Buyers Guide

A buyers guide to Wireless Systems

In the 60 years since their introduction, wireless microphone systems have developed from experimental devices to the present range of proven technologies. At the same time their use has evolved from a mere performance novelty to a universal feature in productions of every type. Finally, a steadily improving ratio of performance vs. cost has ultimately made the wireless microphone as affordable as it is reliable.

However, even as wireless products have become more capable and accessible, they are being used in ever more complex applications. In addition, the radio environment has become much more crowded and problematic than before. Advances such as digital technology have helped to meet these changing requirements, but challenges are likely to increase. As a result, even simple wireless microphone applications must be designed and installed with care to insure their successful operation.

The scope of this buyers guide is limited to wireless systems used primarily in audio applications. Although most of the examples are given in terms of wireless microphones, the same radio and audio principles apply to wireless in-ear monitors, wireless intercoms, and other similar audio transmission systems. The reader is presumed to be somewhat familiar with typical audio systems.

The purpose of this buyers guide is to provide the interested reader with adequate information to select suitable wireless equipment for a given application and to use that equipment successfully. In addition, it is hoped that the fundamentals presented here will equip regular users of wireless with a framework to assist in their further understanding of this evolving technology.


Introduction   Basic review of how wireless microphones work. Written for the non-geek or first-time user.

Features       To help you decide which Shure wireless system is right for you.

Technical      Continues where "Introduction" leaves off.

How to Buy a Mic    A guide to buying microphones (wired and wireless).