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What to look for in Wireless Microphone Systems

When it comes to wireless microphone systems, you need to be very careful what you buy. If you get a good one, you will love it. If you don't get a good one, you will have no end of trouble and frustration. There are many factors involved in the quality of a wireless system. With a wired microphone, whatever you buy at any price will probably work reliably. A “cheap’ one will give you high handling noise, poor sound quality, feedback problems and a short range in pickup distance. With wireless, you not only need to consider these factors, but you are also dealing with background noise, dropouts due to signal quality and reflections outside electrical and communication interference, plus some other problems.

We sell many different manufacturers and models of wireless microphone systems. Some of the well known ones we handle are Shure, Electro-Voice, Vega, Telex, Nady, AKG, Audio Technica and a few others. Most of these companies make systems ranging from $200 or $300 up.

The systems you find in the music stores from $200 to $500 are aimed at the low budget musicians who use the microphone in very close proximity to the receiver and are more concerned about low cost than dropouts, sound quality, and reliability. I would not recommend one of these to a church. I would not use one myself, and I know you would not be happy with it either.

We keep up with the industry, looking at specifications and trying new equipment. The leaders of the pack right now seems to be the Telex FMR500 systems. They provide great professional performance at a very reasonable price.


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