Wireless Guitar Systems: Shure vs. Audio-Technica

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by I_am_Rage, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. Shure

    1 vote(s)
  2. Audio-Technica

    3 vote(s)
  3. Other (specify)

    3 vote(s)
  1. I am thinking about getting a wirless system for my bass this Christmas and I am down to Shure and Audio-Technica. I was wondering what is the better company for the price range between $200-$250. Any inormation such as reviews, stats, problems, or just what you use please tell me because it would help a lot. Thank You. :)
  2. How about Samsontech?
    I think they are also within your price range.
  3. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    A-T has only one item on their website that may work with a bass - unless you only play high:rolleyes:
    ATW-601: freq response 50 Hz to 16 kHz
    the other claim 100Hz+

    Shure UHF-T promise 20Hz-20kHz. And have been successfully used by a few bassists.

    Gues what I voted:cool:
  4. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    I know everyone here bases all their wireless decisions on just the stated frequency response, but I encourage you to try both systems for yourself before you buy.

    I bought the Shure system and found the tone very tinny. I returned it and got a A-T which reproduced my tone much better. i've been using the A-T system for over a year now and its great!

    Also, the A-T is metal and the Shure is plastic.
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I have and use an AKG WR80. I have had great success with it. It is rated down to 50 hz. There are few here that are passionate that you have to have the one rated to 20, but I have been playing bass for 16 years and just started using wireless about a year ago.

    I CAN"T TELL THE DIFFERENCE!!!! between the AKG and a cable. And I play a G&L L2500 which has a ton of bottom end.

    My only advice is to think seriously about your purchase. Your price range is on the very bottom end of were the good wireless rigs start. (I paid almost $500 for the AKG) Chances are you are going to be looking at VHF units in that price range. If you work in the suburbs or further in-town of any decent-sized city, you are taking a huge risk using VHF. The RF traffic these days is very dense. I play mostly in a church that is about 30 miles from downtown of a major U.S. Metro area. In the last two years, we have spent $10,000 upgrading all of the wireless mics to UHF simply because the VHF mics are so undependable.

    A good VHF will sound great in the store. The first one that I bought was the top of the line VHF Nady. It sounded really good, but I could move to certain parts of the stage and it would just drop out. In other places, it wouldn't work at all. I had to take it back.

    The AKG that I have has 15 channels. If you get interferance, you can simply change channels.

    A good reliable wireless is very nice, but one that gives you grief is a total PIA. I basically think that if you are going to play out at all, you either get a very good one or spend your cash on something else, most of the entry level stuff is way more trouble than it is worth. Remember, that if you play in a variety of places, you never know what sort of conditions you will face as far as RF interferance. I have never found a place that the UHF didn't work perfectly.

    If you do decide to spend a little more, look at the the EV UHF wireless. My guitar player uses one and it sounds really good, is well-built and was reasonably priced. About $350. It is multi-channel also, but has the bonus feature a built-in scanner that checks all channels for the best clarity.

  6. Thanks for the information. I really have no clue on anything about wireless sytems such as frequencies and types like UHF. :confused: UHF sounds like the best bet and thank you for that info. If someone can explain what to look for in a system that would be a big help.