Wireless Microphone

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NickyB

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Been using four Line 6 '70 series' digital mics for roughly 2 years now and not one problem. Mine also operate in the 2.4Ghz band and so far so good. I'd never argue against a Line 6 mic.
 

jammindown

Chicago Mobile/Radio DJ
I live in Chicago, and I have had the Line 6 XD-V70s and V75 for several years now. I use them mostly for ceremonies, remote laptop sound for slideshow projections, and for transmitting sound to remote speakers. No problems. Just make sure to scan the room when you set up.
 

bill_smith

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I'm glad to see A/T get down in this new range Bill! Thanks for that. Hey Cyndi, there are some other tricks that can help you out with dropouts. Not 100% but hey nothing is.

Go to Radio Shack or search on "ferrite Chokes". These little guys will stop a lot of unwanted interference on your system. They can be placed on any cable.

As others indicate, test out frequencies In the room, and with the Line 6, check all the bands to see if one gets a little less noise than the other, pick the one with the least amount of stuff going on.

Place your Computer(if you use one) as far away from the base station(if using 2.4 ghz), as that is the same frequency as WIFI.

Finally, I saw in your post that your business name has changed. I THINK we can change your user-id and keep all your posts. If you'd like me to investigate that, I'll research it and get back to you, and if you have a new "handle" you'd like to use, we will see what we can do!
 
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bb

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Shure PGX and SLX have never failed me. Since I have a lot of outdoor ceremonies in big cities this year I bought the UA8 antenna for the SLX to see if 1/2 wave will give me added protection.

Does anywhere here use the bigger antennas? Do they make any difference that truly is beneficial?
 
Thanks everyone for your input. I've been indecisive on this for almost a year!
Have been considering Sennheiser, but don't want to drop $500-$600 on a microphone that might be illegal
in a year or so. Digital would be the answer to that, but I've also been hearing nightmare stories about interference.
I was at a community theater performance a fes weeks ago. The entire cast had headsets. The cell phones in the audience were interfering with them. LOL - everyone was watching or checking the score on the Blackhawks game.
I have no idea what brand or type they were using, but it left me feeling pretty unsure about wireless.
Cellphones are everywhere!
 
@Bill Smith - if you can do it that would be great! Thank you!
Yes, I changed my business name. DDSC Entertainment was a partnership with my now ex & no longer exists.
Lol my new "handle" is Spinful Cyndi.
Again, thank you!
 

bb

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I still prefer analog over digital. D may sound a bit better, but dropout and range shortage are of concern.

I've heard the Shure BLX24R/SM58 is a good sounding, good range mic. May want to look into that. Very affordable too.

Some say it's better than the SLX.
 

NickyB

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Just try to avoid the 600 Mhz - 804 Mhz frequency ranges which is why everyone is going to the 2.4 Ghz band. The FCC screwed me twice and it ain't happening again!
 

dboomer

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Have been considering Sennheiser, but don't want to drop $500-$600 on a microphone that might be illegal
in a year or so. Digital would be the answer to that, but I've also been hearing nightmare stories about interference.
I was at a community theater performance a fes weeks ago. The entire cast had headsets. The cell phones in the audience were interfering with them. LOL - everyone was watching or checking the score on the Blackhawks game.
I have no idea what brand or type they were using, but it left me feeling pretty unsure about wireless.
Cellphones are everywhere!
two points ...

It's not "digital" itself that is an answer to becoming illegal due to band reassignments. It's the actual frequencies any wireless mic could transmit on that is the issue. A huge chunk of the 600 MHz band is scheduled to be reallocated and most likely wireless mics will be illegal in most of the band. But likely not all of the band. Also a problem is that many TV stations currently in that band will be moved down into the 500 MHz band making it unusable in many geo-locations. Picking a wireless that operates in the 2.4G protected band will mean it will likely not become illegal in the next 20 years. Picking any TV UHF wireless, digital or analog, is a crap shoot after about 2017

The interference problem is greatly overstated. All wireless mics are affected by interference and will drop out when you get too much of that type of interference. The Line 6 digital scheme is not affected by cell phone use unless the cell phones are within a couple feet of the receiver's antennas. Thats pretty easy to work around. All wireless mics operating in the 2.4G band have the big advantage that nothing in that band can operate with much power. So when there is interference you are probably in the room with the problem and simply moving a short distance away will usually solve it. That's why pros use remote antennas. When you are in the TV UHF bands (480-700 MHz) you are competing with very high power transmitters can can knock you off the air at 100 miles away. You can't exactly move your antennas and make any difference here.
 

NickyB

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Don -
Any upcoming changes in the Line 6 products? Like maybe some form of encryption/decryption? But my best guess tells me that process would cause delay times that would make it a nuisance. I still need to get two more mics as I have four Line 6 "70 series" but still have to replace a pair of EV RE2's that operate around 686Mhz.
 
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