Check out the awesome new GLX-D+ Dual Band to show you why you should upgrade today (2023 Update) 

When you’re choosing a wireless monitoring system for your in-ears or microphone, you can depend on Shure – the only question is you might be wondering is which Shure Wireless System to use.

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 GLX-D and GLX-D Advanced have become mainstays in the live world, we were extremely excited to find out about the newest offering from Shure – the GLX-D+ Dual Band.

Shure manufactures some of the best wireless microphone systems for an array of uses – from houses of worship, schools, traditional live music venues and beyond.

In this blog we’ll be checking out the latest GLX-D+ Dual Band.

2023 Update – Get to grips with the all-new GLX-D+ Dual Band and find out why we think it’s such an awesome addition to the Shure Wireless line-up...

Shure GLX-D+ Dual Band

Shure GLX-D+ Dual Band

iThe all-new Shure GLX-D+ Dual Band range is one of the most functional, convenient, and truly awesome additions to the Shure Wireless range we’ve ever seen.

Just like the original GLX-D Wireless models, the GLX-D+ Dual Band offers the same 2.4GHz frequency range, but with an additional range in 5.8 GHz – hence the Dual Band name.

This means that performers get access to a cleaner and larger spectrum area for reliable performance every time.

With a completely hassle-free setup and simple management of this kit, users can focus fully on the things that really matter. No matter if it’s your first foray into wireless systems or you’re a seasoned gigging musician, you’ll appreciate what this kit offers.

Easily integrated into an existing rig, the GLX-D+ Dual Band is also available with multiple iconic microphone options (including the SM58) in tabletop, half-rack, and guitar pedal system configurations.

The guitar pedal option is already proving popular with the Experts at PMT. The housing is built for touring and can be easily incorporated into your pedalboard (9V DC power). It also includes a new ¼” guitar input and a tuner, making it completely stress-free to get going.

Users can easily switch between two or more transmitters linked to a single receiver, so no matter whether you choose to plug directly into the pedal or go wireless, you can play with complete confidence.

Here’s how the GLX-D+ Dual Band compares to the previous GLX-D discontinued models:

  GLX-D+ Dual Band GLX-D / Advanced - now discontinued...
Range 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz - 2.5x more spectrum Single Band (2.4GHz only)
Naming All Tabletop, Rack, and Frequency Manager are part of the GLX-D+ Dual Band System GLX-D (Tabletop) vs Advanced (Rack Receivers & Frequency Managers)
Guitar Pedal Output 1/4" Connector AND a new input 1/4" Connector Output 1/4" Connector
Battery Life Up to 12 Hours in 5.8GHz operation (usual range) or 17 hours at 2.4GHz Up to 11 Hours

If you’re still not convinced, check out what the PMTVUK team had to say on this awesome new gear:

If you still need to know more about the GLX-D vs GLX-D Advanced, you can find out more below!

What is the main difference between the GLX-D and GLX-D 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 other 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 GLX-D and GLX-D Advanced?

Here’s the major technical differences between the Shure GLX-D & Shure GLX-D Advanced wireless microphone systems.

Frequency Band
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

Receiver Antennas
GLX-D: Permanently attached ¼-wave
GLX-D Advanced: Removable ¼-wave

Rack Mount
GLX-D: URT2 accessory (not included)
GLX-D Advanced: Hardware included

GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced: 4 ms minimum; 7.3 ms maximum

Sampling Rate
GLX-D / GLX-D Advanced: 44.1k

What are the Benefits of using a Shure Wireless System - Why Should I Use a Wireless System?

There are many benefits to using a Shure Wireless System whether for live use in a musical setting, public speaking, a 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...

Of course, the major benefit of using a Shure 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 handheld microphone without the need to stay close to the PA system. It’s complete freedom to move.

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 Wireless Systems offer the clearest sound thanks to proprietary Shure digital wireless technology.

You’ll find you chew through batteries at an alarming rate with some other wireless systems. But not with the Shure Wireless Systems.

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 latest GLX-D+ Dual Band has access to a 2.5x larger spectrum in 5.8GHz for a cleaner connection.

the GLX-D & GLX-D Advanced systems scan for the optimal frequencies at all times which effectively eradicates the chance of 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.

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.

These systems have been designed for an array of uses, so you can enjoy wireless sound whether you want to use a lavalier mic, headset, handheld microphone, or wireless guitar system.

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, upgrades, and 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.