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Four Types of Wireless Microphones

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

Wireless handheld microphone at corporate conference event.

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Wireless microphones have become the standard for professionals, offering performers, interviewers, and speakers the flexibility to freely navigate the stage and focus on the task at hand. We have put together a guide to cover some basics on the four major types of wireless mics, and how to choose the right one(s) for your event.

Shure wireless handheld microphone on white background.

1. Handheld Microphones

As long as you do not need to use both hands extensively, you cannot go wrong with a good old-fashioned handheld mic. As far as wireless microphones go, they offer the best audio quality which can be attributed to the size of the diaphragm.

Considering they are also extremely versatile, sturdy, and dependable, it is no surprise that handheld mics are an excellent option for:

  • Musicians and Performers

  • Speeches

  • Presentations

  • Interviewers

  • Any situation in which a microphone will need to be passed around (Q&A, Panels, etc.).

Wireless lavalier, lav, lapel microphone on a white background.

2. Lavalier, Lav, Lapel (“Clip On”) Microphones

Lavalier microphones (often called “lavs” or “lapels”) are a great hands-free solution for your presenting needs. They have multiple mounting options, making them very easy to hide. The microphone is smaller, which means a slight downgrade in audio quality, but in most cases, the tradeoff is worth it considering the mobility gained. Not to mention, the fact that they remain so conspicuous often means that the person using it forgets it is even there, allowing them to feel much more comfortable during their presentation, speech, or performance.

The concealment and mobility gained with lavalier microphones make them a very popular choice for:

  • Theatre

  • Engaged public speaking

  • Interviews

  • Television

  • Houses of worship

Countryman wireless microphone on a white background.

3. Countryman

If you are in search of a wireless mic that is high-quality, lightweight, easily concealed, and comfortable, look no further than the Countryman - the industry standard. It is a smaller, more advanced lavalier microphone with an omnidirectional polar pattern, serving to minimize noise from handling, wind, and popping. It also is great for placing on hair or skin, as its capsule is resistant to moisture.

All of these factors make the Countryman ideal for:

  • Theatre

  • Public Speaking

  • Interviews

  • Television

  • Houses of worship

Wireless fitness headset on a white background.

4. Fitness Headset

A fitness headset is perfect for the highest levels of physical activity. It has a moisture-repellent hydrophobic fabric that protects the microphone cartridge from corrosion that tends to occur in humid environments.

Additionally, fitness headsets have wireframes that fit comfortably and securely, making them perfect for:

  • Exercise Videos

  • Fitness Instructors & Entrepreneurs

  • Aerobics Instructors (Spin classes, yoga, etc.)

For more information on how to select a wireless microphone or to book one for an upcoming event, feel free to give us a call at 615-669-2126 or contact us for more information.


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