound system, includes a six-channel mixer, power amplifier, and loudspeakers.
Shure enters the remote broadcasting market with the debut of the M67 Portable Mixer.
The SM7 voiceover microphone is introduced. Over the next four decades, it acquires legendary status in radio, television, recording, and podcasting studios worldwide.
SM81 is the first condenser microphone to combine studio quality sound with the durability required for live performance.
S. N. Shure becomes Chairman of the Board, and James Kogen is promoted to President and General Manager.
Shure opens a manufacturing facility in Wheeling, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
The V15V cartridge, the finest ever produced by Shure, is introduced.
Shure’s Automatic Microphone System (AMS) uses special microphones with a special mixer to provide directional voice gating for conferencing installations requiring numerous microphones.
Manufacturing plant opens in Agua Prieta, Mexico, for production of phonograph cartridges.
Shure Teleconferencing division is formed to develop and market audio products for conferencing facilities.
Manufacturing plant opens in Juarez, Mexico, for production of wired microphones.
Shure’s patented Home Theater Sound System offers revolutionary surround sound capabilities.
Beta 57 and Beta 58 Microphones, with supercardioid polar pattern and high output level, provide unprecedented gain before feedback on concert stages.
Shure L-Series Wireless introduced. Within a decade, Shure becomes a global leader in the wireless microphone market.
Subsidiary opens in Heilbronn, Germany. Shure Europe GmbH provides sales, service, and support to Shure Distribution Centers in 34 European countries.
T- Series, Shure’s first wireless microphone series for the retail music store market, is introduced.
S. N. Shure dies at the age of 93. Rose L. Shure becomes Chairman of the Board.
LX wireless microphone series is introduced.
James Kogen retires as President and Chief Executive Officer. Santo (Sandy) LaMantia is named President and CEO.
Shure offers its first digital signal processing (DSP) product, the DFR11EQ Digital Feedback Reducer.
PSM® 600 Personal Stereo Monitor system enters the fast-growing market for “in-ear” monitoring systems.
Shure enters the side address studio condenser market with the KSM32.
Shure Asia Limited opens in Hong Kong to serve Distribution Centers and distributors throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Shure Brothers Incorporated is renamed Shure Incorporated.
ULX® wireless microphone series is introduced for the installed sound market.
After 47 years in Evanston, Illinois, Shure moves into new corporate headquarters in Niles, Illinois.
Shure is awarded the Technical GRAMMY® by the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences. This award is presented by the Recording Academy to individuals and/or companies that have made outstanding contributions of technical significance to the recording industry.
Shure acquires its long-time United Kingdom Distribution Center, HW International, which is renamed Shure Distribution UK.
Following the success of its E Series earphones with professional musicians, Shure enters the consumer earphone market.
SLX® wireless microphone series is introduced for houses-of-worship and retail music market.
Shure opens two new facilities in China: a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Suzhou, and a sales and marketing office in Shanghai.
UHF-R® wireless microphone series introduced for the touring sound market.
A Shure sales and marketing office opens in Tokyo, Japan.
Shure Distribution UK opens an office in Waltham Abbey, England.
Shure launches an expanded line of Microflex® Microphones for use in corporate boardrooms.
The Unidyne® Model 55 Microphone is inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame.
Shure acquires Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphones, and introduces new KSM353 and KSM313 Ribbon Microphones.
Shure introduces the new line of SRH professional headphones.
PSM® 900 Wireless Personal Monitor System is introduced.
SE earphone series debuts.
Shure forms a new subsidiary in the Netherlands.
Shure introduces its first all-digital wireless system, PGX-D, and the PSM®1000 Personal Monitor System.
Shure previews the Axient® wireless system, which detects interference and can change frequencies automatically.
Shure unveils a new office and Regional Distribution Center in Eppingen, Germany.
Shure completes the acquisition of Informationsteknik/Danish Interpretation Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of conferencing and audio/visual systems and equipment.
ULX-D™ Digital Wireless is launched, offering 24-bit audio clarity and efficient use of the RF spectrum.
Shure introduces the SE846 Sound Isolating™ Earphones.
Shure begins distributing Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS) conferencing and discussion systems.
The BLX® wireless microphone series is introduced.
Microflex® Wireless becomes available for boardrooms and conferencing environments.
The 75th Anniversary of the legendary Unidyne Microphone. The Unidyne Model 55 Microphone receives the IEEE Milestone Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Shure Distribution Benelux (integrating Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) is formed.
Shure unveils, the MOTIV™ Digital Product Line and iOS Mobile Recording App, the KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System, and the SHA900 Portable Listening Amplifier.
Shure Incorporated mourns the passing of its Chairman, Rose L. Shure, at the age of 95.
CEO Sandy LaMantia retires. Christine Schyvinck becomes the fourth President and CEO in Shure history.
KSM8 Dualdyne™ Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone is unveiled as the world’s first dual-diaphragm, dynamic, handheld microphone.
Microflex® Advance™ Ceiling Array and Table Array Microphones debut.
Axient® Digital Wireless debuts, and creates a new industry standard with unparalleled RF and audio performance.
Shure expands its electrostatic listening product line with the introduction of the KSE1200 Earphone System.
The iconic Shure Unidyne® I Model 55 Microphone is added to the Art Institute of Chicago’s 20th and 21st century architecture and design permanent collection.
A Shure sales and marketing office opens in Chicago, IL. The facility includes a Shure Experience Center.