Today, we’ll be comparing two dynamic microphones with the same pickup pattern- Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58. These are made by two very respectable companies when it comes to making microphones. So, we expect this to be quite a fierce battle.
This article will compare all the intrinsic details about these two microphones, helping you choose which one is better for your musical needs. Because it’s so detailed, it’s quite a lengthy article.
If you don’t have the time to read through the entire article, check through the next three sections. You would find enough information in these sections to help you make a better decision.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Comparison Overview
The Sennheiser microphone has a wider frequency response. Frequency response basically talks about the range of sounds by the measure of frequency that a microphone can pick up. So, with it’s wider response, this microphone would be able to pick up both low-ends, as well, as high-ends, better than the Shure SM58.
In terms of looks, the Sennheiser has more of an oval design with grey and black as its primary colors. On the other hand, the Shure SM58 has a more spherical shape with black and silver as its primary colors.
The Shure SM58 has a lower impedance. This results in better sound quality over long wires. With an impedance as high as 350 Ohms, the Sennheiser can easily lose the richness of its top-ends over a wire distance of about 30 feet.
The Sennheiser E835 weighs slightly more than the Shure SM58. This is surprising to us, especially considering the fact that the Shure SM58 is considered to be the more rugged and durable option of the two.
They both have good sound quality. Although, to get the Shure to sound as good as the Sennheiser does out of the box, you would need to EQ the track. Once you EQ both tracks, both microphones sound very similar and have great quality.
They’re both dynamic microphones so they require no external power, are great for loud sounds, and are more durable and versatile. This is, of course, compared to their arch-nemesis, condenser microphones.
Finally, both of them have a cardioid polar pattern. So, they would pick up sounds best from the front, a little on the sides, and nothing from behind. It’s important to note, though, that proximity is a bigger deal with the Sennheiser than it is with the Shure SM58. You have to be as close as possible to the former to get the best sound, not so much the latter.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Cost To Performance Ratio
Looking at the quality of these two microphones, it’s really hard to complain about their prices. They provide great quality for their price and are similar in both price and quality.
So, we cannot pick one over the other in this category. However, if you’re looking for the best quality on a budget, you’ve seen two of them right here.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Brand Comparative Advantage
Both of these companies are very well-respected when it comes to making microphones. Shure has been very popular since it’s inception in 1925. Sennheiser is a European brand with its headquarters in Germany, while Shure is a North-American brand that originated in the USA.
Although both of these are worldwide brands, it doesn’t come as a surprise that one is favored over the other in its home region. And we think that if it comes down to the brand, then this is one big advantage that you should definitely take a hold of.
If you’re in Europe, the Sennheiser would be cheaper to ship, faster to arrive, and you would be able to get your complaints heard faster as they are more likely to have a physical store in that region. If you’re in North America, the same applies to Shure.
If you’re in any other part of the world, then either of these brands would work just fine.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Comparison Table
|Frequency Response||40 Hertz – 16,000 Hertz||50 Hertz – 15,000 Hertz|
|Color||Grey with Black Screen||Black with Silver Screen|
|Output Impedance||350 Ohms||150 Ohms|
|Weight||0.73 lbs.||0.66 lbs.|
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – What Scenario Is What Microphone Best Suited For?
Because these microphones are so similar, either one would work as well as the other for most of these scenarios.
However, where one outperforms the other in a certain scenario, we would definitely point that out.
|They’re great for speaking. If you run a podcast, you do spoken word poetry, you’re conducting an interview, giving a lecture, any kind of affairs that requires speaking, these two microphones work well for it.|
This is because, they both are very clear and have great mid-tones, which is required for speaking.
|This microphone is great for micing instruments. Because they are both dynamic microphones, they work best with already loud sounds, such as drum snares or a blaring horn. |
However, this is slightly better because of its lower impedance. You can use this to mic an acoustic guitar across the room without worrying about losing the high-ends.
|For singing. We have to say that from experience, this is mic is a tad bit better, especially for live performances. |
The thing is that, out of the box, this microphone has a wider frequency response than the Shure SM58, this means that it would be able to capture a wider dynamic range, in terms of a singer’s voice.
Also, to get the Shure SM58 to sound as good as this mic requires some equalization, which you might not be able to do when you’re singing live.
|The cardioid polar pattern that these two microphones come with make them great for use with multiple people. |
If you have a choir, for instance, you can easily have one person hold this while two others sing from the sides. Because of the polar pattern, the microphone would be able to pick up all three voices.
This microphone is better for this purpose because we have noticed that it does better with accepting sound from the side than the Sennheiser.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Features Common To Both Microphones
Type – Dynamic
Both of these microphones are dynamic microphones, and this can be a great thing, depending on what you want to use the microphone for. The major competition for dynamic microphones is condenser microphones.
Compared to dynamic microphones, condenser microphones are more suited to picking up the really tiny and delicate sounds. If you’re looking to record a singer with a really tiny voice, then a condenser microphone might be more beneficial for you.
To provide great output with relatively low input, condenser microphones require some power from an external source. This power is referred to as “phantom power”. This is something that you definitely have to take into consideration because of its extra cost as it is sold separately.
Dynamic microphones, on the other hand, are better for louder sounds. Unlike condenser microphones, dynamic microphones don’t need phantom power because of their wire coils. The wire coils in it help to amplify the sound it receives.
If you’re looking to mic some drums, other instruments, or a singer with a loud voice, then you should definitely pick a dynamic microphone.
Another great thing about dynamic microphones is that they are a lot stronger and more durable than condenser microphones. In fact, you can easily use one dynamic microphone for years, even after dropping them severally.
Finally, dynamic microphones are more affordable than condenser microphones. Even more affordable when you consider the fact that you don’t need to buy any external power, microphone, or anything like that.
For more comparison between dynamic and condenser microphones, watch the video below:
Cardioid Polar Pattern
When you hear the word polar pattern, what comes to mind? Surprisingly, most people do not exactly know what a polar pattern is. So, let’s explain. In the most basic terms, a polar pattern basically describes the shape around the microphone that it would best pick up sound from.
For example, omnidirectional microphones have a sphere polar pattern because they can pick up sound excellently from all directions.
The two microphones we’re looking at today both have cardioid polar patterns. Cardioid refers to a heart-shaped curvature. This means that these two microphones would accept sound from around the front of the microphone, but reject every sound coming from the back.
This gives the singer a lot of wiggle room, without the sound cutting off. Also, because of the wide pickup range, two or more people can use one microphone at the same time and all their voices will be heard accurately and clearly.
To understand the pickup pattern of a cardioid microphone properly, we suggest you watch the video below. It basically shows how much sound the microphone would take from a sound source in relation to its position around the microphone.
Although both of these microphones are made from different companies, they have very similar case designs. They both have hard metal casings that make them very durable. However, in terms of durability, there are very few microphones that come before the SM58.
So, we think that in the long run, the Shure SM58 would be able to hold itself a lot better than the Sennheiser E835.
Furthermore, both of these microphones come with a built-in pop filter. A pop-filter helps to reduce the effects of plosives from a singer. This is a good addition to these microphones. However, we must mention that built-in pop-filters are definitely not the best.
To get the best effect, you definitely need to get an external pop-filter. You can either buy one by clicking here or make one yourself with the help of the DIY video below:
Both of these come with the same external connector, which is a three-pin male input connector. This connector, otherwise known as, XLR, is very popular for microphones.
It’s great that most major microphone companies decided to use this same connector on their microphones so you can easily use just one connector for every single microphone you’ve got.
This is also because these two are dynamic microphones. Many other types of microphones use other types of microphones like USB, and so on.
Finally, both of these microphones come with the same accessories, straight out of the box. This is one similarity we’ve noticed with a lot of these microphones. They often come with the same set of accessories in the box.
The three accessories that the base model of these microphones come with are- the microphone, a stand clip, and a carrying pouch.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Features Unique To Each Microphone
Alright! Now that we’ve looked at all the features that both of these microphones come with, we’ll dive right into the features that either of these microphones come with that the other does not.
Features Unique To The Sennheiser E835
Frequency Response – 40 – 16,000 Hertz
This is one feature where the Sennheiser E835 beats the Shure SM58 by some distance. While the frequency response of the Shure SM58 has just 50 – 15,000 Hertz, this has a wider range of 40 – 16,000 Hertz.
In a microphone, the frequency response range talks about the range of sounds by a measure of frequencies that your microphone can pick up. So, basically, the wider the frequency range of your microphone, the more low and high sounds that your microphone can pick up.
Impedance – 350 Ohms
This is one where we feel like the Sennheiser falls very short. Most professionals feel like for a microphone to be considered top-notch, the impedance should be at least less than 200 ohms.
Sadly, the impedance of this microphone is very high at 350 ohms. With a higher impedance, sound tends to lose its top-end when the wiring gets a bit too long. So, if you’re going to be on stage with wires crossing the entire stage, you might want to get something that has much lower impedance.
This microphone is available in two different versions, viz:
The basic difference between these two versions is that the first one does not come with an on/off button, while the second one does.
Obviously, as a result of this, the first version is slightly more affordable than the second version. Now the real question is, “do you spend those extra bucks for an on/off switch?”
We honestly think that the answer to that question depends on what you want to use the microphone for. If you record yourself alone and you don’t record in front of your sound system, then it would be advisable to invest in one with the on/off switch.
This way, you can easily mute it when you want without any other audio leaking into your recording. On the other hand, if you’re a sound engineer and there’s a singer who you want to get the microphone for, then the more affordable one without the on/off switch is better for you.
That way you won’t ever have to go through the headache caused by singers when they mistakenly put the mic off and keep looking at you like the problem with the sound is coming from your end.
At the end of the day, it would be unwise to buy a microphone without actually listening to what it sounds like first. So, with that said, we suggest you watch the video below to get a listen of how this microphone sounds:
Features Unique To The Shure SM58
Frequency Response – 50 – 15,000 Hertz
The frequency response of this microphone is slightly disappointing when compared with the frequency response of the Sennheiser microphone. With this frequency response, sounds under between 40 -50 Hertz, as well as, 14,000 – 15,000 Hertz, would not be picked up by this microphone.
On the other hand, sounds in the aforementioned frequencies would be picked up clearly by the Sennheiser E835. Although you would hardly be able to tell the difference as most natural human voices belong in the range that the Shure SM58 covers, you might need it one day.
If you’re someone who has a very high or a very low voice, then this is something that you definitely want to consider before making that purchase.
Impedance- 150 Ohms
The impedance of this microphone is excellent at 150 Ohms. Like we mentioned when we talked about impedance earlier, the ideal value you want to be going for is under 200 Ohms. This sits comfortably under 200 Ohms.
With this, you can easily stretch your wire for as long as you want, without getting worried that you would lose the top-end of your voice because of the length of the wire.
Unlike the Sennheiser that is only available in 2 versions, this microphone is available in three different versions. These are:
- SM58- LC
- SM58- CN
We are just going to guess and say that the LC in the first version stands for “Low Cost”. Because that is exactly what it is. It is the most basic version of the three and only comes with the normal accessories- an adapter, and a carrying pouch.
The second version comes with a few more accessories than the first. It comes with a swivel adapter, a carrying pouch, as well as, a 25 feet XLR cable. The swivel adapter is slightly better than the normal adapter because it has more wiggle room.
The third and final version comes with a swivel adapter, a carrying pouch, and an on/off switch. You already know how we feel about an on/off switch. If you don’t, scroll up to the versions available for the Sennheiser microphone to find out.
We advise that you watch the video below so you get a listen as to what this microphone actually sounds like. It’ll be too risky to buy a microphone you’ve never heard before:
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Unique Pros
- With a wider frequency response, this microphone would pick up better high notes, as well as, low note. This gives it a more natural-sounding acoustic.
- It’s great for cymbals, high-pitched vocals, as well as, other acoustic instruments.
- The Sennheiser E835 sounds great straight out of the box. It doesn’t need to be EQ’d.
- It’s better for loud vocals because it’s a slightly quieter microphone.
- You don’t have to be so close to the microphone for it to pick up your sound excellently.
- It’s a more durable machine and can outlast more knocks.
- It has better impedance so you can use a much longer wire with the mic, without getting worried that the high-ends would fade off.
- It’s lighter.
- It is available in 3 versions. More variety compared to the Sennheiser E835.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Unique Cons
- You have to be directly in front of the microphone for it to pick up the sound well.
- There are only two versions available.
- It’s slightly heavier than the Shure SM58.
- The frequency response of this microphone is not that wide, and so, it’s not that good for musicians with high-pitched voices.
- To get this microphone to sound as good as the Sennheiser, you would need to EQ the track. Once the track has been EQ’d, the two microphones sound very similar.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Common Pros
|They’re Dynamic Microphones||Because both of these microphones are dynamic microphones, they are great for musicians with big vocals, for interviews, for loud instruments, and so on. |
Also, dynamic microphones are great because you don’t need to get an external phantom power, which saves you the additional cost.
Finally, because these two are dynamic, they are very durable. You can throw this on the floor a thousand times, pick it up, and it’ll still work fine.
|Same as the Sennheiser E835. Although it’s slightly more durable.|
|Good Sounding Clear Audio||Especially at the price point that both of these microphones belong to, they have excellent sound clarity and audio quality. |
Honestly, picking either of these two microphones would definitely not be a bad choice. They are both that good.
|Same as the Sennheiser E835.|
|Good Input Connection||The fact that both of these come with an XLR connector is a very good thing. |
Almost all microphones in this day and age come with an XLR cable. And so, if you have anything to do with audio, you would definitely have one of these cables lying around.
If you don’t want to use an audio interface and want to connect it directly to your PC, you can get an XLR to USB connector. Pretty easy.
|Same as the Sennheiser E835.|
|Good Polar Pattern||A cardioid polar pattern is one that we really like. Because of the 180 degrees (wild guess) sound pick up range, two people can use the microphone at the same time, comfortably. |
Also, when performing on stage, you can easily place the monitor directly behind the microphone, directly in front of the singer.
That way the singer gets the best feedback, and the microphone gets no feedback.
|Same as the Sennheiser E835.|
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – Common Cons
|Might pick up some unwanted sounds||Although being a cardioid microphone has more benefits, it still has some downsides. |
The biggest of these downsides is the fact that it can pick up unwanted sounds from the sides of the microphone.
If you’re going to be singing live with instruments and other singers, you have to position the microphone perfectly, such that, no other sound can get in from the sides.
|Same as the Sennheiser E835.|
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – What Do People Think About It?
|Many professionals sound engineers like this microphone a lot. Many call it the “standard vocal mic” and it is apparently very popular with worship bands. |
People who bought the microphone say that it has clean, clear audio, great response, and effective noise rejection.
All the things you want to hear from a microphone. In fact, one customer went ahead to compare this with the Shure SM58 and said they would pick this over the Shure any day.
|This microphone is a very popular microphone. In fact, it’s one of the most popular dynamic microphones. This is mainly down to its mix of affordability and quality. |
Apart from its price, people especially love this because of its durability. One of these would definitely last you a very long time, which reduces the cost of replacing your mics.
In fact, a customer was nice enough to mention that you can hit your drummer on the head with this and it wouldn’t hurt the microphone. LOL.
|The focus for many of the people who got this microphone was its vocal qualities. Because of its wide frequency response range, we are not surprised that this is a great choice for many people with baritone voices or really high-pitched voices.||One thing people who bought this advised was that you shouldn’t spend extra to get the version with the On/Off switch, especially if you’re a sound engineer.|
You would easily save a few bucks and not have to go through the trouble of a singer putting off the mic while you’re struggling to find out why you’re not getting any audio.
|Although this was loved by a lot of people, it didn’t come without any criticism. Some people felt like this microphone didn’t capture the volume, as well as, the integrity of the more expensive E935. |
You can click here to check it out.
|The Shure SM58s didn’t come without any criticism either. People think that, especially compared with the Sennheiser, this is simply not as good for vocals. In fact, we had some people who had used this for vocals in the past and had to switch to the Sennheiser because of the better vocal quality. |
Furthermore, you get this quality without so much effort in EQing.
Sennheiser E835 Vs Shure SM58 – What Do We Think?
Both of these microphones are really good. If you listen to them side by side, you might be able to tell the Sennheiser E835 sounds brighter and is slightly better for vocals. However, when you EQ the track produced by the Shure SM58, they sound almost exact. On the other hand, the Sennheiser needs little to no EQ to sound excellent.
The Shure is a beast in terms of sheer durability. It can and will definitely last you for years. That’s not to say that the E835 is weak. Honestly, there are hardly any weak dynamic microphones out there. But it’s worth noting that the Shure SM58 is just more of a beast.
Deciding between either of these microphones is basically down to preference. Some prefer one, others prefer the other. Whichever one you prefer, it’s definitely fine by us, and you would have made an excellent purchase. As for us, we would go for the less popular Sennheiser E835.
The singular fact that you don’t need EQ to get it sounding good is music to our ears. Which do you think is better for you? Click to buy either of them below: