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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Suggestions for headset microphone?

DanL

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Jan 7th, 2016 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking for a headset microphone for some live gig work, and other public speaking uses as well. I don't want a wireless rig (Nady, etc.)

Just need something light, small, low profile, with an XLR connector. Don't want/need the ear phones just the mic - and a chord length of 6 feet is fine...I can daisy chain it with an XLR mic cable to the board/audio interface.

It doesn't have to sound perfect, just decent for this particular project. I'd like to spend under $200.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Dan

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

Built for comfort, not for speed.
Jan 8th, 2016 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Shure makes a decent headset mic. YOU will have to do your own homework. Specifically, I know they offer the same mic in a couple of configurations...wireless connection and XLR, and I am not sure what the different model numbers are other than they are the same basic Shure SM-35. They are sold as "SM-35 XLR" $149 and the "SM-35 TQG" $99.

I "believe" both have the TA4F (wireless connector) and one has an XLR adapter...but YOU need to do your own homework!

"IF" you are looking for a more budget priced headset, seriously consider the less expensive cousin of the SM-35, the Shure WH20 apparently comes in multiple options for around $80.

I have two headset mics (the "wrap around behind the head" style); one is a Shure and the other is "unknown" as there are no markings on the headset. Using decent quality PA and speakers...and using good technique and settings on the graphic and parametric EQ made both sound great...with similar settings.

Keep in mind that a wireless is much simpler for a person "presenting" at any kind of conference, religious service, public speaking event and similar activities...being "tethered" by a 6 ft lightweight cable.

Cables on headset mics are lightweight meaning slightly flimsy to be stepping on where they plug into a DI or some other XLR connector with transformer...because you would not want to run a high Z signal from a microphone more than 15-20 feet.

If BUGET is more important, consider the Shure PGA31...and try to get it with an XLR.

And keep in mind that ALL of these mics are CONDENSER MICS. They will require Phantom Power from some source.

Of course there is the "old school" headset Shure SM-10 for around $140ish.

And I will simply share that the biggest two complaints many have about headset mics are:

1) Inability to use the close proximity effect by moving the hand held or mic stand mounted mic closer and further from the mouth itself. Obviously a headset mic stays exactly where you wear it and you cannot move your mouth further from the mic.

2) EVERYTHING you whisper or say, every cough, every belch goes into the mic and out of the PA speakers.

My band leader used one for 5 years...he loved it. He learned the hard way about "THE MIC IS ALWAYS HOT!" and with his vocal style, mic proximity was a non issue. But he did use his right hand a lot to pull the mic or shield the mic from coughs or comments to the band.

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DanL

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Jan 9th, 2016 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Tony! Great info.

Looking at the Shure WH20xlr which is on the cheaper side of things @ $80. Might start there and see how she goes.

Thanks again man.

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