A Guide to the Best Wireless Microphones
When it comes to selecting the best wireless microphone for you, there are a wide range of options to fit your needs. As wireless technology has evolved, brands like Shure, BeyerDynamic and Sennheiser have continued to up their game in terms of sound quality while also lowering the cost barrier to buying into this kind of gear.
Before learning more about wireless microphones, it’s important to ask yourself why you want to use one in the first place. The practical application for using wireless microphones is in the live sound setting. Since wireless microphones forgo cabling and send the signal straight to a receiver hooked up to a venue’s sound system, you are able to free yourself of cabling messes and have room to roam on stage.
Continue reading below to discover some of the best wireless microphones currently on the market and to learn more about what makes each of these mics ideal for different live sound scenarios.
Wireless Dynamic Microphones
If you’re looking for a rugged microphone that can take the rigors of the road or daily use in a venue, a wireless dynamic mic is probably the best option for you. These mics are simple in design and built to take a beating, while also giving you access to the best in wireless microphone technology. Many brands have brought over classic mic capsules and packaged them with transmitters and receivers, including the Shure PG58, SM58, Beta 58, BeyerDynamic TG550 and Sennheiser XSW.
The Shure RPW120 and BeyerDynamic TG5566 are two essential wireless condenser mics that will ensure your next performance or presentation sounds crisp, no matter how you move around on stage.
Wireless Condenser Microphones
Condenser microphones differ from dynamic microphones in a few unique ways. The best wireless condenser microphones offer more detail, come in super cardioid and hyper cardioid patterns and are usually internally shock mounted to reduce handling noise. The Shure RPW120 and BeyerDynamic TG5566 are two essential wireless condenser mics that will ensure your next performance or presentation sounds crisp, no matter how you move around on stage.
Wireless Instrument Packs
If you’re looking for a mic to use in tandem with playing instruments on stage, there are a whole host of products that can help you get the job done. If you’re looking to go wireless, two of the best instrument packs on the market are the BeyerDynamic TG510 and Sennheiser XSW 1-CL1-A. As opposed to using a mic capsule and transmitter, these instrument packs utilize a bodypack and ¼ inch cabling to send your instrument’s signal to the receiver.
Remember that everyone’s on-stage needs are different when it comes to selecting the best wireless microphones. Evaluate what you want out of your performance and opt for a microphone set-up that will fit the bill.
If you’re interested in learning more about studio microphones and finding the right one for you, please feel free to reach out to me or one of Vintage King’s other Audio Consultants via email or by calling us at 888.653.1184.
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