Shure M266 & M266E Microphone Mixers

Shure M266



The Shure Model M268 is a five-input portable microphone mixer designed for use with sound reinforcement, tape recording and audio-visual systems. Its excellent operational characteristics, compact size, and functional versatility make the M268 a fine choice as a primary or add-on mixer in any sound system.

The Model M268E is similar to the M268 except that it is designed for connection to a 210- to 250-volt ac power line. All information applies to both units except for references to ac operating voltage, fuse and power line cord.

M268 Features:

  • Wide, flat frequency response and extremely low distortion at full output
  • Very low line noise and radio frequency interference susceptibility
  • Four switch-selectable low-impedance balanced or high-impedance unbalanced inputs
  • High-level auxiliary input for tape, tuner and accessories
  • Individual feedback-type active gain controls for all five inputs
  • Master volume control sets overall output level
  • Simplex power for condenser microphones
  • High- (unbalanced) or low-impedance (balanced) microphone-level output matches most amplifier inputs
  • High-impedance auxiliary output for high-level equipment inputs
  • Direct mix bus for simple mixer interconnection (“stacking”)
  • Ac or external dc operation. Noiseless automatic switchover to external power in case of ac line failure
  • Automatic muting circuit prevents speaker damage during turn-on and -off
  • Regulated power supply is unaffected by line voltage fluctuations
  • Compact and lightweight, with rugged, abrasion-resistant case
  • M268 (only): Listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. and listed by Canadian Standards Association as Certified


Frequency Response

40 Hz to 20,000 Hz, +3 dB

Voltage Gain (at 1,000 Hz)

(Outputs terminated: mic 150 ohm133 kilohms; aux 47 kilohms; mix bus 3.3 kilohms)

Voltage Gain



* Depending on control setting


0.2% or less THD from 40 to 20,000 Hz with lo imp rnic output at 80 mV level, hi imp rnic output at 1.5V level, and aux out at 8.0V level




Equivalent input noise: – 128 dBV (lo imp mic 150 ohms-300-20,000 Hz) at full gain

Equivalent input hum and noise: – 125 dBV (lo imp mic 150 ohms-20-20,000 Hz) at full gain

Output noise: -90 dBV (master control down), -65 dBV (master up) (input controls down, 300-20,000 HZ)

Output hum and noise: -82 dBV (master down), -60 dBV (master up) (input controls down, 20-20,000 HZ)

Common-Mode Rejection

65 dB minimum with 100 mV input at 100 Hz

Control Interaction

Less than 1 dB with any control combination


All microphone inputs and outputs and mix bus are in phase; aux input is in phase with aux output, but out of phase with pin 3 of mic connectors

Simplex Power

30 Vdc open circuit, 3.3 kilohms series resistance

Operating Voltage

Ac operation

M268: 105-125 volts, 50160 HZ, 5W

M268E: 210-250 volts, 50160 HZ, 5W†

Dc operation

A2688 Battery Power Supply (optional accessory): 27 volts nominal at 12.2 mA typical no-signal, 12.5 mA typical full output; 16.2 volts minimum; approximately 40 hours battery life with alkaline batteries, 4 hours/day duty cycle, simplex off

External power: 30 Vdc, 12.6 mA no-signal, 12.8 mA full output

Temperature Range

Operating: – 18° to 57°C (0° to 135°F)

Storage: – 29° to 74°C (- 20° to 165°F)

† Can be rewired for 105-125 Vac operation (see Service section)


See Figure 1

Figure 1



Net: 1.9 kg (4 Ib 2 oz)

Packaged: 2.8 kg (6 Ib 2 oz)


M268 (only): Listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. and listed by Canadian Standards Association as Certified



This apparatus must be earthed (grounded)! The M268 power supply is energized when the unit is connected to an ac source; disconnect mains (power) plug from supply when not in use.

Model M268E

Model M268E is supplied with a three-conductor power-line cord without a plug. The plug should be installed by qualified service personnel. The brown lead should be connected to the “live” or “hot” terminal of the plug, and the blue lead to the neutral terminal. The green/yellow lead is the grounding conductor and should be connected to the ground or earth terminal of the plug.


A maximum of four low- or high-impedance dynamic, ribbon or condenser microphones can be connected to receptacles marked MIC 1, MIC 2, MIC 3 and MIC 4. The inputs are designed for low-impedance microphones with 19 to 600 ohms impedance or high-impedance microphones. Both low- and high-impedance microphones can be used simultaneously. Crystal or ceramic microphones are not recommended. Impedance is selected by a slide switch above each input. The input receptacles are professional three-socket audio connectors.* See Figure 2 for low- and high-impedance connections to inputs. Note that some condenser microphones produce very high output signals which may overload the inputs of many mixers; the M268’s feedback-type active gain controls virtually eliminate the need for in-line attenuators to compensate for these “hot” microphones.

* Designed to mate with Cannon XL series, Switchcraft A3 (Q.G.) series or equivalent connector.

The rear-panel phono jack marked AUX IN will accept output from a high-impedance, high-level source such as a tape recorder or am-fm tuner.

Figure 2



The connector marked MIC OUTPUT is a dual-impedance output selected by the switch above the connector. This output is the “mixed” output of all the input sources and is designed to work into a balanced or unbalanced 25- to 600-ohm microphone line or into a high-impedance unbalanced amplifier or tape recorder microphone input. The connector is a professional three-pin audio connector.* See Figure 2 for output connector configurations.

The phono jack marked AUX OUT is a high-impedance, high-level, unbalanced output designed primarily to feed a power amplifier requiring 0.1 to 2 volts input, or the auxiliary or tuner input of an amplifier or tape recorder. This output will also drive the input of a Shure Model M63 AUDIO MASTER®. Interconnecting cables should be limited to a maximum length of about 25m (75 ft).


In addition to the power ONlOFF switch (an adjacent LED indicates power-on in ac operation), the front panel contains five individual input gain controls designated MIC 1 through MIC 4 and AUX, and a MASTER gain control for the total program output. Note that the input connectors are located on the rear panel directly behind their corresponding gain controls.

The M268 has feedback-type active gain controls for lower noise and greater dynamic range. In general, the individual gain control adjusted for the required output. If overload distortion (clipping) occurs when using high-level sources, reduce the individual gain control settings. Unused individual gain controls should be kept at the minimum setting (counterclockwise).

Mix Bus

The rear-panel MIX BUS phono jack facilitates the “stacking” of mixers to obtain additional inputs without using any of the M268 inputs. Connecting the mix buses of two M268s, for instance, directly connects their mixing systems, providing two independent master controls and two isolated output amplifiers with 10 individually controlled inputs. Note that the gain will be reduced by 6 dB, but noise specifications are not adversely affected by this interconnection. Mix bus interconnection can also be made with other Shure mixers such as the M267 and SE30.

* Designed to mate with Cannon XL series, Switchcraft A3 (Q.G.) series or equivalent connector.

Simplex Power

The M268 provides power for condenser microphones such as the Shure SM81 and SM85. The rear-panel SIMPLEX OFF/ON switch controls the application of simplex voltage to all low-impedance inputs. With the SIMPLEX switch on and the rear-panel LO/HI switches in the LO position, + 30 Vdc is applied to pins 2 and 3 of each input connector. Series current-limiting resistance is 3.3 kilohms for each input. When using other condenser microphones with the M268, verify that the voltage and resistance requirements are compatible.

Balanced low-impedance microphones (dynamic, ribbon, self-powered condensers) can be used in combination with simplex-powered condenser microphones. IMPORTANT: Do not turn on the SIMPLEX switch when using unbalanced low-impedance microphones; objectionable hum will result. Turn off the SIMPLEX switch when condenser microphones are not being used.

Use only high-quality cable, as intermittent shorts between broken shield wires and balanced conductors will cause offensive noise transients in the system.


In addition to ac operation, the M268 can be operated from an external battery supply (Shure Model A268B) or any well-filtered dc supply providing 30 Vdc. Current drain is typically 12.5 mA at 8.0V output level. Battery operation is recommended both for remote, on-location operation, and as an emergency source in case of failure of the ac power source.

The A268B contains three 9-volt transistor radio batteries which will power the M268 at full rated output. Alkaline battery life is approximately 40 hours at 4.0V output, 4 hours per day use. Note that battery operation with simplex-powered microphones will increase battery drain.

To power the M268 from an external 30 Vdc source, obtain a power plug (Switchcraft S-760 or S-765 or equivalent) and attach it to the power source leads, observing proper polarity.

CAUTION: The 30 Vdc input circuit of the M268 is not fused. An external 30 Vdc source should be provided with a 0.25A, 250V in-line fuse as a safety precaution.

With a battery supply or external dc supply connected, the M268 will automatically and silently switch to battery operation should the ac line voltage fail.


The Model A268B Battery Power Supply can be used as a sole source of power for the M268, or as a standby supply in case of ac power failure Attaches to side of M268.

The Model A268R Rack Panel Kit consists of a 19 in. x 3 1/2 in. (483 mm x 89 mm) precut rack panel and necessary hardware for rack mounting the M268 in a standard 19 in. (483 mm) rack panel.

The Model RKC169 Rack Panel Bracket Kit enables owners of the Shure A68R Rack Panel Kit (originally designed for the Shure M67 and M68 Mixers) to rack-mount the M268 with the A68R.


This Shure product is guaranteed in normal use to be free from electrical and mechanical defects for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please retain proof of purchase date. This guarantee includes all parts and labor. This guarantee is in lieu of any and all other guarantees or warranties, express or implied, and there shall be no recovery for any consequential or incidental damages.


Carefully repack the unit and return it prepaid to:

Shure Brothers Incorporated
Attention: Service Department
1501 West Shure Drive
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

If outside the United States. return the unit to your dealer or Authorized Shure service Center for repair. The unit will be returned to you prepaid.



Voltages in this equipment are hazardous to life. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.

M268E Operation at 105-125 Vac

The M268E is supplied wired for operation at 210-250 Vac. To rewire the M268E for operation at 105-125 Vac, proceed as follows.

  1. Disconnect M268E from ac line.
  2. Remove end caps and cover.
  3. Locate Power Transformer T106 at right center of printed circuit board. Remove jumper marked “230V ONLY” at right of T206. Add two jumpers between holes marked “120V ONLY.”
  4. Replace Fuse F101 (presently 0.05A, 250V, time lag) with O.IA, 250V, time lag unit (Shure 80B380, Schurter 034.31 17).
  5. Replace cover and end caps, and mark rear panel to reflect new operating voltage range.







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