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Before we get into the Shure PG58 vs. SM58 comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will outline the PG58, and then compare it to the SM58 towards the end as well as give my recommendation. 🙂
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
- Type: Dynamic. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic.
- Frequency Response: 60-15,000Hz
- Impedance: 300 Ohm.
- Weight: 11.3 oz.
- Output at 1000Hz: -53dBV/Pa (2.2 mV)
- Included accessories: Internal shock-mount, pop-filter, mic clip, 15′ XLR cable. What is XLR?
The Shure PG58 is cheaper than the venerable SM58, but it’s no slouch and some say it performs just as well, if not better than a 58. It’s very rugged and reliable, and pretty heavy to boot.
It’s great for stuff like small live gigs, karaoke, and even studio applications! It also comes with an On/off switch which is a really convenient feature that not a lot of other, more expensive Shure mics even have.
- Very durable.
- Good sound quality.
- Crisp and clear response.
- Handling noise.
Who this mic benefits?
- Live vocals
- Church worship music
- Hard rock
- Shakuhachi (which is a bamboo flute)
- Interviews. Good in a loud crowded place, as the mic will reject most of the background and ambient noise.
- In studio
- Instruments like acoustic guitar.
- Tenor voices.
- Singing with a PA and electric guitar.
- TV production.
What you will need?
If using in studio, the following will greatly aid you:
- Acoustic Sound Treatment never hurt. Dynamic mics like this one do tend to reject background noise better, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
- Because it’s a dynamic mic, you won’t need 48v phantom power, but you can still use an, amp, audio interface or mixer to power the mic. What does an audio interface do? Just make sure that you don’t press the 48v switch.
- A pop-filter (included, but it’s internal). You may want a separate one. The one that comes with does pretty well at around 6 inches out.
- A shock-mount (included, also internal).
- A mic stand.
What people are/were using:
- M-Audio Fast Track Pro.
- M-Audio Fast Track.
- I use the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and would recommend it as a phenomenal entry level audio interface.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Be aware of counterfeit models. Always make sure that you’re buying from a reputable dealer, and if you decide to buy from amazon, look for “shipped from and sold by amazon.”
- The cable it comes with is satisfactory, but could have been better.
A versatile, crystal clear mic that sounds just as good as the SM58 in many peoples eyes. Inclusion of On/off switch is especially useful, and one of it’s main draws is being great for karaoke. Great feedback rejection, and also drowns out the majority of ambient and background noise.
Similarities & Differences
- Both have good feedback rejection.
- Both have a very similar sound with some subtle differences outlined below.
- Both are cardioid dynamic microphones. What is a cardioid capsule?
- Mid-range. The SM58 is a bit flatter in the mid-range, while the PG58 is brighter and has more presence. These are slight differences in tone, and can be adjusted with some EQ.
- Treble. The Sm58 has an overall more flat response in the treble region, as well as the overall sound.
- Switch. The PG58 has an On/off switch while the SM58 does not.
- Weight. The PG58 is heavier than the SM58. The PG58 by most accounts is just as rock solid and durable as the SM. Do keep in mind there are some folk who believe the SM58 is more durable, and they might be right given the 3 videos I’m about to show you in a minute. However, the takeaway is that both are very solid and if there’s a difference, it’s smaller than you think. So per the spec sheets from Shure, the SM58 is 10.5 oz., while the PG58 is 11.3 oz.
- Sound. The majority of people are saying the PG58 and SM58 either sound very similar, you can’t tell the difference in a blind test, or that the difference is so small that it’s barely even noticeable. Still, some others claim that the SM58 has better clarity overall, and that there is a difference. I would say that they do sound about the same, and if the SM58 is better, it’s by a minuscule to small margin. The small difference is that the PG58 tends to sound a bit rough around the edges, while the SM58 is more accurate, clean, but not as loud, which contributes to it sounding less harsh.
- Frequency Response. 60Hz-15kHz for the PG58, and 50Hz-15kHz for the SM58.
- Handling noise. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is handling noise. This basically means that the PG58 will pick up a lot when you’re holding it, while the SM58 won’t as much. Handling noise is simply a specification for quantifying the sensitivity of a microphone to movement and shock.
Here’s a cool comparison of the two (as well as the Beta 58A). You can tell there’s a slight improvement with the SM58, but to me it’s almost not noticeable. The Beta 58A on the other hand does provide a bit more clarity and crispness.
If you’re strapped for cash, and don’t want to invest in the SM58 because you don’t do bigger shows, or you’re not quite as involved in live stage recording, the PG58 is a great alternative, especially since it comes with so many extras. You get an XLR cable, mic clip, zipper pouch, pop-filter (internal), and it has an internal shock-mount + On/off switch. Can’t really go wrong!
The SM58 is a live vocal mic standard, and has been around for decades. If you’re more of a serious musician, and need something for the long haul, the SM58 is just about the most “sure” microphone you could buy. Hehe. This puppy has been thrown, kicked, stepped on, shot at, ran over by a car, and still comes out on top. Don’t believe me? Check out these videos my brethren!
Check out the absurd durability test
Wow, enough said.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Shure PG58 vs. SM58 comparison.
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