In my list of the best wireless microphones for church I reviewed three Shure microphones but did not include the Shure BLX288-PG58. I have always liked Shure products for their rugged durability in live use.
Because I didn't review it in my list, I wanted to do a complete review on the Shure BLX288/PG58 wireless vocal combo with PG58 handheld microphone.
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When you order this mic system, you will receive the BLX88 dual wireless receiver, two PG58 handheld transmitters with integrated PG58 cardioid dynamic microphone capsules, and two microphone clips.
Remember, you will need to make sure that you use this system within the allowed parameters (not in excess of 50 milliwatts, not cause harmful interference, etc.). In most cases, you don’t need a license to operate a system like this, as long as you use it within the restrictions.
This wireless microphone system has adjustable gain control, and frequency matching is fast and easy. There is a power and battery status LED, and you get two AA batteries that will give you as much as 14 hours of continuous usage.
This system has an operating range of 300 feet in your line of sight. If you want to have the freedom of performing without cables or a snake, this is definitely an option you need to consider.
This system is available in various bodypack and handheld configurations, so it can be used for instruments, headsets, and a presenter system.
This system is ready to use right out of the box. Some features include:
- Easy to Use – This is a wireless system that is simple to use, but it gives you an incredible professional-quality sound. The intuitive interface lets you have amazing audio performance, and there is little in the way of setup. Simply open the box, and you can start using this wireless microphone system.
- Controls – The BLX99 has intuitive controls, along with a microprocessor-controlled internal antenna. You will love the one-touch QuickScan, which allows you to quickly select the best open frequency to use to avoid interference. There are up to 12 compatible systems for frequency band, depending on your region.
- Mixing – This system uses the SM58 capsule. This is one of the most popular in the industry when it comes to making sure that vocals are perfectly mix. This is actually one of the best things about this system, and what makes it one of the most popular on the market today.
- Status Indicator – There is a two-color transmitter status indicator LED. The green light means the system is ready to use. When the light is flashing red quickly, it means the “Controls Locked”. Solid red means that there is less than an hour of battery time left, and flashing red means that the batteries are dead.
- Size – This is a small, compact unit, measuring 8 7/8” X 2 1/8”, and weighing less than a pound without the batteries. Because it only uses two small AA batteries, this isn’t going to add a whole lot of additional weight, making this unit completely portable.
Pros and Cons
Yes, this is a great little wireless microphone system, but it does have a few little quirks that some users aren’t particularly happy with. Let’s take a look at both the pros and cons that you need to consider before buying the Shure BLX288-PG58.
- Great Reviews – This system is receiving rave reviews, particularly from musicians. This is a wireless microphone system that can be used anywhere, from small meetings to shows in larger halls.
- Awesome Sound Quality – The sound quality is second-to-none. You will enjoy a sound that is crisp, clear, and balanced. There is little to no feedback, and the quality is the same whether the system is used in a small room or a medium-sized venue.
- Value – Even though this is a professional-quality system, you won’t have to pay a huge professional price for it. This is a combination of the best, and least expensive, Shure products, the BLX receiver and the PG58 microphones.
- Number of Microphones – If you want to connect more than two microphones, you will need to use a different system. This is not the right setup for anyone looking to use additional mics, such as bands.
- Quality – Some users report that this wireless mic system is not of the same quality as other Shure products. They are not happy with the sound quality, and say that the system “cuts out” occasionally.
- Noise – Some users say that the microphones pick up too much noise, especially when the users are moving around. To get the best sound quality for your productions, you do need to be within the direct line of sight for this system.
The Shure BLX288-PG58 is a great wireless mic system but it does have its limitations. It only works with two wireless mics making it better suited for a single performer, public speaker like your pastor, or possibly a singer using background tracks. However you can buy more than one of these systems to hook up to your mixer if you want to start small and increase your capacity over time or you can try the Shure PGX wireless microphone system.
I highly recommend the Shure BLX288-PG58 as a great addition to your basic sound system setup.