This is the review of the comparison between two microphones from two different popular brands in the market. The comparison here is between the Blue en.CORE 100 and the Shure SM58. There is around ten dollars difference in their price range and to know does the difference in their price ranges brings the difference in their features and performance, and to know which one is better than the other in all the way, go to the detailed review.
|Blue en.CORE 100||Shure SM58|
|BUY NOW||BUY NOW|
|Good for studio and live performances.|
Build quality is durable and robust.
Sounds good even without a pop filter.
Got minimalistic design.
|Midrange recording emphasis.|
Internal shock mount reduces handling noise.
Construction is durable.
The cardioid pick-up pattern is here.
|There are no switches on it to mute or on/off.||It’s not picking up minute details as it is not super sensitive.|
|HEADER||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Product Line||Blue Microphones en.CORE||Shure ULX Standard Wireless System|
|Model||100||ULX2/58 with SM58 Cardioid Microphone|
|GENERAL||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Recommended Use||Professional audio||Professional audio|
|MICROPHONE||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Microphone Operation Mode||cardioid||cardioid|
|Microphone Power Source Voultage (DC)|
|Frequency Response||50 Hz||50 Hz|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)|
|Max Sound Pressure||147 db|
|Audio Input Details||Cardioid – 50 – 15000 Hz|
|AUDIO SYSTEM||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Type||Microphone||wireless microphone system|
|Recommended Use||Professional audio||Professional audio|
|Specific Applications||vocal, instrument||vocal|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Diameter||2 in||2 in|
|Height||7.3 in||9 in|
|Weight||14.11 oz||10.19 oz|
|FEATURES||BLUE EN.CORE 100||SHURE SM58|
|Features||Cardioid polar pattern for high off-axis noise rejection.|
The Blue enCORE 100 is a studio-grade handheld dynamic microphone for all-around vocal performances, no matter the application.
Stage-ready durability from fully-reinforced construction and electro-plated finishes.
Includes soft-grip microphone clip and storage pouch.
Unique styling and remarkable craftsmanship.
|Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass rolloff to control proximity effect.|
Effective built-in spherical wind and pop filter. Frequency response: 50 to 15,000 Hz.
Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise.
Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise.
Comparison Review In Detail:
As far as the accessories that come with, both microphones come with a protective carry pouch and mic clip. Shure SM58 pouch is made of thin vinyl, it has a zipper, plain-looking, and feels pretty cheap but it gets the job done. The Blue en.CORE 100 case is made of a very durable canvas and the inside of the pouch is lining the soft material, that polishes the mic when it’s placed in the pouch and the quality feels top-notch. So, in terms of the quality of the accessories, you get with the microphone, the Blue en.CORE 100 has better accessories than the SM58.
Although it has a famous look, the Shure SM58 is easily recognized, it’s never really been known for being pretty. Its design is very plain, it’s appearance hasn’t changed since it was created. It features a smooth black handle and a matte gray girl. Blue Microphones en.CORE 100 is in my opinion the best-looking handheld mic ever created. It features a ribbed handle, embossed color logo, and a polished chrome grille and it really looks stunning. So, as far as the design the en.CORE 100 has a better design than the SM58.
As far as durability, the Shure SM58 is famously known for being durable, it can be dropped, hit, bounced, and keep on working. It features a sturdy metal grille that features a reinforcement ring, and the handle is made up of two pieces, one downside is the grille does dent pretty easily. One of the first things you’ll notice about the Blue microphone en.CORE 100 is how solid it feels when you hold it and it is heavier than SM58, and it just defines its quality. The handle is one solid piece, and the metal grille feels about twice as strong as the SM58 even the reinforcement collar is much heavier duty. Although the SM58 is famous for its durability, the en.CORE 100 edges it out.
As far as the sensitivity of both mics, for the test, I set the input levels of both the en.CORE 100 and the SM58 to the same gain levels with no EQ or compression or anything. With the same input levels, sensitivity on both mics is not much of a difference. In my opinion, both of these mics have pretty much the same level of sensitivity.
PICK-UP PATTERN AND ITS PERFORMANCE:
The pickup patterns of both the SM58 and the en.CORE 100 are very similar on paper, in fact, they are almost identical. In real-world testing, though we were able to raise the volume level of the en.CORE 100 higher than the SM58 before getting feedback. I tested from multiple locations in the room and kept getting the same results. The en.CORE 100 was just better at rejecting feedback than SM58 when it comes to feedback rejection.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND SOUND QUALITY:
As far as the frequency response, the Shure SM58’s frequency response drops off sharply below about 150 Hertz, the mid-range frequencies are pretty flat, and there is some slight frequency boost to the higher frequencies around 5 kilohertz, which increases clarity. The response drops off sharply above 10 kilohertz. The en.CORE 100’s frequency response drops off below 70 Hertz, it has a bump around 150 Hertz, this causes vocals to sound a little fuller, and warmer than it would be at SM58. Like the SM58, it features some high-frequency boosts for clarity and drops off sharply about the 10-kilohertz play. Although everyone may have their own preference, the en.CORE 100 sounds better than the SM58.
WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
After doing a head-to-head comparison between the Blue en.CORE 100 and the Shure SM58, the Blue en.CORE 100 came out on top all the way and for $100 it’s the best handheld vocal microphone you can buy in my opinion. The Blue en.CORE 100 is better than the Shure SM58 in terms of accessories you get with, design, durability, pick-up pattern performance, and also in terms of sound quality and frequency response.
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