Shure Super 55 Deluxe

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Dynamic Vocal Microphone

  • Successor of SH 55 "Elvismic"
  • Characteristics: Super-cardioid
  • Frequency response 60 Hz - 17 kHz
  • Sensitivity -53.0 dBV / Pa (ref. 1 kHz)
  • Nominal impedance 150 Ω
  • Tripod connector
  • Improved capsule with less noise and maximum feedback resistance
  • Weight 656 g
  • Optional matching reducer thread Art. Nr 104948
available since May 2009
Item number 229490
sales unit 1 piece(s)
On/Off Switch No
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Color nickel
Cable no
Diameter 56 mm
Length 188 mm
Weight 656 g
Frequenzy Range from 60 Hz
Frequenzy Range to 17 kHz
Clamp 1
Bag 1
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$215
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The SH55-II gets a facelift

When looking at the Shure Super 55 Deluxe, one legendary name will immediately spring to most people's minds: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll and the man who made this microphone's ancestor (the SH55-II) famous. The Super 55 Deluxe combines the nostalgic looks and classic tonal characteristics of this illustrious microphone with modern components. New developments include a capsule with a modified polar pattern - now supercardioid as opposed to the original's cardioid pattern - as well as an expanded frequency response that the manufacturer states as 60Hz to 17kHz, and its sensitivity has been modified to 2.24mV/Pa. The Super 55 Deluxe is thus sonically in step with the modern era while still delivering that sought-after vintage sound.

Balanced, modern, but still vintage

The frequency response of the Super 55 Deluxe has been specially tailored for natural vocals and speech, and the mic also has a reduced bass response in order to lessen the proximity effect as well as Shure's typical presence boost to provide increased transparency and clarity of speech. In general, the Super 55 Deluxe's frequency response is a little more balanced than that of its brother, the SH55-II, which gives it a more modern sound. Purists need not worry, however: This microphone will still deliver a sound that is close to that of the original, complete with the latter's characteristic shifts in level and phase caused by diffraction in the housing - after all, the design has remained the same with the exception of the colour of the pop filter, which is now blue.

A retro mic with a modern touch

The Shure Super 55 Deluxe is an outstanding dynamic microphone that lends plenty of clarity and presence to the human voice, and thanks to its updated capsule design, it comes without the disadvantages inherent in its more affordable sibling. The sound still retains the classic tonal characteristics but is more modern and less "tinny", which is precisely why the Super 55 Deluxe is especially ideal for those who are looking for a combination of vintage sounds and understated style, and this mic's added advantages definitely justify the higher price compared to the SH55-II.

About Shure

The American company Shure began developing microphones during the early 1930s and is one of the pioneers of the audio engineering sector. Models such as the 55 Unidyne - known to many as the "Elvis microphone" - and the SM57 and SM58 which appeared in the mid-1960s are still ubiquitous in live sound production today. They enjoy cult status among musicians and technicians alike. In the 1990s, Shure introduced the first wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems and became a market leader in this field. In addition to microphones, Shure offers a wide range of earphones and headphones for studio and live use, as well as various accessories.

At home on the stage

The Super 55 Deluxe is primarily designed for recording speech and vocals, and its robust housing design and classic looks (a fitting tribute to the legendary 55 Unidyne mic) mean that it will be at home on any stage, where its updated polar pattern now also provides effective protection against microphonic feedback and unwanted background noise. At the same time, the mic has a greater on-axis focus, which facilitates its use by both vocalists and show presenters on stage. As mentioned above, the sound of the Super 55 Deluxe combines vintage characteristics with modern updates, and this blend of new and old also makes it perfect for use in radio and recording studios.

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Fantastic modern sound from a retro look mic
thenewvintageband.com 15.05.2013
I am the lead singer of a 'vintage' inspired 1940's and 50's band, so having an old fashioned looking microphone is very important for me. I have always had problems with other mic's that looked great but sounded awful and gave constant feedback issues! However...the Shure super 55 deluxe is incredible on every level, it looks amazing on stage, it is built extremely well, very rugged, and the sound is brilliant. No feedback issues even when used surrounded by a 10 piece band! Feels like your singing into a modern shure SM58 but with the classic, cool look. I would seriously recommend this microphone!!
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Great Stage Mic But Some Practical Problems
David3164 18.12.2014
Okay, so there are certainly better sounding, more transparent, mics for use on stage, but few that have the same visual impact and charm as the Shure 55. My daughter sings and the retro looks of this mic are all part and parcel of the show.

The lack of the switch as on the SH55 Series 2 is a shame, but the slightly superior sound of the Super 55 Deluxe is the trade off.

My only issue is that the mic cable XLR socket at the base of the mic is both too close to the mic support point and does not lock well, leaving the insertion of cables a tricky exercise and sometimes a slightly uncertain proposition.
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I love this Microphone
Seantech11 27.09.2018
Brilliant Sound Quality. I have been using a Shure SM58 for a long time and this Microphone "Shure Super 55 Deluxe" is far superior in sound quality. You do have to get close to it for the sound to pickup but I suppose that is the design.

I have one problem with Shure Microphones. I recently bought an SM58 as well and I notice that the Microphone Boxes are not sealed. The box for the Shure Super 55 Deluxe was not sealed either. I wrote to Shure but they didn't give me any satisfaction. Anyone in transit or in a shop or warehouse could take the Mic out and use it and put it back again and the person buying the microphone would never know. Why doesn't Shure seal their microphone boxes?
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Impressed!!
Phill G 28.05.2013
I cant believe the quality of the sound that this mic produces. I'll be honest i bought this mic for its looks (its stunning by the way) but i was blown away by its performance I've always been an SM58 user and I'm sad to say I've i put it to rest for my 55. If your reading this your obviously thinking about it.... Do it you'll love it :-) There are a few bad reviews around but if you read them properly it sounds like people that A) don't have a clue what they are talking about and B) don't know how to use a PA properly... Body is good and solid too....
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