Before we get into the Sennheiser e945 vs. Shure Beta 58A, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will simply provide an informative comparison of these two, and then give my recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Similarities & Differences
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Similarities & Differences
Polar pattern. Both are supercardioid. What is a Cardioid capsule? This basically means that both have 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.
Both are extremely durable, although the 58A is known for being nearly indestructible.
EQ. The Beta 58A will need more equalization than the e945, but the e945 is easier to EQ. You will spend more time getting the right sound with the 58A, while the e945 sounds great even without EQ.
Clarity & Presence. The e945 provides more clarity than the Beta 58A, and cuts through the mix with more authority. There’s also more of a nasally quality with the Beta 58A that the 945 doesn’t have. The 945 brings out a nice warmth and richness to your voice that the 58A unfortunately lacks. The e945 has a better presence about it, and doesn’t sound as thin at the Beta 58A.
Price. The e945 is a bit more expensive than the 58A.
Frequency Response. The e945 goes from 40Hz-18kHz, while the Beta 58A goes from 50Hz-16kHz.
Sensitivity. The e945 has a sensitivity of 2.0mV/Pa, while the Beta 58A has a sensitivity of 2.7 mV/Pa.
Warranty. The e945 comes with a ridiculous 10 year warranty, while the Beta 58A comes with a 2 year.
Weight. The e945 is heavier at 12.875 oz. than the Beta 58A at 9.9 oz.
Sibilant. The e945 isn’t sibilant per se, but you may have to put a de-esser on it because it’s a tad bright at times. The Beta 58A isn’t as bright, but doesn’t have the clarity that the 945 does (as mentioned before). What does Sibilant mean?
Feedback Rejection. The e945 has better feedback rejection than the 58A.
Proximity effect. The e945 doesn’t have a muddy or exaggerated proximity effect, but the Beta 58A does by comparison. The 945 sounds phenomenal whether you’re screaming into it, or singing softly.
Appearance. Both have a different look. The 945 is more elegant and classy to me.
Nearly everyone agrees that the e945 is an overall better investment than the Beta 58A. That’s not to say the 58A is bad, but it’s outclassed here. The 945 has a richness and clarity that the 58A lacks, and it’s feedback rejection is also superior.
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