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SHURE BLX24/B58 Handheld Wireless System Review

SHURE_BLX24_B58Wireless systems used to be complicated, and at times the sound quality suffered; Shure’s new BLX system has solved those issues, with a simple, easy-to-use unit.

Connect the receiver to the PA system, turn on the mic, select a channel, and sing away. The receiver is quite small, and the controls and display are so easy, even a singer can do it. Selecting the channel is easy – simply match the channel on the receiver to the one on the mic, and you’re done. With 12 channels, you can even use multiple systems without any overlap. As with the new digital systems, there’s no chance of interference, and the clarity is absolutely superb. This system can also be used with a (non-included) belt pack for instruments or other microphones, making this a scalable solution for groups.

Shure’s SM58 has been an industry standard since its release, and sound-wise, the Beta 58A not going to ruin their reputation. With plenty of clarity and range, about 300 feet, there should be no problem on any stage. One big thing, though: in order for proper signal, the receiver should be in line of sight with the microphone. The (2) AA batteries provide 14 hours of use in the hand-held mic.

The only downside is that the casing of the microphone is made from a high-impact plastic, not the metal chassis on most normal SM58s. It makes the microphone lighter, and in theory cheaper to make. Also, in theory, it isn’t as durable, so no mic drops are recommended!

So, singers be warned; there’s a simple, affordable wireless system simple out there, and there’s simply no excuse not to check it out.

FEATURES

Transmitter

  • Power and battery status LED
  • Adjustable gain control
  • Quick and easy frequency matching
  • 300 ft. (91 m) operating range (line of sight)

Receiver

  • Adjustable output level
  • Removable antennas for quick antenna distribution
  • LCD  with detailed RF and audio metering
  • Up to 12 compatible systems
  • One touch QuickScan locates the best open frequency

PROS: Plenty of range, great sound.
CONS: Plastic casing on microphone.
PRICE: $399 (street price)

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