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Shure 87a no sound

My shure 87a has no sound when hooked thru xlr cable to mackie dfx-6 mixer with phantom power. No sound coming out from my single mackie srm450v2 speaker. Brought this to guitar center and still no sound when compared to their 87a mic. What could be wrong, can I order and replace a part. Or this is it, it's dead.

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Make sure you are using balanced XLR to XLR mic cables. A Karaoke type unbalanced will not send the Phantom power to the mic. You either have to use XLR to XLR or XLR to TRS cable. Use of TS plug will NOT work..

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Send the mic to Shure for repairs. www.shure.com/service

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