How does the Beta 58A differ to the SM58?

Date Updated: August 8, 2019 FAQ #5531
Question:
How does the Beta 58A differ to the SM58?
Answer:

There are several differences between the two mics. Here are the most relevant ones:
Polar pattern: Beta 58A = supercardioid; SM58 = cardioid
Output level: Beta 58A is 4dB hotter than SM58
Handling noise: Beta 58A has less handling noise than the SM58
Grille: Beta 58A has a hardened grille that is very difficult to dent
Frequency response: Beta 58A has extended low and high end compared to SM58