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18/07/2011

Shure 55SH Series II : l'avis de Anonyme (contenu en anglais)

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The Shure 55SH Series II is a cardioid dynamic microphone that harkens back to the days of Elvis. The 55 comes back new and improved.

The Shure 55SH Series II has a frequency response of 50-15,000 Hz, identical to Shure's bread and butter microphones, the SM58. What is interesting about the microphone - not particularly this one, but the whole design of this kind of microphone - is that you would not expect it to be a live microphone from the way it looks. There does not seem to be a place to hold it, does there? Well, if you look at old videos, people sing into the microphone like they are walkie talkies, clutching the actual body in the hand, or often, using both hands. This is important to mention because it may come into concern.

Before I get off of the entire issue of holding the microphone, in the bit of time I had with it, I never once experienced an accidental flick of the on/off switch. Of course, I am sure some people will inadvertently flick the switch anyway, so beware. I have never really been a fan of on/off switches. Their usefulness is apparent, but I think they look hokey, and I am consistently paranoid about flicking it. However, with this microphone, there is very little fear in that regard, because your hands are not even in contact with the part of the microphone that hosts the switch!

That being said, the microphone does not sound that incredible, but then again, there is absolutely nothing bad about it either. In this day and age, I am inclined to call it "the fancy 58" because that is what it seems to be, a stable vocal microphone in a blinged out shell.

OVERALL OPINION

Do know. This microphone costs as much as it does because of the bling factor. It seems to be about as good as an SM58, so you are not losing in that regard. I highly doubt, however, that it actually has all of the other nice characteristics of the SM58. (working as a hockey puck and not dying comes to mind.)

The microphone does turn heads, though, and in the one blues club I found this in, it fit perfectly, and still turned heads.