Shure is very well-known for its high-tech wireless microphone systems in the music industry. Whenever you attend any musical events, concerts, seminars and presentation events, I’m sure you can easily spot the Shure wireless mic systems on the stage.
Most of the high-end wireless systems for microphone right now are so advanced that you can just ignore any potential problems of connection dropouts and interference. You will not going to have any connection issues at all as long as the system you will use is within its range.
There are several relevant details you must know before buying a new set of wireless mic system. You have to know the specifications needed for your purposes, such as; How many channels you need? How far is the range you going to need? What is the receiver frequency?
Number of Channels
It refers to the quantities of wireless mic you can use simultaneously. If you plan to use 15 wireless mics simultaneously on the stage, then you will need a wireless system that is capable of supporting at least 15 mics at the same time.
Your wireless connection will encounter interference with other wireless mic systems if there are other systems nearby using the same receiver frequency. The receiver frequency of each system nearby must be unique to avoid signal and frequency conflicts among systems. And the receiver frequency range is configurable. Most of the new wireless systems have the “Scan & Sync” feature that allows the users to quickly set up a clear channel with a push of a bottom.
Analog vs. Digital
In practical, the sounds of digital systems are clearer with lesser noise for the long-range applications. And it can carry more on-air channels as compared to the Digital systems.
In contrast, digital systems feature more quality and clear audio compared to the analog systems. But, its only limitation is that it will have fewer on-air channels you can find. However, the most high-end digital systems on the market right now do combine the bests of both systems. You will be able to use many mics simultaneously in the crowded RF environments with near-perfect audio quality.
Best Shure Vocal Microphone That You Can Match With...
Our Top Pick Shure Microphone For Live Vocals & Karaoke That You Can Match with the Wireless Receiver & Handheld Transmitter for Best Sound Quality
The Shure SM58 microphone is our top pick in this review. Many singers and musicians are praising its reliable sound quality especially for the live performance and live vocals purposes. Indeed, SM58 is the most popular signature vocal microphone within the Shure microphone product line.
It is very good at isolating the primary sound source and eliminating the background noise at the same time. And its frequency response is around 50 to 15,000 Hz, which is very suitable for vocals applications to project warmer and rich vocal sound that can stand out from the mix.
However, you will need to match the mic with the wireless receiver and wireless handled transmitter in order to transform the SM58 mic into the best Shure wireless mic system for live vocals and even professional karaoke.
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Best Shure Wireless Microphone Systems Review: (Wireless Receiver & Handheld Transmitter You Can Match With SM58 Microphone)
In the section below, we are going to shortlist and review the best Shure wireless mic systems that are available on the market right now.
1) Shure BLX24R/SM58
This system features the SM58 mic capsule with the BLX24R system. The package includes a BLX4R 1/2 Rack, a rack mount kit, BLX2/SM58 handheld transmitter along with an SM58 Mic, a single channel wireless receiver, 1/4 wave antennas, mic clip transmitter bag and a PS23US power supply.
It is capable of supporting up to 12 systems per frequency band simultaneously. And the best part is that it does feature the high-end “Scan & Sync” frequency selection function to locate the best frequency available in the area. Its frequency range covers up to a distance of 300 feet. For it outputs, it uses the balanced XLR and non-balanced 1/4″ output. Its frequency response is in the range of 50 Hz to 15kHz.
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It is more suitable for the small band setting and typical onstage vocal/singing applications, which will use less than 12 mics at the same time.
And the only drawback is that it only features an “On/Off” control switch. But, without the mute button like other Shure mic systems.
2) Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8
The Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8 is considered as a very quality entry-level wireless mic system that packed with high-end features such as auto frequency selection and automatic transmitter setup.
It employs 24-bit digital audio which can deliver clearer and stronger RF signal. Its operating range is within 200 feet, which is 100 feet lesser than the Shure BLX24R/SM58 we have reviewed previously.
It seems to me that Shure PGXD24/SM58-X8 model is more suitable for the onstage/indoor applications where the range obstacles are very minimal in smaller space. It is good enough for the presenters, vocalists, singers, guitarists, and musicians who do not need to walk around in the crowd when performing.
3) Shure SLX24/SM58
This system has lifted the bar higher with a very advanced “Audio Reference Companding” technology that other models don’t have. It’s a patented technology by Shure to ensure highest quality and clarity sound beyond the limits of most existing wireless mic technology. Like the other Shure’s wireless systems we have discussed previously, it does also come with the auto frequency scan & selection, and the automatic transmitter setup functions. And it’s operating range is up to 300 feet with a mic frequency response of 50Hz to 15kHz.
Furthermore, it is capable of supporting up to 20 channels in the regions that allow it.
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4) Shure BLX288/PG58
The Shure BLX288/PG58 is a wireless mic system that features two integrated PG58 cardioid dynamic microphone capsules with a dual channel receiver and a pair of transmitters.
It also comes with the auto frequency scan & selection “QuickScan,” and the automatic transmitter setup functions. And these two are pretty much already become the standard features for the mid-high end Shure wireless systems. And it features an additional adjustable gain control.
Its operating range is up to 300 feet with the mic frequency response of 60Hz to 15kHz. And it uses the balanced XLR and non-balanced 1/4″ for its output.
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Let’s talk about the Shure PG58 mic. Its sound quality is not good enough as compared to the SM58 in term of the ruggedness. However, Shure BLX288/PG58 is quite a suitable system you should use if you are looking for the most affordable method to have two Shure wireless mics in the package without sacrificing its sound quality.
5) Shure BLX14/P31 Headworn Wireless System
As part of the BLX wireless systems series, the BLX14/P31 combines intuitive interface and simple setup with professional-quality sound. It brings in an awesome audio performance that you would greatly appreciate. Moreover, it is engineered with precision and comes in a wide variety of configurations. It is one of your great choices if you are performing onstage.
The BLX14/P31 is perfect as an entry-level microphone system, especially if you are performing in small venues. It has an operating range of up to 300 feet. It features a cardioid-condenser headset microphone that can deliver a reliable sound quality for live vocal performance and speech.
It is designed for prolonged wearing and comfort. It offers a secure fit, allowing you hands-free operation in most situations. Moreover, it is unidirectional and provides excellent off-axis rejection for better performance when using a stage monitor.
The BLX14/P31 kit comes with BLX4 wireless receiver, PGA31 headset microphone, BLX1 body-pack transmitter, power supply, clothing clip, user guide, and windscreens. It also features a battery and power status LED. Plus, it comes with adjustable gain control. The BLX14/P31 is surely a perfect wireless microphone system for you.