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Shure Model 578 Omnidyne Probe
omnidirectional dynamic microphone

Omnidyne Probe


Shure 578 Omnidyne Probe

The Shure Model 578 is a slender dynamic microphone designed to provide wide-range reproduction of music and voice. This omni-directional dual-impedance microphone is ideal for high-quality public address, theater-stage sound systems, and recording applica­tions. It is also recommended for interview type use where “hand-a-bility” of the micro­phone is important.

The Model 578 is dual impedance for connection to microphone inputs rated at 19 to 300 ohms or to high-impedance microphone inputs. The microphone is supplied with an adjust­able swivel adapter, permitting it to be tilted through 90° from vertical to horizontal.

Shure 578 Omnidyne Probe

Microphone Features:

  1. Uniform frequency response from 50 to 15,000 Hz

  2. Slender design, light weight

  3. Built-in On-Off switch

  4. Convenient impedance selection

  5. Versatility—for use in the hand or on a stand—for use indoors or outdoors

  6. Dependability under all operating conditions

  7. Ruggedness—will operate for years without deviation from original standards

Shure 578 Omnidyne Probe


  • Type: Dynamic.

  • Frequency Response: 50 to 15,000 Hz (see Figure 1).

  • Polar Pattern: Omni-directional.

  • Impedance: Dual. Microphone rating impedance is 150 ohms (250 ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated at 19 to 300 ohms, and High for connection to high-impedance inputs. See Impedance Selection.

  • Output Level (at 1,000 Hz): Low Impedance Open Circuit Voltage = –80.0 dB* (.1 mV). Power Level = –60.0 dB**. High Impedance Open Circuit Voltage = –59.0 dB (1.12 mV). *0 dB = 1 volt per microbar. **0 dB = 1 milliwatt per 10 microbars.

  • Phase: Positive pressure on the diaphragm produces positive voltage on the black lead.

  • Switch: Built-in On-Off switch with lockplate installed. To lock switch in On position, loosen screw on lockplate and turn lockplate 180°. Re-tighten screw.

  • Cable: Non-detachable, 4.6 meter (15 feet), three-conductor, shielded.

  • Case: Satin-chrome plated with stainless steel grille.

  • Swivel Adapter: Positive action swivel adjustable through 90° from vertical to horizontal, to fit 58"-27 stand thread.

  • Net Weight: 454 grams (1 pound).

Frequency response

Impedance Selection
Selection of either high or low impedance is accomplished by the choice of leads connected at the equipment end of the cable.

Low impedance—The black and white cable leads are the “hot” conductors for balanced line con­nec­tions; the shield is connected to the amplifier or chassis ground (see Figure 2).

High impedance—The red cable lead is the “hot” conductor for unbalanced line con­nec­tions; the black cable lead and the shield are connected to the amplifier or chassis ground (see Figure 2).

The low-impedance connection is recommended where long cables are required or under conditions of severe hum disturbance. The permissible cable length is practically unlimited, since neither response nor level is appreciably affected by long cables. Shure Model A95 Series Line Matching Transformers are available for use in those cases where a low-impedance microphone line is desirable, but the associated amplifier has a high-impedance input. These transformers provide a proper impedance match between a 19 to 300-ohm microphone line and a high-impedance input, and are available with various input and output connectors.

Internal connections

Overall dimensions

Text and illustrations are from the Shure Brothers 1984 Publication No. 27A2062 (DA).

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Omnidyne Probe

A silver Model 578
Yet another 578 model, this one silver, showing its switch.

The Shure 578

578 Data Sheet
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