Jon Whittaker | Mar 12, 2019 | 0
Guide to Wireless Microphones
Cutting the cord
These days, most things come with a Wi-Fi version. Removing the need for obtrusive cable that gets in the way, it’s spurring on the wireless microphone revolution. Sure, wireless microphones have been around for a long time now. However, affordability and reliability mean performers are choosing to free themselves of cable.
Wireless microphones give you the freedom to roam
It’s quite understandable that performers don’t want to feel tethered to the stage. After all, restricted movement impedes your ability to engage with the audience. Therefore, many artists and public speakers’ favour wireless mics as an investment in their stage craft. Not to mention certain pitfalls than can literally trip people up or worse still, rip the cable out mid performance.
A stage that has wires running here, there and everywhere can look unprofessional. With the growth of Facebook live and YouTube live, it’s becoming common for acts to consider the finer details of their performance.
Cabled microphones will at some point, no matter how good, suffer from breakage. It’s a live engineer’s nightmare and worse still it can ruin a performance, often at a crucial stage in the set.
So, let’s take a look at some of the options out there from professional down to the budget end of the market. We’ve looked at four different types of technology, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Although this is not a comprehensive list of what we have to offer here at Dawsons Music, we hope that this brief introduction gives you some insight. So here we go:
Easy Karaoke EKS717B Wireless Microphone
The Easy Karaoke EKS717B Wireless Microphone is ideal for those who want to dip their toes into the world of wireless mics without shelling out too much cash. If you’re having friends’ round to yours for a bit of a sing-along then it is perfect for getting the party started. If you’re hosting an event and want the freedom to move around, then it is perfect for the job. Built with a protective metal grille and foam-lined to create a pop shield to improve durability, the uni-directional dynamic mic design filters out background noise for enhanced vocal capture.
Thanks to the built-in aerial and 1/4-inch jack connector, all you need to do is connect to a mixing desk or any other sound equipment with a mic input and you’re good to go!
QTX Neckband Wireless Microphone System
The QTX Neckband Wireless Microphone System hails from a band that produces excellent entry-level gear that punches well above its price. Thanks to a pair of built-in antennas, the microphone system boasts a whopping 50 metre range to cover every stage from small to large. The neckband mic offers hands-free control for those who on the move, whether you’re a public speaker, teacher, singer or dancer. Operating at a preset 173.8MHz transmission frequency, the QTX wireless mic system is very easy to setup. Thanks to both XLR and 6.3mm jack connectivity options, you can connect to a wide range of gear. Included with every pack is a battery, jack lead and power supply to get you up and running in no time at all.
AKG WMS40 Mini Handheld Wireless Microphone System
At the other end of the spectrum, AKG manufacture a highly affordable wireless microphone set that is both crisp and clear sound. As with all AKG products, their technology offers perfect signal and sound reproduction, as you’d expect from a highly respected German manufacturer. One cool feature of the AKG WMS40 that we love is the three status LED monitor that shows on/off status, signal strength and audio clipping.
These little features can save lots of time when troubleshooting, making light work to diagnose and correct a fault. If that wasn’t enough then this mic offers 30 hours of operation on a single AA battery, that’s pretty incredible performance. Plus, this wireless microphone comes with everything you need to get going straight from the box.
Chord Dual UHF Handheld Wireless Microphone System
The Chord Dual UHF Handheld Wireless Microphone System offers not just one but two wireless dynamic microphones. Capturing audio across a huge 30Hz to 20kHz frequency range with a massive 60-metre range for total freedom to roam, you can perform without limits thanks to the Chord system. Each microphone has a built-in windshield to minimise turbulence and background noise, capturing and transmitting your vocals with the utmost fidelity. If you’re part of a gigging duo or simply want the option of a backup should the worse happen – we’ve all been there – then the Chord Dual Handheld Microphone System is a fantastic affordable option.
Shure BLX24 and SM58 Wireless Microphone System
The Shure SM58 is a unidirectional (cardioid) microphone and a legend among vocalists and performers across the world. Providing just the right frequency lift to bring the presence out on vocals the SM58 is rugged in both construction and application for the job, be that screaming vocals or subtle conversation.
So, when you add in the Shure BLX24 wireless receiver you’ll get all the quality you’d expect from a classic SM58 with a huge 100 metre range. There’s nothing to the operation of it, everything is clearly laid out and even relays the battery level down to the final minute. The further addition of a second battery port means there’s room for you charging a spare while the microphone is being used in a performance.
There we have it, we hope that you’ve now got a better picture of what’s out there in the world of wireless microphone technology so that you can make a more informed choice when you’re spending your hard-earned cash.
Hopefully, we’ve given you enough insight into what is available with regard to wireless microphones. Head over to the Dawsons website to check out the rest of our wireless microphone selection.
As ever, if you need any help or advice then our Customer Service Team are more than happy to help over the phone on 01925 582420. Our in-store specialists will guide you through the wonderful world of microphones, just pop into your nearest Dawsons store.
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