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23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Great Clarity & ResponseJun 18, 2012
The Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 is indeed a worthy contender if you're in the market for a low priced alternative to the "industry standard" vocal dynamic microphone (Shure SM58). I use this mic to record everything from instruments to vocals. Most recordings are done with condenser microphones because of their flatter frequency response but with some cleaning up of the vocal tracks it sounds good. It has a very warm sound with the only problem being a little bit of "rattle", but that's because it's a dynamic.
I have a bass voice that bottoms out around 70 Hz (C#2) so I need the lower frequency response more than most singers do. Most cheap dynamic mics fall off rapidly below 100 Hz (G2) and can't properly record notes on the lower string of a guitar, cello or bass. The Sony FV-220 falls off at 100 Hz, while the Samson R10S (sold for $20 in most Best Buy as the "performer" series mic) falls off below 80 Hz (E2). The PDMIC58 beats them both with a roll off at 50 Hz (G1), which is lower than even I can sing, and delivers well even into the "sizzle" register (7.5 kHz and up).
Before you pay $100 for a few micrograms of ink splotched on the plastic outer coating of a brand new microphone, check out what the Pyle-Pro PDMIC58 has to offer in terms of equivalent quality and frequency response.
16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
excelent micJan 24, 2011
great mic !!!!! buying two of these and storing one away just incase it gets broken while giging this mic is the best
id have to say might be better then shure sm58 but not as good as a shure beta 57
but the price , dont pass this mic up youll thank me later
mine came with a long cable it was 15$
25 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Decent mic for the priceMay 31, 2011
By Scott J
"The Amazon Junkie"
Again to my own fault, I failed to see if this mic had an on-off switch- it does not. For the money, its a good mic. Feels sturdy and constructed well. The audio quality is decent. I've been a musician for over 15 years so I've had my fair share of mics. To the reviewer who said he couldn't tell the difference between this mic and the SHURE SM58, well, we'll have to agree to disagree. SHURE makes one of the best LIVE/Stage mics in the industry. I simply purchased this mic as a back-up for my DJ business. I just wished I had noticed it didn't have an on/off switch on the mic body itself.
For the money- its a very good buy. You wont get much better in terms of construction build/sound quality for around $12. You'll definitely want to invest in a better mic cable, as the one that is included is really cheap. I'd suggest HOSA as they are my cable company of choice.
All in all, if you're looking for a back-up mic or a karaoke mic, this does the trick for a low price. Quality is good enough to get by, but the mic lacks the on/off switch and you'll want to upgrade to a higher quality mic cable.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Very suprised.May 11, 2011
This mic sounds great. Don't let the price scare you, this is a great buy. I use it for vocals and it does a very good job.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
It is a great Microphone.Jul 18, 2012
By Eric H. Burger
I have been doing sound professionally for many, many years, and have learned to not just "listen" to a mic, but to spend times with specs and measuring devices to truly see what is happening. And this mic specs out exactly the same - so...
This mic is nearly identical to a NEW SM 58 is sound and performance. I'll will explain why this varies from other reviewers with similar experience. A microphone is a mechanical device that has moving a moving membrane that creates electronic signals as the element moves in and out of the coil. Like all mechanical devices, they degrade over time. No good sound guy uses a SM 57 for years - sure it still works, but it doesn't sound the same. Does it sound better after a few years - that's a personal choice. Anyway, I can assure you that the guys who say they sounded different tried it against one of their old mics.
Comparing a new Shure 58 and this mic side by side reveals nearly identical results. When I blind tested 6 people with the 2 mics with different sound sources, 3 said there was no difference, and 2 liked the Shure and 1 liked the Pyle Pro. I can't argue with that result.
It is possible that these mics are built in the factory that Shure abandoned in China about 12 years ago. The mic body are different in weight (the Shure is heavier), and I cannot speak to their road-worthiness, but at that price I can break 4 and still be ahead! Buy it!
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