Wireless Microphone Systems Buying Guide
UHF versus VHF Wireless microphone systems
This article will help you choose a wireless microphone that meets your needs. We shall take a look at UHF versus VHF wireless systems.
Which is better? Is it UHF or VHF? Most people make the mistake of thinking that UHF is better technology. This is really not the case. Buying a UHF or VHF microphone should depend on your circumstances. The difference between UHF and VHF transmissions is simply the frequency range or band they are in. Both UHF and VHF have the same technology, or principle of operation.
UHF wireless microphone systems are more expensive. Why is that? It's due to the fact that they have higher frequencies so the componentry used in the microphone must adhere to very tight tolerances. Because of the fact that these microphones cost more than their VHF counterparts, people naturally think they're better, but as we've said before this is not necessarily true.
If interference is an issue you're better off with a UHF microphone. With UHF there is less chance of interference from other wireless systems. This is largely because of the fact that there are fewer UHF wireless systems at present. With VHF systems, you can avoid the problem of interference by choosing the right operating frequencies.
Are you hosting an event that makes use of many systems? It would be easier to find good frequencies for them to operate if you go with UHF. At UHF frequencies you get less interference from radio equipment, electrical equipment, computers, digital devices and other electronic equipment. At UHF frequencies interference travels less further than with VHF.
So we can clearly see that there are many advantages with UHF wireless systems. However these systems are so much more expensive than VHF systems. Depending on your circumstances, there may be no need to spend so much money on a wireless microphone.
VHF wireless transmitters have better battery life than similar UHF units. You can save lots of money in battery costs over the life of the system. With VHF systems you save more in terms of antenna costs, cables, antenna splitters and preamplifiers. Generally, performance is better.
With VHF microphones you have more options. In some circumstances VHF microphones work better than UHF. For instance, because of the fact that VHF systems have lower frequencies, they can sometimes work better when there is no direct line of sight between the transmitter and receiver.
So when you're buying a wireless microphone system, you need to know exactly what your needs are. It depends on your budget as well. There may be no need to buy UHF. UHF is not always a better choice.
What wireless microphone system shoud you buy?
DO you travel and perform in different cities? Do you need to use more than 5 or 6 wireless systems simultaneously? Is there a lot of radio activity in your location? Is money NOT an issue? If so you should choose a UHF microphone.
Do you use less than 5 systems at once? Do you perform in radio environments where there is no interference? Is there no line of sight between your transmitter and receiver? Do you have a limited budget? If so, VHF is the way to go. Click here to check out a wide range of wireless microphones.
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