The well-known product line called “classic” is another reason to respect and love Shure. This line is tribute to classical mic of the middle of 20 century. Today we are going to review Shure 520DX Green Bullet, this is the cheapest mic in a line and its main function is harmonica recording due to amazing raw blues sound. It is kind of a niche market model though but we will try to cover its features from the perspective of a mediocre user. Let’s start with specs, as usual.
Frequency Rate: from 100Hz up to 5000Hz
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Impedance: High, Unbalanced
Cable Input: ¼ jack (6.3mm / TS) (Already in the box 6.1m 20ft length cable)
Housing: Chrome & Green
Form factor: Handheld
Size: 63mm diameter, 82.6mm long
Overall net weight: 737gram (26oz)
Shure 520DX “Green Bullet” Design & Features
This particular model makes you recall Astatic bullet-like microphones, which add much coolness to it, though those mic’s main function was not harmonica recording (google “brown bullet mic”). So let’s begin with housing, it is fully metal and you can feel it, just grab it to realize it is heavy one. Colors are green and metallic to uphold overall vintage design. The design itself is perfect for this type of mic, who wants to see someone perform on harmonica in front of standard mic with widescreen plugged in laptop? No one. So this guy, which plugs right into amplifier plays along atmosphere just right.
Form factor that was chosen is ideal for harmonica players because they can hold this mic and harmonica at the same time (while playing it too, of course). Also there is very handy volume control knob so you will be able to handle volume situation being right in musical action.
As an optional accessory, we recommend to buy Pignose 7-100 Legendary Portable Amplifier or Pignose 7-200 HOG-20 Amplifier, which designed especially for harmonica players and perfectly combined with 520DX mic. In case if you have any problems with the microphone cartridge – Shure company produces R198 Cartridge for 520DX (Direct replacement cartridge for Shure 520DX ”Green Bullet” microphone).
Technical specs of this one does not look so good and that is truth, frequency response is quite poor and you will not be able to set sound (only sets of your amp sliders). Also this frequency response would not give you an opportunity to record clear vocals since it is interrupted at a 5000Hz frequency, but you can use this microphone to get dirty blues tone for vocals. The funny thing is that this kind of mic does not need to have better performance to make this cool harp sound, it is more than enough for this purposes. As for the purposes: this mic is good for studio and live performance. Polar pattern is omnidirectional so it will extract another band member, you will just have to move your hands a bit further from frontal part.
Here You Can Hear Some Examples of Shure 520DX“Green Bullet” Sound
This vintage badass is really good for bluesmen and anyone related to this group of people. The thing is that for this money you will not find better microphone for these purposes and always bear in mind that Shure stands for quality no matter what line and model it is. So we wish you snug blues evenings with this bullet-formed masterpiece.
Global Shure 520DX Rating
Sound Recording Quality - 7/10
Overall Build & Features - 7.5/10
Design - 7/10