Reviews and Problems with Shure 550L Base Station Microphone
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27 November 2010
Summary: I am writing a review on this microphone because it seems to be overlooked alot when it comes to Shure microphones. I found 2 of these at a pawn shop for 15 bucks, they were used for horse auctions at the fairgrounds. One of them went to a friend. I rewired it and have had nothing but great reports from every radio I have put it on. It is not a power mic, but other than that fact, it always sounds good. I am female and my friends say I sound "just like me" on it.
Summary: Actually mine is an E. F. Johnson, Shure model XTBM694EFJ. This is really a Shure 550T. But, I've by-passed the internal amp so now it is a 550L. Whatever. I just got this on EBay for 10 bucks. I cleaned it up and it looks like new. I bypassed the amp since my FT-920 only has 5V at the mic socket and that wouldn't power the mic. But, it works very well without it. No problem with the audio and it has plenty of drive. Early reports indicate it sounds just fine.
Summary: After reviewing the response curves of this microphone and looking for an easy way to offset my base voice, I bought a new unit in the box on Ebay for $20.50. In my situation, the best assessments with my voice and the MP are with no EQ (4-4 OFF)and EDSP (7-7 SSb-t) at 150-3100. N5GND has had similar results using one with an FT-920. Reports from those who know our natural voices are that this mic consistently reproduces them accurately.