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Shure 55SH Series II Mic  

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An unmistakable stage icon for 70 years, the Shure 55SH Series II Unidyne Vocal Microphone features a signature satin chrome-plated die-cast casing f...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Vintage look and feel . . . state-of-the-art sound.

An unmistakable stage icon for 70 years, the Shure 55SH Series II Unidyne Vocal Microphone features a signature satin chrome-plated die-cast casing for pure vintage look and feel with modern acoustic components to meet today's performance standards. This microphone is excellent for vocal pickup with its characteristic Shure presence peak.

The 55SH Series II microphone has a cardioid (unidirectional) polar pickup pattern that minimizes sound pickup from the rear of the microphone. This allows the Model 55SH Series II to be used in close proximity to loudspeakers without creating feedback problems, and it can perform under adverse acoustic conditions where omnidirectional microphones cannot.

The 55SH Series II has a low-impedance balanced output designed for connection to microphone inputs rated at 75 to 300 ohms. The microphone features a cartridge shockmount to reduce stand noise, an On/Off switch, and an attached, self-tensioning, 5/8"-27 thread swivel mount. This microphone is ideal for public address or theater-stage sound systems, as well as for broadcasting, recording, and other sound applications where a stand-mounted microphone with a classic look is desirable.

FEATURES
  • Classic appearance, modern performance
  • Frequency response tailored for speech, vocals and instrumental music
  • Cardioid directional pattern for optimum performance in adverse acoustic environments
  • Shock-mounted cartridge minimizes stand-transmitted noise, ensures quiet operation
  • Rugged chrome-plated die-cast casing and mechanical design for reliability under rigorous conditions

A great vocal stage mic that delivers old-timey looks that are just right for jazz, swing, rockabilly, and blues acts.

SPECIFICATIONS

55SH Series II Mic

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Frequency response: 50 to 15,000Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional), uniform with frequency, symmetrical about axis
  • Impedance: Microphone rating impedance is 150Ωs (270Ωs actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated at 75 to 300Ωs
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -58.0dBV/Pa (1.3 mV); 1 Pascal=94dB SPL
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on the diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector
  • Switch: Built-in On/Off switch, integral part of swivel mount, connector Three pin professional type, designed to mate with Cannon XL series, Switchcraft A3 (Q.G.) series, or equivalent
  • Net Weight: 22 oz. (624g)
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Shure55SH Series II Mic
 
4.7

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I abused this mic

    Sure this thing is a tank, I've dropped it a few times yes. The foam screen behind the front metal cover is very thin, and erodes over time from your nasty alcohol breath....Read complete review

    Sure this thing is a tank, I've dropped it a few times yes. The foam screen behind the front metal cover is very thin, and erodes over time from your nasty alcohol breath. I replaced it with thicker foam, which took out alot of the pop. Just 4 screws to remove the front cover. I've had someone step on the on/off switch smashing it in, and my drummer and I doctored it back to health no problem. The final straw was the input would get stuck in the mic chord and stretch out the wires, ultimately ruining the ground. This was due to a stripped out screw on the side of the handle, and plugging, and uplugging repeatidly after practice, and gigs.. So I've retired this mic after 2 years of giging, house parties, and hours of band practice. Loved it, got tons of complements, it was a signature piece for the band, but this mic is ultimately meant to mount on a stand, and not rocked out in your hand.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't Make The Same Mistake

    As a blues/jazz musician, I got this mic for the retro looks. Well, trust me. It might not look as cool, but get a SM58 instead. The 55SH might have the...Read complete review

    As a blues/jazz musician, I got this mic for the retro looks. Well, trust me. It might not look as cool, but get a SM58 instead. The 55SH might have the looks, but after a gig or 2 with it, you'll go back to the sm58.This mic just can't handle a live gig. It might do OK for a bossa nova set at a smallish coffee venue, but that's about it. Your vocals will have no definition, depth or punch with this mic. Feedback becomes a little more of an issue, too.Because I own one, whenever I see one of these on the bandstand, I instantly see through the good looks and instead notice the pretentiousness of the singer. This mic costs more than an SM58, isn't as versatile, and sounds worse. Don't waste your money on accentuating your vanity.

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    5.0

    As discribed

    By F Burke

    from St Petersburg, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

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          Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

          Awesome, an exact clone from the 1950s !!

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          5.0

          Cool Mic! Picks up great for my uses.

          By pauldaddy

          from Sumter, SC

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

            Use this mic mostly for home-recordings/local gigs. Tried it through my Fender Acoustasonic Jr. and got the "Johnny Cash" sound really good! Mine also seems to pick up when backed off the mic. I haven't used sm58s since. Ilikeitalot!

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            5.0

            Happy with purchase!

            By Rhonda

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

              We are pleased with the quality and clarity of this microphone.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I did buy this product again

              By Johnny Astor

              from Kentucky

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Good audio
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

              Loved the way it sounded so I bought another one. Great sound high volume with no feed back. Love how it looks , beautiful mic.

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By Tom

              from Lake Murray,SC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                Highly recommend. This is my third one and love them all.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Elvis mic

                By Fiddlin' Phil

                from Skowhegan, ME

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Rock Solid

                Cons

                • Switch

                Best Uses

                • Gigs Of Course
                • Performances

                Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                Had mine over 10 years. It is the only mic I have used during this time. I immediately removed the on/off switch to prevent accidentally turning it off. Then took an old Peavey metal mic case and customized it to fit the 55SH. I play bars, boats, floats, churches, weddings, auctions, golf tournaments, special events, etc. Temperature ranges from 100 degrees in locked Jeep to 20 below here in Maine. Hasn't damaged the mic. I typically use it "Elvis style" plugged into my Trace Acoustic combo amp which sits behind me. Kill the 10K Hz EQ on the amp and NO feedback despite close proximity in front of the amp. Looks great and incredibly rugged.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love It !

                By Lamar

                from Prescott, AZ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Looks Great
                • Sounds Real

                Cons

                • Needs a case

                Best Uses

                • Live Performing

                Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                Don't know why I didn't buy it sooner

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fabulous!

                By cbtrue

                from CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • beautiful
                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                  Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend and he is estatic! Not only does it look terrific but it sounds fantastic!!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good retro looking mic

                  By SoundGuy

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                    I like the looks of this mic for retro uses. I bought this one for a 40's-50's community theater event. I looks great and sounds good when used with a pre-amp. It does need a pre-amp to have clear sound and enough head room and will have a fuzzy sound without a some pre-amplification.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    purchased Shure 55SH Mic w/chrome stand

                    By Bob's TV room

                    from Fontana, CA.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Shure 55SH Series II Mic:

                    We displayed the Shure 55SH Mic and a chrome Mic stand in our Home Theater. Its Elvis former Mic and it looks terrific in the room.

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