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How to Choose a Wireless Microphone

June 15, 2021 4 min read

The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose The Best Wireless Microphone 

A wireless microphone system is a great way to capture clear and focused audio for many recording applications.  But between the many options and features such as transmission distance, frequency type, number of transmitters and accessories, and much more, choosing the best wireless microphone can get a little tricky.

It’s important to consider the following when figuring out how to choose a wireless microphone system:

  • Connectivity
  • Form Factor (Lavalier, Handheld, or Headset)
  • Number of transmitters you will need
  • Frequency (VHF, UHF, or 2.4GHz)
  • Wireless range
  • Sound quality and reliability
  • Batteries 
  • Other features

CONNECTIVITY

The first thing to consider when shopping for a wireless microphone system is the type of device you plan on transmitting the audio to. Whether it’s a DSLR camera, camcorder, smartphone, or audio interface, Movo has a wide selection of wireless microphone systems to fit your needs.

FORM FACTOR - WIRELESS LAVALIER MICROPHONES

Lavalier microphones are small and often  nearly unnoticeable, and can be clipped directly to the wardrobe of your talent. They are often used in applications such as theater, television, and film, where the user wants the freedom to move around. Here's a look at some of our best selling wireless lavalier microphones:

FORM FACTOR - WIRELESS HANDHELD MICROPHONES

Handheld microphones are a great tool for capturing voice. They're perfect for recording interviews, speeches, and other important events where you are not necessarily trying to hide the microphone. They're also a great way to improve the sound quality of your videos. Here's a look at some of our best selling wireless handheld microphones:

NUMBER OF WIRELESS MICROPHONE TRANSMITTERS

Another factor to consider when choosing a wireless microphone is how many subjects you’ll need to capture audio from at the same time. You’ll want to pay attention to the number of wireless microphone transmitters to help you decide. Movo carries a variety of wireless mic systems that are available with both one or two transmitters. Some Movo wireless microphone systems that include two transmitters include the  WMX-20-DUO,  WMX-1-DUO, and the  EDGE-DI-DUO.

WIRELESS MIC FREQUENCY, OPERATING RANGE, AND AUDIO QUALITY

The most common frequencies used for wireless microphone systems are VHF (Very High Frequency), UHF (Ultra High Frequency), and 2.4GHz.

VHF WIRELESS MICROPHONE SYSTEM FACTS

  • Operate in the frequency range of 49-216MHz
  • Are generally more affordable
  • Has a bulkier external antenna
  • Only comes with one transmitter 
  • Typically have a range of up to 100-feet (30m)
  • Are less likely to have interface from other devices
  • Some examples of our VHF wireless systems include the  WMX-7, and the  WMX-7-SP

2.4GHZ WIRELESS MICROPHONE SYSTEM FACTS

  • Operate in the 2.4GHz frequency
  • Receiver and transmitters are paired directly. No channel selection
  • Delivers high quality audio
  • Has internal antennas
  • Available with one or two transmitters
  • Typically have a range of up to 330-feet (100m)
  • Some examples of our 2.4GHz wireless systems include the  WMX-1, and the  EDGE-DI

UHF WIRELESS MICROPHONE SYSTEM FACTS

  • Operate in the frequency range of 470-952MHz
  • Has a wide range of frequency selections
  • Usually delivers the highest quality audio
  • Has smaller antennas
  • Available with one or two transmitters
  • Typically have a range of up to 330-feet (100m)
  • Some examples of our UHF wireless systems include the  WMX-20, and the  WMX-20-DUO

 

DIGITAL MIC VS ANALOG MIC WIRELESS SYSTEMS 

Digital mics have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they offer a number of advantages over their analog counterparts. digital mics are typically more resistant to interference, and they also provide better sound quality. In addition, digital mics can be used in conjunction with digital wireless systems, which further improve sound quality and reliability.

Analog mic systems, on the other hand, have been around for much longer and are thus more mature technology. Analog systems are typically more affordable than digital ones, and they can be used with a wider range of wireless system types. In addition, some users prefer the sound quality of analog systems to that of digital ones.

So which type of system is right for you? That depends on your needs and preferences. If you're looking for the best sound quality possible, digital is the way to go. If you're on a budget or you need compatibility with a wide range of wireless system types, analog is probably your best bet.

LATENCY

Anyone who has ever used a wireless microphone knows that there can be a slight delay between the sound being made and the sound being heard. This phenomenon is known as latency, and it can be a frustrating experience for both performers and audiences alike. The good news is that there are ways to reduce latency. One way is to choose a wireless microphone system that operates on a higher frequency. wireless systems that operate on a lower frequency are more likely to experience latency. Another way to reduce latency is to use a wireless repeater. A wireless repeater helps to boost the signal, which can in turn help to reduce the amount of time it takes for the sound to travel from the microphone to the speakers. By taking these steps, you can help to ensure that your wireless microphone system delivers crisp, clear sound with minimal delay.

BATTERIES AND OTHER FEATURES 

Other features to consider when shopping for wireless microphones are rechargeable batteries, adjustable gain, headphone monitoring, stereo/mono output channels, LCD display, and included accessories.

So there you have it; there are many options and features in the world of wireless audio. The important thing is to do your research and select the best wireless microphone system that best fits your needs. We hope our wireless microphone guide was helpful! Whether you’re looking for a budget option for occasional use, or a professional setup ready to be used on professional projects every day, Movo has you covered with wireless audio gear for everyone’s needs.  Happy recording!