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Seriously, SM7, SM7a, Sm7b - Is there a Difference?
Old 19th May 2006
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Seriously, SM7, SM7a, Sm7b - Is there a Difference?

I've noticed people on eBay are paying about 25% more for those old, bashed up SM7's than they'd pay for a brand new, warrantied SM7b. What gives? Are the original SM7's better mics than the a' and b's?
Old 19th May 2006
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Sure - the extra sludge layer of dust, nicotine and phlegm provides a warmth and ambience you won't get out of the modern version.

As I understand it, the eq switches were added to the SM7a, and the SM7b has a better cradle mount and a better foam pop filter.

I have an SM7b. I've never seen anyone who actually has compared the new with the old say that the old is better.

It's very likely that if you A/B a bunch of them, some would be better than others. But not necessary old or new.
Old 19th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Kiwiburger
Sure - the extra sludge layer of dust, nicotine and phlegm provides a warmth and ambience you won't get out of the modern version.

heh heh heh heh heh heh heh
Old 19th May 2006
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I've used both the original SM7 and the SM7B. The only difference I noticed was that the grill on the original SM7 was all dented up.
Old 19th May 2006
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You can do a search, it has been covered many times. I've A/B them once and liked the new one better. Might have to do with the condition of the old mic...
Old 19th May 2006
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I've noticed people on eBay are paying about 25% more for those old, bashed up SM7's than they'd pay for a brand new, warrantied SM7b. What gives? Are the original SM7's better mics than the a' and b's?
I thought I had read once that the original one wasn't shielded as well so it could be noisyer in certain situations. Anyone recall?
Old 19th May 2006
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I've compared the american and mexican versions. I don't know if they were a or b but they both had eq switches. I prefered the american. I don't think it's a 25% price difference though.
Old 19th May 2006
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IME, dunno about anyone else that posted cause, well, dunno but...

The SM-7B has less noise, and slightly less output. I went for the SM-7B over the others and have been very happy with it the last couple years.
Old 20th May 2006
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bump....very interested to here more real life experience comments!
Old 20th May 2006
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bump....very interested to here more real life experience comments!
I would just buy the SM7b...
Old 20th May 2006
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i've got both SM7 and 7B right in front of me now.

physically, the SM7 is a bit lighter shade. also, the grill holes are square shaped on 7, whereas round shaped on 7B.

it's weird cuz i read around here about the difference in volume. when i compared mine, they were about the same loudness. perhaps my SM7 (not B) is a later model; i did notice that there are 2 versions of SM7... one with the old Shure Bros. logo and the other with the same new styling as SM7B (but label do say SM7).

the 7B to me has a certain frequency in high mids that's really pronounced, like a really sharp Q around 2-3kHz, compared to SM7. on some ppl's voice (like mine), it can get a bit annoying. thank god i don't use this mic for my vox recording heh . but the bottom is much bigger and controlled on the 7B.

i do like 7 for its smooth/roundness, and it has a certain "pillow-yness" that i can't get on the 7B.

sometimes you need the smoove of SM7, sometimes you need the grit of SM7B.
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