When talking about microphones, there really is a big split still between wireless and their corded counterparts. Some people prefer the ability to wander around the stage knowing that they won’t get in a tangle, while others are happy with a wired version. In this blog we will take a look at some of the pros and cons for each one.
Key Advantages of a Wired System
One of the biggest factors with a wired microphone is that you can roam around as much as you want, without fear in deterioration of signal or loss of output. Of course, you are governed by the total length of the cable, but extension cables can come in hundreds of feet in length when it comes to a microphone. A wireless system will work on a range, although this is usually quite generous, should you roam too far then the signal will just drop out instantly.
If you are using a wired system, you can “hook up” as many different devices as you have ports for. Other instruments, as well as your microphones, will sit happily within these control devices. When it comes to wireless, there can be issues, especially if you are in a signal heavy environment and trying to compete for available bandwidth.
Bandwidth issues can be your greatest foe, when it comes to wireless devices, especially that of microphones. In the worst of cases you might even find that you are simply not able to use as many devices as your controller unit is capable of receiving. Wired systems don’t consume power in the same way that their wireless counterparts do. So, in this respect they are nearly always seen as the more reliable option.
Main Benefits of a Wireless System
One of the biggest advantages to using wireless microphones is that you won’t be tethered to a particular position on stage or wherever you are producing your material. Even if you aren’t planning to cover any real distance during your show, there is a definite benefit to being able to walk around without fear of tripping over your cable.
Given that you don’t have wires to worry about, your stage will look a lot cleaner. This can be an important factor if you are in a band. Others that are also wireless will pose much less risk of tripping up over the cables in the middle of performance.
While it doesn’t happen all of the time, there is a possibility with a wired mic that the user can pick up an electric shock. If you have ever used a wired mic, then it’s likely this has happened to you. Just when your lips touch the mic, you are susceptible to a nasty surge of static energy, which of course is most unsettling indeed. Wireless mics don’t have this as an issue to contend with.
The Wrap Up – Which is Better?
It’s worth understanding that, in most situations, there really isn’t a best way to go. Most setups will include an element of wireless and wired mics, it’s just the way that it is. If you stay wired, then you won’t have to worry about buying fresh batteries all the time; however, you will need to make sure that your cables are handled properly and don’t collect damage along the way.