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Bob Leonard

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Wireless instrument / guitar system
« on: December 09, 2008, 12:21:05 am »

Who has a recommendation for a wireless instrument / guitar system. It can be from any manufacturer and high or low priced. I'm on a quest.

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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 12:39:44 am »

Anything that doesn't have a plastic pack. To many times I see those things shattered.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 12:51:06 am »

lots of love on The Gear Page for the X2 digital wireless. supposedly its lack of companding makes it "sound like a cable". (i'm not a wireless guitar guy, so i haven't compared myself).
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 01:54:32 am »

I have an X2 from before it was Line6 and I can't speak highly enough of the sound and build quality. My transmitter actually spent a night soaking in water months ago and still works great. It sounds as good as a cable and no weird drop outs, good battery life on the transmitter. I did a full review here http://www.bluegrassforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=13& t=3684 and still stand by the unit.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 09:13:46 pm »

For about 20 years I've been tripping people with my 55 foot cord.  After avoiding guitar wireless for years because of the bad experience I had with an early wireless system I started reading glowing reports about the new fangled X2 including Mark's on this forum and I started inching my way towards one.  Funny how we might blow several hundred dollars on some sound item but it takes months of reading and hand wringing before buying a relatively cheap guitar wireless.  First I went to the local Guitar Center and tried the small foot switch sized one and liked it.  Of course they didn't have any of the bigger better ones to try so another month or two went by with more hand wringing and one day I clicked on a web site with a scratch-n-dent version of the middle one which is what I wanted - BINGO - $300 and I now have the one with 2 antennas!  (The basic prices are normally $300 - $400 - $500 for the 3 different models.)  I made myself a long overdue pedal board with a Voodoolabs Pedal Power 2 Plus power adapter for the various gizmos including the X2 wireless that now lives on the new pedal board.  

In short - it's the bomb and so far has done exactly as it is supposed to do.  Everyone who has heard it or played through it agrees that you can't tell it's there.

I made an extra wire for the transmitter with an angle end 'cause all my guitars use an angle.   These little screw on buggers are kinda hard to come by so here's a link to where I found mine.  

http://www.redco.com/images/full/smlk.jpghttp://www.redco.com/shopexd.asp?id=309
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2008, 09:42:14 pm »

I've been using the first iteration of the X2 wireless with active 5-string electric bass for a few years now and I couldn't be happier. I power the receiver with a wall wart, and burn through a transmitter battery in about six hours.

I normally cut the treble on my instrument's pre-amp, so I haven't bothered to upgrade to a TRS plug to achieve improved HF response; I suppose if I were a guitarist, I'd opt for TRS.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2008, 10:01:31 pm »

OK, I get the message. I have also heard very good thing about the X2 systems, but just like Gene it's tough to break old school habits. Tone is sacred and I won't give it up to a wireless unit. So now that the X2 appears to be the answer other than the obvious that I can see on the web site, what's the real differences between the models. Tone?

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2008, 11:17:08 pm »

Bob Leonard wrote on Tue, 09 December 2008 22:01

OK, I get the message. I have also heard very good thing about the X2 systems, but just like Gene it's tough to break old school habits. Tone is sacred and I won't give it up to a wireless unit. So now that the X2 appears to be the answer other than the obvious that I can see on the web site, what's the real differences between the models. Tone?




Each one has a progressively longer range.  The little one has a lesser "Audio Dynamic Range" than the other 2 - "Greater than 117 dB" vs. "Greater than 118 dB"

When I tried the little one at the store I liked it but of course I wanted the better one.   Go the your local big box store and try the little one - they had a stack of them at ours.

By keeping mine on my pedal board ready to use I can use it or not use it as needed.  (No need to chew batteries if you don't want to walk around)
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2008, 12:06:18 am »

Our bass player has one and loves it.  He's kind of a tone freak with all kinds of high end stuff.  Not sure how it works for guitar.  I also don't know how the battery indication works but he's been caught a couple of times.  It cuts out quite suddenly.
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008, 03:36:53 pm »

AKG has (or used to have) a system called "guitar bug".  it was a small transmitter, a little larger than the 1/4" plug itself, that plugged into the guitar and the reciever was about the size of a small foot-pedal that would fit nicely on the pedal board -- very cool and works great!  the price is very good also.
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