Shure PGA58 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphone

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Shure PGA58 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Vocal Microphone

Despite the similar numbering, the PG58 shares very little with Shure's classic SM58.

This doesn't mean the PGA58 is a slouch.

It still shares the same rugged build quality of its more expensive brother (albeit in a slightly different form factor).

Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-16kHz
  • Impedance: 150 ohms (300 ohms actual)
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals, guitar cabinets.

Pros

Many users bought the PGA58 expecting it to sound similar to the SM58. While they found that it doesn't, a few mentioned it sounds good in its own right. The PGA58 is slightly brighter and has a more modern sound signature which works great with modern pop music. The "SM58 notch" in the upper mids is absent in the PGA58 which gives it a sound with a bit more bite and presence.

Cons

Not as refined as more expensive microphones. Upper frequencies may sound shrill with female vocals.

Overall

The PGA58 is a great value microphone for those looking for a mic (or multiple) to use live without worrying about durability and sound quality.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Live Vocal Mics.

Shure PGA58 Polar Pattern Chart:

Shure PGA58 Polar Pattern Chart

Frequency Response Chart:

Shure PGA58 Frequency Response Chart

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.

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