Advantages of going wireless
The main advantage of using a wireless microphone over a standard wired microphone is obvious – no wires! But, at least for our microphones, there are a few less obvious advantages too.
Instead of simply having a microphone and a cable that plugs into the speakers or amplifier, wireless microphones come in the form of a kit. The kits include a receiver, which takes the place of the traditional microphone and one or more “transmitters” which are the microphones themselves.
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Different types of wireless microphones
There are many different versions of wireless microphones and what you intend to use it for will dictate which type you should go for.
The most common type is the basic handheld microphone. These are the best choice for general purpose speaking because everyone knows how to use one and they are easy to hand around between many different people.
Performers or speakers on stage will often want to use a headset microphone. This is because it leaves your hands free. Lapel microphones are another type that you will find that are hands free, but generally used in the TV broadcast industry.
We only stock the handheld variety because our hire equipment is mainly used for parties and weddings. If you see someone being mic’d up with a headset microphone for a speech at a wedding then you should probably prepare yourself for someone who takes themselves quite seriously.
Other names for wireless microphones
You may have heard of radio mics, roaming mics, or many other descriptions for what we call wireless mics but they’re all the same thing.
The name radio microphone comes from the fact that they use radio frequency to transmit the sound over the air and they are sometimes called roaming mics because you can roam around the room without having to deal with cables.