Can this low cost wireless lav mic compete with more established brands?
Item: Line 6 XD-V35L Digital Wireless Lavalier Microphone System
Price: $269 (US), £199 (UK)
At A Glance: Designed for professional spoken word applications, the XD-V35L is a lavalier microphone set that is based upon Line 6’s new digital wireless platform. It uses the 2.4GHz (WiFi) frequency spectrum, meaning that you do not need a licence to operate it, and it has a range of up to 83 meters (depending on RF interference sources nearby including, line of site and obstacles.) It has a separate Dynamic Filter to help combat any unwanted environmental noise and a wide 117dB dynamic range to ensure the clearest possible sound and headroom.
High Notes: The XD-V35L features a discrete tie-clip mic that is designed to offer low handling noise and captures a wide 10Hz-20kHz frequency response to make sure every nuance of your vocals are heard. The receivers are compact and easy to setup, and the system allows 6 more non-licensed channels to be used simultaneously. It also features a standard 1/4″ input enabling use of 3rd party microphones to be used with the system. There are displays on the transmitter and receiver to show accurate battery-life data, so you can be confident you won’t get caught with dead batteries during a performance, and two standard AA alkaline batteries should provide around 8 hours of use.
Off Pitch: Although you should be able to get years of use from the system if you take care with it; the build quality is not quite as good as similar wireless systems from more premium brands. In particular, several users have reported problems with the battery clip being a little flimsy and coming loose, which is not ideal during a performance. Also, the new V35 wireless system is incompatible with Line 6’s older XD-V30 and/or XD-V70 units; it cannot be used at the same time without running it in a compatibility mode that reduces the wireless sound quality.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The XD-V35L offers excellent sound quality in a budget friendly package. It is unfortunately slightly let down by the design of both the battery and belt clips, which are not perhaps as rugged as some users would like. As a result, it faces strong competition from lavalier systems from more established brands such Shure and Sennheiser; which, although slightly more expensive, will no doubt be very tempting to potential buyers concerned with the long-term reliability of the Line 6 XD-V35L.