Wireless Handheld Mics: 11 Systems Worth A Review
With models ranging from those offered by the likes of Gemini and Galaxy Audio to Sennheiser and Shure, quality wireless mic options exist.
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For churches with pastors who might be a little hesitant at the prospect of going with a headset microphone, there are a wide variety of wireless handheld mic systems on the market worthy of consideration.
In the review of the array of different choices currently available, Worship Tech Director arrived at a group of 11 solid wireless handheld microphone systems worth a look, with the models ranging from a price of as little as $129 for a system, to $999.
As has been done in the past, we here at Worship Tech Director have broken down the 11 models into four different price groups, with two models priced at less than $200 (Gemini UHF6100M and Galaxy Audio PSER/HH52); two models between $200 and less than $400 (Samson Synth 7 UHF and CAD Audio WX1600); five models priced at $400 to less than $700 (AKG WMS470, Audio-Technica ATW-3171B, Electro-Voice RE2 UHF, Sennheiser EW 135 G3 and Sony DWZ-M70); and two models priced at more than $700 (Shure QLXD24/SM58 and Audix RAD360).
Each of these 11 models comes paired with a single microphone “transmitter” and a receiver, with the benefit each system being wireless.
The specific feature sets vary depending on the model (beyond being wireless), to where some models might have features that you would deem as crucial in the implementation of your worship space, while others might hold less of a significance.
For instance, if you are looking incredibly transparent sound, particularly if your system is fully digital, then the Shure QLXD24/SM58 system would make sense with it providing 24-bit digital audio, paired with an impressive 120 dB dynamic range.
If the price point for the Shure system is a bit too steep, but you still would like to take advantage of having a wireless mic system in your worship space, the Gemini UHF6100M, for example, offers a reasonable 240-foot dynamic operating range paired with balanced XLR outputs.
For the other wireless microphone system models, the other lower tier priced model included in this list, the Galaxy Audio PSER/HH52, is slated to have about a 300-foot operating range, and has 16 channels to choose from to dial in to match with the microphone. The microphone has a dynamic microphone element and also has a gain control on the unit itself.
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