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PostSubject: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:49 pm

Anyone have any experience with good but cheap wireless systems? Im looking to bying one
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:31 pm

From my own personal experience, as well as that of the vast majority of players I have spoken to on the subject, there really isn't such a thing as a good and cheap wireless system. There are many cheap systems that will work OK, but they are subject to all sorts of noise, dropouts, and interference. A lot of it depends on where you use the thing. Playing in your living room will probably be just fine for most low-end systems, but in a place where you have a lot of neon lighting, it won't be so great.

Most inexpensive wireless use the VHF (very high frequency) bands, which are typically very crowded with other signals that can interfere. Many higher-end systems use UHF (ultra high frequency) bands that are less crowded. Also, digital systems yield far better results than analog ones do.

Like always, the best way to offer the right advice is to find out:

1) How much did you want to spend?

2) Where are you going to use it the most?

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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:11 pm

I concur with what Eric says.
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:28 pm

I guess I'm not adding much to this discussion, but I totally agree with Eric. Either you save up and buy a good wireless system, or you stick with cables. Personally, i'd stick with cables.
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:47 pm

im gonna use it the most practicing but i also plan on gigging with it too. im willing to spend 100 maybe 150
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:02 pm

funny ... i was just looking at the carvin wireless systems.

their standard system is UHF and goes for $200 +.

i agree with eric ... the uhf are better than vhf, based on the limited experience i've had with a vhf (picking up a.m. radio frequencies) but that experience was very limited (limited to how long it took me to unplug the piece of junk and throw it in the trash).

i'de like to have a wireless system too ... but theres so many more things that take priority over that.
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:40 pm

I would also like to add that, even if you end up getting a decent wireless within your price range, eventually you will probably want to upgrade it. From what I've been able to determine, most wireless systems in the $100 - $150 range aren't all that great. Usually, you have to get above the $350 level before you start getting into fairly decent wireless systems.

That being said, here is a suggestion:

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-UHF4-Guitar-Wireless-System?sku=583377

Now, it only has one review, but it's a pretty good one. For $90, it's not like you're risking a whole lot. Again, I don't think this is one that you'll settle with in the long run, but it might not be a bad start.

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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:59 pm

^ Hmmmm... That might be worth a look. I'd take the plunge. If you're really that serious about a wireless system, well, its $90, and seems to be good quality. The reveiw seemed pretty reliable, its UHF, and it seems like its digital. You should try it and give us your take. I know I just said 2 hours ago that I'd rather stick with a cable, but if its actually worth buying I just might.
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:23 am

I have an old Samson UHF wireless.. In 15 years the only thing that went wrong was the jack, which was replaced years ago. Never had a problem with it. Battery lasts for many hours.

like the others said, cheap is not perfect, but this thing will allow me to go walk out of the garage and up the street before it starts cutting out Smile On a normal stage size...never had an issue Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Wireless systems   Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:10 am

amimbari wrote:
I have an old Samson UHF wireless.. In 15 years the only thing that went wrong was the jack, which was replaced years ago. Never had a problem with it. Battery lasts for many hours.

like the others said, cheap is not perfect, but this thing will allow me to go walk out of the garage and up the street before it starts cutting out Smile On a normal stage size...never had an issue Smile

That would entertain me for a long time... Laughing
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