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The Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic gives you great performance at a very economical price. It has a balanced, natural sound with bottom-end warmth, midrange presence, and smooth high end.

FEATURES
  • Unidirectional cardioid pattern reduces feedback
  • Neodymium design delivers high output
  • Heavy-duty steel-mesh ball and rugged zinc chassis for optimum reliability
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NadySP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic
 
4.3

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth 5X more

I use microphones from Audio Technica, Shure, Audix and others. They are like paint brushes. Some brushes are expensive, and some simply are not. Sometimes the brush you really should use is...Read complete review

I use microphones from Audio Technica, Shure, Audix and others. They are like paint brushes. Some brushes are expensive, and some simply are not. Sometimes the brush you really should use is the inexpensive one. Just because another brush costs a lot more does not mean it's going to do what you need it to do in that particular stroke.

This microphone is a great example. One of the things I record a lot of are conferances and conventions. If I'm working in a room that isn't overly bright, (IE lots of high frequencies bouncing around the room), and the cabinets are well downstage and in front of the mic, I find these SP-5's do real well on a podium. They've got a good bit of gain, especialy for a dynamic, though they are prone to feedback if you really start pushing it. For speech, they are capable of producing a nice warm vocal while having good presence as not to sound muddy.

I don't find them to be all that great for vocalists that get right up on the windscreen though. Nor would I trust them in really high SPL environments as I'm certain I'd be trying to chase runaway squeel all night.

If you're using them for recording, they'll really shine there. They really are somewhat close to 58's aside from the fact that they are definately more susceptible to feedback when used for sound reinforcement. They're a real woorkhorse and have a very good response right on through from low to high.

Seriously, if you're really on a budget, pick a couple up and try them during practice or sound check. I think you'll be suprised at what you get for your money, and if you really are on a budget but are starting to gig, you'll probably buy a few more.

Backing vocals, toms, snare, guitar cabs, as long as the monitors aren't super loud onstage, these mics can do that stuff.

You'll get a whole lot more than you paid for even if you pay twice what I did. (Which I doubt you will. These mics have been very reasonable for years now.)

Let me be clear here, I didn't give them 5 stars because they're the same microphone you'll get when you spend 2,500 clams. I gave them 5 stars because they give you every penny of your money's worth and more. Like the title says, they're easily worth 5 times the asking price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

CRAP

Only one word for this! CRAP. It sounds horrible. You can even hear the parts moving inside if you shake it. Straight out of the box it feels cheap and light. Do...Read complete review

Only one word for this! CRAP. It sounds horrible. You can even hear the parts moving inside if you shake it. Straight out of the box it feels cheap and light. Do not get this. I replaced it with a Behringer mic and I'm very pleased with it. DO NOT BUY! WASTE OF MONEY!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth 5X more

By Johnny Thunder

from Western NY

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Fairly Rugged
  • Price

Cons

  • Can Be Feedback Prone
  • No Replacement Windscreen

Best Uses

  • Confrences
  • Events
  • Home Studio

Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

I use microphones from Audio Technica, Shure, Audix and others. They are like paint brushes. Some brushes are expensive, and some simply are not. Sometimes the brush you really should use is the inexpensive one. Just because another brush costs a lot more does not mean it's going to do what you need it to do in that particular stroke.

This microphone is a great example. One of the things I record a lot of are conferances and conventions. If I'm working in a room that isn't overly bright, (IE lots of high frequencies bouncing around the room), and the cabinets are well downstage and in front of the mic, I find these SP-5's do real well on a podium. They've got a good bit of gain, especialy for a dynamic, though they are prone to feedback if you really start pushing it. For speech, they are capable of producing a nice warm vocal while having good presence as not to sound muddy.

I don't find them to be all that great for vocalists that get right up on the windscreen though. Nor would I trust them in really high SPL environments as I'm certain I'd be trying to chase runaway squeel all night.

If you're using them for recording, they'll really shine there. They really are somewhat close to 58's aside from the fact that they are definately more susceptible to feedback when used for sound reinforcement. They're a real woorkhorse and have a very good response right on through from low to high.

Seriously, if you're really on a budget, pick a couple up and try them during practice or sound check. I think you'll be suprised at what you get for your money, and if you really are on a budget but are starting to gig, you'll probably buy a few more.

Backing vocals, toms, snare, guitar cabs, as long as the monitors aren't super loud onstage, these mics can do that stuff.

You'll get a whole lot more than you paid for even if you pay twice what I did. (Which I doubt you will. These mics have been very reasonable for years now.)

Let me be clear here, I didn't give them 5 stars because they're the same microphone you'll get when you spend 2,500 clams. I gave them 5 stars because they give you every penny of your money's worth and more. Like the title says, they're easily worth 5 times the asking price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

t great but cheap

Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

definitely not an SM-5x, but good output. Tone a bit on the aggressive side, but not very well defined.A great emergency mike at that price.I haven't used it long enough to judge its reliably.Note: doesn't come with a clip.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice

By AnthonyW&theG's

from Chicago

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Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

I love it all throughout. I bought it with a double pop filter and both together are quite amazing! I give it a nine because its a little heavy but thats not to worry about!
Im currently using this to record, its tone and everything is beautiful! It is very durable!
The quality is amazing for what its price is! It has a very nice feeling to it! I think you should get this when your strapped for cash!
For the price it is an outstanding microphone so dont listen to anyone else.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing for the price

By Dave O.

from Missouri

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Great Price

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      The Nady SP5 has it's place. If you are on a tight budget, and you need a bunch of mics (who doesn't) the savings really do add up. The quality isn't bad, it's just different. I've done a lot of comparison recordings testing the SP5 (which I've bought at least 12 of over the years), and the (reference dynamic) Shure SM57, and the Behringer XM8500 (which I like very much). The Nady does have a more narrow, and pronounced peak around 6k than the referenece Shure, and the 8500. There are times when this peak IS welcome however. If your PA is a little on the muddy side, or you are trying to stretch the width of coverage of your horns beyond their reach, that peak can help the vocals cut through. There are also STILL applications where you don't have the option to EQ...and this Nady doesn't need any boost to cut through when driving muddy ceiling PA speakers. We've had no problems with failures...either DOA or after a few years of use. These are fairly rugged mics, and the output is fairly hot.
      I have dozens of different mics to choose from...some costing 4 figures. This Nady has it's place, but (as with ALL mics!) you just need to choose it carefully.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Another Great Value

      By Too Old to Quit-1YnyW

      from Sioux Falls, SD

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      I bought a trio of these several years ago and have been dragging them around basically for spares, but hadn't really used them much. Then a couple of weeks ago I pulled them out for a band practice/garage demo recording. By the way, the Korg can be used as the PA/monitor while recording, but that's fodder for another review...Woo hoo, was I was blown away, these mics sounded outstanding both though the PA and on the recording. They compared very favorably to a Shure 58 and Beta 58 that we also used that day. They blew away some other cheapies I also have. Maybe because the Nadys have neodymium magnets just like the Betas. Current price difference compared to a Beta 58 is around 8 to 1. So, in my humble opinion for 1/8th the price you get 90%-95% of the sound quality of the Betas.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent sound for price - needs on-off switch

      By tideman

      from Robertsdale, AL

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      I compared it with the Audio-Technica MB2000L which I have and the quality of sound is very similar. I would not hesitate to purchase more when future needs arise.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      CRAP

      By strat guy172

      from Houston, TX

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      Only one word for this! CRAP. It sounds horrible. You can even hear the parts moving inside if you shake it. Straight out of the box it feels cheap and light. Do not get this. I replaced it with a Behringer mic and I'm very pleased with it. DO NOT BUY! WASTE OF MONEY!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      2 good, 1 bad!!!

      By Jon Death

      from OHIO USA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      Used the first mic from the 3-pack of these I bought and it was very flat and android like in tone. Couldn't believe how bad it sounded..as though it was designed for someone with a bad voice and to mask it. It made vocals sound like a "pop" singer. Hooked up another one a week later and turns out the first one was bad! These mics sound great, every bit as good as my other cardioids costing over 5 times as much. I've made a handful of recordings and they sound as good as anything you hear in today's music. Just be aware that it seems a LOT of people get bad ones AND, these mics aren't the most sturdy. Treat them decent enough however and they should survive at least a couple years of regular use.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      They do what I asked them to

      By Unnamed User-O639f

      from VA

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      When I was asked by my spiritual group to take over providing the music & sound for our functions I wanted mics that were some what rugged(i.e. idiot friendly), had decent sound, and that were cheap enough to replace. Four year later one dent & a few scratches it's still mission accomplished.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great 4 the $

      By Quill

      from Parkersburg,WV

      Comments about Nady SP-5 Dynamic Cardioid Neodymium Mic:

      I've had my nady sp-5 dynamic cardioid neodymium mics for a while and have nothing bad 2 say. They're a great buy and sound as good as others priced way higher.

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