Gear Report: Wireless Microphones

by | Audio, Gear, Gear Report, Production

Whether you’re performing a solo concert or speaking at a business conference you have used a wireless microphone. Wireless microphone systems transmit audio signals through radio frequencies rather than via wires, eliminating cable clutter while also giving you more freedom of movement on stage. Because of their flexibility and convenience, wireless microphone systems have become a standard part of many performances. You can find wireless microphone systems with a variety of features and capabilities. While some are designed for professional use, others are ideal for recording and entertainment purposes.


1. Shure GLXD24R/SM58

GLX-D+ wireless systems leverage Shure’s all-new Dual Band digital wireless technology, allowing the system to operate in both the standard 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands. That gives you more than double the bandwidth of the competition. And because you get more of the frequency spectrum to work with, there’s more space to find a clean channel. Under the hood, your GLX-D+ system will constantly scan both frequency bands and selects multiple backup frequencies. So, if you ever encounter interference, the system seamlessly switches to a backup frequency. With its Dual Band operation and seamless frequency switching, the GLX-D+ helps you perform with confidence.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Up to 11 channels
  • System: Analog/Digital:Digital
  • System: Frequency Range:2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz
  • System: Operating Range:Up to 200 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Frequency Response:20Hz-20kHz
  • System: Microphone Included:Shure SM58 Handheld Microphone
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto/Manual
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Cardioid
  • Microphone: Max SPL:146dB SPL
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:20Hz-20kHz
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:3.6V Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:Up to 12 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:9.9″ x 2.0″ x 1.5″
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.6 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver: Type:Rackmount
  • Receiver: Rackmountable:Yes
  • Receiver: Rack Spaces:Half-rack
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″
  • Receiver: Power Source:15V DC 600mA power supply (included)
  • Receiver: Dimensions:1.6″ x 7.7″ x 6.4″
  • Receiver: Weight:1.9 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Legendary SM58 sound
  • Digital transmission
  • A simplified video editing process
  • Multiple units can be managed centrally
  • Rack-mountable  
REASONS TO AVOID
  • 2.4GHz signal not for everyone 

2. Sennheiser EW 500 G4-935

Sennheiser’s ew 500-935 G4 provides pro-quality wireless performance. Yet, it’s also super easy to use, thanks to its auto-frequency scan feature. And if you make changes on the included EM 500 G4 rackmount receiver, all you have to do is push “sync” and those changes automatically go out to the included SKM 500 G4 handheld transmitter. It’s fast and totally pain-free. If you do want to dig into its deep features, though, you’ll find plenty to be excited about. The ew 500-935 G4 supplies up to 32 channels with up to 88MHz of bandwidth and an Ethernet port for remote control via Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager (WSM).

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Up to 32
  • System: Analog/Digital:Analog
  • System: Frequency Range:470-558 MHz (AW+ band)
  • System: Operating Range:330 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Microphone Included:Yes
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto/Manual
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Cardioid
  • Microphone: Max SPL:154dB SPL
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:80Hz-18kHz
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Mute Feature:Yes
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA, 1.5 V or BA 2015 accupack
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:8 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:7.57″ x 1.61″ (without capsule)
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.35 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver: Signal/Noise Ratio:≥115dB (A-weighted)
  • Receiver: Type:Rackmount
  • Receiver: Rack Spaces:Half-rack
  • Receiver: Displays:OLED
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″
  • Receiver: Data I/O:1 x Ethernet
  • Receiver: Power Source:12V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:8.35″ x 1.7″ x 6.61″
  • Receiver: Weight:2.16 lbs.
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REASONS TO BUY
  • op-notch build+
  • Up to 88MHz bandwidth, with 3,520 selectable frequencies +
  • High RF output power+
  • Swappable high-end capsules, including one from Neumann 
REASONS TO AVOID
  • UHF frequencies limit use in other countries  

3. AKG DMS100

Straight out of the box, the PT100 beltpack transmitter is ready to rock. Boasting 24-bit/48kHz audio resolution, a linear frequency response, and a 30m range of operation, you can move all around the stage without having to worry about drop out or interference. The inconspicuous is ready for anything, whether you’re playing guitar or bass in a worship band or plugging in a compatible AKG headset for lectures. The DMS100 Wireless Beltpack system comes complete with an instrument cable to get you up and running even more quickly.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Up to 32
  • System: Analog/Digital:Analog
  • System: Frequency Range:470-558 MHz (AW+ band)
  • System: Operating Range:330 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Microphone Included:Yes
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto/Manual
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Cardioid
  • Microphone: Max SPL:154dB SPL
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:80Hz-18kHz
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Mute Feature:Yes
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA, 1.5 V or BA 2015 accupack
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:8 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:7.57″ x 1.61″ (without capsule)
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.35 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver: Signal/Noise Ratio:≥115dB (A-weighted)
  • Receiver: Type:Rackmount
  • Receiver: Rack Spaces:Half-rack
  • Receiver: Displays:OLED
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″
  • Receiver: Data I/O:1 x Ethernet
  • Receiver: Power Source:12V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:8.35″ x 1.7″ x 6.61″
  • Receiver: Weight:2.16 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Inexpensive+
  • Easy to use+
  • Digital+
  • AES encryption
  • 2.4GHz 
REASONS TO AVOID
  • None 

4. Hollyland Lark 150

The LARK 150 is a wireless microphone system equipped with two independent ultra-compact mics designed to record 2-person dialogues. Never miss any sounds for street interviews, travel vlogging, conversational live streaming, and other types of digital content creation that feature one or two people onscreen.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Weight 20.5g
  • Built-in floating buffer sponge
  • Range up to 300ft(100m) Meters
  • Smart video stabilization
  • Auto Pairing
  • Charging Box 
REASONS TO BUY
  • Smart Signal Processing
  • Auto Pairing & Charging Box
  • 300ft(100m) transmission distance
  • All-match Versatility
REASONS TO AVOID
  • Only has a 3.5mm Port

5. Electro-Voice RE3-ND96

The included RE3-HHT handheld transmitter and RE3-RX diversity receiver make for a complete wireless system. The slim transmitter features a vivid display screen, quickly conveying information like signal strength, battery power, and current frequency, as well as navigation buttons. Perfect for long and short transmission ranges, thanks to its band-specific, selectable power output. Setup is a breeze, with the RE3-RX receiver capable of swiftly cataloging, monitoring, and identifying available frequencies, syncing with body pack transmitters at the single click of a button. Moreover, the included mounting hardware makes quick work of rack setups, making the RE3-ND96 system equally capable of use on short notice, providing solid, clear connections.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Under 8
  • System: Analog/Digital:Analog
  • System: Frequency Range:488-524 MHz
  • System: Frequency Response:63Hz-16kHz (±2dB)
  • System: Microphone Included:RE3-HHT Handheld Transmitter with ND96 Capsule
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Supercardioid
  • Microphone: Max SPL:136.5dB SPL
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:30Hz-15kHz
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA, Li-ion rechargeable battery (optional)
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:7.52″ x 1.46″ (transmitter only)
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.76 lbs. (transmitter only)
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver: Type:Rackmount
  • Receiver: Rackmountable:Yes
  • Receiver: Rack Spaces:Half-rack
  • Receiver: Displays:LCD
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″ TS
  • Receiver: Power Source:15V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:8.27 x 1.73 x 6.89″
  • Receiver: Weight:2.71 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Multiple capsule choices
  • Diversity receiver
  • Performs well on loud stages
  • Tough, metal construction
REASONS TO AVOID
  • UHF Only

6. Line 6 XD V75

The Line 6 XD-V75L digital lavalier wireless system delivers unmatched digital wireless performance, simplicity, and sound on every stage around the world – license free. Exclusive digital technologies protect you against all types of audio interference, and setup and operation couldn’t be simpler. Just power up, pick a channel, and go… with no hoops to jump through and no required adjustments to make. Best of all, the XD-V75L takes Line 6’s digital modeling to the next level – choose from nine different EQ filter models to get the best possible live vocal sound for your voice and style! If you want the pinnacle of digital wireless microphone technology, the Line 6 XD-V75L digital lavalier wireless system has everything you’re looking for.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Full-range, compander-free digital wireless system with nine EQ filter models and easy operation
  • Digital Channel Lock completely eliminates RF interference with your audio
  • Operates in 2.4GHz band, eliminating interference from TV broadcast or white space devices
  • 14 channels are always available anywhere, anytime, license-free
  • Cardioid condenser lavalier microphone included
REASONS TO BUY
  • 10 mic models
  • Additional capsules available
  • Plays nicely with Line 6 Relay infrastructure
  • 300ft range
  • 2.4GHz  
REASONS TO AVOID
  • None

7. Sennheiser EW 112P G4

The Sennheiser EW 112P G4 is a professional-grade lav mic system that offers excellent sound quality, a tough build quality, and straightforward operability. In addition, this lavalier microphone allows you to adjust the sound frequency ranges, which wasn’t a feature in older models. Sennheiser is known for its durability, and the EW G4 is no exception. It is well suited for indoor and outdoor performance, with excellent noise cancellation in either location. In addition, it features a maximum coverage of 100m (330ft) that sounds great at every inch.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • System: Simultaneous Channels:Up to 12
  • System: Analog/Digital:Analog
  • System: Frequency Range:470-516 MHz (A1 band)
  • System: Operating Range:330 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Frequency Response:25Hz-18kHz
  • System: Microphone Included:Yes
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto/Manual
  • Microphone: Type:Condenser
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Omnidirectional
  • Microphone: Max SPL:130dB SPL
  • Microphone: Connector:1/8″
  • Microphone: Color:Black
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:50Hz-18kHz
  • Microphone: Cable Length:5.24 ft.
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Bodypack
  • Transmitter: Mute Feature:Yes
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:8 hours
  • Transmitter: Connector:1/8″
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:3.32″ x 2.57″ x 1.22″
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.35 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Fixed
  • Receiver: Signal/Noise Ratio:≥110dB (A-weighted)
  • Receiver: Type:Camera Mount
  • Receiver: Front Panel Display:Yes
  • Receiver: Displays:LCD
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x 1/8″
  • Receiver: Dimensions:3.32″ x 2.57″ x 1.22″
  • Receiver: Weight:0.35 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Maximum operating range – 330′ / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
  • Pickup pattern – Omnidirectional
  • Gain range – 42 dB (6 dB Steps)
  • Capsule – Electret Condenser
REASONS TO AVOID
  • None

8. Sony UWP-D21

The Sony UWP-D21 is a simple, reliable lavalier microphone that works great, especially when paired with a compatible Sony camera. While this sounds like a limitation, it’s not. This lavalier microphone kit works just fine with other devices. Besides, Sony cameras are pretty standard, so if you already own or intend to own one, this lavalier microphone is a spectacular choice. If you don’t, you can use it anyway and get smooth, professional-grade sound.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wireless technology – Analog UHF
  • Maximum operating range – 330′ / 100.6 m
  • Pickup pattern – Omnidirectional
  • Gain range – -12 to +12 dB (3 dB Steps)
  • Approximate battery life – 6-8 Hrs (Alkaline)
  • Capsule – Electret Condenser
  • Number of audio channels – 1
  • Power requirements Battery, Bus Power (USB)
  • Frequency response – 23 Hz to 18 kHz
  • Sensitivity – -43 dB at 1 kHz
REASONS TO BUY
  • Easier to use than most editors on this list.
  • Text-based editing makes post-production 3x faster
  • Recording capabilities
  • Great for non-heavy video editing
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
REASONS TO AVOID
  • Watermark on free plan

9. Samson XPD2

The Samson XPD2 features digital 2.4 GHz transmission like many microphones on this list. It also features an extensive list of device compatibility, including iPads via Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. At $130, it is a very low-budget microphone that packs smooth, high-definition audio quality. One downside is that its audio doesn’t have the best volume. Besides the fact that some may find it not loud enough, volume control is also inadequate. Its transmitter offers 20 hours of battery life. If you want something affordable for a small setup and aren’t looking for studio-grade equipment, the Samson XPD2 will more than suffice.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Wireless technology – 2.4 GHz
  • Maximum operating range – 100′
  • Polar pattern – Omnidirectional
  • Approximate battery life – 20 Hrs
  • Capsule – Electret Condenser
  • Power requirements – Battery
  • Frequency response – 20 Hz to 17 kHz (-1 dB)
REASONS TO BUY
  • Built-in learning process with videos and detailed instructions 
  • Easy to navigate UI
REASONS TO AVOID
  • Many audios and effects are watermarked

10. Shure ADX5D Axient Digital Dual-channel Portable Wireless Receiver

When you need maximum wireless performance and reliability — we’re talking televised live performances, secure government installations, and similar mission-critical applications — you need Shure’s Axient wireless technology. The Shure ADX5D Axient Digital Dual-channel portable wireless receiver delivers the top-tier reliability and spectral efficiency that have made Axient wireless a leading solution around the world. Thanks to its slot-in receiver form factor, the ADX5D can be configured for direct connection to professional video cameras, or equipped with a battery sled for truly portable operation. And with Frequency Diversity mode enabled, your Shure ADX5D Axient Digital wireless receiver shrugs off RF interference that can cause audio interruptions in less sophisticated systems.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Configuration:Digital Radio Receiver
  • Analog/Digital:Digital
  • Number of Receivers:2
  • Receiver Frequency Range:470-1000 MHz
  • Range:246′ (Standard Density), 131′ (High Density)
  • Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver Type:Slot-in Form
  • Front Panel Display:Yes
  • Displays:LCD
  • Frequency Response:20Hz-20kHz
  • Dynamic Range:129dB (A weighted)
  • Outputs:1 x 1/8″
  • Data I/O:1 x USB-C
  • Height:1.14″
  • Width:3.46″
  • Depth:4.25″
  • Weight:8.48 oz
REASONS TO BUY
  • Super intuitive
  • 184MHz tuning range across all receivers and transmitters
  • Up to 47 active transmitters per 6MHz TV channel
  • Frequency Diversity plus advanced interference detection and avoidance
REASONS TO AVOID
  • None

11. Rode RodeLink Performer Kit Wireless Handheld Microphone System

The RODElink Performer Kit supplies you with a high-quality wireless handheld condenser microphone and reliable desktop receiver. The TX-M2 wireless mic delivers great sound and superior rejection to feedback, handling noise, and plosives. The RX-DESK wireless receiver is easy to use and exhibits rock-solid performance. The RODElink Performer Kit also includes an LB-1 rechargeable battery, zip bag, power cable, micro USB cable, and microphone mount. If you’re searching for dependable wireless for performance or presentation, the RODElink Performer Kit is a solid choice.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Up to 8
  • System: Analog/Digital:Digital
  • System: Frequency Range:2.4 GHz
  • System: Operating Range:330 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Frequency Response:35Hz-20kHz
  • System: Microphone Included:Yes, 1 x TX-M2 Microphone
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto
  • Microphone: Type:Condenser
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Supercardioid
  • Microphone: Max SPL:140dB SPL
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Dynamic Range:118dB
  • Transmitter: Mute Feature:Yes
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:LB-1 Rechargeable battery (included), 2 x AA batteries (optional)
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:10 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:10.07″ x 1.57″
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.48 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Detachable
  • Receiver: Type:Table Top
  • Receiver: Displays:LED
  • Receiver: Outputs:1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4″, 1 x USB Micro-B
  • Receiver: Power Source:15V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:8.18″” x 6.53″ x 1.45″
  • Receiver: Weight:1.74 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Easy to use
  • Quality condenser mic included
  • Expandable
  • 10-hour battery life 
  • 2.4GHz
REASONS TO AVOID
  • None

12. Behringer ULM302MIC

The Behringer ULTRALINK ULM302MIC is an easy way to go wireless. You get two handheld microphone transmitters that are tailor-made for vocals. Add to that a high-performance dual-channel receiver, and you’re good to go. Experience top-notch sound with minimal interference, a maximum operating range of 200 feet, and up to 24 hours of use on a single set of batteries. Enjoy license-free use worldwide. The ULTRALINK ULM302MIC includes convenient built-in volume buttons and a panic mute feature. Beyond that, automatic pairing and a combination of balanced and unbalanced connectors make it a breeze to set up and integrate into any rig.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • System: Analog/Digital:Digital
  • System: Frequency Range:2.4 GHz
  • System: Operating Range:200 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Frequency Response:20Hz-20kHz
  • System: Microphone Included:2 x ULM300M Microphones
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Self Noise:24dB
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Dynamic Range:95dB (A-weighted)
  • Transmitter: Mute Feature:Yes
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:>24 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:10.2″ x 2.1″
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.66 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Fixed
  • Receiver: Displays:LED
  • Receiver: Outputs:2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4″
  • Receiver: Power Source:5V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:1.6″ x 5.9″ x 4.7″
  • Receiver: Weight:0.55 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Inexpensive
  • Two mics
  • Easy to use
  • Digital quality   
REASONS TO AVOID
  • No rechargeable battery 

13. Shure BLX288/PG58

The Shure BLX88 dual-channel wireless receiver offers world-class design and tour-tough build quality, along with easy setup and operation. Thanks to Shure’s cutting-edge 1-touch QuickScan technology that locates the best open frequency, the BLX88 makes frequency-selection hassles a thing of the past. The BLX88 sports a 2-color audio status indicator LED as well as XLR and 1/4″ output connectors.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Simultaneous Systems Per Band:Up to 12
  • System: Analog/Digital:Analog
  • System: Frequency Range:542-572 MHz
  • System: Operating Range:300 ft. Line-of-sight
  • System: Frequency Response:50Hz-15kHz
  • System: Microphone Included:Yes
  • System: Channel Selection:Auto/Manual
  • Microphone: Type:Dynamic
  • Microphone: Polar Pattern:Cardioid
  • Microphone: Frequency Response:50Hz-16kHz
  • Transmitter: Form Factor:Handheld with Mic Capsule
  • Transmitter: Dynamic Range:100dB (A-weighted)
  • Transmitter: Battery Type:2 x AA
  • Transmitter: Battery Life:Up tp 14 hours
  • Transmitter: Dimensions:8.8″ x 2.1″
  • Transmitter: Weight:0.48 lbs.
  • Receiver: Antenna Type:Fixed
  • Receiver: Type:Table Top
  • Receiver: Displays:LED
  • Receiver: Outputs:2 x XLR (mic), 2 x 1/4″ (instrument)
  • Receiver: Power Source:12-15V DC power supply
  • Receiver: Dimensions:4.5″ x 12.06″ x 1.5″
  • Receiver: Weight:0.94 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Two mics
  • Inexpensive
  • Rugged
  • Perfect for small bands/ensembles   
REASONS TO AVOID
  • UHF frequencies limit its use in other countries-
  • Analogue 

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