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Review: AKG WMS 40 Mini, Wireless Live Vocal Mic


Are you looking for a low-cost way to go wireless?

Item: AKG WMS 40 Mini, Wireless Live Vocal Mic

Price: £85, $99

Mic Rating: micrating_03.5

At A Glance: The AKG WMS 40 Mini Vocal ISM1 is a UHF Wireless-System with a dynamic handheld microphone with integrated transmitter. It operates on free to use frequencies across Europe and America.  It can operate for up to 30 hours with one AA battery and there is a low battery indicator built into on transmitter to save you any embarrassment on stage caused by your microphone cutting out. The receiver has a balanced jack output to connect to your mixing desk and there is an on/off/mute switch and connection indication on the transmitter.

High Notes: This is a particularly small and easily transportable wireless system with a lightweight mic that is easy to hold. The battery is easy to change, even while in use, and the microphone has a large enough range for most small sized venues. If you have more than one singer, AKG also offers a dual version that enables two microphones to operate with one receiver. The overall sound quality is good and vocals sound clear and interference free.

Off Pitch: Some users may feel the mic feels a little too light and flimsy compared to some others. It also appears to be less solidly built than some other (more costly) wireless microphone systems – so more care may have to be taken on stage and when transporting the system .  Some users may wish the receiver had an XLR output option and could be rack mounted.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Although not in the same league of some top quality microphones, the sound quality compares favorably to other entry level (and yet still more expensive) wireless systems from manufacturers such as Shure and Sennheiser. Some users even report favoring the mic’s sound on their voice over that of a non-wireless SM58; which considering they cost the same, makes the AKG WMS 40 Mini something of a bargain.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.akg.com/

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Chris Kennedy is the principal product reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about his work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.

  • bw

    I have the dual channel guitar version. It’s okay for a low-level system, and it’s cool that one receiver has 2 channels and 2 belt packs. But- you do get some RF interference. Nothing huge, but enough to creep into your sound. Use with caution.

  • Dodo

    Very bad! My sounds system business is ruined because of the frequency interference.

  • Greg Conchola

    Not worth the money. Tried it on several systems and several venues including outdoors and couldn’t get it to stay free of interference. Lots of hissing and crackling when the mic was off. Buy something else.

  • Brandy

    I’ve bought this same microphone about 3 times and I wasted $300. Poor quality. The receiver is always messing up or won’t turn on. It will also make a lot of static no matter how close or far you are. I take very great care of my equipment and there’s been 2 times that it’ll automatically stop working and it’ll be the first time I use it out the box. I will definitely not rebuy a new one.