From MV7 to MV7+: What’s Changed?

Shure has replaced its popular MV7 with the MV7+. So, what’s new and what does that “+” sign mean?

What Is The MV7?

To understand the MV7, first you have to know about the SM7B.

The SM7B is arguably the most beloved microphone and is widely considered the best podcasting microphone available. For example, the biggest podcast in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience, which signed a deal worth upwards of $200,000,000, uses the $399 Shure SM7B. It is also the microphone on which Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was recorded.

So, why would Shure feel the need to make a new microphone if they already manufacture the standard? While $399 is an incredible price to purchase the best, you can’t just use an SM7B right out of the box and expect to create that great classic sound. The SM7B requires an external audio interface or mixer and a Cloudlifter to achieve optimal performance, which translates into a sizable investment and some technical know-how. This is where the MV7+ comes in. The MV7+ requires no additional hardware and is ready to use right out of the box. At the time of writing, the MV7+ retails for $279, which is a considerable saving compared to the SM7B.

Watch the video below to see and hear all the differences between the MV7 and the SM7B.

Note: the video features the original MV7, not the updated MV7+, but it will still give you a great idea of the differences.

So, What’s New?

The LED Bar

The most noticeable difference with the MV7+ is the new LED Touch Bar. Unlike the original MV7, which featured a touch panel with indicator LEDs and various selection options, the new touch bar has a simplified design. It includes a bright LED strip that can be set to pulse when you speak into the mic, to always have a slow pulse, or to remain a single solid color. Additionally, you can customize the color of the LED Touch Bar with millions of options and choose from four brightness levels.

Can you turn off the MV7+’s LED Touch Bar?

No, you can’t. When using the MV7+ as a USB microphone, the LED Touch Bar will remain on. However, when using the MV7+ via the XLR connection, the LED Touch Bar will automatically turn off and become unusable.

What does the LED Bar do?

The LED Touch Bar serves as a mute switch. Tap the bar, and it turns red to mute your microphone. Tap it again to unmute. This provides a great way to achieve a clickless mute! You can disable this feature in the settings.

The Longer Windscreen

The MV7+ comes with a longer windscreen to reduce plosives. Plosives are the annoying popping sounds created when someone makes a strong “P” sound. Handling plosives was one of the main critiques of the original MV7.

New Built-In DSP Features

In addition to the longer windscreen, the MV7+ now includes a built-in digital pop filter to help reduce plosives. The MV7+ also features an improved auto level mode, real-time denoiser, and reverb effects.


Last and probably least, but still a very welcome addition is the new USB-C connection on the back of the microphone. The original MV7 had a micro-USB connection.

There is a reason the MV7 was our bestselling podcast microphone and we expect the same for the MV7+. If you are wanting to purchase one, just go to the product page, hit “My Price?” and we will send you a low personalized price. 🙂

Thanks for reading!