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Author Topic: Shure BLX Wireless Microphones - Are they really that bad?  (Read 1477 times)

Stephen Beatty

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Re: Shure BLX Wireless Microphones - Are they really that bad?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 03:34:45 pm »

 They are not bad units for general speaker use. You will not see them at the Grammy's.

 I am at a university so the units we put out have to be PHd proof. I was using the Telex FMR series. And tried the BLX14R units. Inexpensive, rack mountable with external antennas. They work very well for our purpose except for 2 very bad things. You can open the battery door and easily change the frequency and the mic gain. Users have fingers and there you go....

 So what I am deploying to the general classrooms now (thank you FCC) are the Samson Concert 99 series in the 470 MHz range. Very inexpensive, rack mounted, external antennas and no fiddling with the controls other to turn it on and off. You need a tweaker to set mic gain and IR link to the receiver to set the frequency. They sound ok and the body are plastic but seem pretty sturdy. So far the ones we have put out are working ok.
One thing is the Samson's do not get quite the battery time the Shure's do.
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Paul Miller

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Re: Shure BLX Wireless Microphones - Are they really that bad?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2019, 08:18:47 pm »

Another satisfied BLX4R user. I use them with BLX2 handheld transmitters with Beta58 capsules. It's the least expensive wireless I can actually recommend, for the price I don't think there's anything even close.

... a lot of negative comments from the pro community regarding Shure BLX.

For some reason a lot of "pros" turn their nose up at any wireless that comes in under $1000 per channel. They seem to forget that there are lots of use cases where that's either unwise, unfeasible, or both.
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Brian Jojade

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Re: Shure BLX Wireless Microphones - Are they really that bad?
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2019, 01:12:04 am »

For low demand stuff where audio quality/RF reliability aren't critical, they are fine.  ie, use in fitness centers, etc where all you need to do is make some noise they are great.

But, the more critical the event becomes, the more important it becomes to move into the higher end units.  For corporate AV, it's probably worth spending a few extra dollars for the better stuff.
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Re: Shure BLX Wireless Microphones - Are they really that bad?
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