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Author Topic: Entry-level wireless mic for exercise instruction: Shure BLX, PGDX, or...?  (Read 874 times)

Matt Staroscik

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My wife has a small hobby business doing exercise instruction. It's time to move on from the crummy Nady wireless mic we started her with, and get something more durable.

I could really use some recommendations for a quality 1 channel wireless mic for speech. I know Shure is a pretty safe bet... but I don't know the ins and outs of the lineup, or much about options in other manufacturers.

The mic will mostly be used in suburban rec rooms and yards, where even cheap Nady 900 MHz analog and digital gear has not had problems with interference. It is possible it might get taken to a downtown venue with a more hostile RF environment. Durability/reliability is more important than sound quality in this application. 

I am looking at the Shure BLX, and wondering if the PGXD is worth an extra $100. I'm open to other manufacturers if there is anything else I should consider.

Budget is up to $500. Of course I don't want to spend more than I have to, but I want a long-term investment, and I am generally happy to spend a little more for reliability and flexibility.

Thanks much if you have any guidance.

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Jason Raboin

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Samson Airline series has a few options where the transmitter is built into the headset which is preferable for fitness classes..  That's what the spin studio I go to has and it's fine.
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Mike Caldwell

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The all in one headset transmitter combo eliminates the failure point of a headset cable that connects to the transmitter pack, and they will fail, even faster with exercise instruction use.

If you go with the BLX get the "R" version for a better receiver.

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Thanks guys, I will investigate the all in one headset option.

Does the rackmount BLX have better electronics, or are the improvements the quality of the case and detachable antennas?


Edit to add: The Airline 99 or 88x loo like really good options. She loves the idea of no bodypack. They aren't making it easy to figure out what the differences are between their two exercise-related headsets, though. The mics have different pickup patterns but I am not sure if it really means anything.
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Does the rackmount BLX have better electronics, or are the improvements the quality of the case and detachable antennas?


I going to say the electronics are better, the metering is handy, quality of the case is much better as are the external antennas.

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After discussing it with my "client," looks like we will try Samson. She's totally sold on the lack of a bodypack.

I am leaning towards the 88x as the headset looks more durable.

Now to figure out D (542-566 MHz) or K (470-494 MHz). Well, according to this report from Sennheiser's tool (http://sennheiser.us/freqfinder/index2.html) I at least have one slice of green in K. The data is a couple of years old but it is the best I can find.

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The data is a couple of years old but it is the best I can find.
This particular data a coupe of years old is completely useless. There has been an auction of RF spectrum and a repack of all the TV stations that will be complete July 13, and is for all intents and purposes complete now that changed all that data.

If you post the zip code you will be using the mic in someone here can check more up to date information for you.

Mac
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This particular data a coupe of years old is completely useless. There has been an auction of RF spectrum and a repack of all the TV stations that will be complete July 13, and is for all intents and purposes complete now that changed all that data.

If you post the zip code you will be using the mic in someone here can check more up to date information for you.

Mac


You have to admit Mac, somebody outside of the business caring about frequency coordination and legality?  Be still my heart.

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Matt Staroscik

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If you post the zip code you will be using the mic in someone here can check more up to date information for you.

That would be super helpful, thanks! I'm in 98072 and that's where the vast majority of use would be.

If it matters, nearest metro area is Bellevue WA (98004) at ~12 miles, and I am ~25 miles from Seattle (98104).

I'm a ham guy so I'm in to following rules. ;)
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That would be super helpful, thanks! I'm in 98072 and that's where the vast majority of use would be.

If it matters, nearest metro area is Bellevue WA (98004) at ~12 miles, and I am ~25 miles from Seattle (98104).

I'm a ham guy so I'm in to following rules. ;)

https://www.rabbitears.info/search.php?request=zip_search&zipcode=98072&miles=60&address=&lat=47.7742762&lon=-122.1358875&dbtype=dBm&height=

https://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=35862&sorting=physical
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 05:26:59 pm by Tim McCulloch »
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