The Stag SDM50 has arrived, so here's a mini review for the benefit of others.
It is wired correctly for balanced operation, and has a DC resistance of just under 600 ohms between pins 2 and 3 (600 ohms quoted). Pin 1 is connected through to the body and grille.
It is very bassy
. I had to turn the bass down to -12dB and the mids at 400Hz down to around -6dB to get a sound that was something near to the sound of an SM58. Once I'd done that, it was certainly useable, but you shouldn't have to go to those drastic extremes to get a decent sonic response.
It certainly had a much higher basic out output than an SM58 with the EQ set flat, but a lot of that was all the excessive bass end. Sibilance and plosive levels were similar to the SM58, but handling noise was significantly worse. Strangely, given the hyped bass-end, the handling nose was fairly high pitched and didn't improve when the bass was rolled right off.
The mic comes in a Behringer-style plastic case with an XLR-XLR lead, but no mic clip/stand adapter. It's a lighter mic than an SM58, approximately the same size but with a very slightly ovoid grille compared to the round one of the 58. It comes with a switch (there is no non-switch version avilable), but it can be locked in the 'on' position by rotating a plate beneath the switch (which I did). A combination of the switch, the shiny grille and the adhesive label with "Dynamic Condenser 600 Ohms" just under the grille all combine to make it look like a cheap mic.
One big negative point for me is that the slot for the XLR locking pin is too far from the base to allow an XLR to lock. I tried both the supplied cable XLR and my Neutrik XLR leads and neither would lock, even when pushing the XLR in hard.
For the money (this sells for between £15 and £24), there are far better mics out there. If anyone says this is a bargain SM58 replacement, tell them in no uncertain terms to go away and actually try it against one, then think again. It really is quite nasty IMO.
The £14 Behringer XM8500 is cheaper (OK, no mic lead but it does have a stand clip) and required far less EQ to get a reasonable sound from it and you can lock a lead into it. The £33 Prodipe TT1 is a much better mic all round, and whilst still slightly bassy, doesn't take much EQ to correct it.
So, Giggo96, it's definitely the mic, not the Boss VE-8.