Let’s compare the Shure SM58 dynamic microphone to the Rode PodMic dynamic microphone. These two microphones are both in the same price range and are often compared when people are looking for a quality vocal microphone.

Quick Answer: In every possible comparison aside from looks, we think that the Shure SM58 is a better microphone. This includes live performance, vocal recording, podcasting, and general home studio use.

Shure SM58 VS Rode PodMic Review

Both of these microphones are high-quality, studio-grade microphones that professional sound engineers use on a regular basis. 

The Rode PodMic is new to the scene and is largely marketed and used as a podcast/broadcast microphone.

The Shure SM58 is an extremely flexible studio microphone. It sounds great on vocals but is often used on all types of instruments in the studio and we believe that the Shure SM58 or Shure SM57 should be in every studio.

Shure SM58 VS Rode PodMic Specs

Shure SM58Rode PodMic
Capsule OrientationTop / End AddressTop / End Address
On-Board ControlsNoneNone
Frequency Response50 Hz to 15 KHz20 Hz to 20 KHz
Impedance150 Ohms32 Ohms
Sensitivity-57.5 dBV/Pa @ 1kHz-57 dBV/Pa @ 1kHz
Weight.82 lbs / 371 g2.06 lb / 937 g

Build Quality

In terms of construction, both microphones are made from an all-metal chassis. The Shure SM58 is likely more reliable and durable compared to the Rode PodMic due to its extensive time-proven record of being dropped off buildings, touring the world, being driven over by busses, and used as a hammer.

Physical Features

Both microphones have internal plosive protection, shock mounting and seem durable, easy to use, and reliable.

SM58 VS PodMic Frequency Response 

Shure SM58 vs Rode PodMic Pricing

Shure SM58 vs Rode PodMic Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:21 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:35 – Equipment Setup
  • 1:06 – Specs
  • 2:05 – Build Quality
  • 5:10 – Frequency Response
  • 6:22 – Background Noise Rejection
  • 7:05 – Proximity Effect
  • 7:28 – Microphone Review & Comparison
  • 10:55 – Final Thoughts