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Continual Progress: A Look At Headworn, Lav & Podium Microphone Options
Although appearing to be relatively simple, a closer look reveals that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.
By PSW Staff • March 6, 2019


At first glance, headset, lavalier and podium microphones all appear to be relatively simple, but a closer look reveals that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.

All three mic types offer many advantages for a range of live sound applications, with manufacturers continuing to come up with further innovations. Let’s have a look at each category.

Headset
Also commonly referred to as “headworn” and “earworn,” these mics are increasingly invisible while allowing complete freedom of movement as well as clear sound and very good gain before feedback. They’re particularly popular in theatrical applications as well as numerous spoken-word applications at houses of worship and corporate events.

They have a stiff-wire structure that loops around one or both of the user’s ears, with a thin adjustable boom extending along the cheek to place the mic capsule off the side of the mouth. It’s important to take care that the mic is not too close to the mouth or it can produce thumping sounds from breath pops.

Recent headset models are outfitted with elements that are extremely small, and they’re usually available in a range of colors to match common skin tones to render them even less visible. For example, the Countryman E6 Earset element is only 1/10 inch in diameter and has snap-on cables for use with a variety of wireless transmitters...

Continue reading here: https://www.prosoundweb.com/channels/live-sound/continual-progress-a-look-at-headworn-lav-podium-microphone-options/
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