expensive headset mics..worth it?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by boxcar, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. boxcar

    boxcar Active Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Okanagan,B.C. Canada
    anyone have any experience with these.
    i use a wireless shure WH30-TQG headset($130) when we rehearse our songs live cause i constantly have to be different placed in the room to set things up as we go and have to access my guitar pedal while im signing.
    the problem, of course is, it sounds thin and harsh compared to a bigger diaphram mic like a 58 or such and E.Q. only helps so much.
    i've seen some of these mics that are $700+ and i don't mind spending that kind of money but i can't try any of them out here,nobody has stock.you have to order one.

    are they really much better than the $130 ones or just marginally better..is it worth it?
    im using a shure T4N diversity reciever.
    would i need a better reciever as well? is that a big part of it?

    i guess what im asking is..can a small diaphram mic like that sound good at any price.
    thanks for reading..
  2. tascamrd

    tascamrd Guest

    I would love to know if anyone has any input concerning this as well. I used a shure headset a long while back. It sounded thin and horrible as well. I S#*^ canned it in favor of an SM58, but the stand and mic gets in my way when I play live. I would prefer a headset. Same situation as above.
    Any input is appreciated.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Honestly, I don't think a micro condenser will ever measure up to a SM58, but really I've never heard a handheld dynamic I like as well as a 58 either. You raise a valid point about the size of the diaphragm, but they've come a long way in sound quality in recent years. We love the micro condenser we use on snare in live settings, and a lot of guys are using micros on toms.

    I'd prefer to sing into a large capsule, but if I needed a really good sounding headset mic I'd look at AKG or Countryman.

    Some of the Countryman headset/earsets (e6, e6i, isomax) come in omni, cardioid, and hyper, and a variety of sensitivities depending on how loud the source (you) might be.

    The AKG HC577 is more of a 'one-size fits all' omni, very decent sounding, but omni is tricky in a loud band setting. They're very popular in musical theater, some of which can be pretty rockin. The AKG cardioid model C520 is positioned in front of the mouth, it is kin to some of their other micromics - so it's decent sounding - but I'm not personally crazy about the look of it. Although I've seen much worse, not naming names. But hey, if you want to be mobile and sing - that's the price you gotta pay.

    I'm sure there are others, but these are the only two I see a lot of day-to-day.

    Best of luck to both of you.

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