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Review: Shure 565 SD, Stage Microphone


Is this mic any more than just a SM58 with a different body?
Item: Shure 565 SD, Stage Dynamic Microphone
Price: $99 (US), £115 (UK)
Mic Rating: 4.5/5
4.5 out of 5

At A Glance: Often referred to as the “Woodstock microphone” (because of its use at the 1969 festival), the 565 SD is Shure’s current version of their classic stage vocal microphone. Like its brother the SM58, it features a cardioid polar pattern and has a frequency response of 50 to 15,000 Hz that is tailored for vocal use. The mic as an attractive chrome plated body, a silent “magnetic reed” on/off switch with lock-on option and comes with a mic stand clip.

High Notes: The mic has the classic Shure vocal sound that has been a popular choice on stages for many years. Its proximity effect produces a pleasant boost in the low-end to give additional warmth to voices, which is combined with a forward-sounding high frequency response to increase intelligibility and help cut through a mix. One of the more unique features of the 565 SD is the ability to change its output impedance to enable it to be used with Hi-Z inputs. Doing this does involve a little minor surgery on the mic – however it is a feature most users would not require and it by default setup for a standard microphone input.

Off Pitch: In Europe, the microphone currently costs more than an SM58 – however, the price has recently dropped a bit in the USA and can now be bought for a similar price. Also, due to their similarities, if you do not like the sound of an SM58 on your voice, you are unlikely to find the 565 SD any better.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: A look through the spec sheets shows there are a few subtle differences between a new 565 SD and SM58, however they both produce a nearly identical frequency response and it is hard (if not impossible) to distinguish one from the other in a listening test. That said, even if there is little difference between the two, that isn’t necessarily an issue – especially if you are looking for something that looks a little more retro-authentic on stage. The 565 SD, like the SM58, is a great vocal mic that has proven its worth at live performances for decades and is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the sound of the SM58 but prefer the look of the chrome body.

Manufacturers Website: https://www.shure.co.uk/products/microphones/565sd

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Chris Kennedy is the principle technology reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about this work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.

  • Raul Lobato

    I have both mics and I think they are very different. the SM58 is brighter and shallower, and the 565 its very dynamic in response, lower output and distorts pleasantly when you scream at it.