Sennheiser is one of the leading players in the wireless mic systems for a variety of applications ranging from the solo musical/vocal performance to the multichannel operations for the more massive band performances.
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- Types of Sennheiser’s Wireless Mic Systems
- Recommended Sennheiser Wireless Mics & Systems
Types of Sennheiser’s Wireless Mic Systems
There are four different types/series of the wireless system provided by Sennheiser. Each series cater for its unique purposes and applications. Let’s review them all for more details.
1) XS Wireless:
XS Wireless series is created as an entry-level wireless mic system in mind to cater for the more budgeted user groups. And it’s by far the most budgeted and affordable mic made by Sennheiser. Despite being categorized as the Sennheiser’s entry-level and affordable wireless mic, it does pack with some advanced features such as “Scan and Sync” functions that will search and sync the best available frequencies for you automatically. In my opinion, the XS Wireless series is more suitable for the group of users especially singers, musicians, and presenters who don’t need to use multiple channels at the same time.
2) Evolution D1 Wireless:
The Evolution Wireless D1 is designed as the professional wireless mic system that features with the aptX Live codec encryption technology for better sound quality and security in mind. With its aptX Live codec technology, its sound quality is near perfect to the extent that it just sounded like the CD. The EW D1 is capable of making the signal clearer and stronger immediately by boosting its transmission power when necessary, and you can’t even notice it at all. And It can run up to maximum 15 of compatible channels. To sum up, The EW D1 Wireless systems are more suitable for the small-mid gigging bands that need to use multiple channels at the same time.
3) Evolution Wireless G3
The EW G3 series is designed for the professional multi-channel and large stage applications with the more powerful sound quality and improved wireless range. And it can operate up to 32 channels at the same time with massive UHF bandwidth.
This Evolution Wireless G3 series is very suitable for the more complex stage show and large band performances that needed more complex wireless setups.
4) SpeechLine Digital Wireless
The SL Digital Wireless system is a high-end presentation/ speech microphone system that can be employed in large scale. It’s the wireless system that made for the speech-related applications such as presentation, lecture, podium discussion and meeting conferences. And it also can be installed in the whole campus (up to 2000+ links) by using a centralized Control Cockpit software provided by Sennheiser.
Recommended Sennheiser Wireless Mics & Systems
1) Sennheiser XSW 35-B Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
The Sennheiser XSW 35 is quite affordable, and its sound quality is quite similar to the EW series with clear-enough sound and tones. Its operating range is up to 250 feet with the 960 available frequencies which are tunable in 25 kHz steps.
This is the system you should choose if you are in the budget to get a good enough wireless system for vocal applications on small or medium size venue.
Furthermore, if you are looking for an affordable XS Wireless system that has quality sound, then this Sennheiser XSW 35-B is the one you should use.
2) Sennheiser EW 135 G3-B-US handheld cardioid EW system
This EW 135 G3-B-US model features with the automatic frequency scan function that will be able to find the available frequency for you automatically. It runs on the 42 MHz bandwidth with 1680 UHF frequencies for better signal connection.
Its sound is very clean with a fuller tone. Thus, I found that it’s very suitable for the speech, vocal and singing applications.
The range and signal are the strength of this model. You will never encounter any signal interference or dropouts as long as you scan the frequency before every performance. And you will not have any problem while using it in the crowd too.
3) Sennheiser EW D1-835S Evolution Wireless D1 Digital Vocal System
It features the frequency “Scan & Sync” function that will scan and select the best available frequency for you automatically. And it also features the frequency auto-adjustment function to detect the potential interference and will switches to a new channel automatically once interference is detected.
The sound is quite clear with excellent dynamics, low latency, and broader frequency response. Some users even claimed that the sound quality of this D1-835S is much better than Shure. But, I would think in such a way that both might have their unique strength in the specific area.
4) Sennheiser EW D1-845S Evolution Wireless D1 Digital Vocal System
The EW D1 845S is another excellent model we highly recommend if you are looking into the EW D1 Series. All the functions and features are similar to the EW D1-8345 model that we have reviewed previously.
Both of them use the same wireless system except its transmitter capsule. 845S uses the dynamic super-cardioid capsule, whereas the 835S uses dynamic cardioid capsule instead.
5) Sennheiser EW 500-945 G3 – Wireless Vocal System
The EW500 G3 is the one you should choose if you always been involving in the vocal, singing and musical performance on the large stage. It is ideal for the professional multi-channel applications where the sound quality and flawless signal connection are the most crucial concerns for you.
It can operate on 42 MHz bandwidth with 1680 tunable UHF frequencies. And it does also feature the advanced frequency bank system that can operate with up to 32 compatible frequencies.
It also features an ethernet port which can be connected to the computer for centralized multi-channel control capability by using the WSM (Wireless Systems Manager) software. Therefore, the EW500 G3 is the wireless system has become the most popular wireless mic systems for sound engineers in the large singing events.
The vocal sounds projected by this EW500 G3 system is flawless, warm and seamlessly blended into the mic with fuller tones.
And there are three different models of EW-500 G3 Series. Each model features with a different type of mic capsule and range.
- Sennheiser EW 500-935 G3 with Dynamic Cardioid Handheld Mic- G-Range (566 – 608 MHz)
- Sennheiser EW 500-945 G3 with Dynamic Supercardioid Handheld Mic – G-Range (566 – 608 MHz)
- Sennheiser EW 500-965 G3 with True Condenser Handheld Mic – G – Range (566 – 608 MHz)
So, what is the most suitable and best Sennheiser Wireless Mic and system for you? In my opinion, It’s more accurate to decide and buy based on your purposes and applications.
For Solo Singers, Musicians & Speakers:
The XS Wireless is more than enough to deliver you a clear and satisfied sound quality for your solo. This is the best and affordable option you can ever pursue if you only need to use very few channels at the same time.
For Gigging Bands:
Ideally, if you want to use it for band performances, the Evolution D1 Wireless (EW D1) Series is more suitable for this kind of purposes. I tend to decide to use the EW D1 series for the sake of satisfactory sound quality, channel count and price factors in mind. You can either go for the higher-end EX G3 series to take your sound quality and performance to industry-stand level.
For Large Singing & Musical Events:
The channel count, sound quality, and the frequency stability are the most significant factors in selecting the most suitable wireless mic system for this kind of sizeable onstage singing or musical events. Throughout our review, I would conclude that the Evolution Wireless G3 (EW G3) is the only one that fulfills all these criteria above. The EW G3 Series is capable of operating in the most complex onstage and performance environments that need centralized control for its multi-channel operations, industry-stand sound quality and extreme frequency agility.