7 Highly Rated Wireless Microphones

  • September 17, 2019

Here are a few tips to keep in mind before purchasing a wireless microphone system. There are many brands to choose from whether you are on a tight budget or you are willing to pay a little more for better quality and greater options. There are also more complicated and professional, as well as amatuer systems that are very straightfoward to set up and use.

It's also important to familiarize yourself with some of the terms used when setting up and operating a wireless mic unit. Please make sure to check out the frequently asked questions box below to learn more. The better understanding of the how these work will make set up and usage faster and easier.

Along with an informative buyers, we have also included a list of the highest rated wireless microphones in their respective category to make your buying decision a little easier. All 10 below have been rated at 4 stars and above for their overall quality, performance and user staisfaction.

5 Things To Look For In A Wireless Microphone System

  • Wireless Range. Depending whether you are using UHF or VHF and your frequency range or there are wall or obstacles that could impeed transmission, many devices can run from 50 feet to 1000 feet. Your setting, needs, and budget will be a determining factor.
  • Compatibility. Do you want to connect it to a mixer, an amplifier, portable speaker, karaoke system, PA, or a home theatre? Make sure the machine you purchase will have no issues connecting to these, especially if you want to alternate between devices.
  • Multiple Device Connections. If you want to throw a party and need more than one mic, there are some transmitters that will support multiple mics rather than having to buy a whole new system when you want to add more singers to the group.
  • Signal Stability. A strong connection between receiever and transmitter and finding a system that prevents your chances for interference from other devices are extremely important. That's why buying the cheapest machine available may end up becoming more frustrating.
  • Set Up & Use. Whether you are using these regularly for work or for church servcices you will want a machine that is both quick and easy. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to reinvent the wheel every time you set something like this up. Fortunately there are plenty of great videos demonstrations to be found on YouTube.
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Frequently Asked Questions


How to use wireless microphone? Wireless microphones are very useful for a variety of uses including weddings, worship services, karaoke, public events, DJ services, and more. Following the instructions it comes with is the best choice. But  the basic breakdown of the setup include making sure there is power to the device (wall outlet for receiver and batteries for the microphone transmitter). Attaching any antenna to the back of the receiver. Connecting your receiver to the mixer and or sound system via the required cables. Powering on the machine. Scanning and then locating matching frequencies between the transmitter and receiver. Adjusting the volume mixer, etc. Running a series of tests to find the best sound.


What is a wireless microphone transmitter? The sound that is produced into the microphone is then sent to the receiver via radio waves. These devices generally use VHF or UHF frequency bands since they allow the transmitter without having to us bulky a antenna.


What is a wireless microphone receiver?  Once the radio signal from the transmitter is sent, the reciever gathers the waves and converts them into the live audio you hear through the sound system.


How to connect wireless microphone to mixer or karaoke machine? Once you have followed the instructions and established the set up of the wireless mic system. You will need to attach the outputs into the inputs of your karaoke system. Depending on the unit, you may need to attach these using XLR cables, 1/4 inch jacks, and similar wiring. 


What is the difference between UHF and VHF frequencies?  UHF or Ultra High Frequency has a frequency range of around 500 Mhz. On the hand, VHF or Very High Freqency only has a range of around 127Mhz. For obvious reasons, UHF wireless systems are generally better than VHF systems due to much wider frequency band, thus lowering your chances of struggling with outside signal interference.


Why does my wireless microphone suddenly make a burst of noise or cut out?  It's better known as wireless mic drop out and occurs when radio signal to the mic is lost, either by a weak transmitted signal, a weak received signal, or interference with other radio waves. Disatnce and obstructions are often factors when experiencing this issue.


What is true diversity technology? True diversity technology is often found in the construction of many higher quality wireless microphone receivers. In a genuine diversity system, there will likely be two antennas that will communicate and receive identical signals from the transmitter. They are generally distributed a couple of inches away from one another. The software built into the receiver continuously calculates the signal intensity originating from each of the antennas. Depending on which signal is stronger, it will act as a failsafe and switch to that antenna to provide an uninterupted sound to your output.


What is the difference between cardiod and condenser microphones?  A cardoid microphone pattern will naturally isolate the voice of the user while canelling out any background noise. Condenser mics on the other hand are many times work in a omni-directional polar pattern and are much more sensitive to sound. Essentially picking up every sound in the room.



1. Audio-Technica  Wireless Mic System


The System 10 wireless system is a few dollars more than its competitors but is designed to provide a clear and quality sound with less interuption due to its integrated digital software. There are many fail safes built into this unit to ensuring clear communication nearly 100% of the time. Use up to 8 individual system simultaneuosly free of group selection or frquency coordibation issues. Also included are transmitter trim controls for adjusting vocal and intrument levels. 

Pros

  • Runs on a 2.4 Ghz which eliminates any outer interference from TV and DTV 
  • Runs on a 2.4 Ghz which eliminates any outer interference from TV and DTV 
  • Full duplex operation means that both the transmitter and receiver are always communicating back and forth compared to the standard one direction from transmitter to receiver
  • Space time capability for 2 signals to be sent allowing the receiver to choose the best signal or switch to the best.
  • Uses true diversity frequency technology to search the RF spectrum for clean channels with 2 other backups for smooth signals.
  • Displays include LCD system ID, AF peak LED, and Pair LED to monitor and adjust your settings. 
  • 24 bit wireless operation with instantaneous channel selection with no need to look up frequencies.
  • Includes ATW-R1100 receiver and ATW-T1002 handheld dynamic unidirectional microphone/transmitter and AT8456a Quiet-Flex(TM) stand clamp.

Cons

  •  Some users found that  the multi-function switch takes too long to turn on (around 2 seconds) compared to some older models which was instant.
  • It only takes a very slight touch to mute the mic leaving some usersinadvertently muting themselves during their performance.
  • There is no battery meter on these, only a blinking green light that indicates low battery which could lead to a shut without notice or having to switch out the batteries too soon.


2. Phenyx Wireless System


Phoenix Pro PTU 5000 has been highly rated by many users. Comes with one space rack unit and 4 microphones Price is actually very competitive as it's about $200 on Amazon. For entry-level microphones, these are decent quality construction and have a nice weight to them. Comes with 2 antennas on the back for better reception and a mix output using a quarter-inch to eighth-inch adapter on here in case you were hooking up the system it has functionality in someone professional setting as well as an amateur settings. Simple installation and is versiltile when connected to a varitey of sounds sytems. Perfect for a churches or karaoke.

Pros

  • Comes with 4 mics
  • Multifunctional outputs.
  • Quality build entry level system
  • 2 Antennas for wider frequency range
  • Great if you are on a budget.
  • Built in scanner to locate available frequencies.
  • Clear, crisp sound with high end that's not distorted.

Cons

  • Fixed frequency which means you can'tchange the frequency of the mics.
  • Not recommended if you are using multiple systems in a close proximity using the same frequency.
  •  LCD displays in the mics are NOT LCD displays, rather they are stickers with a green/red LED behind them.


3. TONOR Wireless Microphone 


You can connect up to 15 individual sets of this device simultaneously. and the wireless range is even up to 60m in open space. A good battery life and is relatively durable. They are also designed to withstand the cold near the freezing as well as hotter temperatures. The channel switching feature is very simple to use. No fumbling with trying to match handheld to receiver. Just a couple of clicks of a button to jump channels when dealing with interference.

Pros

  • You can add other mics to the system.
  • Sturdy material and professional look and feel
  • clear sound with low interference
  • Only requires 2 AA batteries
  • LCD screen shows frequency, channel, battery life
  • Great for DJs, MCs, and Karaoke singers
  • Dual XLR ports on the back for piping the mic signals into audio interfaces and mixers

Cons

  • Not compatible with phones and smart devices
  • the microphone volume can only be adjusted by means of the receiver box or sound system.
  • No mute button. Only power off/on for privacy
  • If used for Karaoke it will require a mixer for echo and other special effects.


4. Innopow Wireless Microphone 


This wireless mic system comes with very high marks considering the price. Users from many different backgrounds from church directors to techy DJ and Karaoke providers claim that this system is a quality bargain when compared to higher end units. The complete set can be found for under $100 including 2 microphones and XLR individual outputs(cords not included), along with 1/4"/6.35mm for connecting to your mixer or sound system. The mic feel solid, heavy duty, and durable.

Pros

  • The screen is backlit with information for the group, channel, frequency, and battery level.
  • A great range with low drop outs and feedback
  • The infrared frequency setup is instantaneous and accurate.
  • The multifunction power button on the bottom has a great clickable feel and is a clever place to hide the “Mute” so it does not accidentally get pressed.
  • Excellent range at 500mhz frequency
  • Very easy to use, just plug and play. Even non tech savvy people can operate with ease.

Cons

  • The receiver unit is quite small and not really designed to go in a rack
  • frequency range of mic 2 will be out of spec
  • Antennas do not fold up and may need to be removed when transporting.


5. Kithouse K380A Wireless Microphone

Highly rated by users for being affordable and simple to use the Kithouse Bluetooth wireless mic is a popular seller. If you are looking for a very basic setup for home or smaller gathering, this unit may be what you are looking for.  The sound quality is good and the wireless connection is also very stable.Connecting to a PA system? No worries, just plug the receiver into the mic in port and the sound from microphone could be amplified instant. Decent value at a great price for amatuer use.

Pros

  • Budget friendly being well under the $100 range considering you get to microphones.
  • Super easy to install and use. All you need to do is put the battery into the mic, then plugin the receiver to the speaker.
  • UHF Dual Wireless Microphone With Bluetooth Receiver
  • Comes with 1/4"(6.35mm) Receiver Input, Designed for two mics using simultaneously
  •  Receiver has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery and the mics need 2 AA batteries.
  • It is considered an Amazon's choice due to it being both highly rated and well priced on Amazon.

Cons

  • The receiver can be connected to play background music for input but cannot connect any other bluetooth equipment for output.
  • Sound quality is decent if you use one mic at a time. If you use both at the same time, sound quality deteriorates.
  • The plastic body is flimsy and does not feel solidly built compared to similar models. 



6. GEARDON Wireless Microphone

The Geardon GED-M01 Dual Wireless Karaoke Microphones System made to provide sophisticated vocal quality while demanding less vocal effort. Itcomes with both rechargeable function and AA battery selection and incorporates dual-channel with close to 200 selectable UHF frequencies that minimizes the odds of acquiring interference from additional electronic devices. Included are two hand-held cardioid wireless mics that maintains outstanding sound while it isolateing disturbances from the surrounding environment. It has a functioning range nearly 250 ft line-of-sight with ideal audio quality. Well suited for seminars, wedding events, Karaoke, social events as well as small to medium-sized venues such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, schools, churches and stages.

Pros

  • Microphones are built durable and heavy with rechargeable batteries which I don't have to change the batteries everytime. Mesh has a 1/8" thick windscreen built into it to reduce plosive.
  • It has a clear, clean, neutral sound while doing a fantastic job at not picking up background noises and keeping them blocked out. 
  • Mic receiver unit has either dual output to mixer or a single output for both mic to mixer which helps save mixer inputs if you don't need 2 separate output cable from the microphone.
  • The volume can be adjusted for each channel on the receiver and the microphones can each be set to their own channel.
  • The charging port making it convenient and easy to keep them charged with any USB charger without wondering if the batteries are good.Lasting up to 12 hours on a single charge.
  • LCD screen on the mics showing the battery level, frequency, and channel.

Cons

  • Some found the instructions a bit hard to understand.
  • The antenna could use  a bit more sheilding or a retractable one to lower the possibility o messing up their receiver on accident.
  • The battery life and the signal range can vary and is not always as good as claimed.


7. Shure BLX24/PG58 Wireless System 

 

Although this is an entry level model, the Shure BLX wireless mic system combines professional-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface for legendary audio performance right out of the box. Shure is an industry-renowned for their decades of wireless design proficiency and world-class construction. You will pay a bit more for these but they are backed by a longstanding record of user satisfaction amoung professionals and amatuers alike.

Pros

  • Range is good for Up to 300 ft which is much greater than any of the cheaper brands.  
  •  Quick scan technology selection quickly locates the best open frequency in case of interference. 
  • Power and battery status LED and adjustable gain control.
  • Higher quality microphones built to give lead and back up vocals a great presence in the mix while isolating your vocals from background sound. 
  • Durability.  Its steel mesh grill stands up to some of the roughest sweat drips, mic drops, and van rides without so much as a dent to show for it.
  • Industrial design that features a black metallic finish offering an unobtrusive visual presence
  • Uses 2 AA batteries that can last up to 14 hours of continuous
  • QuickScan frequency selection quickly locates the best open frequency in case of interference.
  • Transmitter form factors include handheld, bodypack, headworn, lavalier, instrument clip-on, and combo.

Cons

  • This is a single unit system and can only have 1 transmitter (handheld microphone or body pack) active at a time per receiver.
  •  XLR speaker cable to interface the transmitting unit to your Audio Mixing board or an Active speaker is not included.
  • There were some feedback issues when users tend to get closer to speakers.


Choosing The Right Wireless Microphone


A lot will depend  to your needs and budget when selecting the right wireless system. All of the above systems have been reviewed and are highly rated. Some of the units for under a hundred dollars are probably a better choice for real basic situations like a home Karaoke party that doesn't require a lot of space and where you are relatively close to the receiver when using.

For those who need something with a greater capacity and will last in the long haul, we suggest moving up to some of more popular models that are favored by professionals. Particularily if you are operating a DJ business, conducting seminars, or who plan for excessive use and expect reliability.