When getting a wireless microphone for the church, the two most important considerations are the microphone type (handheld or head-worn) and mic quality (as you will need something with low interference and good durability).
Some different considerations need to be taken into account depending on how you want to use it, such as for singing or spoken word.
For singing, you will want a mic with great audio quality and low latency.
If you’re using your wireless microphone for just spoken word, then you may not necessarily be looking for the highest vocal performance, but just something where the spoken word quality will be very strong over the wireless system.
- The 6 Best Wireless Microphones for Church (2021)
- 1. Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual-Channel Wireless System
- 2. Affordable Option – Gemini UHF-6200M UHF Dual Handheld system
- 3. Headset System – Shure BLX14 Headset System
- 4. Single Shure Mic – Shure BLX24 Handheld Wireless System With PG58 Capsule
- 5. Single Sennheiser – Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S
- 6. Headworn Microphone System – Shure BLX14R/MX53 Wireless Headworn Microphone System
- Wireless Microphone – UHF vs. VHF
- Wireless Microphones – Analog vs. Digital
- How Wireless Microphones Work
The 6 Best Wireless Microphones for Church (2021)
1. Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual-Channel Wireless System
Shure is a household name on the wireless microphone market and they’re always a good bet when looking for quality.
This system consists of a Shure BLX288 dual-channel wireless system transmitter, with two PG58 microphones in the set. BLX288 is a system that has in it a BLX88 receiver and two BLX2 transmitters.
The receiver has a tabletop design and is not too large, so it will fit in what space you have for it easily.
The microphones are handheld dynamic microphones, which are good for speaking and singing on stage. They operate on a 300ft (~90 meters) line of sight, which is the range that this system will work if there are no obstacles in the way (like a wall or other large obstacle).
The microphones operate on 2xAA batteries and have a maximum battery life of 14 hours. They come with a handy LED indicator that the battery is nearly empty, which activates once you have one hour of work time left so that you can change them on time.
2. Affordable Option – Gemini UHF-6200M UHF Dual Handheld system
The Gemini UHF-6200 is a dual handheld system that is very budget-friendly. This, however, doesn’t mean that you won’t get quality sound from this set. It works on the UHF frequencies, which is the range that most modern systems work off.
This system works on a 240ft range (75 meters), and its battery life is not the best with up to 4 hours of continuous work, so make sure that you have spare batteries on you.
These microphones are standard dynamic mics and have good, clean sound quality. This is a perfect fit for smaller churches or venues.
3. Headset System – Shure BLX14 Headset System
Sometimes you need your hands to be free, so headset microphones come in very handy. Shure BLX14 is one of the best of these types of mics, as it provides you with excellent quality for a reasonable price.
In it, you’ll find one BLX1 transmitter and a BLX4 receiver, which work great and are very easy to use.
The microphone is a Shure PGA31 wireless cardioid condenser headset microphone, which is great for spoken word and singing. The line of sight range is 300ft (90m) and with obstacles that come down to 100ft (~30m). The battery life is great with around 14 hours of juice from 2xAA batteries.
4. Single Shure Mic – Shure BLX24 Handheld Wireless System With PG58 Capsule
The Shure BLX24 has a BLX4 receiver and BLX2 transmitter combined with a single PG58 capsule.
You can easily control the mic through the transmitter with a 10 dB pad, an on/off ergonomic push-button switch, and a single bi-color LED battery indicator.
The receiver has 12 channels and works on a bandwidth of 524-865 MHz.
The battery life and range are decent, and are all very similar to previous Shure models.
5. Single Sennheiser – Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S
Sennheiser is another household name in the microphone market. The EM 100 G4 receiver in this set offers 1.680 tunable UHF frequencies, always giving you a reception that is free of interference.
Even though you will get only one microphone and transmitter in this set, it is expandable to up to 12 transmitters working at the same time.
The working range is 330ft (100 meters), and its batteries have around an 8-hour life cycle when in operation.
6. Headworn Microphone System – Shure BLX14R/MX53 Wireless Headworn Microphone System
We finish off this list with another Shure headset system. In it, you will find a BLX4R receiver, BLX1 transmitter, and an MX153 microphone.
This microphone is a discreet, omnidirectional condenser earset. It is perfect for discreet wearing when you don’t want to have a microphone distracting the public.
Wireless Microphone – UHF vs. VHF
UHF and VHF are frequency ranges on which these microphones operate. UHF (ultra-high frequency) operates on the 470-805 Mhz range and is by all accounts the better and safer bet when buying a wireless microphone, as there is less chance to get interference in your signal from other devices. Basically, most modern systems work on this frequency range.
Wireless Microphones – Analog vs. Digital
The two main considerations between analog and digital wireless microphones are sound quality and latency.
There are some technical differences here, but you shouldn’t need to worry about them too much. The differences don’t matter too much when getting a church microphone. As long as the mic is of good quality, then either option should be okay.
However, if you want to understand the differences at a high level, then keep reading:
Digital Wireless Microphones
Digital microphones tend to have better audio quality, but sometimes at the cost of latency, depending on the model (a delay between when you speak into the microphone and the resulting sound coming from the amplifier).
Most good quality digital microphones come with latency so low that it’s not recognizable. Longer latency levels are more acceptable for spoken word in comparison to music playing (where much lower latency levels are expected).
Analog Wireless Microphones
Analog microphones have virtually zero latency, but can sometimes be subject to noise or relatively lower audio quality depending on many different factors.
How Wireless Microphones Work
Wireless microphones use transmitters and receivers the same way as a radio does, to simplify it to the core. The microphone is connected to the transmitter, which can come as a built-in component in the body of the microphone or a separate body-held item.
The sound is picked up by the transmitter and sent to the receiver, which converts it to the standard sound signal and outputs it to the speakers.
There are some differences between different makers and their technologies, but as we already mentioned, you shouldn’t really be worried about this as most of the mid-range priced microphones will fit you well for church use.
We hope that this article has helped you find the best wireless microphone for church to suit your needs. There are tons of different models on the market, but any of the options we have listed above should be a great fit.