GLS Audio ES-58-S Dynamic Microphone

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$40
GLS Audio ES-58 Dynamic Microphone
GLS Audio ES-58 Dynamic Microphone

Thanks to the GLS Audio ES-58-S, it is now possible to own a reasonable quality vocal mic on the cheap.

It is said to be based on the popular dynamic microphone Shure SM58, and while it is not a perfect clone, it continues to get really high ratings from those who own it or have tried it.

With its conventional shape and dynamic capsule design, there's nothing unfamiliar with this mic, aside from the inclusion of an on/off switch, which can be good or bad depending on how the singer holds the mic.

Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-15KHz Hz
  • Impedance: 300 ohms at 1KHz
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals, acoustic instruments, percussion instruments

Pros

The GLS Audio ES-58-S continues to exceed the expectations of users, with plenty of commendations on how good its quality is, given its price. Most of the reports are from satisfied singers, but there are also sound technicians who are happy with its simplicity and ease of use. There are also a good number of musicians who are just as satisfied using the mic with their acoustic instrument or even for amplifiers.

Cons

There are some reports of minor cosmetic issues, while others report that the mic sound better with some EQ work.

Overall

If you're looking for a top rated vocal mic that you can get cheap, this is for you.

More from "The Best Dynamic Microphones" guide:

The GLS Audio ES-58-S is an affordable dynamic mic based on the design of the popular Shure SM58. As such it follows a very similar shape and overall design, albeit with an added on/off switch for this particular model. Interestingly, the distributor, GLS Audio, is willing to guarantee its quality enough to offer a refund in case you're not happy with its performance. Like the industry standard mic that it's trying to mimic, its dynamic cardioid design makes it viable for use with vocals on a loud stage, or even in a studio setting.

Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-15KHz Hz
  • Impedance: 300 ohms at 1KHz
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals, acoustic instruments, percussion instruments

This seemingly unassuming mic continues to surprise many users with its overall quality and solid build. Like the iconic mic that it is based on, most of the thumbs up that it is getting are from satisfied singers, but there are also many musicians who report that the mic works well with their favorite instruments, including acoustic guitars, ukuleles and more. Application wise, there are reports of the GLS Audio ES-58-S working well in and out the studio. There are also a good number of users who can attest to its long-term reliability, with reports of the mic still providing the same sound quality after rigorous use and even after having dropped the mic on the floor a number of times. It goes without saying that many love this mic for its low street price, and it is easily the main reason why it exceeds the expectations of many.

With its impressively high rating, there aren't many consistent complaints about it, but there are some who report their nitpicks, like the few who needed to use EQ to get it sounding better.

The GLS Audio ES-58-S' longevity, sound quality and price tag makes it an ideal microphone for those with limited budgets.

From "The Best Cheap Microphones Under $50" Guide:

Here is another handheld vocal mic based on the popular Shure SM58, only this one has an on/off switch and more importantly - is much more affordable. It follows after the iconic vocal mic with its dynamic cardioid design that works well for stage use.

With so many sales and good customer feedback, the distributor, GLS Audio, backs this mic with a refund guarantee for those who feel that they are not happy with what they've got.

Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-15KHz
  • Impedance: 300 ohms at 1KHz
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals or speech

Pros
For an affordable mic, many are surprised by its solid build and good sound quality, but its best trait is its low street price. As a testament to its build quality, there are many positive report from long-term users who still find the mic satisfactory after years of rigorous use. Some still employ the mic with no issues, even after dropping it a number of times.

Cons
There aren't any notable or consistent concerns, but there are a few who are not too happy with its sound, describing the tone as leaning towards the higher frequencies.

Overall
For the price and quality, the GLS Audio ES-58-S is simply hard to beat, great for those working with budget limitations.

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