Microphone is an important component in electronic devices such as hearing aids, sound recorder, Radio broadcasting or any other means of communication such as mobile phone, telephone, Intercom, Walkie Talkie as well as Home Entertainment such as Karaoke. Microphone selection must be done with more care. This is done to prevent depletion of the microphone capability of optimal performance. With the development of the times then developed the type of microphone that exists in the world. The shape is diverse and increasingly narrowing but not reduce the performance of a microphone. The brand of the Shure Beta is one of the popular among the public especially to the 87A and SM58 series. Who is superior? This review will assess both the microphone from all its aspects.
The Shure Beta 87A is a premium quality supercardioid hand-held electret condenser vocal microphone with exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level capability. It is made from smooth frequency response, highly consistent supercardioid polar pattern, electronic low-frequency, wide dynamic range (117 dB), and low susceptibility to RFI and electromagnetic hum. The Beta 87A also operates on phantom power. The Shure SM58 delivers outstanding wireless functionality ideal for mid-size events and installations in businesses, hotels, and government offices with conferencing spaces; schools, houses of worship, and live performance spaces. With some features that is simplified setup and operation such as microphone clip, power supply, 2 AA batteries, battery contact cover, two 1/2 wave antennas, 2 BNC cables, zipper bag, 2 BNC bulkhead adapters, rackmount kit, and user guide. (Have a look : Shure Beta 87A Vs 87C Comparison)
|Shure Beta 87A||Shure SM58|
|- Type : Condenser (electret bias)||- Type: Dynamic (moving coil)|
|- Frequency Response : 50 to 20,000 Hz||- Frequency Response: 50 to 15kHz|
|- Polar Pattern : Supercardioid||- Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid)|
Shure Beta 87A Handheld Condenser Microphone at a Glance. First thing is about the Superb sound quality that can reveals nuance and subtlety in a microphone optimized for the most demanding live environments. The second, built for a loud stage, The Beta 87A accept only the closest direct signal sources and capture everything around them. The microphones offer consistency across all frequencies, providing more gain before feedback, and minimizing proximity effect. Last, the durability is coming from drops, to humidity, to heat tests, and so on! The offered price for one package of this microphone is among $250.00. While the competitor is The Shure SM58 is often called The handheld or Stand mics all in one mic. The SM58 is tailored to target the main sound source while minimizing background noise. It is also very popular with djs and presenters in clubs and in small and large live venues. Durably constructed, the SM58 has a pneumatic shock-mount system while the iconic spherical gray steel mesh grille protects a foam wind and pop-filter.
Shure Beta 87A Vs SM58
The conclusion is saying that The Beta 87 and SM58 are completely different microphones. The Beta 87 is a condenser and the SM58 is a dynamic. The Beta 87 has a supercardioid polar pattern and the SM58 has a cardioid polar pattern. And also The Beta87 is a much more open sound for vocals. It is more viewed as a vocal mic, doesn’t mean you can’t use it for something else though. Those are the major differences.