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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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Wireless Mics for Praise Team

I'm looking for a system that has multiple wireless mics for our praise/worship team. Any thoughts?
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 08:52 AM
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It's really too soon to get one right now. Up until now the Shure UC series was the one to get. But due to new FCC regulations, there might be some issues with using the mics.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 09:04 AM
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Welcome aboard.
There is plenty of confusion around the FCC's re-allocation of White Space as well as how possible new White Space WiFi products will play with unlicensed wireless microphone use.
There are many options out there, and of course, the more you spend per unit, the more dependable service you're likely to receive from the units.
Until more details regarding how this unknown White Space WiFi technology is going to work, it's up in the air how well the two will play together.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 09:52 AM
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Ok. But I don't need wifi mics. I want something with 4 mics that are dependable and will carry good sound.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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So, to answer your question specifically.
I wouldn't recommend any 'fixed' frequency units at this time. If they're not capable of 'searching' for open frequencies, don't get them. (that's my opinion)
Products I'm familiar with.
MiPro's ACT 707S, D, DE and PC versions
Audio-Technica Artist Elite 4000 and 5000
Shure ULX or better
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:00 AM
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I wasn't recommending WiFi mics.
The FCC has given Google, Microsoft, Dell, and others to develop White Space Wireless internet services in the same frequency bands as our wireless microphones operate, in between the DTV broadcast channels.
At this point, we - the users of wireless microphones - are not legal, and have had little say in the matter. Furthermore, there is no working technology that will keep these White Space Internet Service devices from interfering with our microphones.

For more informative information on the subject, you can go here.
http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/PressR...aces/index.htm

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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Your question is pretty vague and general.
What sort of feedback (thougths) are you looking for?

What sort of budget do you have in mind?
How many wireless mics do you want?
Handheld? Lapel? Headworn?
Do you already use some wireless mics? Which ones? What radio frequencies are they set to?

Depending on the number of mics you want, what sort of quality you want, and the features you want, cost can vary between $200 per wireless mic to $5,000+ per mic.
Personally, for a quality wireless system, I figure about $1,000 per wireless mic.

As Ted and Cory indicated, there are some changes being made by the FCC regarding radio frequency liscensing and allocation. Much of these changes are related to upcomming digital TV braodcast transition.

In a oversimplied nutshell:
  • Radio Frequencies in the 700MHz band (channel 52 & above) will not be available for use by wireless mics. This frequency band has been split up with some parts being sold to private industry (cell phones) and some parts being allocated to emergency service transmissions.
  • Over-the-air TV transmissions will all transition to a digital signal somewhere below 700MHz (below channel 52).
  • Because there can be a lot of empty space in the TV frequency spectrum (called white space), the FCC recently decided to allow other low power non-liscenced devices to operate within the TV radio band. The general idea here is to allow more amd better wireless internet access.
  • Most wireless mics you can buy today will operate below 700MHz in the so called "white spaces." The problem here is no one really knows how much problems wireless mics are going to have when all those other white space devices start filling up the spectrum... they could make it very difficult for wireless mics to work.
As I said, this is dramatically oversimplified and may even contain some errors, but I hope you get the idea.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Thanks so much. I want 4 handheld wireless mics. Don't want to spend over $250 per mic.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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For that budget - You should stay wired, and if you don't have quality wired mics, get some.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:45 AM
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Assuming that you have $1000 total to work with, maybe it's wise to invest in one good wireless mic for right now and then purchase more as you are able to afford them.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 10:56 AM
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I think the Sennhieser G2 EW100 units are the best bang for the buck. But they are going to run your $500-600 per channel. Plus some more if you want power distribution and a combined antennae system.

Audio Technica and AKG have similar entry points but I'm only familiar with AT lav systems.

I don't like Shure systems below the ULX line and those are more comprable to Sennheisers EW300 line.

If your budget is $1,000 your best idea is to buy some quality wired mics. They will sound better than any wireless unit and a lower risk of failure or problems. Most vocalist stay in the same spot. Figure out a way to manage the cables if that's the main reason you want to go wireless.
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Old Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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I purchased some MiPro wireless mics from Cory last year that I am pretty pleased with.
The MiPro can handle 4 reciever modules in a very compact 1 rack space reciver frame unit.

For a 4 microphone system, I think the MiPro would come in at ~$2,000.
(1) ACT-707F - UHF Quad Channel Frame 1RU
(4) ACT-707MC - Receiver modules for 707F
(4) ACT-707HE - Handheld Microphone (plastic body, no display)

I actually purchased the ACT-707HM that has a metal body and LCD display, but it cost $100 more per mic.

This is really the MINIMUM I would recommend for you.
Sennhieser, Audio Technica, AKG, Shure are some better known brands with slightly higher cost for an equivalent product.
Lower cost mics tend to work very poorly when you have more than one, have poor range, and poor sound quality.
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