Wireless Microphone

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DJCurtCool

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I see in a lot of threads that digital should be the preferred way to go regarding wireless microphones, considering the FCC is continuing its saleoff of the UHF bands (600 is next to go). I deal with karaoke shows near college campuses and I'm hesitant to spend a lot of money on digital mics when the kids are known to damage the mics (accidential and intentional). Any suggestions??
 

dboomer

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It's a problem because the FCC hasn't determined what part of the 600 band will go. Also a chunk of the 500's will go by 2021.

So your options are to buy wireless that is not in the TV uHF band (480-692MHz) or to roll the dice. Mics that use the 2.4G range are digital and sound much, much better than the old analog systems. Line 6 has an excellent system in the 2.4GHz range (XD-V35) for less than $300. The AT system 10 also works well. Other budget systems in the range are problematic. I would also avoid any bluetooth systems.
 

bill_smith

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Jeff, probably he saw the word Karaoke. The Mics will get beat up guaranteed. There's only so much you can do to prevent the beatings. Especially college kids. I don't even use UHF for my karaoke gigs. I buy NADY VHFs, a duet set with one base and 2 mics 60 bucks, and surprisingly good response, and in 10 years, gone through three pairs of them. There is a balance to strike between buying the gear and knowing that due to the type of event how short that electrical life is going to be, in all likelihood being snuffed out prematurely due to a beating. I know guys that spend 300-500 in the best mics, and do it once a month due to the abuse. DJcurtcool, welcome my friend. I hope you find what you need. Here is a link. By all means a line 6 is a great investment for all of the reasons Don listed. I've got 2 myself. They rock. But give them over to drunk college kids? NFW(translate:)) So they get a cheapy that will not impeded my show too much, and I use wireds as backups. So buy a good Mic from Don for you, and go here to prevent loss of sanity. And since not UHF, no problems with losing the Frequency. Win Win. The question to consider is how ticked off you would be losing a 300 plus mic(x2) or a 60 dollar mic. I THINK I know the answer;)
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nady+duo+wireless+microphone
 

Ausumm

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Perhaps using WIRED mics would not only prevent some abuse from happening in the first place...
(they cannot walk off with it, so you can always keep track of it)
not to mention that they can stand more abuse than wireless.
Also, it would be a cheaper alternative, if they have to be replaced.
 

bill_smith

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indeed. In the instance above, I'd probably get shure sm57/8 wired and call it a day. I love the look of using less wires for karaoke. But some prudence is certainly called for when gear breakage is likely exactly as you state above..
 

jturk1000

And WHERE is Alma MI ?!
yep... I totally missed the Karaoke usage. I'm happy as can be with a Gemini Dual mic system.
 

NickyB

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I have a set of four "hard wired" Shure SM48's plugged into a small 8 channel Mackie mixer that I've used for years. The windscreens are all dented, there are numerous scratches on the mic barrels and I've replaced or repaired more 15 ft XLR cables than I care to mention but these mics are "TOUGH" and have been extremely reliable for use with bands and karaoke. At $49 a pop they're not as "techie" as wireless systems but they don't walk and sound pretty darn good.
 

bill_smith

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Hmmm, I might go for a few of those. They may be the Mics that Roger Daltrey used to smack people in the audience with when they tried to get on stage;)
 
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