Uher M534 A/5

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.

The Uher M534 A/5 is everything you can expect from its cryptic serial number: it has absolutely nothing to do with the Uher M534.

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.

Coincidence or dead giveaway? The Audio Technica AT 832 II looks the same! (Image credits: norbe_krte)

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
Style: (3.0 / 5)
Sound: (3.0 / 5)
Uniqueness: (4.0 / 5)
Usefulness: (4.0 / 5)

Trash:Gold ratio – 1:1

    • Haha! Your enthusiasm sent this comment straight to the spam section…when I approved it, it said: “Un-Spammed by trashblitz”. Sounds like a label I should put on old mics, “Un-Trashed by trashblitz!”, ha. Thanks!

    • Hi Serg, thanks for your comment! We’ve featured the Beyerdynamic M300 here – it looks quite different from the Uher, and to our knowledge Uher did not use Beyer capsules. Do you own an M534 A/5 and use it?

  1. Yes, I own two microphones Uher M 534 /a!!!
    I also have some OEM MICS of the same period of different brands that have the same capsule (Kennet K 1000, Bouyer GM 731)!!!
    Maybe I’m wrong!!! :-)
    But the capsules in these MICS are visually the same!!!

    • Hi Serg! Actually, the capsule looks very generic, could be any Japanese manufacturer of the late 70s and early 80s. I am pretty sure the Bouyer GM 731 is different, as its frequency response does not match the M 534 A/5 – it was a rather cheap mic for public address, if I am correctly informed. But the Kennet K1000? Never heard of the brand or the mic!

    • Thanks for the pictures! Can I post them here? I’ll take a picture of the Beyer M300s dynamic element once do that once I find the time, it does look different. The capsules of the three mcics really do look absolutely similar, I agree. I guess I have at least 10 other mics with similar-looking capsules, though, and they are all very different. I think the capsule housing is a very generic late 70s / early 80s Japanese build, but the capsules itself are actually different in terms of frequency response and sound. The Paso M201 for example also has a very similar capsule if I remember correctly.

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