We pit the Shure GLXD vs GLXD Advanced to show you the major differences between the two and help you make the right choice for your needs
When you’re choosing a wireless monitoring system for your in-ears or microphone, chances are its going to come down to the battle between the Shure GLX-D vs GLX-D Advanced. You can view the full range here.
These industry standard wireless microphone systems offer incredible reliability when you’re performing in venues of all sizes, whether you’re rocking out hitting the big notes, or simply speaking to a room full of people. As both the GLXD and GLXD Advanced are now mainstays in the world of PA and are some of the best wireless microphone systems for the likes of houses of worship, schools and education institutions as well as live venues we thought we look at the differences between the two models.
What’s the main overall difference between the Shure GLXD & GLXD Advanced?
The key difference between the two lies within the rack mounting options. The GLX-D Digital Wireless Systems are not rack mountable, so there’s no official way to mount multiple systems in one rack.
The GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless system has been designed for rack mounting and can be expanded with Frequency Managers, rack mount receiver systems, remote antennas and accessories that make expanding your set up easier. This is why they are far more suited to the like of church PA systems, schools, auditoriums, theatres and musical acts in need of multiple wireless systems.
What are the technical differences between the Shure GLXD & Shure GLXD Advanced microphone systems?
Here’s the major technical differences between the Shure GLXD & Shure GLXD Advanced wireless microphone systems.
- GLX-D: 2.4 GHz
- GLX-D Advanced: 2.4 GHz
- *Country Dependent
Maximum Simultaneous Systems Under Typical Conditions
- GLX-D: 4
- GLX-D Advanced: 9
Maximum Simultaneous Systems Under Optimal Conditions
- GLX-D: 8
- GLX-D Advanced: 11
- *Local RF interference will reduce these numbers.
Maximum Operating Range Under Optimal Conditions
- GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced:
- Indoors: Up to 100 feet (30 m) typical, with a maximum of 200 feet (60 m) under ideal conditions
- Outdoors: Up to 65 feet (20 m) typical, with a maximum of 165 feet (50 m) under ideal conditions
Transmitter DC Power
- GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced: Shure SB902 Rechargeable
- GLX-D: Permanently attached ¼-wave
- GLX-D Advanced: Removable ¼-wave
- GLX-D: URT2 accessory (not included)
- GLX-D Advanced: Hardware included
- GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced: 4 ms minimum; 7.3 ms maximum
- GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced: 44.1k
Benefits of using a Shure wireless system – why should I use a Shure Wireless system?
There are many benefits to using a Shure wireless system whether for live use in a musical setting, public speaking, school PA system or even as part of your complete Church PA sound system. Here’s a few of the key benefits that we think really shine through when you’re using a Shure wireless system as part of your set up.
1. Freedom to move around
Of course, the major benefit of using a Shure GLXD and GLXD Advanced wireless system is the freedom it grants you to move around free of wires and cables. You can effectively roam free at your gig or venue up to 200 ft away from the receiver pack. This is an extremely important aspect that completely changes the way you can perform and get your message across.
If you’re playing an instrument, you don’t have to worry about tripping over wires when you’re hooked up to your amplifier which is ideal for musicians who like to get involved with the crowd. If you’re a public speaker, school teacher or you need to address your congregation, you have the option of attaching a lavalier microphone for hands free operation. Alternatively, you can use a hand-held microphone without the need to stay close to the PA system. It’s complete freedom to move.
2. Superb sound quality
A worry that performers often have is that their cable system might fail, or the connection has become faulty without their knowing. Of course, with good quality cables this is quite rare but it’s a risk you can definitely do without in a live scenario. Fortunately, the Shure GLXD and GLOXD Advanced wireless systems offer the clearest sound thanks to proprietary Shure digital wireless technology.
Both systems utilise the free 2.4ghz frequency (Wi-Fi) which is available worldwide. And since there’s very little chance of you ever being away from a Wi-Fi signal, you’re always going to be hooked up to a signal. In fact, thanks to the direct signal, you’re actually going to enjoy a better signal than you would being hooked up via cable – there’s no wires or construction faults to think about.
3. Lithium-ion Rechargeable batteries
You’ll find you chew through batteries at an alarming rate with some other wireless systems. But not with the Shure GLXD & GLXD Advanced systems. Each system utilises rechargeable lithium ion batteries that can be charged on the receiver when not in use. This provides up to 16 hours of battery life after a full charge and 1 ½ hrs charge (enough for a gig) after just 15 minutes!
These batteries provide 10,000 hours of rechargeable power equivalent to 2,500 AA batteries. When you think about it, 2500 AA batteries cost around £1041 (based on pack of 24 @ £10) – so you save a LOT of money over time.
4. Automatic frequency management
Whilst the 2.4ghz frequency (Wi-Fi) is fairly bulletproof when it comes to quality of signal, sometimes drop outs can happen and interference can creep in. It’s extremely rare but this is the nature of these frequencies. Fortunately, the GLXD & GLXD Advanced systems scan for the optimal frequencies at all times which effectively eradicates the chance sof drop outs and interference happeneing. The systems scan the airwaves constantly and changes to an optimal channel seamlessly should it detect any kind of interference. This ensures your sound is consistent, strong and uninterrupted at all times.
5. Run multiple systems together
If you have a larger band set up with many vocalists, speakers or instruments, you’ll be pleased to know that you can run multiple systems together – ideal for big bands, church sound systems and more.
The GLX-D can run up to 8 systems with the GLX-D Advanced offering scalability up to 11 systems with the addition of the Shure GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager UA846Z2 which offers automatic detection of ALL transmitters (mics, guitars etc) and instant syncing.
6. Options for lavalier, hand held and wireless guitar systems
The GLXD and GLXD Advanced systems have been designed for an array of uses so you can enjoy wireless sound whether you want to use a lavalier mic, headset, hand held microphone or wireless guitar system.
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.
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