Neither mic is prone to distortion, even at screaming loud levels.
Tough. I would say that the Beta 58A is about as durable of a microphone as you can buy. That’s not to say that the e835 isn’t, because it’s also pretty rock solid. But the reputation that the 58 has is that of near indestructibility. It’s a mic that simply will not die like Bruce Willis, or Vamp from Metal Gear Solid. Or even Jason Voorhees. Lol. Want proof? Check the videos below! It basically survives 1) 3-4 separate shotgun blasts including a .22 bullet right through the grill (complete with exit wound), 2) a drop from 6 and 7 stories inside Shure’s HQ, and 3) it got run over by a car twice and still worked flawlessly. To me that’s just astounding, and truly speaks for the longevity and durability of this beast. I know in the video they’re abusing the original SM58, but because the Beta is pretty much the same thing build wise, it still applies. 😀
Presence. The e835 has more presence and clarity than the Beta 58A, which is muddier by comparison.
Your voice. If you have more of a bass oriented voice, the Beta58A may not be the best option. This is because when you’re right up on it (eating the mic), the low end is emphasized a lot.
Bright vs. balanced. The Beta 58A is brighter, but not as smooth sounding as the e835. The 835 seems more balanced across the spectrum, and also provides greater clarity.
Male vs. Female. The Beta 58A seems to do better with baritone/husky voices, while the e835 excels with more female type vocal arrangements.
Cardioid vs. Supercardioid. The Beta 58A is supercardioid while the e835 is cardioid. What is a Cardioid capsule? This basically means that the Beta 58A has a smaller, more restrictive area that you can effectively sing into. The advantage is that it rejects sound from the sides better, but the downside is that you have to be pretty much directly in front of it to get the clearest frequency. The e835 on the other hand has a bit less of a restrictive area that it will pick up sound, but the trade-off is that it will capture sound from the sides which you may not like.
From a distance. The Beta 58A kind of fades out to a dull whisper after around 6 inches from your mouth. The e835 is much better in this regard.
Lower vocal tones. The Beta 58A seems to muffle your voice a bit in the lower registers, while the e835 comes across crystal clear, with a nice punch and some added top end presence as alluded to before. “Do I make myself clear, Mister Bender?” “Crystall.” Lol. Breakfast Club anyone?
Warranty. The e835 comes with a 10 year warranty, while the Beta 58A only comes with a 2 year.
Price. The e835 is a bit more affordable than the Beta 58A at retail.
Feedback. The e835 is more prone to feedback than the Beta58A.
Weight. The e835 is heavier at 11.64 oz. vs. the 58A at 9.92.
Impedance. The e835 has a 350 Ohm impedance vs. the 150 of the Beta 58A.
On/Off. The 58A has an On/Off switch while the e835 doesn’t.
Frequency Response. The e835 is 40 – 16000 Hz, while the 58A is 50 – 16000 Hz.
Check out the absurd durability test
The 58A is still a phenomenal microphone without a doubt. However, I do think the e835 edges it out in every category except for durability, even though the 835 is extremely rock solid in it’s own right. The only thing that the 58A does better than the 835 is feedback rejection, so:
If you’re primarily an on stage vocalist who needs to scream into the mic, not worry about abuse in the least, and generally get pretty wild with your buddy, the 58A may be your homie. I would say it’s better suited for live applications than the 835 ever so slightly, but just make sure that you’re eating the mic most of the time.
The e835 is your boy if you’re in need of a better mic in the majority of capacities and instances. It’s got better presence, clarity, a 10 year warranty, it’s more affordable, it’s more flexible as far as where your mouth is in relation to the grill, and it’s got more of a balanced sound overall. Interested?
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