Can this low-cost wireless mic produce a great live vocal sound?
Item: Sennheiser freePORT Vocal Set
Price: US $249, UK £129
At A Glance: The Sennheiser freePORT Vocal Set is a wireless microphone and receiver that is intended for live use on stage. It features a dynamic capsule with cardioid pattern and is suitable for both hand-held use and for use with a mic stand. It operates on wireless frequencies that do not require a licence and has a large enough operating range for most users.
High Notes: The Vocal Set works on four selectable frequencies, allowing multiple wireless systems to be used simultaneously. The microphone is powered by 9V battery which can last up to 10 hours of constant use and the mic is comfortable to hold on stage while singing. In use it performs well for such a low-cost system, featuring low handling noise and also an adjustable squelch control, which works like a gate to help you reduce the background noise from the wireless system when the mic is not being sung into.
Off Pitch: At this price there is little to complain about, however for more money there are more flexible systems that offer a greater range of wireless frequencies.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The freePORT Vocal Set produces a good vocal sound that is well suited for live use. It feels solidly built and comes with a stand adaptor that should fit any standard microphone stand. As with all microphones, the freePORT will suit certain voices more than others, so it is worth checking out other systems such as Shure’s PG24/PG58 System, and AKG’s Perception Vocal Set. If you were thinking of going wireless but were put off by the cost, then the freePORT Vocal Set may well change your mind.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.sennheiser.co.uk