Review by Stacy Zemon
Debuting in 1939, the first Unidyne model 55 was an immediate hit and a standard for decades to come.
Shure rechristened the mic as the 55SH Series II in 1996. It was also a hit, showing up on stages, music videos, movies, and TV shows.
Enter, stage right, the latest generation…
The Super 55 Deluxe
This mic keeps the cool chrome-plated, die-cast zinc body, but with such updates as a new capsule based on the successful Beta 58A, marking a substantial upward leap in performance.
The Super 55’s -53dBV/Pa sensitivity results in an output that’s approximately 5 dB hotter than that of the 55SH II, providing increased gain-before-feedback. As another plus, the frequency response extends out to 17 kHz, allowing for some extra air and articulation.
Another appreciated change is omitting the on/off switch, which could inadvertently get switched off.
Okay, this mic isn’t wireless BUT it is very cool looking and a real attention-grabber, especially for high-end events. I want a blue and chrome one!
The street price for the Shure Super 55-BCR Special Elvis Edition mic in red and black is about $300. For the blue and chrome Super 55 Deluxe, it’s about $250.
For more information visit the Shure website.
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