Weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, big award ceremonies… There are so many good reasons to gather together for a party, fun and good memories. Do you know what can brighten up the mood of guests? A good wireless microphone system. That was a joke, of course.
However, if you can make such good jokes as me (or terrible ones, it depends on the listener), then you certainly need a microphone to set them all on fire! And if you happen to be a host who uses one’s charisma to get an income, then it is a must for you to have a good mic. I’m pretty sure you are already aware of the reasons why you are here. Just decided to remind you in case you’ve forgotten. Okay, enough for rambling. Let’s start exploring the wireless microphones’ systems!
1. Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8 Digital Handheld Wireless System
Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8 is a great wireless system from Shure. It consists of a receiver and a microphone with a transmitter in it. The microphone is the legendary SM58 which is known for its ruggedness and durability. This system is perfect for all the performers on the go. It doesn’t take much time to set up and it works flawlessly.
Just like any good wireless system, this one has automatic frequency selection. The system is protected from radio interference so you can be free to use WiFi, smartphones or other electronic devices while performing. The receiver and the transmitter can be far apart from each other. The operating range is 60 meters, which is huge – you can use the mic not only for small gatherings of people but also for big live shows.
As for the operating time, it is approximately 8 hours. You need two AA batteries to make the microphone work – the first couple of these is included in the shipping package. What else is there? A clip, a case, and power supply. So basically you get all that you need.
It is worth noticing that you can use another Shure microphone with the receiver, such as SM86, BETA58, PG58. SM58 though is quite alright. It is awesome for vocalists and can be also be used in other areas. Vocal-tailored frequency response, upper midrange presence and the aforementioned ruggedness make this mic the most popular model on the market. All in all, this is a great Shure wireless system. It will help you organize top events both for you and your friends and on a more corporate level.
2. Shure BLX24/PG58 Handheld Wireless System with PG58 Vocal Microphone
This is another Shure wireless system. It is just as good as the previous one but a little bit cheaper. Shure BLX24/PG58 is a very popular device. It comes in different versions – you can choose from one-channel, dual-channel and rack mount. Several channels let you use several transmitters simultaneously which is great – you can use more than one microphone with one receiver.
The microphones, by the way, can also be different. This particular system included PG58 which is an entry-level Shure microphone. You can replace it if you like. The variety of replacements is huge – starting with basic models like SM58, BETA58, etc. and ending with lavalier and over-the-ear microphones (we’ll talk about these ones later). This is true for any receiver. The compatibility with just one single microphone is never the case.
The microphone that is included in this system though is rather good. It has a rugged metal construction which is not prone to wear and tear and a vocal-tailored frequency response. The mic’s main application is for lead and back-up vocals but you can be inventive with it. The polar pattern, by the way, is cardioid. In general, the PG series is less advanced than SM, so this might be something that creates a difference in the price between the two systems.
Shure BLX24 also works on two AA-type batteries. Here, they are not included in the package so you’ll need to go to the next store and buy them (big deal!) The operating radius is even longer than in the case before – 91 meters (which is 300 ft). The receiver has an adjustable frequency matching. This Shure system is one of the top-chosen wireless microphones’ systems out there. Check it out and see if it looks good to you!
3. Audio-Technica System 10 ATW-1102 Wireless Handheld Microphone System
And so we’re getting to more and more contemporary microphones. Audio-Technica wireless system 1102 is a great solution for birthday parties, weddings, and other festive events. It can also be used in official ceremonies like graduations, awards presentations, and more. The ability to tolerate TV and radio interference of this device is second-to-none. There are three assurance realms – time, space, and frequency – that allow the mic to be used in big venues and halls. Even if there are thousands of people, you can be sure no one’s WiFi will spoil your speech.
The receiver has the ability to automatically hop between the frequencies – this is so-to-say the frequency realm. Almost the same happens with time and space. With time, it is very complex – there’s not enough space in this review to go into details. As for the space realm, there are two antennas, which increases the probability of using the right frequency which is not used by something else. Besides, the mic functions in the 24.6 GHz range, which is far from TV or other devices of this kind. I hope now you’re sure of this system’s reliability. Good. Let’s move on.
You can use up to 8 systems of this kind, so in case you need several microphones, you’ll have to buy several receivers. The receivers are compact and, what’s most important, stackable – you can put them on one another. The LCD number on the receiver indicated ID that should be matched with the microphone’s ID. If you get just one wireless system, you shouldn’t worry about this – the number will also be 1. The mic also functions on two AA batteries. For some, the operating time they allow for is enough, for others – not so much. In any case, you’ll certainly be able to use the device for 4 to 5 hours at once. All in all, if you want to be one hundred percent sure that the interference won’t bother you, then this mic is a great choice. Besides, it looks modern and costs less than Shure wireless systems.
4. innopow 80-Channel Dual UHF Wireless Microphone System
If you are not in the mood of buying a three hundred dollars wireless system, you can look for cheaper options. There are usually lots of them. This innopow system, for example, costs about $100 and I can’t say that it is considerably worse than Shure or AT. It is true, there are certain drawbacks but there are also advantages, the most obvious of which is the price.
The system has two cardioid microphones that can be used simultaneously. In general, there can be up to 5 of such wireless systems working simultaneously and therefore up to 10 microphones functioning at different frequencies. Frequency interference can happen only if you don’t observe the rules of using this device. If you handle it according to the manual, there shouldn’t be any problems.
The receiver has two extra XLR and one mixed output. The maximum distance between the receiver and the transmitter can be 60-80 meters. Beware! There is also the minimum distance for avoiding noise. The good thing is that the microphones can last for 14-17 hours, so basically two days of fun. You’ll need four AA-type batteries to power the work. Upon the whole, this is a very nice system. If you’re looking for cheaper products, take a look at this one.
5. Geardon Pro Rechargeable Dual Wireless Microphone System
Geardon Pro Rechargeable wireless system also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Yet, it has a very good rating on Amazon. The system’s peculiarity is that it works on a rechargeable battery. Charging occurs through a USB-cable. So if you happen to have drained the battery, you will be able to use the microphone only after some time required for the recharging. The good thing is that the battery works for up to 12 hours, which is definitely enough for home parties, small ceremonies, karaoke nights, and more.
On the receiver, there is an LCD screen that shows all the necessary information about the operating status. The operating range is 250 ft so go wherever you want to go – the signal will be conveyed. The microphones included in the system are made of metal. The bodies of the microphones also have small LCD screens which reflect battery charge and operating frequencies. Needless to say that polar pattern is cardioid. So, this is a great pair for all the event-holders! If you don’t want to buy AA batteries all the time and would rather use a USB cable for charging, then this option might be interesting to you. A couple of mics means double fun, so definitely check the system out!
6. Audio-Technica ATW-2192AI-TH 2000 Series Wireless Headworn Microphone System
Hand-help microphones can be quite convenient for family celebrations since it is easy to hand them to each other. However, if we are talking about top-notch shows or summit meetings, this could be a nuisance rather than an advantage. Audio-Technica ATW-2192AI-TH from the 2000 series is a wireless system with a head-worn or over-the-ear microphone. You can gently attach this microphone behind your ear the capsule facing your mouth. Since the microphone is always located near your mouth, you can use your hands with more freedom.
The polar pattern is omnidirectional. The mic comes in two different colors – black and beige. Apart from the microphone, there is obviously a bodypack transmitter and a receiver. The receiver can automatically choose from 10 frequency channels. In sum, this is a great wireless system with a headworn microphone. You can use the receiver with other types of microphones too. In fact, if you follow the Amazon link down below, you’ll find all the available options. The main advantage of headwborn microphones is that they are nearly unnoticeable – you can speak in them and forget that you’re speaking in them if that makes sense. Hopefully, it does.
7. Shure BLX14/SM31 Headworn Wireless System
All those subtleties are fine but what if you have to host a dynamic wedding with two hundred people or, worse, some kind of an event for kids that are ready to tear you apart? Of course, you’ll need something more durable. Shure offers a perfect solution. The mic that you can see in the picture has a rather rugged construction but at the same time, it gives you that freedom of movement that cannot be achieved with hand-held microphones.
The microphone is covered with moisture-repellent hydrophobic fabric which protects it from corrosion and other damaging effects of the environment. The flexible neck can be adjusted to any shape and size. The sound quality is great. Such mics are used by fitness instructors and therefore able to withstand the pressure of any noisy event. By the way, the sporting events can also be held with the help of SM31. The receiver that comes with the microphone has good quality like all the other Shure receivers. By the way, you can choose any other Shure receiver and match it with the mic – rack mount, dual channel – whatever you prefer most.
All in all, this is a great option for those who can’t stay in one place. If your work involves lots of movement, gestures, laughing, etc., then you won’t be able to find a microphone better than this one.
power supply, a windscreen, and a clothing clip
If you want to find out more about over-the-ear microphones, check out this link.
8. Audio-Technica ATW-2129AI 2000 Series Wireless Lavalier System
Remember how we talked about being able to use various microphones types with various types of receivers? I’m sure you’ve learned that by heart already. But guess what? This is an Audio-Technica wireless system that we’ve already reviewed. It is just that it comes with a different microphone.
The included microphone in this system is lavalier. Just like headworn microphones, lavalier microphones free your hands. They are usually attached to clothing somewhere in the middle of your chest. These mics are everywhere nowadays, so you’ve probably seen them on TV. And if you don’t watch TV, all the same – you’ve probably seen them. But it is probably a good thing you don’t watch TV. No TV – less frequency interference, very convenient. It doesn’t concern this system though; the receiver can hop between 10 different frequencies so that you could watch TV, speak on your phone and use a WiFi connection without worrying about interference noise.
The microphone that comes with the receiver is pretty small, which makes it appropriate for high-end events like awarding ceremonies, top-level business and political conferences, and more. For more information about lavalier microphone, check out this article.
Big events or small, all are better off with a wireless microphone system. We’ve reviewed several popular models including the ones with handheld, headworn, and lavalier microphones. Whichever type you prefer most, make sure that the receiver meets your requirements. Does the number of channels satisfy you? Will it be able to tolerate other devices in the room? Is the price alright? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a wireless microphone system. Choose mics wisely & have lots of awesome celebration events!