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Best Wireless Microphone

The wireless microphone revolutionized performance. Allowing speakers and vocalists to go untethered opened up the possibility for range and movement on stage, and even introduced a new level of interactivity between audience and those in the spotlight as it broke down the barrier that was previously limited by the length of a microphone cable. Wireless microphones operate via audio transmitters that send signal sans cable, utilizing radio waves sent from the microphone itself to a receiver. Technology has continued to improve and wireless microphones have gotten better and better, in terms of both their audio quality as well as build and design. These are the best wireless microphones overall, with each one listed offering a working range of at least 98 feet, each comes equipped with both a microphone and a receiver, and they all can operate off of 1-2 AA batteries.

Line 6 XD-V75 Handheld Wireless Microphone

The Line 6 XD-V75 wireless microphone system contains digital models that sonically reproduce many popular microphone models, including the Shure SM58, Shure Beta 58A, Sennheiser e 835, and more. An onboard EQ modeling technology is also available for those who need hands-free operation, giving access to nine EQ filter models. Setting up is simple as you just plug it in, select from one of the 14 available channels, and the transmitter and receiver will sync up with one another. The signal integrity will remain intact within a 300 foot radius. Because this is a system that was specifically made with digital application in mind, both the transmitter and receiver have easy to view (and navigate) visual displays via LCD screen, giving indicators for audio signal, batter status, RF monitoring, and other advanced configuration settings.

Sennheiser EW 135 G3-B-US Handheld Cardioid EW System

The Sennheiser EW 135 GS wireless microphone system comes equipped with the company’s SKM 100-835 G3 handheld transmitter. This dynamic vocal microphone has a cardioid pickup pattern that offers a direct signal and will work against any unwanted bleed-through from other adjacent audio sources onstage. Working in conjunction with a transmitter and rackmount receiver (both of which are housed in sturdy metal casing for improved durability), the microphone offers a high-quality sound that's suited for any type of genre. The system’s pilot tone squelch eliminates any RF interference when the transmitter is turned off. The EW 135 G3’s enhanced frequency bank system can operate with up to 12 different compatible frequencies. An illuminated graphic display on the transmitter and receivers makes the system easy to operate regardless of lighting or environmental conditions.

Audio-Technica System 10 Pro Digital Wireless Microphone

Audio-Technica’s System 10 Pro digital wireless microphone system can support up to 10 simultaneous channels. The automation of this digital system eliminates any frustrating confusion with microphone interference; by simply pushing a single button, the system will automatically find the best open channel for your space. The transmitter and receiver chassis both feature a LCD information display to give you an easy-to-read visual component that makes working with the system all the more easier. As for the sound itself, you can expect clarity that can operate within a 300 foot range. The transmitter itself runs off of two AA batteries, giving this unit a battery life of seven hours.

AKG Pro Audio WMS420 Vocal Set Band U2 Wireless Microphone System

The AKG WMS420 wireless handheld microphone system is comprised of one SR420 stationary receiver, a HT420 handheld transmitter with D5 dynamic capsule, two receiver antennas, and a mic clip. Using these components, you’re getting an audio bandwidth that spans 40Hz to 20kHz, and each band can work with up to eight channels. A diversity antenna provides a clear-sounding performance, even when operating in congested multi-path situations. The HT420 microphone offers a supercardioid pickup pattern that provides a crisp, clear sound that excludes any unwanted noise from other audio sources. Meanwhile, the transmitter features charging contacts that allow you to recharge batteries without having to remove them.

Shure Handheld Wireless System - SLX24/SM58

Shure’s SLX24/SM58 handheld wireless system package offers the type of consistent quality and performance that the company has built its reputation on. The SM58 has a frequency response that was made with vocalists in mind, offering a bright midrange and a cardioid pickup pattern that dodges unwanted background noise while maximizing the main audio source. The SLX4 receiver operates automatically, and combs through 960 selectable frequencies across a 24 MHz bandwidth. The receiver also is equipped with a multi-function backlit LCD screen that makes it easy to monitor and operate the system no matter where you are. The end result is a clear-sounding signal that maintains the fidelity of the microphone within a range of 300 feet.

Shure Handheld Wireless System - SLX24/SM58

Shure’s SLX24/SM58 handheld wireless system package offers the type of consistent quality and performance that the company has built its reputation on. The SM58 has a frequency response that was made with vocalists in mind, offering a bright midrange and a cardioid pickup pattern that dodges unwanted background noise while maximizing the main audio source. The SLX4 receiver operates automatically, and combs through 960 selectable frequencies across a 24 MHz bandwidth. The receiver also is equipped with a multi-function backlit LCD screen that makes it easy to monitor and operate the system no matter where you are. The end result is a clear-sounding signal that maintains the fidelity of the microphone within a range of 300 feet.

AKG Pro Audio WMS470 D5 SET BD7 50mW Wireless Microphone System

One of the more notable aspects of the AKG WMS 470 D5 wireless microphone system is its ability to run 20 wireless systems in the same frequency band at the same time. Its precise tuning also ensures that you will avoid unwanted interference from other nearby RF sources. The system’s SR 470 receiver takes up only half a rack space, and can be installed into the system using the included rack mounting kit. The D5 microphone transmitter has a great sound and also lasts 14 hours off a single AA battery, making it ideal for nearly every situation. The system also has a pilot tone to prevent against unexpected start-up noises.

Samson Concert 88 Handheld 16-Channel True Diversity UHF Wireless System

The Samson Concert 88 Handheld wireless microphone system provides flexibility and great sound for vocalists at a fraction of the cost of similarly-efficient wireless mics. This system allows you to run as many as 16 systems at once over two frequency bands, operating under a 300 foot radius. The unit also offers tone key and auto mute functions to help get rid of background noise during dropouts. An included Q6 professional dynamic mic is powered by two AA batteries that provide up to eight hours of usage. Best of all, the whole setup is extremely compact and easy to travel with, as both the receiver and transmitter together weigh less than two pounds.

MiPRO ACT-30H (6A) Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter Microphone

For those who are shopping on a budget or may already have the receivers that they need, the MIPRO ACT-30H is a great wireless microphone for vocalists who want to perform unhinged by any physical limitations. Built inside a rugged, sturdy housing, this microphone features a LCD screen that brightly displays information such as group, channel, battery level, and error message codes. The microphone’s upper grille detaches easily so that you can clean it. Powered by two AA batteries, this mic has a 140dB SPL capacity, so you will very rarely encounter situations where your signal overloads the device. A proprietary lockable silent on/off switch allows you to prevent against accidentally switching the device off during a performance.

Sean Kramer
I'm a guitarist/music producer with 18 years of experience playing on-stage, in the studio, and everywhere in between. I have toured and recorded on projects both independent and major, in styles such as rock, pop, funk, hip hop, electronic, and more. My axe of choice is probably always going to be the Fender Stratocaster, but I've been known to pick up other guitars when the music calls for it. I'm a big fan of using a multitude of effects (both hardware and software-driven) to manipulate the sound and atmosphere of an instrument. In addition to playing on records, I have also contributed to the score/soundtrack for shows and spots on MTV and ESPN, as well as for a variety of independent films, web series, and television shows.
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