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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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OVERVIEW

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

Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone

  • 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: Yes
    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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(6 of 6 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.

(6 of 9 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.

(5 of 5 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.

(4 of 4 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.

(4 of 4 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.

(4 of 4 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.

(3 of 3 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.

    (3 of 5 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!!

      (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.

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