I find boom microphones uncomfortable and physically restraining when singing. I mean, you're tethered two inches from the damn things, your head, and mouth, literally stuck to a wind sock. Not necessary!
Just got a Shure wireless headset and am I glad. It totally frees you up from worrying about distance from the mic, or even thinking about the darn mic. And when you're singing, the last thing you need to be is rooted in one spot for minutes or hours. I don't know why so many stage performers stick with boom mics...not me any more.
The Shure Performance Gear PG30 costs about $300, and that includes the headset, belt pack, and power pack, so it's really plug and play; I had it operating within five minutes and didn't even read the instructions...a man, you know.
It works flawlessly and the sound is as good as my Shure Beta 58 which is the performance workhorse of all time. I'm sure the PG30 can't be used as a hammer like the Beta 58, but I don't really want to drive nails with my mics, so not to worry about it being a little less durable.
Following is relevant info, but if you're tired of banging into mic stands and feel deprived that you can't move when you sing or deliver a talk, go wireless...you will not be sorry.
A comprehensive first step into professional wireless, the Shure PG14/PG30 Wireless Headset System is engineered to the same uncompromising quality standards as PGX, SLX, ULX and UHF-R wireless systems. Marrying superior sound quality and stage-proven endurance with advanced features like Internal Antenna Diversity and frequency select-ability, Performance Gear Wireless fulfills the promise of independent, confident performance in freedom from the wire.
- Reliable wireless performance
- Up to 8 compatible systems (across multiple bands)
- Shure's patented Predictive Diversity ensures continuous reception
- Confident, portable setup
- Internal Antenna
- First in the industry
- Internal 1/4 wave antennas minimize poor positioning and breakage
- Durable construction
- Superior sound quality
- Variable companding ratio for clear sound
- 80 years of microphone expertise
Headset Condenser Microphone
- Comfortable wireframe for secure fit
- Smooth, natural frequency response comparable to quality handheld microphones
- Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes
- Omni-directional polar pattern
- Internal Antenna Diversity
- Up to 10 selectable channels
- 8 compatible systems (multiple bands vary per country)
- 1/4 in. and XLR output
- Power, mute and battery status LED
- Power and mute switch
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