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Going wireless - can it be done on a budget?

Postby Mark Butler » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:07 pm

Hi all,

I run a 10-piece function band and we're using the time off to make some improvements to our rig. Currently all our mic are wired, and we each have a Behringer Powerplay P2 for wired IEMs. We'd like our two lead singers to be able to go wireless if possible. I manage all the gear but I'm relatively inexperienced with wireless setups.

I've used a Sennheiser XSW 1-825 before and was impressed with the sound and ease of use - they come in a Dual pack for about £400 (https://www.gear4music.com/PA-DJ-and-Li ... kKEALw_wcB) which seems reasonable. I'd be interested to hear any opinions on these mics or similarly-priced alternatives.

To go with that we'd need a couple of transmitters/receivers for IEMs, but oddly these seem to be more expensive than the mics (this seems surprising as presumably the mic kit includes a transmitter and receiver, plus an actual mic...?). There's a dual kit on Thomann for about £250 each here (https://www.thomann.de/gb/the_t.bone_ie ... 23_mhz.htm). But the Sennheiser gear is mega pricey, more than the mics. Or there's a £100 own brand kit at g4m (https://www.gear4music.com/PA-DJ-and-Li ... ivers/164S). Any advice on this front? It seems there's a bewildering array of options!

1. Some products come in a variety of frequency band options. What's the best guidance for choosing one? They will only be used in the UK.
2. Do I need to worry about frequency compatibility between the mics and the IEMs?
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Re: Going wireless - can it be done on a budget?

Postby MOF » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:22 pm

I don’t have experience with budget radio mic’ kits what I do know is that diversity kits are better.
There is also the issue of licensed frequencies, where you pay for a greater guarantee of interference free operation. The free radio spectrum is more congested.
The first two kits appear to be ones where you need a licence (for using, not per kit) see here https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-li ... cence-info
There are heavy penalties for usage without a licence.
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Re: Going wireless - can it be done on a budget?

Postby resistorman » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:48 am

I’d stay wired if possible. If you go wireless you will regret trying to go cheap.
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