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Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unmistakable iconic stage mic with vintage look and feel.

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 instruments
  • Cardioid directional pattern for optimum performance
  • Shock-mounted cartridge minimizes stand-transmitted noise
  • Rugged chrome-plated die-cast casing and mechanical design

A great vocal stage mic that delivers a style perfect for jazz, swing, rockabilly, and blues acts.

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Max SPL: 94 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and Type
  • Capsule: Dynamic
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Switches: On/off
  • Phantom power required: No
Size and Weight
  • Diameter: 2.19 in.
  • Length: 7.05 in.
  • Weight: 1.37 lb.
Included Accessories
  • Case: No
  • Clip: N/A
  • Shockmount: N/A
  • Power supply: N/A
  • Cable: No
  • Stand: No
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ShureSeries II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Durable (11)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8), Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

55SH vs LDC for vocals

I had originally grabbed this mic for live performances when "looks" count, and it shines live both in sound quality and classy looks. I had been recording a female vocalist...Read complete review

I had originally grabbed this mic for live performances when "looks" count, and it shines live both in sound quality and classy looks. I had been recording a female vocalist using the MXL v63M and that mic is very balanced and "nice" sounding in the studio with a pretty crisp top end and deep lows - high output/sensitivity - always had to roll off the low end in vocal takes. I hooked up the 55SH last night and recorded some female vocals and was amazed at how well the dry unprocessed track sat in the mix. Nice and warm sounding with sweet presence; the word "vintage" comes to mind and to me this mic sounds a bit "sweeter" than a SM58. Very smooth response. When we compared the vocal takes between the V63m and the Shure 55SH the 55SH was the track we went with. It just "fit" better in the mix. I love this mic!If you're interested just get it you won't be disappointed.

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Too Fragile

I know people have posted that these mics are a tank. But my experience differs. I had one and the on/off switch broke. I sent it back to Shure and they replaced...Read complete review

I know people have posted that these mics are a tank. But my experience differs. I had one and the on/off switch broke. I sent it back to Shure and they replaced it for a fee. I barely used the replacement for a few months when it stopped working completely. I am not going to have it repaired again as I will have essentially paid for a new microphone. I compare this to a Shure SM58 that I purchased in 1978 that only recently became non-functional.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

55SH vs LDC for vocals

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

I had originally grabbed this mic for live performances when "looks" count, and it shines live both in sound quality and classy looks. I had been recording a female vocalist using the MXL v63M and that mic is very balanced and "nice" sounding in the studio with a pretty crisp top end and deep lows - high output/sensitivity - always had to roll off the low end in vocal takes. I hooked up the 55SH last night and recorded some female vocals and was amazed at how well the dry unprocessed track sat in the mix. Nice and warm sounding with sweet presence; the word "vintage" comes to mind and to me this mic sounds a bit "sweeter" than a SM58. Very smooth response. When we compared the vocal takes between the V63m and the Shure 55SH the 55SH was the track we went with. It just "fit" better in the mix. I love this mic!If you're interested just get it you won't be disappointed.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't Make The Same Mistake

By deltadevils.net

from Albuquerque

Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I abused this mic

By Means Nothing

from Utah

Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Retro perfect

By Geezerguitarguy

from Reading, PA

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Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

Great mic. Been using this for a couple of years now for rock and clubdate work. Not quite as "pretty" sounding as the SM58s I used to use, the response curve on this mic seems to be more mid/top heavy which my (occasional) sound guy prefers for me in live apps since I don't have a cutting voice. The sweet spot is very small, it takes some getting used to, but that makes it very feedback resistant. The appearance is retro cool - I get a lot of comments from the audience on that and they're paying the bills so appearance matters. Get a tripod if you use a boom - it's heavy. Also be prepared for condensation on the steel when the air temp goes down.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NICE

By jerkowitz-l1XZO

from St Louis, Mo

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Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

Never heard of this mic until I was playing at a private party and one of the other guys brought this for me to use. I didn't like it at first until I realized how directional it is. You have to stay right in front of it. After I figured that out I loved the way it made me sound, it has a very smooth sound. Plus no feedback from the PA. I also played 5 string banjo on a couple songs and really liked the way it picked up the banjo's sound, turned it up at the PA and still no feedback, picked up the banjo and my vocals no problem. Bought one the next day.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth The Money

By Kevn0

from Moberly Mo

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Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

I have had mine for a year. I was drawn in by the iconic look, it was a fetish for me. As it turns out, it is an ideal mic for my purposes. My band practices in a SMALL space, and this mic excels at NOT picking up background noise. It has a small, focused sweet spot you have to hit but the sound is great and there are no microphonics to deal with. It is what it is, fantastic for dealing with loud, small spaces. Not made for use as a condenser or instrument mic but if you need a great mic that won't raise hell in your practice space, this is it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Too Fragile

By Snakemusik

from New Orleans, LA

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Pros

  • Good sound
  • Great Look

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Fragile
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

    I know people have posted that these mics are a tank. But my experience differs. I had one and the on/off switch broke. I sent it back to Shure and they replaced it for a fee. I barely used the replacement for a few months when it stopped working completely. I am not going to have it repaired again as I will have essentially paid for a new microphone. I compare this to a Shure SM58 that I purchased in 1978 that only recently became non-functional.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fabulous!

    By cbtrue

    from CA

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    Pros

    • beautiful
    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

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

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classy & gorgeous 4 my rig + sounds perfect 4 me!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

      I don't have time to write reviews, but this mic deserves one. Have an SKB 12 mic box full of unused dynamic mics from RS to Samson to Fender to Peavey Diamond, none of them are usable compared to my 58's and 58 betas for announcements,singing or for making clients sound excellent in wedding ceremonies, toasts, & karaoke. Thought I'd take a chance on the sound quality of this one for my announcement mic hanging from an overhead boom attached to my rig frame. Unbelievably sick gorgeous out of the box. Brushed chrome not polished. A+B+C test between SM58, 58Beta and this 55SH on 3 identically shaped channels showed 55SH placed right in the middle for voice and about 10x better than all my brand X paperweights. It has an added distinctive metallic echo that makes it sound desirably retro but otherwise clear, no harshness.INSTALLATION SIDE NOTE - the XLR socket and stand socket are so close together that I had to remove the sprocket lock nut off my mic stand to be able to plug in the cord, then the mic bottomed out of course at the wrong angle. Had to carry this sexy thing through Ace hardware while staff and customers ogled. Dropped a 5/16" stainless steel split lock washerinto the threaded stand socket and it fit perfectly and refused to come out(a good thing, can't lose it). I had to point out the washer imbedded in the mic socket to the cashier. Threaded it onto my overhead boom, as soon as the lock washer engaged my mic would turn to any angle I wanted and stay put instantly without fussing the original sprocket nut back and forth to get the right angle, an awesome innovation. I'm going back to get eight more of these lock washers for all my other stands and get rid of all the pita sprocket nuts, probly an old roadie trick I think I just invented. HEY SHURE, you owe me a dime for the lock washer and all the free mics you want to send me to work out installation bugs and write reviews on. Ha-Ha, No I'm not kidding. If you want killer looks on your stage with very acceptable Shure quality sound that you are used to, spend the bucks and then go to Ace for the washer.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good retro looking mic

      By SoundGuy

      from Minnesota

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best stage Mic I own!

        By 1guitarjunkie

        from Oak Island NC

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        Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

        I have two of these, so both of us in my Duo act have matching mics. Get TONS of comments from fans and other musicians on the look and sound. The audio characteristics seem just like my SM58's, which I still pack as back-ups, but people swear they sound better. I am sure it is the "look" that influences their perception.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        55sh

        By Headlamp

        from Cranbrook, BC

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        Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

        First off, this thing is a tank. I dropped it out of a moving Van on the highway on the way to a gig and used it there. This mic has definitely made a number of people bleed. The look of it is obviously a huge selling point. I have not played a show that someone hasn't commented on how much they love my mic. The sound is alright, it's nothing extraordinary but let's face it, you're not looking at this mic for it's sound.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NICE SOUNDING AND HATE TO SAY I LIKE THE LOOKS

        By Blues n stuff

        from Southern California

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        Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

        My main mic for years a 58. But a friend had this and yes I caved in, it looked cool and seemed to sound ok.I compared it right away when it came with my 58, a 57 and Shure condenser mic. Doing a test sentence with each rotating several times. The 55SH hate to admit had a bit deeper sound than the 58. (To my old ears anyways) Not earthshaking but just enough different to be interesting. You do have to speak straight into the center of it with your lips touching the mic. Anywhere else it drops off sharply. Absolute nothing from the sides or back. Now the only issue I found was "P's" and S's are very sharp. Sharp enough I was going to stay with my 58. I experimented by putting a wind screen in front of it and it was fine. Now what? Cover a nice retro mic with a sock. Doubt it. I carefully removed the four cover screws with a jewelers screwdriver. I trimmed down a regular windscreen about half and put it over the mice element and put it back together. Drop dead heaven. I used it live. I do old blues guitar and harmonica loud. Had several compliments on the sound "hope it was my playing".Hate to admit I like the retro looks but it does sound pretty darn nice. Hope this is helpful.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        INCREDIBLE MIC!!!!!

        By Sacrifice

        from Lincolnton NC

        Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

        I love this microphone like a child!It is so faithful when it comes to recordings and gigs. I lead worship in a cockpit hanger. The acoustics in the hanger are so vast, that the mic makes the place sound like another world. On recordings, you MUST have a decent preamp to be able to give this baby enough juice, if not, the quality will be very fuzzy and it won't pick up your backup vocals or guitar like it is suppose to. Nevertheless, the mic is amazing, looks awesome and is faithful to give it'smax preformance whether I'm on stage or in the studio. I highly recomend this microphone to the serious musician! :)

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cool Mic! Picks up great for my uses.

        By Daddyowe

        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 Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          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!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Elvis mic

          By Fiddlin' Phil

          from Skowhegan, ME

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Rock Solid

          Cons

          • Switch

          Best Uses

          • Gigs Of Course
          • Performances

          Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice mic

          By Elvis13

          from Denver, CO

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          Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          I've gotten compliments on this mic at just about every show I've played. I play country/folk that sometimes gets a little rockabilly and this is the perfect mic for that style. I've used it on a straight stand as well as a tripod, and it was great on both (but it is heavy, so careful on the tripod). There's a lot of surface area, and you can get different sound depending on how you have it tipped and where you're singing into it. It doesn't feed back very readily, and I used to use it for recording. It picks up guitar and vocals pretty well, but I've since upgraded to a condenser for that (also a Shure). This mic is solid, really heavy and sturdy, and looks supercool. I tend to stick with brands I like, and I've never been disappointed with anything from Shure.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome!

          By The Living End

          from Sandwich, MA

          Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          I love this mic. It looks so much better than any other mic. It's great to have another option to a 58 or 57 that also looks cool, so you don't have to be like everyone else.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Harmonica/Voice mic

          By James-Eus-A

          from Duncanville, TX

          Comments about Shure Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          I am a harmonica player in Dallas Texas and I thought finding the perfect mic was impossible until I bought a Shure 55sh yesterday. Let me tell you, it is simply the best mic I have ever owned. It has the frequency response of an instrument mic, (50-15,000 Hz), and the features of a vocal mic.Right away the band noticed the vintage appearance. My older fans went nuts when they saw it. It looks good, it sounds great and it is tough just like a true Shure mic.The good: Vintage appearance, frequency response from 50-15,000 Hz, Great for vocal, speech or instruments, Tough and it really makes you stand out on a crowded stage.The only down sides are: It does not come with a carrying bag. My wife is going to make one so that is not a problem. It is really heavy. Is that an issue? No. And it is not cheap. In my humble opinion, it was worth every penny I paid for it. James

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I did buy this product again

          By Johnny Astor

          from Kentucky

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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 Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone:

          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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