Even when wireless microphones had for all intents and purposes replaced wired microphones as the sound amplification device of choice almost everywhere, Bob Barker, long-time host of television game show The Price is Right, refused to give up his wired mic because he considered it part of his signature. Bob Barker was a one of a kind entertainer, but he may have been missing out on some great technology. Whether you plan on becoming the next Bob Barker or not, before making a purchasing decision, it’s worth it to consider whether the wired or the wireless microphone is right for you?
Wireless microphones are perfect for the mobile, energetic performer. With wireless microphones, there are no wires to trip over (what performer hasn’t dreamed up terrifying fantasies of tripping on stage?), and performers who like to get out into the crowd and create some audience interaction are not limited by the length of the wire. You also do not have to worry about another embarrassing situation – being caught speaking into a microphone when you thought it was off. Most wireless microphones come with on and off switches and a mute button. Handheld wireless microphones are perfect for the comedian, game show host, or lead singer, but what if you plan on doing something a little different with your wireless microphone?
Luckily for you, wireless microphones come in several different types, perfect for anyone who requires mobility and sound amplification. Are you a fitness instructor or singing drummer? Because you are constantly moving on stage, wireless microphones may seem like a non-option for you. But that’s not true – there are wireless microphones that can be worn on the head, allowing you ease of movement while still amplifying your voice. Worried that a microphone on your head will earn you stares for something other than your stage presence? Don’t think anything of it. Head-worn wireless microphones can be easily concealed under the hair and/or chin without sacrificing any of your star quality.
Or perhaps you don’t move around on stage as much as an aerobics instructor, but still prefer to forego the Bob Barker look and conceal your microphone. Bodypack wireless microphones are the perfect wireless solution for public speakers, instructors, worship leaders, stage actors, and anybody else who wants mobility and concealment in a wireless microphone. Transmitters are concealed on the body, usually on the belt or behind the back, and with them you are able to amplify your voice to a whole room while gesturing, pacing or otherwise engaging the audience without the distraction of a microphone in your hand.
So being able to move around on stage is great and all, but how do wireless microphones work? And, most importantly of all, will you still enjoy the same sound quality with a wireless microphone as you do with a wired microphone?
Basically, a wireless microphone is a device that converts a sound wave signal into an electronic signal that has frequencies within the FM range. When a sound, such as your voice, is input into the wireless microphone, it is also output through a speaker provided within or outside the wireless microphone system. This is accomplished through the transmission of electric waves containing the audio signal from the wireless microphone to a receiver unit.
Though we have talked about wireless microphones as they are used by performers and other people looking to amplify their voices for an audience, wireless microphone technology has expanded into the realm of computers, telephones, portable audio and video devices, and other multimedia devices, such as aircraft headsets. Whether you need sound or voice amplification to speak to an audience or simply to get more efficient use out of your electronic devices, there is a wireless microphone solution out there for almost anyone.