Building and setting up a wireless guide system can be overwhelming. From selecting the right transmitter to choosing the perfect microphone, there are a thousand options to choose from. Use this guide to help you figure out what you need and how to find the right audio essentials for you.
1. Wireless guide transmitter
A wireless guide transmitter should be on top of your list. It is responsible for providing crystal clear sound and ensuring clear audio transmission all the time.
The key elements that you should look at are audio sampling, battery life, dynamic range, frequency, frequency response, latency, modulation, service coverage, and signal to noise. It’s best to pick one that can last for approximately 12 hours.
Also, when you’re shopping for a transmitter, consider asking the following questions:
- Does it allow the recording of content by connecting the recorder to the AUX output of the receiver?
- What kind of batteries does it use? Does it offer rechargeable options?
- Does it have auto-synchronization of the receiver with the transmitter channel?
And if the answer is yes, it’s likely the one you need.
2. Wireless guide receiver
Another essential that you must have is a receiver. And like a wireless guide transmitter, it is best to buy one that has a long battery life or operation time (approximately 14 hours).
Most receivers come with accessories, including an earphone, a belt clip, a universal USB adapter, and a USB cable.
A wireless guide system will not be complete without microphones. And fortunately, there’s always a microphone for every purpose and scenario. If you are looking for a microphone that is suitable for use in high noise level areas, a close-talking microphone is an excellent choice. Most close-talking microphones are equipped with a press-to-talk feature, which helps reject ambient noise.
Headset microphones, on the other hand, are ideal for use during presentations when you have to move or walk around. It allows you to be completely hands-free. This also goes the same with lapel or lavalier microphones. They are clipped into your clothing and positioned near to your mouth. They are perfect for video and filmmaking purposes.
And whether you are planning to buy a close-talking, headset, or lapel microphone, be sure to consider the following factors: battery life, latency, range, and size. Battery life is an important factor when choosing a wireless microphone. However, you have to take all of these together into consideration. If the size is what matters to you most, you may have to sacrifice battery life. Or, if the range is a key factor for you, a larger microphone is better for you. Think about your needs and make your choice to address them.
4. Battery charger
Complete your wireless guide system with a battery charger. Battery chargers nowadays come in various designs, and they’re becoming more reliable and durable.
Adding chargers to your system offers convenience. You can easily and conveniently recharge your transmitters’ rechargeable batteries. This helps you save time and money as you don’t need to run to a store or buy online each time you run out of batteries