Microphones for Installations

We have spent the time testing many microphones both wireless and wired at all price points to decide what we think are the best options….So YOU don’t have to!

What is the microphone is being used for? Just announcements maybe?  Sometimes the cheapest microphones aren’t always the best value. Although you’ll find microphones at every price point in this section, we have not listed anything below a certain price and we would strongly advise against buying a really cheap microphone, regardless of what it is being used for.

Wired or Wireless? Dynamic or Condenser? Let’s try and help explain!

The simplest and most popular microphones are Dynamic microphones. If you’re requirement is mainly for announcements, in a bar or club, for example, then this is the best choice. Consider buying a microphone that has an ON / OFF switch. This way it can be simply switched off when not in use to prevent any unwanted noise or pops through the speakers. Most singers choose microphones that don’t have ON / OFF switches on, whereas a DJ might.

Condenser microphones work in a different way. They are far more sensitive, less forgiving and generally more delicate. They are mainly found in a studio environment, although some vocalists do like them for their precision.

Radio or wireless microphones generally come with 2 components, the Transmitter and the Receiver. The transmitter is generally built into the handheld microphone section and the receiver is a box that will sit closely to the mixer / amplifier. A wireless microphone gives you the freedom to walk around without having to worry about a cable connected to the microphone. Budget wireless microphones tend to be transmitted using the VHF frequency band. This is licence free to use but has a very narrow band width of 173.7 to 175.1 MHz. This could create a problem with other radio frequency products that use the same frequency band.  A budget twin wireless microphone will work together using 2 different frequencies. Sometimes a 3rd is possible, but not recommended. These are great for announcements or Karaoke. UHF radio microphones are generally of a better quality and are available in licence free and licensed frequencies. The digital (Wi-Fi) frequency band is the latest technology to be available, although not available in all microphone models it is becoming increasingly more popular. These are licence free and operate between 2400 and 2483.50 MHz

More information on issuing licenses and guidance can be found by visiting

PMSE Licensing
2nd Floor Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 9HA

As always, we are happy to advise you on the best microphone for your application. Contact us today if you are unsure.

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