Shure 520DX
Shure 520DX

520DX, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the Classic series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 10 reviews )
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moosers's review

Shure 520DX
The Shure 520DX is a dynamic microphone that is suitable for both in the studio or on the stage. While I have only used this microphone for recording, you can definitely use it for live shows as well, whether it be for harmonica or something else. It has a standard XLR connection and while it is designed for use with harmonica, it has a number of other possible applications in addition to the harmonica.


I've been using the Shure 520DX for about three years and have found it to be a great microphone for recording harmonica and a few other instruments. It is great for harmonica because it is possible to hold the microphone while one is playing so they can get an up close signal coming from the harmonica. While the Shure 520DX is really designed for this harmonica use, I have also had interesting success using this to record snare drum. While it wasn't a standard snare sound that I got, it had an interesting twang to it that works only in certain situations. In addition to these uses, I would encourage those who have this for harmonica to play around with it to see if it is useful in your situation for other things, as you can get some pretty cool sounds. This being said, I would really only recommend picking one of these up if you plan on using it for harmonica, as this is what it is best at and this is what it is designed for. The price of the Shure 520DX isn't too expensive at all, and is really a great value. Shure is known for making top quality microphones, and when it comes to recording a harmonica, the Shure 520DX is a great choice. Overall, another great microphone from the Shure company.
Flöten Lusthof04/11/2013

Flöten Lusthof's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
Harmonica microphone designed to be plugged into an amp.
It has a knob to adjust the gain.


How long have you been using?
Since 2005, I did a lot of concerts with this microphone. I had to do to fix 2008 as the membrane was broken (must say it was dropped a bunch of times).

Did you try many other models before buying it?
No, it was the only one available, I liked so I made the dark!

What is so special that you like most and least?
The gain knob is very convenient to mute the microphone when you do not play, also its setting changes the sound quite well. Attention on the other hand, it is placed in such a way that the key sometimes playing: it takes a little practice.

You should know that micro strong colors the sound it is intended to play blues typed: if you want a harmonica to his period Dylan Freewheelin 'is not what it should and easily share in feedback.

FYI, mine has also been used to record the song for a voice very saturated: it worked pretty well. To give an idea of ​​the record, I have seen in the documentary "It might get loud" Jack White was using this one for a piece of the Raconteurs.

How do you rate the quality / price?
Pretty good, if I had to repair mine, it is because of the abuse he suffered. Since it works again like the first day.

With experience, you do again this choice?
Yes, given my level fairly average harmonica, it is well suited to her that I seek.
L'ours Fred01/21/2013

L'ours Fred's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well .. but"

Shure 520DX
Micro harmonica


Bought it over 15 years ago.
Perfect for harmonica. Great sound. It fits nicely in the hand.
knob the volume is practical and necessary.

The cable is part of the microphone, there is a tendency to false contacts.
Btr screw to remove it is not U.S. I think. Difficult to find for repair.
harmonica blues08/11/2011

harmonica blues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My companion scene"

Shure 520DX
Shure 520DX (Phare bicycle) for harmonica with potentiometer and cable jack (male).


The Shure 520DX fishing, sound a little dirty as we like to play the blues-rock.
You just pay attention to the feedback loop because it is more difficult to control especially when we started and we do not really know his handle. Like a horse that has never been mounted, the coax should be!
With a distortion effect pedal or other, my fellow stage and studio for ten years!
At money, I find it excellent for a micro typed like this.
harmonica blues08/11/2011

harmonica blues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My companion scene"

Shure 520DX
The Shure 520DX for harmonica


The Shure 520DX has fishing, a sound a little dirty as we like to play rock blues.
You just pay attention to larsens because it is more difficult to master especially when one begins and one does not know to manage the sound. A bit like a horse that has never had mounted, must coax!
Accompanied by a distortion effect pedal or another, it's my scene partner and studio for ten years!
Level value, I find excellent for micro typed like this.

shoubz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
This is a harmonica microphone! But I bought it for the song and the microphone is perfect for the Metal and Hardcore style yet it has its limits!

This effect is very rich in medium saturated sound you get through the little knob under the micro thoroughly and intelligently setting your mixing desk!
Its major weakness is the bass! If you sing (or whatever geule) in severe, the sound will be truly execrable! It is however very well for the midrange and treble!
For what I asked, it is perfect: the effect of neighboring supersaturated dirty! yet welded into the microphone jack is not suitable for "barbarians"!


I use it for six months, I like the distorted sound and "dirty"! Really ideal to use Indeed! In addition it is class ^ ^
The value for money is acceptable but the product is not essential, it's just a little originality (too common today also).

romrenard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
Hello. I just bought the mic Shure Green Bullet 520DX and as a singer, I would have liked to know if there is a spciale clip to put on a microphone stand.
Otherwise, you, how are you doing?

Thank you!



I use the microwave for one week.

Danihell's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
I have the older version of the 520D and there is no input gain knob.


I use it mainly for vocals.
Our sound engineer on the sound system removes the acute and grave and put a little more than a medium which gives effect "softphone" that I complete with a lightweight octaver (BOSS OC-2)
and that makes it serious!

microharmo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
This is the microphone must be in its package possder outil.Je deprecated never buy used gear.


It's a typical, though crunchy. You nobtiendrez rsultat not versatile with this machine "trononner". Apart from research will prcise well, I do not know what micro is compatible with the chromatiqueIl a REFERENCE for blues, rock, absolutely must wash! What is not normal cest nest price. But this subject is to gnral cot overall practice lharmonica. Lessence lharmo of same, its origins, and all The elements that made the Mississippi saxophone are today pollus by price dtournent the particularity of this world . Lharmonica should not be expensive, and the flaming prices kill this instrument, its particularity. We walk on the head, but Acesta REPRESENTATIVES politiqueAlors on this micro and must wash his musette.

jod35's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure 520DX
Micro "for" harmonious
dynamic microphone

Vintage appearance. Pretty enough.
Wiring particular (original, it is wired with a standard jack)

Practice: a volume of pota t rgler addition to the base of the gain


- I've had less than a month
- I love the look (although I prfere the look of the Astatic JT-30 taken up by the name of hohner blues blaster).
Good grip. A little heavy anyway, I find it quite comfortable.
On a Peavey Classic 30 is a true massacre. I had the blues blaster is crappy cot.
I trs little feedback, it RULES easily and allows me to have the grain on my amp
- I changed it against a blues blaster: Honestly, I feel I have done a great deal ... I bought a deprecated blues blaster nine.
The DX 520 is expensive ... but worth it! To be taken especially for the look!
- New: Report quality / price is not terrible, I will opt instead for a sm58 with pota volume hohner (which fits all microphones songs)
- To change this, I start again without hsiter!
It's the sound I was looking on the peavey

Namely: the hohner blues blaster from home does not sound really bad on a classic 30 ...