Want to go wireless without buying a new mic?
Item: Samson AirLine 77 Handheld Wireless System
Price: US $269, UK £249
At A Glance: The Samson Airline 77 AX1 Wireless Handheld Microphone System combines a wireless receiver with a plug-in transmitter that transforms any standard “wired” dynamic microphone into a wireless version. This system consists of a Samson CR77 Receiver, AX1 plug-in transmitter and a Q7 handheld microphone (in case you do not already have a mic to use the transmitter with). It is designed so to not require belt-packs or cables, allowing the user complete freedom on stage. The Transmitter features an XLR-female input to enable any standard wired dynamic microphone and it is designed to be as discrete as possible.
High Notes: The system should work with pretty much any dynamic microphone, giving you complete freedom to choose the mic that best suits your voice. The compact and lightweight transmitter utilizes a single AAA battery for up to 14-hours of power. There is a microphone level to adjust the input gain; a battery status LED indicates battery and power status. The receiver features balanced XLR and un-balanced 1/4-inch outputs to connect to your mixing desk, and two receivers can be rack mounted together in a single space rack if needed.
Off Pitch: Compared to microphones with inbuilt wireless transmitters, it is not quite as elegant and is slightly longer. Some users have complained that the system is not quite as robust as wireless systems from other manufacturers, so you may need to be a little more careful when using and transporting it. Also, the system will not work with microphones that require phantom power.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Airline 77 is easy to setup and has a good enough range for most users. It is a simple way to turn your live setup wireless, and the capacity to use any microphone adds a great amount of flexibility if you decide to upgrade or change your main vocal mic in the future. There are also similar systems available from companies such as Sennheiser and Shure; however these tend to cost more money than the Airline 77 (although are arguably more rugged). Overall the Airline 77 Handheld System is a useful piece of kit that is well priced and works well for singers performing on smaller stages.
Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.samsontech.com