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Wireless Systems (or radio microphones) as the name suggests enables the performer or presenter to move without the burden of a cable. This has become the main choice for most professional players today, and decreasing prices and increasing reliability are helping to make wireless even more popular. PMT Online features a huge selection of all the best Wireless Microphones, Wireless Instrument Systems and In-Ear Monitor Systems, from brands such as Shure, Sennheiser, AKG, Samson & many others. Orders over £99 are eligible for FREE Next Day Delivery, or, if you prefer, to Reserve & Collect In-Store!
Wireless microphones work as a transmitter sending the signal to a receiver, which can then be plugged directly into your mixer or mixing desk. Wireless systems are available on VHF (very high frequency) and UHF (ultra high frequency) bands. UHF systems have less interference due to the wider frequency range they can operate on, ideal for professional and large scale use, however the technology used in VHF is generally more affordable. Handheld systems are popular for musical performances, and even the classic Shure SM58 has a wireless version!
IEM or in-ear monitoring systems are used for both performers and engineers as a means of referencing other band members and the overall mix of what your audience is hearing, a great alternative to wedge monitor speakers. They often go hand-in-hand with wireless microphone systems, because if you're a singer using a wireless mic, you'll be moving around more, and away from where wedge monitors will be, so IEM is essential in those cases.
Not quite as popular as IEM or wireless microphones... yet! After all, few guitarists can be said to love tangled guitar leads. Another great advantage of using wireless system on your instrument, is that digital wireless in considered a "loss-free" format, so your signal will remain clearer than if going through an ordinary guitar cable. Guitarists usually like to stick to their habits, but those who opt to move forward and go wireless are not going back!