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Audix OM-5 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 15 customer reviews
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  • Nick Church

    I've owned a number of these mics for several years and have never been less than completely satisfied with their performance in a variety of applications. One of my bands, an all-acoustic three piece with vocalists of widely differing power and projection, would have had major sound problems without the presence, clarity and feedback resistance of an OM5.

  • Dan VanAmerongen

    I use this mic live and it has a full, present sound without being muddy in the midrange. It is one of the best mics in this price range for my voice.

  • from October 24, 2016

    Audix OM5

    Great mic! Outstanding Customer Service!

  • from Henderson, NV July 10, 2015Music Background:
    Busiest bassist in Las Vegas

    My favorite mic!

    Love it! I also have a Telefunken mic that rocks the house, but this Audix OM5 has a tighter cardioid pattern which helps me sing bass notes and the Johnny Cash type songs right on pitch, and it also helps with feedback issues, which I have none with this mic on the tiny lounge stage where I use it. Beware, no gang vocals allowed as it doesn't pick up on the sides of the mic so you have to sing dead into it, but for me it's the perfect mic for what I do. And check out that awesome price too! :) You can buy 58's all day for $100, but take the plunge and pay a little bit extra for an extra cool mic! Hi Joseph Secu!

  • from Dallas, TX May 15, 2014Music Background:
    Semi-pro musician

    Great Microphone for male vocals

    Our vocalist has a deep baritone voice and we had a lot of troubles getting his voice to cut through the mix. This mic did the trick. We can now hear his vocals and were not pushing the gain so hard that we're always at the verge of feedback. I'll be ordering more of these guys.

  • from Usa April 15, 2014Music Background:
    Pro musician

    Audix om5

    Sick mic.... Spend the extra money... Good for lead and backing... Lil to no feedback on Bose l1 and we pump that thing

  • from Unontown, PA July 15, 2013Music Background:
    Recording musician

    Great audio microphone!

    This microphone performs like a pro. Allowed us to achieve so much more gain, due to the vocal pickup range. Have used Seinnheiser, Peavey, Audio-technica, Shure and some others, but these are now our go to mikes on stage.

  • from Wilkes-Barre Pa. November 15, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    best investment I evr made

    For years I was told Shure 57's and 58's were industry standard. After investing tons of money on PA systems looking for the clarity and punch I wanted, the one thing I over looked were the microphones. The Audix microphones were the last piece of the puzzle. Vocals punch through the instruments with a presence that my Shures could never do. Clean upper range and super mid range presence. The instrument mics are clean with less gain needed, so no feedback. My only regret is that I wish someone told me about them sooner. If your on a budget or not ,you cannot find a better mic for the money.

  • from Myrtle Beach, SC December 22, 2008Music Background:
    Pro Christian singer/musician

    How did they engineer something this amazing for this price?!

    I had used the Audix OM3 mikes at a venue where sound was provided, and couldn't believe the quality and sound of them. In researching their product line, and as a baritone, the mid-bass presence boost of the OM5 seemed a logical choice. I ordered a pair from Sweetwater and used them for the first time this last weekend. Man. The presence of these is remarkable; my wife told me that she has never heard me sound better. That's all relative, of course, but they gave me such confidence, and sounded so fantastic, that they encourage you to sing even better. Phenomenal sound, rugged, beautiful mikes. These make almost every Shure product - even the Beta series - obsolete. Anyone wanna buy any of my Shure stable?! If I had one minor complaint from my first use of the OM5's, the plosive filtering could be better. I popped some pretty good p's. Might try a foam screen, but that's a small price to pay, being more careful on a few words, to get all that you do with these amazing mikes.

  • from Long Beach July 19, 2015Music Background:
    Vocals , writer, rhythm guitar

    Loved it but dropped many times

    Eventually I broke it after a few years from dropping on concrete off my pa. still gets signal just shaky inside, back to get another! For live this rocks!

  • from Richmond Va March 14, 2017

    Great for solo or band.

    Great clarity! Cuts through with the band and works beautifully for my solo gigs. Perfect for the guys having trouble with "muddy" vocals. Responsive, dynamic ands great buy.

  • from Atlanta, GA April 25, 2012Music Background:
    Live Sound Engineer


    Tight response, however plan to increase gain a bunch! You can still make this feedback.

  • from Mays Landing NJ January 16, 2012Music Background:
    pro musician solo artist

    Worth Every Penny

    I recently a Bose L1 Mod 2. I sing, play guitar while running tracks from a laptop. I was using a shure sm-58 as I've always used for vocals. It just wasn't delivering with the Bose system. I purchased the Audix om-5 based on reviews in the Bose user forum. More than 1/2 the users recommended this mic. At 159.00 this mic gives me everything the shure couldn't. Very good at resisting feedback. Sounds full, clear and concise. I had to do very little in the way of EQ'ing to get a great sound outta this mic. The natural voice tones are clearly audible and once I applied a medium amount of compression, a touch of delay and a whisper of mild chorus, the vocal was studio quality. You'll be hard pressed to find a better sounding mic for under 450.00.

  • from Los Angeles, CA September 4, 2007Music Background:
    Pro singing drummer

    Excellent mic but......

    If you are in a loud band on a pro stage and sound is always provided by a sound company for you and… they mic everything, than the OM-5 is a great vocal mic and especially if you are a singing drummer like I am. The OM-5 won't pick up much other sounds from the stage. Just your vocal but…. you had better get your mouth right on the OM-5. Sound companies I have worked with, love the OM-5 because they have overall better control of micing my drums. On the other hand.. if you are in a quiet type band and do your own sound most of the time where you use a smaller PA system for mainly the vocals and don't really mic anything else, the Audix OM-5 is not your best choice vocal microphone to use. Save your $159. Better to go with a $99 Shure SM58. I gave the OM-5 a high rating because it is excellent for what it does on a bigger stage with pro sound provided. Not the case if you are a band that performs at quieter type gigs such as small coffee houses.


  • from st,albans u.k. April 30, 2006

    very good

    this mic is good at minimising the risk of feedback and helpfull in isolating the voice from the noise of other instruments. the mics sound is very present (though not in a overly harsh way like a beta 58 can be sometimes)but it can also project some warmth. i find it to be very clear, transient and crisp sounding. because the mic is very present it might not suit some who have a bright or thin voice ( the audix OM6 would be best in that senario) . its presence is also very usefull when you need the vocals the cut through the mix or when a band is very loud. i have found that this mic sometimes picks up a little more handling noise than some other mics but it isnt of a boomy nature more that it picks up a higher pitched sort of handling noise. overall i think this the OM5 is very good and that you should definatly check out if you looking for a vocal mic. i looking forward the checking out the OM7.....

  • from Michigan January 1, 2005

    Good Stuff

    I've been a sennheiser fan for years....the md-441, 835s have been good performers. I picked up an OM-5 at the urging of a friend, for live work to get better gain before feedback without giving up sound quality. What a nice choice...high output, no feedback, great sound on most voices. I still prefer the 835 on my voice (seems brighter sounding), but can't get the gain I'd like on the 835. Female vocals are stellar on the audix. This is a great one to have in your bag.

  • from Cheney, WA (near Spokane) January 1, 2005

    Good bye SM58, hello Audix OM-5

    Hang up your Shure. Throw it in the closet, move on, move up, and graduate to the OM-5. Clearer, crisper, and more powerful than the '58, the OM-5 also has amazing gain before feedback. If you use a '58 in loud live situations, you know how terrible it can be. Also, you're familiar with the midrange honk it always has. The Om-5 truly is a problem solver. This will be the new industry standard at around $160, I certainly hope.
    This mic is king. The only thing better are higher end Audixes.
    Amazing, amazing, amazing.

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