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Date Posted by Category User IP

2015-10-10 (UTC)


Mics & Headsets

SHURE SM5-B Vintage Microphone

TRENDS @ $1200.00+ (More pictures available)

If you're reading this then you probably know how highly prized these mics are. Although originally designed by Shure Brothers for boom operation, they found favor among voice talent wanting a mic that could be worked close and which would capture subtle nuances of the speaker's performance without the excessive proximity effects that lesser microphones cause.

This is therefore one of the most sought after mics by voiceover artists - great for working close so that there's an intimacy to the recording, without the need for extensive acoustic engineering of the space that's required with condenser mics.

Here's a very rare chance to pick up a SM-5B that's still in near original shape. The photos show the actual item for sale so you can see the condition for yourself. It's got all new original foam (front ans back)and looks GREAT!

The SM5B (manufactured from 1966 to 1986) was specifically designed to minimize boom microphone problems in television and motion picture sound stage and location recording. It was painstak­ingly developed to provide extremely high reproduction quality and great flexibility of application. A hum-bucking coil assures very low susceptibility to electrical hum and allows the SM5B to be used in extreme hum fields.


Mechanical suspension: Two-stage mechanical isolation for any boom applica­tion. Suspension elements internal to windscreen prevent wind noise generation in suspension assembly; external shock assembly prevents transmission of boom or stand noise to microphone.

Integral windscreen: Very effective in outdoor locations and for fast boom swings.

Frequency response: Wide range, smooth and natural, especially tailored for dialog and vocal pickup with excellent presence, yet well-suited to scoring assignments.

Hum-bucking coil: Assures low susceptibility to electrical hum, permits use in extreme hum fields.

Directivity: Cardioid, symmetrical about axis and exceptionally uniform with frequency. Minimizes sound coloration due to off-axis pickup. Provides effective rejection of background noise and excellent reach.

Rugged and dependable under all operating conditions. Cartridge and isolation assembly protected by outer windscreens and steel reinforcing rods.

Because of the unusual mechanical construction and performance characteristics, the SM5B may be used to advantage in many applications where boom operation is not practical: for example, with an accessory desk stand for outdoor sports and other difficult remote pickups.


Type: Dynamic

Frequency Response: 50 to 15,000 Hz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)—uniform with frequency, symmetrical about axis

Impedance: 50 ohms

Output Level (at 1,000 Hz)
Open circuit voltage*: –78.0 dB (.13 mV)
Power Level**: –56.0 dB
**0 dB = 1 volt per microbar
**0 dB = 1 milliwatt per 10 microbars

Hum Pickup (typical): 24 dB equivalent SPL per milliśrsted

Cartridge Shock Mount: Internal silicone rubber suspension shock and vibration isolator

Swivel and External Shock Assembly: Integral part of microphone, with rubber vibration isolator

Case: Dark Gray enamel with light and dark gray foam windscreens

Net Weight: 964 grams (2 pounds, 2 ounces)

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