I have been giving information about microphones on my website since I started it. I need to remember that I call it “Mics and Stuff”. Hasn’t been much ‘stuff’ so far. Today I think I’ll talk about some of the other stuff.
When buying microphones, you can buy just the mic or the entire system.(Microphone, Transmitter, Receiver) If you choose to buy them separate I have researched some pretty good transmitters that would be great additions to your studio. I have listed 7 in this post. Most are reasonably priced and some require the purchaser to have deeeeeep pockets. So, here is my list of the best wireless microphone transmitters.
Senal AWS-200P-A Plug-on Transmitter
This is a reliable and versatile wireless transmitter. It is a plug-on used for transmission with any XLR microphone to Senal’s AWS-200-A advanced wireless microphone system. This includes conferences, houses of worship, ENG(electronic news-gathering), interviews, theater production, and concerts. The Senal supplies 48V phantom power over its XLR 3-pin connector. The rugged, metal bodied transmitter offers a range of up to 500ft via its variable RF power output.
Power for the AWS-200P-A can be achieved with two AA batteries, rechargeable NiMH batteries, or USB connection where you can recharge the batteries without removing them. RF interference is minimized with a pilot tone, and proper gain – staging is simple with the adjustable input level. It has a downloadable user manual and comes in at a price of $109.95.
Sennheiser SK 100 G4 Wireless Bodypack Transmitter
This transmitter has a rugged, all metal design. Performers and presenters can wear it daily on stage because of its comfort level. It comes with two AA batteries that provide up to 8 hours of operation. It has a transmission range of up to 330ft.
The SK 100 G4 has an adjustable input level. It features a locking 3.5mm connector for compatible lavalier or headset microphones. An adapter cable can be used for guitar or bass micing. The transmitter can quickly link with the receiver on the same frequency via infrared. This is accomplished when the sync is engaged on the receiver. It has a programmable mute function that can be locked out to prevent accidental changes during a performance.
If you want to mix and match receivers you can do so with the SK 100 G4. It can be used with G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers or body pack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters. The transmitter is also compatible with EW300/500 systems. It has a 2-year limited warranty and is priced at $299.95.
Sennheiser SKP 100 G4 Plug-ON
The SKP 100 G4 easily transfers microphones, with XLR connections, into world – class wireless units. It is fully compatible with all previous series.
Features include an updated high-contrast LCD display, blue sync LCD, and a dedicated escape button. Also, it can be paired with a dynamic microphone and portable receiver for capturing audio in live broadcasts, film, business, and educational applications.
The SKP 100 G4 can be combined with EM 100 G4 or EK 100 G4 receivers. It comes with two AA batteries that give the transmitter a run time of up to 8 hours. It has a 2-year limited warranty and runs in at $299.95.
Shure ULX1 UHF Bodypack Transmitter
This is a highly durable body pack transmitter that is also low profile. It has all the characteristics to meet the demand of high performance. The Shure ULX1 comes with a 9V battery that has an 8 to 9 hour battery life, power/battery LED, PEAK Icon, group/channel displays, MODE button for menu display, SET button for savings settings, adjustable audio gain control, input attenuation switch, 4-pin mini connector, and a belt clip.
It is great for use with head worn, lavalier, and instrument microphones, as well as guitars and basses. Not only does it clip onto your belt but also waistband or guitar strap for excellent hands – free mobility. The Shure ULX1 comes with a 2-year limited warranty and costs $193.
Saramonic TX-XLR9 Plug-On XLR Transmitter
This transmitter works in tandem with the UmMic 9 wireless system. That allows you to connect any XLR microphone to it. The Saramonic TX-XLR9 Plug-On has a UHL frequency range of 514MHz to 596MHz. It has an operating range of 200 feet in areas with obstacles which makes it great for broadcast TV, field recordings, and ENG settings.
The transmitter is compatible with DSLR cameras, and has a +48V phantom power option but normally runs on two AA batteries. It also has an easy to read LCD display and has a display price of $149.
Lectrosonics L Series LT Bodypack Wireless Transmitter
This wireless body pack transmitter operates with a 75MHz tuning bandwidth. It also has a multi-function toggle switch, and the ability to respond to remote commands from smartphone or RM apps. The L series LT can be used for capturing audio for broadcast television, houses of worship, live stage, theater and more. In addition, the transmitter is enclosed in a durable machined-aluminum housing.
You can easily remove the detachable antenna for transportation. The LT has a selectable RF power at 50 to 100 mW, a compatibility mode to ensure the transmitter works well with analog receivers, and a servo microphone input so you can use a microphone or line level inputs. An LCD and membrane switch interface make the LT simple to set up and use. It runs on two AA batteries but the price runs in at $1259.
Lectrosonics SMQV-21 Super Miniature Transmitter with Pouch
Lectrosonics patented Digital Hybrid Wireless technology in a package no bigger than a pager! ( Remember Those??) That’s what you get in the Lectrosonics SMV Super Miniature Wireless Microphone Transmitter. The SMV is small but durable enough to withstand constant daily use in the field or in the studios. To meet extended operating range and battery life demands, the SMV offers selectable UHF frequencies, and accepts electret lavaliere mics, dynamic mics, or line level signals. A DSP – controlled analog audio limiter, with a range of more 30db and a dual – release envelope, is employed before the A-D converter. The dual – release envelope makes the limiter transparent while maintaining low distortion.
The machined aluminum casing is non – corrosive and splash proof. It features an LCD display with membrane switch control panel. The SMV is powered by one AA battery, Lithium, NiMH, or alkaline battery, for up to 7.25 hours of life. This transmitter is compatible with all Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid wireless receivers, and the older Lectrosonics analog receivers.
The SMV has a downloadable user manual and a limited 1-year warranty. This super miniature transmitter is small in size but not in price. It will blowout your pocket book at $1399.
So … Which One Will It Be?
Depending on what you are looking to do, and your bank account, there should be something for everyone in this list of best wireless microphone transmitters. Make sure to take into account the type of microphone you have and receiver. You want to make sure everything is compatible, So when you mic your event you can be sure you are transmitting the best sound possible.