I tend to wonder what exactly the basis in choosing a wireless mic is. Traditional “wired” mics come with their own stand which is my number one root for desktop use. So must it be that the only reason to go wireless is for its ease and handiness? Let’s figure out how to decide between a wired and wireless microphone by going into each of the microphone’s specific details.
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How to Decide Between a Wired and Wireless Microphone
The freedom to move around “hands-free” even with a microphone on your head is the major reason for you to choose a wireless device. However, you need to look for the finest or best microphone to make sure you are getting the quality of voice you are looking for.
You need to consider if you want a dynamic, a condenser type, or a polar pattern mic. To understand which to go, an expert can explain how each of these mics picks up sound, whether it comes from specific directions, or everywhere. Another reason is that your choice of mic may not be available in a wireless version.
When to Use Wireless
Figuring out whether wireless is an option, here are some additional points to consider.
- If you prefer to be 100% moveable where you can move wherever you need to while teaching or lecturing, it’s the perfect time to opt for a wireless device.
- Wireless microphones are excellent when you’re speaking from the stage because they free you up from being stuck at one point when talking.
- Going wireless means there will be no cables to trip over so it’s neat and clean. Flawless.
- On top of that is the no shorting out of connectors due to constant movement. So it saves you from getting disconnected in the middle of an event. This so freeing and stress-free.
- Are you doing a lot of recording, online presentations, or playing music and you want to keep wires away? Go wireless.
If you’re anxious about the complexity of wireless systems, remember that wireless microphones these days are advanced and already comes with exceptional audio quality, ease of use, and reliability.
When to Use Wired
The constant connection that maintains speech recognition is why you would go for the wired system. For example, the distance between the microphone and your computer remains constant because the wire restricts you from going farther. So it’s as simple as with a wired option, what you put into it is what you get out of it.
- If you’re using the microphone in a permanent setup, there’s no need to go wireless. Do you teach seated in the same position and can continue to be in that teaching mode until the end of your class? Then you could save money by using a wired device.
- It’s obvious that wired mics deliver an easy operation. This is for you if you want the quick plug-and-play action without measuring the speed and distance of the connection.
- A wired performance functions adequately with no specified length of time and it operates in any environment without failure. No need for Bluetooth signals to work.
- Of course, you’ll be happy not to think of batteries to charge or it runs you out of power. Since it takes power straight from the source, you never run low on battery. No abrupt end.
- Above all, a wired microphone costs less than a quality wireless option. In fact, an average wired microphone is almost 1/3 less expensive than a high-performing wireless microphone.
Generally speaking, wired microphones are old school. They’re easy to use, sound better, are more reliable, available anywhere, and can work even in the most remote area. So whether if you have to deal with wires, settle for the traditional if you’re looking for a cost-effective choice to serve your purpose of working at home.
Important Microphone Characteristics
Have you heard of output impedance?
A microphone impedance is the “AC resistance” that controls the flow of audio signals. Its role is to optimize the microphones so the mic signal can travel at its finest capacity. Impedance is measured in ohms (like resistance) and can be thought of as a type of “AC resistance” in an AC circuit.
Once the mic is connected to a preamp or audio device, the signal is passed creating a load of circuit responsible for the mic’s audio signal to move. There is two impedance required for the mic to transfer the signal properly: the Output impedance which is the normal signal across its output connection and the Load impedance: the input that creates the circuit with the microphone output.
It is from this basis that you need to pay attention to how both the regular impedance of the microphone connects to the impedance inline device or preamp.
Balanced and Phased
Balance means a steady level of output needed to deliver a less susceptible RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) pickup such as the presence of hum or noise. In a well-phrased line, the signal currents flow in opposite directions that the noise in the pair of signal wires is effectively canceled out. This cancellation offers a noise-canceling benefit provided that both signals are working.
Getting balanced audio is very important in recording or producing sound because it allows the use of long cables while reducing the mic’s propensity to external noise caused by common interference. This is not much of a problem when using short cable runs. A balanced input is preferred if longer cables are used.
Microphone sensitivity is the device’s ability to convert acoustic pressure into an electric voltage. Typically, the higher the sensitivity, the less pre-amplification may be required to achieve a useable level for the sound. Condenser microphones in general, have much higher sensitivity than dynamic microphones.
Different microphones models may produce different output levels when exposed to the same sound source. This means that some microphones are more sensitive than others and may have a higher capacity to convert acoustic pressure into an electric voltage. The mic’s sensitivity matters a lot because it is a determinant factor when choosing the right microphone for a specific need.
To Sum It All
The decision of whether to use a wired or wireless microphone for a specific job is not only limited to the quality of sound. The convenience of use is as important. Note that as a teacher, you need a microphone that excellently sends your voice clearly while at the same time providing a good fit that allows you to work with ease and confidence.
Despite the fact that I many times loop or stumble over cables, I still would go for a wired device because I like the way my voice remains constant all throughout. Even if it rains or windy outside, I am confident that my students will still hear me. Since I am fond of creating Youtube videos, I like having the microphone fixed and static all throughout my recording session.
A wired mic for me combines tradition and practicality. If I have to keep moving because my job calls for it – then wireless may be a thing to consider.
Have you found the right microphone? Do you know of other ways to figure out how to decide between a wired and wireless microphone? Let us hear your voice in the comments.