Have you seen how a performer engages the audience better when she or he moves around the stage or amongst the audience? The movement gives them an opportunity to make eye contact with their audience and make them feel special. This makes them invest more in your words or in your performance. Obviously this requires that you are not restrained by cables. A wired microphone will give you access to maximum 2 or 3 rows in the front. And you are always at ‘trip-risk’ with the wires snaking on the dais. Wireless microphones allow you to walk around and get the back benchers in on the action. And you can do so without cords trying to strangle you. We have selected the top 10 best wireless microphones that can kick any or all disadvantages of wireless transmission and untether you from the wires.
- 0.1 How does wireless microphone work?
- 0.2 Which types of wireless microphones are illegal?
- 0.3 What are the advantages and disadvantages of the wireless mics?
- 0.4 Which is the best wireless microphone?
- 1 Top 10 Best Wireless Microphones in 2017 – Chart
- 1.1 GTD Audio G-622H 200 Channel UHF Professional Wireless microphone Mic System
- 1.2 Shure BLX24/B58 Wireless Vocal System with Beta 58A Handheld Microphone, H8
- 1.3 Shure BLX288/PG58 Wireless Vocal Combo with PG58 Handheld Microphones, J10
- 1.4 Audio-Technica System 10 ATW-1102 Wireless Handheld Microphone System
- 1.5 Shure SLX24/SM58 Handheld Wireless System, H5
- 1.6 Shure BLX24/SM58 Wireless Vocal System with SM58 Handheld Microphone, H8
- 1.7 Shure GLXD24/B87A Digital Vocal Wireless System with Beta 87A Handheld Microphone, Z2
- 1.8 Sennheiser XSW 35-A XS Wireless Vocal Set – SKM 35 Transmitter and EM 10 Receiver – “A” 548-572 MHz
- 1.9 AKG Pro Audio WMS40 Mini Vocal Set BD US45C Wireless Microphone System
- 1.10 Shure BLX2/B58 Handheld Transmitter with PG58 Microphone, J10
How does wireless microphone work?
The wireless microphones do not have a cable connecting them to any equipment. So they just remain a handheld device like our smartphone, except when charging. But they do transfer your voice to the amplifier via wireless transmission through radio waves. The wireless mics pack a mini transmitter which can be powered by battery. It has to be paired with a receiver which is placed in the vicinity. All the other equipment is connected to the receiver.
There are a few options for the wireless transmission frequency which you can choose from. Most of wireless mics use UHF and VHF. You can also use FM and AM. This way you can use the different frequencies in the same event to avoid interference. Many of the manufacturers like Shure, AKG Audio etc. offer their existing time-tested wired microphones with transmitters fit into them. This way you do not have to alter your mic tactics. You can get the best of the mics you have already practiced with.
Which types of wireless microphones are illegal?
This might be news to you but some wireless microphones are indeed illegal. The Federal Communications Commission of the US prohibits the use of microphones in the 700MHz band. This is the 698-806 MHz frequency that used to belong to television stations to broadcast video programs. Once the digital transition ended in 2009, these frequencies were reassigned to the public-safety services. Using these frequencies in wireless microphones would hamper the communication to police, fire and emergency services.
These same rules apply to other devices like wireless intercoms, wireless In-Ear Monitors etc.. Most of the wireless mics have their frequency of use on the label somewhere. If not, you can check out the FCC website which lists the wireless mics that violate this rule. FCC has banned the sale of microphones operating in 700MHz band in US since 2010. So, most of these illegal mics have been sorted. However, if you have one of the older models in 700 MHz band and even if it is licensed, you can’t continue using them!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the wireless mics?
Wireless microphones have their pros and cons. As long as you are aware, you can make informed decisions:
- Their biggest advantage is obviously that they give the users more freedom to move around. On the stage, where numerous heavy instruments or furniture might be placed, the wires might get stuck and shorten your range. And you know, a stationary performer is rather boring.
- You reduce the trip risk. It’s usual for a performer to get so carried away in their act that they might lose track of mundane things like cables on the floor. So in spite of their insanely charged speech or song, the highlight of their performance could be comic fall on the stage.
- The wires themselves are prone to damage in regular microphones. Their cables are trampled all over and stage staff might end up setting the heavy instruments or furniture on it.
- Wireless microphones are prone to noise and dead spots. Because of the radio frequency contact between transmitter and receiver, other radio devices might interfere with the reception.
- There are only limited number of radio frequencies which can be used with the mic. So there are only limited number of wireless mics you can use at a place.
Which is the best wireless microphone?
We picked from a heap of microphones and selected these 10 best wireless microphones based on the following constraints:
Audio: All microphones are judged based on how well they relay your voice. We checked to see that the wireless microphone had a full-range of frequency response. All the little details of the audio should be relayed to the audience well. The top wireless mics selected here have that kind of tonal range.
Wireless performance: The best wireless microphones beat the effects of the noises, dead spots etc. using many techniques like squelching, gain, compounding and true diversity reception.
Budget: Wireless mics generally cost more than the wired mics. The best wireless microphones are worth every buck. They provide good wireless range and great audio performance to make up for the extra math.
Top 10 Best Wireless Microphones in 2017 – Chart
|1. GTD Audio G-622H 200 Channel UHF Professional Wireless microphone Mic System||up to 500 Feet||$$$||4.5|
|2. Shure BLX24/B58 Wireless Vocal System with Beta 58A Handheld Microphone, H8||300 feet||$$$||4.4|
|3. Shure BLX288/PG58 Wireless Vocal Combo with PG58 Handheld Microphones, J10||300 feet||$$$||4.4|
|4. Audio-Technica System 10 ATW-1102 Wireless Handheld Microphone System||100 feet||$$$||4.4|
|5. Shure SLX24/SM58 Handheld Wireless System, H5||300 feet||$$$||4.4|
|6. Shure BLX24/SM58 Wireless Vocal System with SM58 Handheld Microphone, H8||300 feet||$$$||4.2|
|7. Shure GLXD24/B87A Digital Vocal Wireless System with Beta 87A Handheld Microphone, Z2||300 feet||$$$||4.2|
|8. Sennheiser XSW 35-A XS Wireless Vocal Set – SKM 35 Transmitter and EM 10 Receiver – “A” 548-572 MHz||250 feet||$$$||4.1|
|9. AKG Pro Audio WMS40 Mini Vocal Set BD US45C Wireless Microphone System||more than 100 feet||$$||4.0|
|10. Shure BLX2/B58 Handheld Transmitter with PG58 Microphone, J10||300 feet||$$$||4.0|
GTD Audio G-622H 200 channel UHF wireless mic system addresses many issues that people usually associate with wireless microphones. This is a much cheaper option than the named brands. And you get 2 mics and receiver for the low price. The affordable sum only reflects in their plastic build. And unless you are playing catch with the mics they should give you an appreciable life. The 622H gives you a number of wireless connecting options and easy setup options. With all that sass, G-622H is our top pick for the best wireless microphones list. You can also check out our list for the best USB microphones.
Design and Contents
The GTD Audio G-622H wireless microphone system consists of a sleek receiver and two mic handsets. The mountable receiver looks exactly like a Shure receiver. The LCD display and controls are mirrored for each handset. There’s an individual volume knob for each mic. Finally towards each end, you find the antenna for wireless communication with the mics. Each handheld mic takes 2 AA batteries. An AC adapter is supplied for the receiver. The handsets and receivers are made of plastic and do not feel as substantial as the metal mics.
To make this setup effective, you need a receiver/amplifier.If you are intending to sing or speak into the mic, then you need to connect a mixer as well. This is popular system with the DJs and KJs.
The receiver of the GTD G-622H wireless microphone offers 100 selectable frequencies for each mic. So GTD informs us that 15 receivers can work with 30 mics at the same time without any problem. So if you have an event with multiple wireless microphones, these can be used without any interference. Another convenient feature is the automatic frequency scanning. This selects the best available channel automatically instead of you having to sit and sort through the available frequencies. The small job of syncing the mics and receiver channels is also automated. Again, it saves you the trouble of setting these frequencies yourself.
The frequencies supported by this wireless microphone lie in the range 610-680 MHz. So it does not violate the FCC regulations and is legal. The wireless range between the receiver and the handsets is 500 feet. That gives you plenty of legroom where the transmission holds strong. The receivers are compatible with the microphones of other brands but only if the frequencies match. The same hold for the handsets. The receiver has two XLR outputs and a 1/4-inch studio output port.
The vocals come out really well with this wireless microphone. They have been successfully used in houses of worship, small community events, karaoke, DJing etc. The range holds up appreciably well. This set is not for quality singing. It cannot match up with Shure Beta in conveying the clarity of notes. But it does well enough for the general speeches and small-time singing. For their price, that is an excellent deal. Unlike other lesser-known brands, the GTD customer service does not throw shade on you for product issues. Folk have reported positively of the GTD executives.
- Excellent audio for speaking, PA and singing to small audience
- Comes with 2 mics
- 100 selectable frequencies
- Auto frequency scanning and syncing
- Squelching is not effectively implemented
The Shure BLX24/B58 is one pricey package compared to the G-622H, but if you are intending to do a serious performance, this Shure package is the best bang for buck. Shure allows a choice of transmitters and receivers for pairing. These differ in their frequency of operation. Depending on the frequencies of other radio equipment being used in your area, you can choose the model that suit you best. All the available frequencies are below the 700MHz banned band. Shure’s long-standing talent in the audio makes itself felt again with one of the best wireless microphones.
Design and Contents
The Shure BLX24/B58 wireless microphone system is a microphone-receiver set. This particular set consists of the BLX4 wireless receiver and the Beta 58A supercardioid dynamic microphone. The mic packs a BLX2 transmitter. The handheld mic uses two AA batteries which are shipped with the package for the first time. The batteries last through 14 hours of average use.
The receiver plugs into a 110V source. The receiver is made of molded ABS plastic. It is lightweight and easily portable. The mic feels solid in its construction but not too heavy.
The Beta 58A wireless microphone in this set is a supercardioid dynamic mic. From its polar pattern you can see that it effectively blocks noise from the sides and the back. This combination is also available with Shure SM58 which is one of the best microphones for recording vocals<Insert link>. But the SM58 is a cardioid mic. It picks a little more lateral noise than the Beta 58A. Beta 58A is also more sensitive and has an in-built shock mount. The mic turned out to be excellent for live vocals an podcasts. Having one of our favorite mics in wireless mode only made us happier. . The H8-SM58 sets are also great. Many people found solace in their church services with these sets.
This wireless microphone comes with a mic clip and a cushioned zipper case. The receiver is equipped with adjustable gain control. This helps you avoid the issue of clipping and pull in quiet voices in case you have a less confident speaker on the stage. The receiver does a quick scan for the best open frequency. We can use up to 12 systems per frequency band. The mic has power and LED status which warns you before the battery dies on you. LEDs also warn you of status ‘Ready’ and ‘Signal locked’. Syncing the frequencies of the transmitter and receiver is an easy process.
The wireless connectivity of this mic system works within 300 feet maximum. As you get obstacles between you, the range decreases. The receiver has a XLR connector and a ¼-inch port. Do note that only one mic can be connected to the receiver bought with this set, the BLX4. If you want more mics you will have to buy more receivers too.
- Clear, noise-free audio
- Great frequency range for vocals
- In-built shock mount
- Frequency scan for best channel
- Gain control
- One receiver connects to only one mic
Shure BLX288/PG58 wireless microphone system is Shure’s one receiver+2mics package. If you are absolutely sure that you need two mics in the house, this is a rather reliable package with the Shure brand quality. PG58 is slightly less talented than the SM58 mics. But it still offers the excellent clean audio with a good range. It is very popular amongst the church circuit. If you are upgrading from cheaper mics, you will literally see a night-and-day difference. They make an all-round set for the best wireless microphones list.
Design and Contents
The Shure BLX288/PG58 set packs one dual receiver and two wireless microphones. This is the BLX288 receiver. The two PG58 mics are integrated with their BLX2 transmitters. These dynamic cardioid mics are handheld and of moderate weight. The receiver is a molded ABS box of 15 ounce weight. The handhelds work on 2 AA batteries each. They work for 14 hours average on these batteries. 2 microphones and 4 AA batteries are shipped with the pack.
Do note that the receiver can support only two mics. If you want more wireless mics to be connected, you need to buy more receivers. If you have a self-powered speaker, you only just need a mixer to use both the microphones together. For passive speakers, use an amplifier with the speaker and mixing board.
The Shure BLX288 receiver can run up to 12 channels in the same band. So, based on frequencies available in your area, you can go for two sets in the same band, J10. Or you can go for other frequency bands. It is also offered in H8, K12 and M15 bands. To see the frequencies available in your area, visit the Shure website. The BLX288 receiver does a quick scan for the best open frequency with a single button press. The frequency matching between the wireless mics and the receiver is also a quick process using preset groups and channels. The controls on the receiver are fairly basic and easy to operate even for a novice buyer. The mics will work in a 300-feet range maximum.
The syncing process of this wireless mic system is made frustration-free by the status LEDs: the ‘Ready’ and ‘Audio’ LEDs. The LED on the handheld keeps updating us with the battery status as well. One issue that some people raised is the power button on the mics. They say that folks on the dais unwittingly switch off the mics because of the button. In its defence, Shure has made these buttons recessed. Besides, this is a battery-operated system, you may end up draining the batteries if you forget to switch off the mics.
The PG58 wireless mics are cardioid mics. So they cancel the lateral noise and the noise from behind the mics. Adjustable gain control curbs voice clipping. The reception is clean and there are rarely any cutouts. The audio excels in vocals use and karaoke. This is a singing quality mic. But if you have any experience with the rather common wired SM58, you might find PG58 a little less smooth and detailed. But it’s still Shure and it’s still much better than most cheaper brands.
- Two lightweight mics
- Adjustable gain
- Quick open frequency scan and channel syncing
- Clean and dynamic audio
Audio-Technica has learned how to train sound to their whim. So we are always on the lookout for their products. The System 10 ATW-1102 wireless microphone system is a single receiver-transmitter model. Not only does it have A-T’s signature well-engineered audio, it also uses true diversity reception technique to improve the wireless signal quality and integrity. It is priced quite conservatively compared to Shure. For the Audio-Technica performance, it is great bang for the bucks, hence its place in the best wireless microphones list.
Design and Contents
The Audio-Technica ATW-1102 wireless microphone system has a receiver and a microphone. This is the ATW-R1100 receiver and ATW-T1002 mic. Don’t be fooled by two antennae sticking out of the receiver. It supports only one transmitter or mic at a time. Both the receiver and the microphone have a single-digit LED display. The handheld is a solid device and but not excessively heavy.
AT456 Quick-Flex stand clamp is shipped with the mic.
The ATW-1002 wireless microphone operates in the 2.4GHz band. This steers it clear of any interference from the digital or TV interference. Up to 8 channels are provided in a band by the ATW-1102 receiver. Setting up the right frequencies is an easy process with this system. It provides automatic frequency selection for the best possible, interference-free operation in your area. The same system is also available in other configurations like with Lavalier mics, headworn and instrument mics and UniPak body-pack transmitters.
The handheld wireless mic works on 2 AA batteries. A-T estimates that the batteries will last for 7-8 hours of continuous use. That’s almost half of what the Shure mics offer. The range of operation is said to be 100 feet. This is also one-third of what the Shure mics offer. Of course, A-T offers great audio at half the price. The R1100 receiver has volume control and AF peak and Pair indicators. Its two antennae are used to employ frequency, time and space diversity. So the audio that reaches you suffers from less noise and interference issues.
The most awe-inspiring thing about the System 10 wireless microphone set is that how clean it sounds. The reception is rock solid. The range is entirely usable, line of sight or not. The audio is fantastic for vocals, speech or singing. Live singing is a painless experience. It does not require as much equalizing as the cheaper mics. That’s because A-T put their brilliant sound engineers to work and your vocals are represented almost as original.
- Clean, detailed and clear audio
- Excellent reception in the range
- Effective noise control measures
- Battery life is low
Shure has some of the best wares when it comes to microphones ecosystem. The SLX24/SM58 wireless microphone system is a moderately expensive set with high-end controls on both receiver and the handheld mic. This is a vocal- quality mic which can be used in live events for professional singing. The included mic is the industry-standard for outstanding vocals. This set vindicates the price with exception audio quality. Which is why it earns a place in the best wireless microphones list. We also have a different list for the best microphones for singing.
Design and Contents
The Shure SLX24/SM58 wireless microphone system is a two-piece set. This has the SLX4 receiver. This is a lightweight model which can be easily carried around for the stage shows. Only downside is that in spite of the price, it does not come with a carry case. You have to pack it in the box it came it. It packs the SM58, which is an excellent mic. There is an LCD display on the mic which shows the channels and battery level. The receiver has a backlit LCD screen flanked by buttons and audio level indicator.
The receiver has anti-slip stubs so that it does not slide off the rack. It carries XLR ports and 1/4-inch ports.
Starting off with the Shure SLX24/SM58 wireless microphone system is a quick and easy process. It has an automatic frequency selection feature for finding the right open frequency in your area. It also has automatic transmitter setup which helps the mic to sync with the receiver. The H5 denotes the frequency band in which this system operates. This is from 518-542MHz. The same set is available in a different frequency.
The handheld wireless microphone uses 2 AA batteries for power. It can squeeze 8 hours out of these batteries. It allows you a range of 300 feet from the receiver. The two antennae on the SLX4 receivers are detachable. The two antennae create a true diversity reception for better noise-free reception. It eliminates the dead spots, the drops in the signal. It has frequency and power lockout features. You can use only one mic with the receiver here.
The Shure SM58 wireless mic has a cardioid capsule. It effectively reduces noise from the sides and the back. Being a dynamic mic, it has a great frequency response. The vocals come out warm and punchy. If you have a heavy low-pitched voice, it may sound a little too bassy. This flatters the voice of most singers though, which is why SM58 is so popular. If you are mixing audio from the source, you need to EQ the individual tracks. Otherwise the mix may get muddy.
- Exceptional warm audio
- Effective noise control measures
- Usable live singing performances
- SLX2 transmitter can fit in another mic cartridge
- No carry case included
The Shure BLX24/SM58 wireless microphone system is a variant of the BLX24/B58 set. Only, this costs a little bit less and you still get the goodness of the SM58. The SM58 is one of the best microphones from the Shure line and a standard fixture in many audio arrangements. It also costs less than the other package with only small difference in the performance. If you require great vocals via a wireless medium, this is one of the best wireless microphones to own.
Design and Content
The Shure BLX24/SM58 wireless microphone is a single receiver-mic system. This consists of the BLX4 wireless receiver. The SM58 wireless microphone houses the corresponding BLX2 transmitter. A padded zipper case is provided to keep the mic system secure.
The handheld mics work on AA batteries. They can wear down two batteries in 14 hours of continuous use. These are lightweight at about 7.7 ounce. You don’t get tired of holding the mic for long hours.
Like the BLX24/B58 set, the Shure BLX24/SM58 wireless microphone has a short setup process. You can launch QuickScan for picking up the best open frequency for your purposes with a single touch. There are group and channel select buttons on the receiver which helps in quick syncing of the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter has an LED light which signals ‘Ready’, Control Locked, Battery low and Batteries dead. This way you won’t be caught inaudible midway through an important address.
The mics of this wireless microphone system work within a 300 feet range from the receiver. You have adjustable gain on the receiver. This helps with speakers who are really quiet and also folks who scream into the mic. You can adjust the gain such that their voices aren’t clipped. The receiver has XLR ports and ¼-inch output ports. The H8 denotes the frequency this system works on. It lies between 518 and 542 MHz. Multiple other similar sets can be accommodated in the same band. The same set is also available in other frequency bands like J10, K12, M15.
The BLX24/SM58 wireless microphone is a remarkably versatile set. It can be used for live vocals, Karaoke and harmonica. The Shure SM58 has a warm audio profile which rings well with most voice types. The audio is clean and clear. SM58 is a sturdy mic that does not lose its audio character even after repeated use and probably a few falls.
- Clean, warm audio
- Great frequency range for vocals, harmonica and karaoke
- Frequency scan for best channel
- Gain control
- Battery status on the mic
The Shure GLXD24/B87A wireless microphone system is a high-quality system from Shure. It packs a mic from their top-notch Beta line mic. The wireless receiver is much more sophisticated than the BLX24/B58 set. As a detour from the tradition, it has a rechargeable battery. While this may be an issue in case the battery dies, Shure does provide long battery life. This is one of the best wireless microphones in the market that can be still called affordable.
Design and Contents
The Shure GLXD24/B87A wireless microphone system is a single receiver and microphone set. This is a GLXD4 receiver and a Beta87A mic. You see two antennae on the receiver. They are for creating a true diversity reception. You can connect only one microphone to one receiver at a time. The mic is shipped with a microphone clip, PS42SUS power supply, and a carrying case.
There’s not enough extolling the advantages of a supercardioid mic. The Shure GLXD24/B87A wireless microphone system has the Beta87A mic. This supercardioid mic has a tighter polar pattern. It takes less noise laterally and from the back. But it remains more sensitive than the cardioid mics like SM58. If you are singing for soft, gentle genres like jazz, rock etc., it will convey all the intricacies of your voice. If you are a heavy metal vocalist and intend to scream into the mic, it would be a tad too much for the Beta87A. If you have enough money, you can buy these for important events for public speaking.
Like the other Shure wireless microphones, this set has intelligent frequency management which quickly gives you the best open frequency. Similarly, the LINKFREQ allows automatic frequency sync-up. The receiver has an LCD screen with different metrics. There are buttons for adjusting gain control. The two antennae eliminate dead spots by phase cancellation and also control the feedback. The battery is rechargeable and detachable. And it lasts for 16 hours. So we never had any need to change batteries midway.
The audio of this wireless microphone is just clean and devoid of any interference. The connection remains strong through the 300 feet range. The Beta87A is a much more sensitive than the SM58 too. This picks the details fairly well from the vocals or instruments.
- Clean and warm audio
- Takes dropout-preventing measures
- Rechargeable battery with 16 hours life
- Comprehensive LCD screen on the receiver
- Very sensitive
The Sennheiser XSW 35-A XS wireless microphone set is a single mic-receiver set. This is available with different mic configurations i.e. with lavalier mic, headset or instrument. It is priced moderately for its abilities. The clean and warm audio has a great range. In case you are trying to avoid public mics, this set makes a great portable piece. It impressed us right into the best wireless microphones list.
Design and Content
The Sennheiser XSW 35-A XS wireless microphone set packs a very sleek receiver. It has a nice backlit LCD display with all relevant information. All the settings are controlled with only a few buttons. The Sennheiser E835 microphone is set with the transmitter. It works on 2 AA batteries. Together, these provide 10 hours of continuous operation per set of batteries.
The Sennheiser XSW 35-A XS wireless microphone system works on true diversity reception. This way, your signal is more coherent and sees less dropouts. This set is available as the 35-B model which works on a different set of frequencies. The 35-A version operates in 548-572 MHz region. This accommodates 8 frequency banks with 12 channels each. So you get 960 available frequencies. Using the buttons on the receiver, you can tune the frequencies in steps of 25 kHz. This has auto frequency scan feature which finds the best open frequency in your area automatically.
The wireless mic has mute button for when you want to have a private discussion on stage or want to drink water. There’s also an LED to depict the mute status. So in the off chance that you accidently hit mute, you will immediately know because of the LED status light. It works within 250 feet range from the receiver. That gives you a lot of moving-around room. The receiver has both XLR ports and ¼-inch studio outputs.
- 960 tunable available frequencies
- Sturdy metal mics
- Excellent mute functionality with status LED
- Clean audio and strong connection
- Audio is a little bright
AKG WMS40 mini vocal set is a handy wireless microphone system which you can use for informal and fun events, provided there are no sources of interference around. This is a relatively inexpensive set so it has its disadvantages. But when you remove other equipments that interfere with its particular frequency, it sounds clear as a bell. It is great for speaking and some fun singing. We think the entry level customer will find this to be one for the best wireless microphones for their use.
Design and Content
The AKG WMS40 mini vocal wireless microphone set consists of one receiver and a mic. The SR40 mini receiver is one of the smallest receivers we have seen on this list. But it does look plasticky and flashes some radical LEDs. The HT40 handheld mic/transmitter is much more respectable looking. The receiver connects via a universal power supply cable common in US and UK. The wireless microphone is operated on one AA battery.
AKG has more sets similar to AKG WMS40 mini vocal wireless microphone set, namely 45A and 45B. The 45C works on 662.30 Mhz frequency. The 45A and B set use a different frequency. So if you want to use multiple wireless mics and you already have the 45C, you must buy 45A or B to avoid interference. This preset frequency eliminates the process of frequency scanning and syncing. The problem is if a passing-by vehicle is using the same radio frequency, you will be receiving that audio. So during the time you use the 662.30 MHz, you should make sure no other device is using that frequency.
The wireless microphone works for 30 hours on a single AA battery! The low power draw does not mean that the audio quality is below par. You get clear usable audio specifically if you are speaking. People have used it successfully for their karaoke singing without connection drops or bad patches of audio. It’s no Shure SM58 but the audio quality is decent enough. That’s more than we expected from the price.
- Decent audio for speech and singing
- No frequency scanning and syncing process
- Compact receiver
- 30 hour battery life per AA battery
- Single preset frequency of operation
The Shure BLX2/B58 is a wireless mic only package. This independent wireless mic can be paired with a receiver if the frequency range of operation matches. Shure PG58 and SM58 are also available with a transmitter of a choice of frequencies. So in case you have a multi-receiver, you can match these mics with them without buying an extra receiver. You can easily compare this mic with our list of the best condenser microphones.
Design and Contents
The Shure BLX2/B58 is a wireless microphone equipped with the BLX2 transmitter. This can be paired with BLX4, BLX4R and BLX88 receiver. If you already have one of those, this would be perfect to complete the set. It works on 2 AA batteries. Batteries last through 14 hours of continuous use.
The Shure BLX2/B58 wireless microphone has all the qualities mentioned in other Shure packages in the best wireless microphones list. The handheld features adjustable gain control to avoid voice clipping. It works within 300 feet range from the matched receiver. A status LED flashes away merrily and communicates the power status. This gives you a warning about the Battery Low and Battery dead statuses. This mic is excellent for vocals and podcasts. Being a supercardioid mic, it can effectively crush noise from the sides and the back of the mic. It is highly sensitive to even the smallest nuances of your voice.
You can opt for SM58 with transmitter. It is one of the most-used mics in the music industry. The PG58 is cheaper than both. But its vocals aren’t as rich as that of Beta58A.
- Mic only, no receiver
- Can be matched to an existing receiver if frequency matches
- Battery status LEDs
- Good battery life, 14 hours