Scan code: LN70676 Manufacturer code: SDM50

SDM50 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone from Stagg

Stagg SDM50 Dynamic Microphone, Balanced XLR output, DC78 Moving Coil, -54 dB +/- 3 dB, 50 Hz to 15 KHz

Scan code: LN70676 Manufacturer code: SDM50
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Product Overview Professional cardioid dynamic microphone with cartridge DC78 Features • Uses: Vocal and instrumental
• Cartridge: DC78, moving coil
• Polar pattern: Cardioid
• Sensitivity: - 54 dB +/- 3 dB (0 dB = 1 V / Pa at 1 KHz)
• Frequency response: 50 Hz to 15 KHz
• Output impedance: 600 ohms 30 % (at 1 KHz)
• Connector: Balanced XLR output
• Body: Zinc alloy
• Cable: 5 m (16'), XLR to XLR
• On / off switch: Lockable
• Protection box: Plastic
• Colour: Black with a grey windscreen
Polar Pattern (Direction) Cardioid
Wired / Wireless Wired
Connectors 1 x XLR (Balanced)
Including Shock Mount No
Including Pop Shield No
Including Mic Clip No
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Scan Code LN70676
Model Number SDM50
GTIN 05414428225214

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Stagg SDM50 Dynamic Microphone, Balanced XLR output, DC78 Moving Coil, -54 dB +/- 3 dB, 50 Hz to 15 KHz is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No bargain SM58 alternative I compared this mic against my SM58. I tested it on my PA system set up at home, and also compared its frequency response against my SM58 using my DAW and pink noise. It is wired correctly for balanced operation, and has a DC resistance of just under 600 ohms between pins 2 and 3 (600 ohms quoted). Pin 1 is connected through to the body and grille. It is very bassy. I had to turn the bass down to -12dB and the mids at 400Hz down to around -6dB to get a sound that was something near to the sound of an SM58. Once I'd done that, it was certainly useable, but you shouldn't have to go to those drastic extremes to get a decent sonic response. It certainly had a much higher basic out output than an SM58 with the EQ set flat, but a lot of that was all the excessive bass end. Sibilance and plosive levels were similar to the SM58, but handling noise was significantly worse. Strangely, given the hyped bass-end, the handling nose was fairly high pitched and didn't improve when the bass was rolled right off. The mic comes in a plastic case with an XLR-XLR lead, but no mic clip/stand adapter. It's a lighter mic than an SM58, approximately the same size but with a very slightly ovoid grille compared to the round one of the 58. It comes with a switch (there is no non-switch version available), but it can be locked in the 'on' position by rotating a plate beneath the switch (which I did). A combination of the switch, the shiny grille and the adhesive label with "Dynamic Condenser 600 Ohms" just under the grille all combine to make it look like a cheap mic. One big negative point for me is that the slot for the XLR locking pin is too far from the base to allow an XLR to lock. I tried both the supplied cable XLR and my Neutrik XLR leads and neither would lock, even when pushing the XLR in hard. For the money, there are far better mics out there. If anyone says this is a bargain SM58 replacement, tell them in no uncertain terms to go away and actually try it against one, then think again. It really is quite nasty IMO. Comparing the frequency response against my SM58, I could see that the Stagg had a lot more bass, but also quite a bit more treble as well. However once proximity boost is taken into account, it's the bass that takes over. The attached graph was done at about an 8" distance from a monitor speaker (and is purely a quick comparison with the plots arranged for equal output at 1kHz). Put your mouth right next to the Stagg's grille as you would do on stage, and with a lot more proximity effect, you get even more bass output. My only positive thought about the mic is that it might just work as a kick drum mic, as it has a similar frequency response to an Audix D6. No guarantees though!
Date published: 2020-04-16
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SDM50 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone from Stagg
SDM50 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone from Stagg