We look at the main differences between Shure Wireless systems

With the sheer amount of Shure wireless systems out there, it can be hard to decide which option is right for you, which option will suit your needs and how much you really need to spend to get the best result. Fortunately choosing the right Shure wireless system is not actually that complicated once you break it down to a few key bullet points – which is why we’ve done that for you now! If you want a more in-depth technical look, we recommend this blog.  But if you want the basic pros and cons – read on! In this blog, we’re going to look at each wireless system including the BLX systems, GLXD and GLXD Advanced systems to highlight the key points and offer up some insight as to when and why you might want to upgrade. Here's the differences between the Shure Wireless system range, broken down into easy to read bites..

Shure BLX Systems

The Shure Wireless BLX systems are the entry level option for those who want high quality sound straight out of the box and a no-fuss instant wireless connection. This is an ideal option for live speakers and the casual gigging musicians out there. However, it’s worth noting that it does operate on the Channel 38 frequency, which requires a licence at £75 per year. In summary: Best for
  • Beginners
  • Casual giggers
  • Public speakers
  • Entry Level
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Needs a licence
  • Needs AA batteries (not rechargeable)
  • Manually scans frequencies
  • You can only run 7 systems together in CH38 (1 x licence required)

Why would I upgrade to Shure GLXD Wireless system?

If you gig frequently and want the peace of mind that you don’t have to keep buying batteries, and don’t want to have to pay a licence fee every year, then the Shure GLXD Wireless systems are probably a better choice. Let’s break down the reasons why you should consider upgrading:
  • Eg. BLX24UK Vocal System cost = £289, GLXD24UK Vocal system cost £409. For an extra £120, after 2 years it’s paid for itself with the amount of battery life and lack of licence.
  • The licence average cost of BLX is £75 PER YEAR… forever! The GLXD does not require a licence.
  • Rechargeable batteries that fit into receiver
  • 10,000 hours of rechargeable power equivalent to 2,500 AA batteries
  • Just £45 for rechargeable battery. When you think about it, 2500 AA batteries cost around £1041 (based on pack of 24 @ £10) – so you save a LOT of money!
  • License free (yep, free!)
  • Clean frequency
  • Switches automatically to optimal channels
  • No loss of quality
  • Scans constantly for safest/best channel – essentially bulletproof frequencies

Shure GLXD Wireless Systems

The Shure GLXD Wireless Systems have been designed for those who need a completely professional set up that is portable, reliable and is packed full of features designed for regular gigging musicians. Overall the Shure GLXD Wireless Systems present an opportunity for professional bands, church sound systems, public speakers and more to enjoy high quality sound with quick and automatic set ups between receivers and transmitters as well as rechargeable batteries so you’re never caught out without power. In fact, the batteries can actually be charged on the receiver unit whilst the microphone/bodypack is not in use. You can even charge one battery and use another at the same time. Probably best of all, is the fact you do not need a licence to use the unit, saving you at least £75 per year. In summary: Best for
  • Regular gigging musicians, cabaret bands, public speakers, small churches
  • Musicians/Speakers who gig at least once a week.
  • Those who don’t ever want to upgrade or expand their set
  • Those who don’t need rack units
  • Automatic scanning and connection between receiver and transmitter
  • Uses 2.4ghz frequency (Wi-Fi) available worldwide – can be used worldwide
  • Uses rechargeable lithium ion battery that can be charged on the receiver
  • Can be charged via USB, in car, at home on computer
  • Fully charged = 16 hrs battery life, 15 mins = 1 ½ hrs charge (enough for a gig)
  • Saves you up to £100 a year on batteries
  • Better sound than a cable
  • Constantly searches for optimal frequency and switches to best frequency should interference occur
  • 30 meters line of sight connection
  • Higher up-front cost (but you do save £££ in the long-run)

Why would I upgrade to Shure Wireless GLX-D Advanced?

If you need a larger array of units and want to be able to install a selection of wireless units within a rack system for easy access, then you should consider upgrading to the GLX-D Advanced Wireless systems. Let’s break down the reasons why you should consider upgrading:
  • Shure GLXD24UK / SM58 Digital Wireless Microphone System cost = £409 (cannot be mounted in a rack)
  • Shure GLX-D Advanced GLXD24R/SM58 Wireless Microphone System = £519 (can be mounted in a rack and expanded
  • For an extra £110 you can expand your setup and not have to worry about upgrading again
  • Better RF (Radio Frequency) and connection thanks to metal casing
  • If you need a bigger set up (up and over 6 receivers)
  • For use with multiple speakers, multiple musicians who need their own receivers
  • Ideal for Church sound systems and multiple speakers/musicians
  • Easily include frequency manager (Shure GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager UA846Z2) £519.00 – simple plug and play – automatic detection of ALL transmitters (mics, guitars etc)

Shure GLXD Advanced Wireless Systems

The Shure GLXD Advanced Wireless Systems are designed for larger setups and those who need the option to expand their wireless offering should they need an array of different musicians or vocalists to perform. The Shure GLXD Advanced Wireless Systems are all designed to be installed within a rack system and to work with the Shure GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager UA846Z2 which automatically connects all receivers to each transmitter within 6 seconds (usually less!). They also operate on the licence free frequencies so you don’t ever have to worry about paying for a licence. In summary: Best for
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Music venues
  • Touring bands/productions
  • Theatres
  • Education
  • Metal casings = better RF quality (better connection and Radio Frequency)
  • All rack mountable
  • Switch on and automatically connects transmitter to receiver
  • No setup involved
  • Designed to be used with frequency manager
  • Allows for upgrade – i.e. perfect if you want to be able to expand set up further down the line
  • Can be used with Shure GLX-D Advanced PA805Z2-RSMA Passive Directional Antenna to enhance range
  • Can only be linked with up to 6 receivers
  • Needs another frequency manager if you want to use 11 systems

Still struggling to figure out which Shure Wireless system is right for you? Call us today and let us help you.

If you're still unsure as to which Shure Wireless system is right for you or want to know more about the differences between the Shure Wireless Systems, speak to our team of PA experts and let us help you find the right option for your needs. Our team of PA experts can talk you through each aspect of your wireless microphone system, from initial setups to upgrades to finding the best option for your live setup, church sound system, school PA and more. Call us today on 0151 448 2089 to discuss your needs or call in to your local PMT store to speak to one of our dedicated PA experts. Want to know more? Need to know how to use a wireless guitar system? View our complete guide to wireless systems and frequencies in our blog. View a complete selection of Shure wireless systems & Shure Wireless Microphone Systems over at PMT Online or call in to your local PMT store today to discuss the best options for your live needs.