Using an Elvis-style microphone for your singing always has a special thing about it. Using the same gear as a world-wide famous legendary singer can greatly boost your confidence and thus performance. If you are now looking for a mic with such classical chrome-plated appearance with great audio quality, there are two products that you can consider, the Shure Super 55 Deluxe and Shure 55SH Series II. The two may appear quite identical to each other. Both come from the same price range, but Shure Super 55 Deluxe is usually slightly more expensive than Shure 55SH Series II. So, what’s the difference between Super 55 Deluxe and 55SH Series II?
In terms of design, Shure Super 55 Deluxe and Shure 55SH Series II are similar that they both have the vintage design that reminds you of the Elvis’s mic. That chrome-plated design greatly enhances the elegance of both mics. The chrome plating also ensures maximum protection and durability. Both models are rugged and solid. On Shure Super 55 Deluxe, you can see a vibrant blue color of the foam behind the chrome plating. The vibrancy adds a nice stylish touch to the mic. Shure 55SH Series II appears somewhat more conventional, but there is a handy on/off switch on the mic for better control. Each model is equipped with a shock-mounted cartridge to minimize mechanical vibration and a self-tensioning swivel mount that allows tilting up to 45 degrees forward, 80 degrees backward.
|Shure Super 55 Deluxe||Shure 55SH Series II|
|- Type : Dynamic||- Type : Dynamic|
|- Frequency Response : 60 to 17,000 Hz||- Frequency Response : 50 to 15,000 Hz|
|- Polar Pattern : Supercardioid||- Polar Pattern : Cardioid (unidirectional), uniform with frequency, symmetrical about axis|
|- lmpedance : Microphone rating impedance is 150 ohms (290 ohms actual)||- lmpedance : Microphone rating impedance is 150 ohms (270 ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated at 75 to 300 ohms|
A significant difference is regarding the polar pattern. Shure 55SH Series II has a cardioid polar pattern, which makes it capture sound from a wider angle. This is good if you tend to move off-axis as you sing, as the mic will still capture your voice. But it is relatively more susceptible to feedback. It is also very sensitive to plosives; it will capture lots of your plosives, so you may need to hold back a little. On the other hand, Shure Super 55 Deluxe is supercardioid. The pickup angle is narrower. The mic is more resistant to feedback.
These two mics are equipped with different cartridges, so they have different characteristics. Shure Super 55 Deluxe is armed with a modified Beta 58A cartridge, which makes it sounding more modern. It is bright, hot, and highly articulate. It flatters the sound very well. On the other hand, Shure 55SH Series II comes with the unidyne cartridge that sounds more vintage and classic. The sound is warmer and mellower.
Shure Super 55 Deluxe Vs 55SH Series II
In general, Shure Super 55 Deluxe is more recommended because of the more elegant design, supercardioid polar pattern, and bright, articulate sound. If you want a more vintage and classic sound, Shure 55SH Series II can be your choice, but mind the plosives.