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Old 5th November 2019
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Entry Wireless Microphone Comparison

I would love for someone to explain some things in layman's terms. Assume I'm a good live sound engineer with everything wired. Assume I know very little about wireless.

I need to set up a rig of 4 wireless mic channels. 2 lapel, 2 handheld. Mostly for wedding ceremonies (so nerdy "high quality" not needed), and occasional use for conferences as emcee/speaker mics, sometimes vocal performance. I do not anticipate ever needing more than 8 wireless channels in my wildest dreams in the future. (I'll probably never use more than the 4.)

I'm not really brand-loyal or tied to any particular brand, so specifics are just for comparison. Here's my questions:

Why is Shure SLX 50% more than BLX? I get it should be a little more. But IR Sync is worth $200 per channel? I don't need the "more available channels" that SLX supposedly offers. But I'm reading that the "quality" of RF "compounding" is better? ...then on top of all that I keep reading that Shure's lower end mic's are ALL overpriced for what they offer-- ok, compared to what?

To some degree that question applies to other brand's mic's I've seen-- they've got two models that don't seem that different to me, and one is not only slightly more, but WAY (50% or more) more expensive. Why?

It looks like BLX is priced low enough. Why do people say they're not worth what you pay for them? What's the alternative?

Lastly-- it looks like the Sennheiser EW 100, Shure SLX, and new EV RE3 (getting excellent reviews) are priced equivalently ($599 with basic cardioid dynamic handheld mic/transmitter). SLX plastic transmitter looks like garbage compared to the other two, right? Way better to have the metal housing on the mic's that the e835 and ND76 offer?

In short. Help an RF Noob understand what's good here. Is the ROI worth it to go up from BLX? Or if I want better bang for buck than even BLX offers, tell me why and what.