Shure Incorporated in Niles, Illinois, announces a new Limited Edition Unidyne model, the 5575LE Unidyne Limited Edition Cardioid Dynamic Microphone ($399 MSRP). Only 5,575 pieces of this model will be available worldwide.
This release commemorates the 75th anniversary of the development and availability of the 55 Unidyne microphone, as well as Shure's receipt of the Milestone Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in January 2014 in recognition of the company's Unidyne technology.
A special anniversary version of the iconic 55 Unidyne cardioid dynamic microphone, the 5575LE replicates the original design, with appropriate improvements in durability and sound quality. The serialized limited edition 5575LE features the current Unidyne III cardioid element, the classic large outer grille, vintage badging, and zinc die-cast, with a silver finish desk stand. The microphone comes in an aluminum flight case with 75th anniversary logo branding, and includes two Unidyne photo prints and a certificate of authenticity, featuring a tribute from Shure Chairman Mrs. Rose L. Shure.
Introduced in 1939, the 55 Unidyne was swiftly adopted for broadcast, public address, recording and two-way radios. The 55 Unidyne provided control of feedback and reduction of off-axis ambient sound, and also became recognized as a familiar icon in popular culture.