Comparison - Beta58A WINS!
I have purchased many handheld vocal mics trying to find "the one".
From Audix OM-7 to the Sennheiser e945. From the the Blue 100 (and, even the condenser-version 300) to the standard Shure SM-58. Even a batlle of Telefunkens, the M-80 vs. the M-81. What did Learn from my investments?
The Sennheiser e945 is another feedback rejecting mic that falls a little short on the mid-range side but, still, a very nice mic (4.5 stars).The Audix OM-7 is great at rejecting feedback but the low output doesn't produce enough mid-range to work well with my voice (gave it 4 stars).
The Blue 100s are very nice, too, (rated 4) with their 300 condensers getting a 4.5 (the need for phantom power keeps it from being a 5)
The Telefunken M-81 was a bit muddy on the mid-range side but not nearly as clouded as the Shure SM-58. A tweak of the EQ and this mic is as golden as it's brother, the M-80.
And although they say it is an industry standard, the SM-58's get my lowest rating (2.5) as I find them to be very muddy and have poor response.
So, with the SM-58 getting such a low rating, I was not expecting much from the Shure Beta 58A but, WOW, was I wrong! The Beta 58A produced a much clearer than my previous, "go to" vocal mic, the Telefunken M-80. The highs are there, the mids are there, the lows are there...everything is "there".
I now use the Beta 58A as my #1 mic for rehearsals and live shows!