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#1 Adrian Wood

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:22 PM

I am complete beginner to wireless microphones.

I need a budget wireless microphone system to include at 2 lapel mics (with belt packs) along with a handheld mic. This is mainly for giving speeches and for some singing (but not professionally).

It is for venues such as school halls and community centres.

Originally my budget was up to 250, but so as to avoid interference and possible drop outs when walking aorund, I think I really need UHF and diversity or true diversity.

I'm a little worried about some of the budget mics I see advertised as diversity because I think some are possibly misadvertised and are merely 2 aerials set some distance apart which might not actually make much difference. I get the impression that whilst some budget mics might work fine in one venue, they might fail in another one.

I also need to be able to use 3 (and later possibly 4) mics at one time, and would like to be able to therefore have 4 channels available in whatever system I buy - within the 863 to 865 mhz band.

I was orginally thinking of getting either W Audio WPT-202 or Kam kwm1940 systems - either one system with an extra mic or two systems of each. However, from what I've heard I'm not sure that these meet my needs, and I have been told the WPT one is not true diversity and the Kam one is not diversity at all.

So I'm wondering about going for something slightly more expensive, and have seen the following:

A) Three Seinhesser Freeport systems (2 lapel mic systems, one handheld mic) total cost approx 315.

B) Shure pg1288uk/pg185 (lapel and handheld) and Shure PG14/pg185 (lapel) total cost approx 450

C) LD Sweet Sixteen True Diversity system (3 systems, 2 lapel one handhed) total price approx 325. This one sounds good, but I can't find any review of it at all.

So am I making a mistake here, since I need to keep the cost as low as possible, should I go for the W Audio or Kam system - or would the Shure, Seinhesser or LD system be significantly better?

Which of the three systems above would be best (and is the Shure worth so much extra)?

If any of you have any of these systemsor similar, how have you found them?

Would you actually go for something else altogether? Note I really don't want to spend more than 400 unless its going to make a really big difference for a small extra cost.

A salesman has recomended the Seinhesser system - although he says it is not true diversity. From what I read on the internet, it seems it has two feeds to the receiver, one from each aerial, and the electronics choose the feed that has the best signal; so whilst it doesn't have two separate receivers, its still probably quite good - better than a normal passive diversity system. I could be completely wrong here - as I said I'm a complete novice! I have also seen many good reviews of this system, though one or two bad ones.

Another salesman recommended the Sweet Sixteen system, but I'd like more than just one salesman's opinion.

Any advice / guidance would be much appreciated. I'm disinclined to visit a shop as I think that would automatically mean I go way overbudget. I also need to make a decision within the next few days because of an event that is coming up soon.




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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:25 PM


I went for the Kam system myself by recommendation, and it was been one of the best bits of kit i've purchased. Really really gfood for the money.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 07:42 AM

QUOTE(Norfolk DJ @ Nov 13 2008, 09:25 PM) View Post

I went for the Kam system myself by recommendation, and it was been one of the best bits of kit i've purchased. Really really gfood for the money.


Have you ever compared it to more expensive kits such as in my list above?

Have you ever suffered from interference or drop outs since it isn't a diversity receiver?

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:01 AM

I do a lot of conferences and swear by the DB tecnologies stuff. DO NOT buy the 901 systems, pay slightly more and go for the 910 series, these are UHF and truely amazing.These are hand helds and I use 5 of them.

For lapels I use TOA, absolutely no drop outs and good sensayivity. You have to be a bit creative with the EQing of lapel mics though, they were never really designed for PA use, more broadcast and recording. They will pick up feedback quite easily due to their polarisation pattern.

Personally I would not reccomend the KAM systems to anyone.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:36 AM

I use the Kam KWM1940 uhf wireless twin mic system and have never had a problem with drop outs. They have been used for both speeches and vocals without a problem.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 12:17 PM

I have recently bought Citronic ultima and what a good system it is
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:51 PM

I use a KAM twin set for karaoke on a regular basis. Never any problems and great feedback (not that kind) from customers.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 06:41 PM

QUOTE(Adrian Wood @ Nov 14 2008, 07:42 AM) View Post

Have you ever compared it to more expensive kits such as in my list above?

Have you ever suffered from interference or drop outs since it isn't a diversity receiver?


No interference problems and a mate of mine has bought a set since using mine and prefers it to his SM58.





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