Shure SM48 vs SM58 – Which is Best for Vocals?

In this post, we will review Shure SM48 vs SM58 and let you decide to choose the best for vocals. 

Both of these headphones are popular and the SM58 is one of the most popular for its quality. 

Both of them are reliable and affordable microphones, but with the SM48 being about 50% cheaper or sometimes even more, this begs the question; Which one is the better choice?

The basic difference between the SM48 and SM58 is that the SM58 has a cleaner and fuller sound, with a more present mid-range, allowing it to cut better through the mix.

The frequency response is different for both: 50Hz-15kHz for the SM58, and 55Hz-14kHz for the SM48.

Shure SM48 vs SM58 Comparison

Let's dive into details of both the microphones: SM48 and SM58:

Shure SM48

shure sm48

Shure SM48 is an affordable microphone. It's one of the cheapest microphone with that caliper. It's good to go option in that budget. 

You can get one with an On/Off switch which will cost you a bit more, but still, price won’t be an issue.

SM48 has a built-in pop-filter, but you will need to use an external one if you want to avoid plosives.

The build quality of the SM48 is extremely good, you could drop it as many times and it would still work perfectly.(Tried by one of my friend)

The sound quality is superb but not good as SM58 it's hard to say the difference but if you have a live setting then it could be said.

This mic provides good feedback and handling noise rejection. It’s also good at rejecting off-axis sound.

The SM48 is a perfect choice for karaoke, band practice and backup vocals, especially if you have a couple of backup singers and you’re on a tight budget.

If you are looking for an alternative of SM58 than this is the best to go.

In the box:

  • The Shure SM48 Microphone
  • Microphone Stand Clip
  • Carrying Pouch

Features:

  • Cardioid pickup pattern rejects off-axis sound and feedback
  • Brightened mid-range and bass rolloff.
  • Shock-mounted cartridge for reduced handling noise
  • Built-in pop-filter, but you should use an external one
  • Great build quality and ruggedness

Specifications

Polar Pattern

Cardioid

Microphone type

Dynamic

Frequency Response

55 to 14,000 Hz

Output Impedance

Rated impedance is 150 Ohms (300 Ohms actual)

Connector

Three-pin (XLR), male

Shure SM58

Shure SM58 is the best reliable microphone you will get in recording industry. It's not said by us it's been said by many professionals. 

SM58 might be in your budget or may be not but it's worth of money as it cost much less than any other microphone of this quality. 

Even popular artists like Elton John use this microphone, which means that it must be extremely good.

This Microphone has a built-in pop-filter that is quite effective, not perfect though. It's recommended to using an external pop-filter to really avoid the plosions.

Just like the SM48, this microphone has a built-in shock mount, to cut down on handling noise, and is built like an absolute tank, so it’s great for live performances and to take it on the road.

In the box:

  • Shure SM58 Microphone
  • Microphone Stand Clip
  • Carrying Pouch

Features:

  • Rugged and durable metal body
  • Great feedback rejection
  • High sound pressure handling capability
  • Shock-mounted capsule provides excellent suppression of handling noise
  • Uniform on- and off-axis response (better than the SM48 in my opinion)
  • Cardioid pick-up pattern provides isolation from other on-stage signals

Specifications

Polar Pattern

Cardioid

Microphone type

Dynamic

Frequency Response

55 to 15,000 Hz

Output Impedance

Rated impedance is 150 Ohms (300 Ohms actual)

Connector

Three-pin (XLR), male

Sensitivity

-57.5dB

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Conclusion

If we take price, then SM48 is the best choice of microphone. Although, SM58 is not much expensive it's the most reliable choice when it comes to the best microphones.

The sound quality is very similar for both microphones, but the SM48 costs half or even a third at times, of what SM58 does. 

If you’re purchasing a microphone for background vocals, karaoke or band practice then absolutely go for the SM48.

If I had to choose, I would have gone with the SM58, it’s that big of a price difference and it will last you a lifetime.

Shure SM48 VS SM58

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