The Best Wireless Microphone System Guide - Handheld

The Highest Rated Wireless Microphones

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Wireless mics are everywhere. Their usefulness during performances is unparalleled, especially ones of the highest quality. However, those that aren't up to par are marred by reliability issues, build issues, interference, and other anxiety inducing problems that can ruin performances.

What you get with using only the best is peace of mind on stage and behind the mixer. The best wireless mic systems have a vast range, great build quality, and other useful features.

One thing to be aware of; make sure that you check frequency compatibility if you're adding more wireless systems to your existing setup which may also include Wireless Guitar and In-Ear Monitors.

Without further ado, we present to you The Best Wireless Microphone Systems as of November 2022.

The Best Wireless Microphone Systems - 2022.11

Author & Contributors

Raphael PulgarRaphael Pulgar

I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.

Best Wireless Microphone System With 4 Mics

VocoPro UHF-5805 900MHz

95
GEARANK

95 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$689
VocoPro UHF-5805 Rechargeable 4-Channel UHF Wireless Microphone System
At publication time this was the Highest Rated Wireless Mic System with 4 Mics.

Cons

  • No indicator of range - might not be usable in large venues

Pros

  • Great value for 4 mics
  • Fast Charging
  • Easy to use

The Vocapro UHF-5805 900MHz features a four-channel rackmount receiver and four wireless mics in a package that ensures easy and hassle-free operation.

The package includes 2 dual mic chargers for fast charging and an aluminum travel case.

It earns a high Gearank score thanks to its simplicity and ease of use. The charge time is also surprisingly fast.

One thing to note is the unit's range: there is no indicator of the range of the unit on any of the promotional materials. This shouldn't be a problem in small venues or if the receiver is just next to the stage, but for larger venues, this might not be the best option.

Despite that con, If you need a no-nonsense 4-mic wireless set for small events, The VocoPro UHF-5805 900MHz is a good purchase.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 40Hz–16kHz
  • Receiver frequency: UHF 900MHz
  • Range: Not Specified
  • Four XLR outputs and a 1/4’’ audio output jack
  • 4 individual XLR mic outputs and 1-1/4" mixed output
  • 2 dual microphone chargers
  • Rugged 1RU metal receiver chassis

Best Wireless Microphone Systems With 2 Mics

Shure BLX288/PG58

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 950+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$549
Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Handheld Wireless Microphone System

Cons

  • No mute/power button

Pros

  • Solid Shure build quality
  • Long battery life
  • Good sounding PG58 capsule

Shure have combined their budget dual BLX receiver with their budget PG58 microphone to produce a reasonably affordable 2-mic system.

The PG58 has a frequency response similar to the famed SM58 with a slightly different upper midrange and treble lift.

Multiple frequency band options are available for those who want to set up multiple units without conflict.

The Shure brand never fails to impress with their build quality and ruggedness. Those qualities extend to the BLX288/PG58 set. Battery life is also above average which makes it a good fit for longer performances.

While the PG58 mic capsule is a step down from the SM58 in terms of both sound and ruggedness, it's a very marginal compromise for the value of the system at this price point.

Another thing worth noting is the lack of a mute or power button on the mics. This would have been a good feature to give control to the performer with regards to muting.

While this is the cheapest way to get two Shure wireless mics, it may still be above the average mic users' budget. Still investing in this system is highly recommended, especially when considering its sound quality and longevity.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 60Hz to 15kHz
  • Receiver frequency - can be bought in the following UHF bands:
    • H10 Band (542 - 572 MHz)
    • H11 Band (572 - 596 MHz)
    • H9 Band (512 - 542 MHz)
    • J11 Band (596-608 + 614-616 MHz)
  • Range: Up to 300 feet
  • Balanced XLR and non-balanced 1/4" output
  • 12 channels.

Shure BLX288/SM58

96
GEARANK

96 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$649
Shure BLX288/SM58 Dual Channel Wireless Handheld Microphone System
At publication time this was the Highest Rated Wireless Microphone System with 2 Mics.

Cons

  • Transmitters are a bit flimsy

Pros

  • Tried and tested Shure SM58 Mics
  • Large coverage
  • Great battery life

2-mic systems like the Shure BLX288 / SM58 are specifically designed for bands with just one or two singers.

It features two handheld transmitters based on the iconic SM58 capsule.

Each transmitter runs on two AA batteries with up to 14 hours of use and a transmission radius of up to 300 feet.

This system includes a BLX88 dual-channel wireless receiver with an easy 1 button setup and can work with up to 12 compatible systems per frequency in case you want to add more wireless systems.

It's not hard to say that everyone has used an SM58 at least once in their careers. The microphone is just that: a wireless SM58. I know it sounds simply described but the microphone has zero differences with the XLR version; and this is actually a good thing considering the legendary status of the SM58. For the transmitter and receiver, it has an impressive range and signal consistency within the advertised range with very little fallout just skirting the periphery of it.

In contrast to the mic, the transmitters are a bit flimsy but that's just a minor caveat compared to what you get with the package.

If you want a 2-mic wireless system that has the same audio quality as the iconic SM58, then there's nothing better than getting the actual mic, adapted for wireless use, from Shure themselves.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 50Hz to 15kHz
  • Receiver frequency - can be bought in the following UHF bands:
    • H10 Band (542 - 572 MHz)
    • H11 Band (572 - 596 MHz)
    • H9 Band (512 - 542 MHz)
    • J11 Band (596-608 + 614-616 MHz)
  • Range: Up to 300 feet / 91.44 meters
  • 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
  • Up to 12 compatible systems per frequency band
  • One-touch setup
  • Table Top form factor

Best Wireless Microphone Systems With 1 Mic

Shure BLX24R/SM58

95
GEARANK

95 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$429
Shure BLX24R/SM58 Handheld Wireless Microphone System

Cons

  • No mute button for mic

Pros

  • Best value wireless system with an SM58 Mic
  • Receiver can accommodate more mics if needed
  • Wide range

This comes with the classic SM58 mic capsule.

The BLX range of receivers provides 96 selectable frequencies and a maximum of 12 compatible systems simultaneously. This setup offers enough versatility for most acts and venues.

If you're among those that haven't tried an SM58 yet, it's a great sounding dynamic microphone with just the right amount of high end for clarity without starting to induce feedback. The BLX24R is also a widely capable receiver that's expandable should you get more mics in the future.

It has an on/off switch but no mute button, which may be a problem for some who want an instant muting function without fiddling with a slider.

If you are mainly going to be using your wireless mics in a typical band setting, then the BLX24R/SM58 is hard to beat. This is the lowest priced rack-mountable wireless system currently with a Shure SM58 mic capsule.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 50Hz to 15kHz
  • Receiver frequency - can be bought in the following UHF bands:
    • H10 Band (542 - 572 MHz)
    • H11 Band (572 - 596 MHz)
    • H9 Band (512 - 542 MHz)
    • J11 Band (596-608 + 614-616 MHz)
  • Range: Up to 300 feet
  • Balanced XLR and non-balanced 1/4" output
  • 12 channels.
  • Rack mountable 1U (half-rack)

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Rex and the Bass Rex 94/100
Audiofanzine (French) feeline 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S

97
GEARANK

97 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$749
Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S Wireless Handheld Microphone System
At publication time this was the Highest Rated Wireless Mic System for 1 Mic.

Cons

  • A bit pricey for a single mic system

Pros

  • Great features that give peace of mind on stage
  • Pristine sound quality perfect for singers that perform with the mic up close
  • Tight polar pattern keeps ambient noise manageable

The Sennheiser EW 100 G4-835-S combines tried and tested mic design with versatile UHF frequency control.

It comes with the SKM 100 G4-S handheld transmitter mic, which features a frequency response of 80Hz-18kHz, ideal for vocalists, and it has a tight cardioid polar pattern for good background noise reduction on stage.

The system can be tuned to work within a 42MHz switching bandwidth, and it allows up to 12 frequencies for quick switching and testing.

One standout feature of the receiver is its pilot tone squelch, which eliminates RF interference when the transmitter is turned off. Other noteworthy features include automatic frequency scan, built-in equalizer, soundcheck mode, and auto-lock function for preventing accidental changing of parameters.

The Sennheiser stands out for its pristine sound quality. In contrast to the Shure SM58 and its kin, Sennheiser slightly pulls in the lower midrange to avoid the boxiness usually associated with singers or speakers speak too closely to the capsule. For singers with the (bad) habit of cupping the mic, the Sennheiser house sound is a great fit. The stability of its wireless connection also deserves praise, as well as the solid feel of both the handheld transmitter and compact receiver.

One thing that might deter from the system is the price: I do think that the price puts it out of the range of many, but if you're a serious soloist that prefers to sing close to the mic, this set is the best choice.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 80Hz to 18kHz
  • Receiver frequency - can be bought in the following UHF bands:
    • A1 Band (470 - 516 MHz)
    • A Band (516 - 558 MHz)
    • G Band (566 - 608 MHz)
  • Range: Up to 330 feet / 100.59 meters
  • Output: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • 1680 frequencies within a 42MHz switching bandwidth
  • Integrated Equalizer
  • Half Rack Profile

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
YouTube The Angry Sound Tech 95/100
Mixdown Editor 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Budget Single Mic System

While this isn't part of our official recommended list above, it's a reasonable option for those on a tight budget.

TONOR TW-620

88
GEARANK

88 out of 100. Incorporating 2050+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$43
TONOR TW-620 Handheld Wireless Microphone System

Cons

  • Not the best at feedback suppression

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Good build and sound quality at this price point
  • Decent battery life

The TONOR TW-620 is a compact, 1 mic wireless system that features 200ft of operation (within line of sight) and a maximum of 8 hours of operation on 2 AA batteries.

It's a simple system with not much in the way of features but it's surprisingly decently built with a good, consistent range. Battery life is also decent as well.

Though it's a bit too much to expect top tier quality from the TW-620, for singers on a budget or still starting out, it does an adequate job of avoiding reliability and sound quality issues that usually plague wireless mics at this price point.

Without additional feedback suppression features however, you might need to be extra careful around monitors. This shouldn't be a problem in most cases.

If you need a plug and play wireless microphone but unsure of what to get among the sea of generic wireless mics on the market today, the TONOR TW-620 is a consistent favorite for budget wireless mic sets.

Features

  • Mic frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Receiver frequency: 902.8MHz to 914MHz
  • Range: Up to 200 feet / 61 meters
  • 1/4’’ audio output jack
  • 15 adjustable channels
  • 6-8 hour battery life

Things To Consider When Buying a Handheld Wireless Microphone System

Number of Channels

This determines the maximum number of compatible systems you can use at the same time. For example, if you need to use 20 wireless mics then you'd need 20 channels so you can run 20 systems simultaneously.

Range

The ranges presented above are for line of sight where you can see the receiver from where you are using the mic. If you are going to have obstacles, such as walking around a crowd of people as you might in a theater restaurant or house of worship, then it's best to get one with at least twice the range as the actual distance to the receiver. For the kinds of gigs, most bands play you won't need to go beyond 150 feet.

Receiver Frequency

If you, or someone else nearby, are using other wireless systems for mics or instruments, then be sure to check which frequencies they use and get a new wireless mic system that runs on a different frequency range. You can find the frequency in your manual or printed on the back of your receiver.

Analog vs Digital

Theoretically, digital systems should provide slightly less noise at long range and slightly better dynamic and frequency response. The reality is that for most music and worship applications the analog systems are often rated higher than their more expensive digital cousins. There is one significant functional difference - if you need to encrypt the signal then you have to go digital, but that's not a concern for most common uses.

An Important Note About Buying Systems Made Before The 2020 FCC Regulations

All the wireless systems we recommend with the frequency bands listed above are compliant with the FCC regulations that came into effect during July 2020. This shouldn't be a problem if you buy a new mic. If you aim to buy a model that we have recommended, but are browsing the used market for one in a different frequency band to what we have presented, then be very careful in your selection if you want to be able to use it in the United States.

Best Wireless Microphone Selection Methodology

The first edition was published in 2016 and the current edition was published on November 30, 2022.

For this 2022.11 edition, we placed 59 systems on our short-list and ended up gathering more than 25,900 reviews, ratings, and comments for analysis. We processed this massive amount of data with the Gearank Algorithm to produce the rating scores out of 100 you see above, with our recommendations being based on their Gearank Ratings. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Raphael PulgarRaphael Pulgar

I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.

Wireless mics have always been a hit or miss for me depending on the event, venue and provider. My worst experiences were with no-name wireless systems that either cut out, get a lot of interference or just stop working on stage. It's always a hassle to deal with things like this and even when soundcheck goes alright, there's a lingering expectation that one of the cheap units fail. Choosing something like a wireless mic system for the stage is a very important decision for these reasons. The best, hassle-free experiences I've had were with Shure and Sennheiser units but do check out the other options as well especially if the aforementioned units are out of your budget.

Contributors

Alexander Briones: Product research.
Jason Horton: Editing and Illustrating.

Media

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The individual product images were sourced from websites, promotional materials or supporting documentation provided by their respective manufacturers.

Comments

Do you know of a Wireless Mic

Do you know of a Wireless Mic system, UHF, that can accommodate a wired mic?

Could you please compare the

Could you please compare the Samson 288 wireless mic and the GTD wireless microphone system 733.

I need a 4 lav mic system

I need a 4 lav mic system that complete legal and compliant. Working on my senior project and I want to record a series of interviews and skits.

Pheynx Pro is on our short

Pheynx Pro is on our short-list to be considered for the next update of this guide and we recently published a rating for one of their systems which you can see here: Phenyx Pro PTU-5000.

I do public address at

I do public address at sporting events in large gyms where I am mobile. I am in field houses that may be up to 100 yards long. What is the best system that has the best and largest receiver length?

Today we removed the

Today we removed the following system from our recommended list because the only remaining version available from the manufacturer is not compliant with the new FCC regulations: GTD Audio 622H.

The updated version, G-622H,

The updated version, G-622H, is now FCC compliant and has been reincluded in our recommended list as part of our March 2018 update.

hi. i am vietnamese, i am a

Hi. I am Vietnamese, I am a teacher so I would like to find a device that supports my teaching job which can use wifi, USB, MEMORY STICK, AND THE FIRST IMPORTANT IT MUST BE SMALL AND LIGHT, IT MADE IN jAPAN OR AMERICAN

This application is too far

This application is too far outside the use cases that we know about and research here at Gearank.com. Maybe one of our other readers will have advice for you, but most people using this guide do so for stage related purposes or something rather similar to that.

The new FCC rulings no longer

The new FCC rulings no longer allow the use of 600MHz range for wireless microphones. Would you update your recommendations?

This guide has now been

This guide has now been updated to reflect the FCC regulations that come into effect in 2020.

Looking to buy an affordable

Looking to buy an affordable 4 channel wireless microphone system, to be used mainly for singing and preaching. Which one would you recommend?

The one we recommend is the

The one we recommend is the GTD Audio G-787H but I can see that they're out of stock a the moment.

There is a cheaper one from the same manufacturer, and although it's not on our recommended list, it may suit your needs: GTD Audio G-380H.

The wireless microphone for

The wireless microphone for the [PRODUCT NAME REDACTED] is posted on Amazon. Could you please let know what this system's Gearank score is for your list?

Sincerely,
Hue Nguyen

Sorry but I had to edit your

Sorry but I had to edit your post and remove the product name because we've had problems with advertising spam lately and we don't want to encourage it.

To answer your question, that wireless mic system didn't rate highly enough to make our short list (many of its most favorable reviews are suspicious and possibly fake) so we haven't published a Gearank score for it.

Which is the best Wireless

Which is the best Wireless microphone you would recommend for a lead vocalist in a live band that plays both in and outdoors?

All of the systems featured

All of the systems featured above will work just fine for your purposes - if you go for the GTD Audio 622H then you'll have a spare mic should you ever need it.

Looking to do Karoke in a

Looking to do Karoke in a catering space with a dance floor that is about 20x20. Already have Samson live!615 speakers.

Would either of these wireless mics be ok?
Stage v466 - Quad Vocal Wireless System - B Band or Samson Stage 200.

thanks,
Gary

Neither of those two systems

Neither of those two systems made our short-list when we did the original research for this guide so we haven't kept any data on them. The systems listed above are the ones that we currently recommend.

Looking for a REALLY basic

Looking for a REALLY basic plug & play system. To be used on an athletic field, receiver in a building 100' from mic. Ideally receiver has jacks for external antenna, (Metal building) and a SIMPLE single channel mic. (The last unit always had issues syncing mic and receiver.) Many different high school kids and parents using, so idiot proof simplicity is essential.

I can't suggest anything that

I can't suggest anything that is completely 'idiot proof' because if the receiver's not protected from passers-by they can turn it off or change settings while it's in use, and if you forget to replace the mic's batteries as needed then you'll also have problems.

With those caveats in mind, I believe you would be best served by the Shure BLX24R/SM58. It's relatively easy to use, rack-mountable and the receiver has BNC connectors for both antennas. Avoid the cheaper non rack-mountable BLX24 receiver because it doesn't have the antenna connector you need.

BTW - Although I could be wrong, I don't think there are any good single channel systems with BNC antenna connectors.

I want to upgrade my current

I want to upgrade my current array of 12 wireless microphones to 24. I have a sound board that supports that many channels. Do I need any other equipment to make sure there is no interference other than making sure my frequencies don't overlap?

I've never run that many

I've never run that many wireless mics at the same time, but the principal should still be the same - if they're on different frequencies then you shouldn't have a problem.

Hi, I have a Shure Lavalier

Hi, I have a Shure Lavalier BLX4 receiver and BLX1 body pack. I need a better Wireless handheld for toasts and such, but also more than 1 for karaoke. Is the PG58 double good enough, or should I get the 24SM58 single? If I get the single, can I pair another one later? Can I put any to my lavalier receiver and avoid getting either? Essentially, I'm willing to pay a little more to eventually have the fewest receivers and best mic's (in this range) over time. Does that all make sense? Please advise.

The PG58 receiver will be

The PG58 receiver will be fine for handling both singing and speeches.

If you go with a single receiver then you can add an extra one later but that will cost more in the long run, my preference would be to go the other way.

We haven't done a guide on

We haven't done a guide on wireless headset systems with bodypack transmitters yet, but it is on the list of topics we're considering.

Hi!

Hi!

My question is similar to Karen's. I run a Drama Club and I have approximately $556 to spend on wireless microphones. My District recommends Shure and they are great. I already run 4 Audio Technica sets (3 lavolier and 1 handheld) systems... I believe the lavolier are ATW-310s? Don't quote me on that. Anyways, I want to get the best bang for my buck and put as many as I can on stage without feedback destroying my speakers. The most important thing is range and mic sensitivity. We don't sing into it really so that's not that important.

The space is a typical elementary school gym. The stage is built adjacent to the gym but it sucks up sound due to carpeting and a thick curtain and sound absorbing retractable door panels. The speakers are ceiling mounted (I know, not ideal for theater). The system itself is rack-mounted behind a brick wall in a closet approximately...30-50 feet from the stage. I've had no problem with mic drop out as long as the mics are rack mounted. Those plugged into my xlr floor jacks on the other hand...

Thoughts?

Hi, what's the best option of

Hi, what's the best option for wireless microphones, headset type, for live singing? Thanks.

Hi, I would like to buy a

Hi, I would like to buy a system for primary school performances where as many children as possible can wear lavalier microphones and their voices are broadcast to the audience. Any help much appreciated.

We would need more

We would need more information before we can offer any advice.

What is the main use the system will be for - plays, musical theater, choir?

How many children do you want to mic?

Do you already have a PA System, and if so, how many input channels does it have for microphones?