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With a wireless microphone, you can move around on stage freely, and what's more, you won't have to worry about tripping over a mess of cables. In this category, we differentiate between handheld, headset and lavalier microphones. Wireless handheld mics are designed to be held so the vocalist can determine the distance from the mic for optimal sound and intonation. If you want to keep your hands free, however, you may want to go for a headset or a lavalier microphone. Headset mics fit securely on a performer's head, while lavalier microphones can be attached to their clothing, or even their face or hairline. Many wireless systems have built-in battery packs that can be recharged by means of a docking station, while other models work on regular batteries. We offer complete systems as well as separate components like individual microphones, receivers or transmitters.
Please note: here is a short explanation about the difference between the Shure PG, PGX, SLX, ULX and UHF-R systems. The PGX allows up to 6 systems at once while the SLX allows up to 12. The PG Wireless is a great entry-level model and allows 4 systems at once. We recommend you determine how many systems you want to use simultaneously, and whether or not you want to expand on that in the future.
There is also a difference between the systems' compression ratio, which is when the audio signal is compressed, transmitted, then uncompressed by the receiver. Shure's higher-quality systems have a better compression ratio. With UHF-R, the compression ratio is dependent on the incoming audio source and results in a more dynamic (meaning the difference between loud and soft) signal. For speech, this is less important than for vocals, however. What's more, an average PA system can't handle such a broad dynamic range.
Furthermore, all Shure bodypacks have the same connectors, which means that you can optionally purchase and connect a separate (higher-quality) lavalier or headset. The heads of their handheld transmitter mics are replaceable, so you could even attach a Beta 87 head to a PG transmitter mic, although we wouldn't recommend it. From the SLX system onwards, all systems are built up of a separate transmitter, receiver and a microphone.
To sum up, the order of these systems from entry-level to professional would be: PG, PGX, SLX, ULX en UHF-R.