So, we all know the Uher M534 and its AKG lore by now – but very few people know that there was an update with an enormously cryptic model number and a total visual makeover! It looks a lot more like a Shure SM58 than anything else, but its purpose remained the same: A high quality reporter mic and a true dynamic workhorse. The origin of the capsule has not yet been determined – it does not really look like any AKG capsule I’ve seen up to now.
There is a visually very similar microphone by Audio Technica, called the AT 832 II, which has the same body, the same grille and also a fixed cable. It’s not conclusive evidence, but the capsule looks quite like some other ATs from the 80s, so this might just be where Uher bought their mics and then proudly wrote “München” on them.
Anyway, the build quality can also be compared to Shure’s classic mic: It has a nice and heavy metal body and a sturdy screw-on grille and could easily serve as a stage mic – if it weren’t for the rather short attached cable with 5-pole DIN plug (again, like the original M 534), which makes it a little clumsy to handle on stage.
It is a rather versatile and solid dynamic with lots of uses in the studio, so if you see one cheap, you won’t regret buying it.
An interesting detail: Like its predecessor, the Uher M 534 A/5 was also released as a matched stereo pair with an analogous serial number, M 634 A/5. The kit consisted of two matched mics, one Uher M 923 tripod with screw thread and an M 925 stereo bar. A courageous move (if probably not very rewarding and, quite frankly, doomed right from the start) in an age when both tape recording and the use dynamic stereo microphones had already started dying and were all but obsolete.
Nowadays the mic is extremely obscure, so even without any more information on the matter this sad tale can be told to the end as follows: Uher failed to go digital and/or move their production to countries where labor was cheaper, rekindle the interest in their products, very few of the mics were sold, things went downhill, their Munich factory closed, Uher went out of business. Audio Technica, however, is still going strong. I am sure there is an important lesson to be learned here.
Specs of the Uher M534 A/5!
- Frequency range: 50-16.000 Hz
- Polar pattern: cardioid
- Weight approx. 260 gr.
- Cable length approx. 160 cm
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