Karaoke Microphone Reviews
The microphones most used for karaoke are the handheld dynamic variety. These can be either wired or wireless models. The vast majority of these microphones will be unidirectional, with a cardioid pickup pattern, which basically means that they pick up sound that is directly in front of them. This helps eliminate background noise and feedback. With wireless microphones you will also often find features like multiple channels and "true diversity". The channels are designated frequency ranges that allow for multiple wireless microphones to be used in the same location without interfering with each other. With a true diversity system, the receiver has independent sections, each having its own antenna that are spaced apart. The receivers are constantly monitored and the one with the strongest signal is selected. This helps prevent dropouts that can occur in some situations. You will also find that wireless microphones are either UHF or VHF frequency types, although lately it seems the majority are leaning toward UHF. The advantages of UHF are that it has a broader frequency spectrum which reduces the odds of interference and that it is slightly less susceptible to interference from electrical equipment. Unless you're in a area that has heavy radio traffic the VHF variety will usually work just fine.
Below are some of the more popular wired microphones with the manufacturer's description. Jump to Wireless Microphones
AKG D5 Vocal Dynamic Microphone
The D 5 dynamic vocal microphone for lead and backing vocals delivers a powerful sound even on the noisiest stage. Its supercardioid polar pattern ensures maximum gain before feedback (for more details, visit www.akg.com/feedbackisdead). The D 5 stands for a crisp sound that cuts through every mix. AKG made the first microphone diaphragm ever whose thickness varies across its diameter. The new Laminated Varimotion diaphragm deep-drawing process allows the diaphragm itself to be fine-tuned with no extra tuning resonators, leading to a quantum leap in audio performance. The dual shock mount eliminates any kind of mechanical noise for trouble-free live use. The audience will hear nothing but the pristine sound of your voice!
Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone
The XM8500 provides an amazing frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz, and includes a two-stage pop filter to minimize breath and pop noises. And with its tough metal construction and sturdy steel windscreen, you can count on it to come through after countless gigs and studio applications. We've even included a rugged hard case with a mic clip and stand adapter.
Nady SP-4C Dynamic Neodymium Microphone
The Nady SP-4C Dynamic Microphone, switchable and versatile, offers quality full-range response with crisp mid-range presence for optimal clarity and punch. Powerful neodymium element delivers the highest output without noise. It cuts through even the loudest sound pressure level situations without compromising sound. The SP-4C's ultralight aluminum voice coil and transformerless design provide noise-free, accurate reproduction across the audio spectrum without distortion. Tight cardioid polar pattern provides excellent off-axis rejection for superior gain before feedback.
Shure PG58-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone with XLR Cable
A rugged microphone tuned to accentuate the clarity of lead and back-up vocals. The PG58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone is a professional quality microphone designed to be used in lead and backup vocal performance applications. With rugged durability and excellent sound, the PG58 comes with an on/off switch, swivel adapter, XLR cable, and a carrying pouch.
Shure SM58-CN Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone with Cable
The legendary Shure SM58 vocal microphone is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. Its tailored vocal response for sound is a world standard for singing or speech. A highly effective, built-in spherical filter minimizes wind and breath "pop" noise. A unidirectional (cardioid) pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.
Below are some of the more popular wireless microphones with the manufacturer's description.
The AWM6032U system has been engineered to be dependable UHF system with a wide audio frequency range, high S/N ratio, and outstanding performance equal to that of any professional wireless systems costing much more. This is achieved through strict component selection and high quality circuit design. A delicately designed silence circuit eliminates static noise when the transmitters are either turned off or out of transmission range. An auto mute circuit is incorporated in these systems to effectively eliminate the popping noise when the switch is turned on or off.
GTD-Audio's G-622 wireless microphone system delivers superior sound quality and professional features. It is designed for a wide range professional application with 200 selectable channels. for easy use with multiple systems, no confusing frequency groups. It can be placed next to speakers with no feedback or distortion. It is perfect for professional use at any events.
This is a high quality professional and reliable 2 channel UHF wireless handheld microphone systems. It uses the most advanced technology called SMT (Surface Mounted Technology) and is made of the highest quality surface mounted components to ensure its quality and reliability. It's ideal for professional performance, in church or home karaoke use.
This is a dual channel wireless microphone system designed and engineered for professional performance and home karaoke use as well. It's a very cost-effective unit compared with some other wireless microphones you may find elsewhere, best of all, this unit comes with an internal battery charger which will automatically charges the batteries in the transmitters while they are not in use and in the charging position, so you will never have to worry about replacing the batteries in the middle of your performance. Each transmitter powers on two piece of AA batteries that can last 5-7 hours if fully charged, unlike Nickel-Cadmium batteries, these high-capacity NiMH batteries have no memory effect at all, and can be recharged hundreds of times, it will save you a big sum of money in the long run.
The Pyle PREMIER Series 2-Channel Wireless Microphone System will provide you with the performance you've been looking for. Whether used for work or play, this dual cordless microphone system is easy to setup, easy to use, and best of all, will give you an amazing high-quality audio experience. Choose from 8 different channels to transmit over. Enjoy hassle-free and reliable wireless sound transmission with today's latest system technology with this all-in-one package.
Nady’s unparalleled wireless technology is recognized worldwide and sets the standard for high performance and reliability. The U-1100 (with single receiver for single receiver operation), has 100 selectable UHF frequencies to choose from for interference-free operation. Take it anywhere you need it and experience pristine audio on stage or off. It’s equally ideal for speaking engagements and singing applications. Set up is amazingly quick and easy with ASC download that sends selected channel information to transmitter via infrared (IR) sender. The system couldn’t be simpler to operate and has the seal of approval from many of the pros in the business who’ve used it and love it.
Based on Samson's CR88 wireless receiver, this frequency-agile, true-diversity UHF wireless microphone system provides you with enough bandwidth to run up to 16 systems at once across two frequency bands. Infrared communications make pairing and setup easy, and the Concert 88 Handheld's Q6 professional dynamic microphone gives you great stage-ready sound right out of the box. You'll also enjoy up to 300' feet of wireless freedom (get out there and move!), and thanks to the Samson Concert 88 Handheld's tone key and auto mute functions, you'll never have to worry about noise.
The BLX Vocal Wireless System from Shure joins world-class design and construction with simple and easy setup and operation, featuring QuickScan frequency selection and the industry-standard SM58 vocal microphone capsule for warm, clear vocal reproduction. Legendary sound and performance, right out of the box. Included: BLX4 wireless receiver; BLX2/SM58 handheld transmitter with integrated SM58 cardioid dynamic microphone capsule; microphone clip; padded zipper case.