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Microphone Month 4
Wireless Systems

Shure wireless systems deliver crystal-clear sound, while letting you move about freely onstage without the restrictions of a wired microphone or instrument cable.

Anatomy of a Wireless System

Select a Source below to view its ideal Transmitter

The Source
  • Singer
  • Presenter
  • Singing
    Dancer
  • Singing
    Drummer
  • Instructor
  • Guitarist
  • Bassist
  • Horn Player
  • Woodwinds
The Transmitter

...sends the audio signal to the reciever.

Handheld microphone with built-in transmitter

The Receiver

...picks up sound from the transmitter and is usually stationed near the sound mixing position.

Seven Wireless Systems to Fit Your Needs

Shure wireless systems give you the professional performance and flexibility you need, whatever your application or budget.



Shure offers a range of seven wireless system families:

Analog

  • Selectable
    frequencies
  • Compatible
    Systems
    Per Band
  • Range
  • Battery
  • Rack-
    mountable
  • Dual-channel
    option
  • Single-channel
    System Cost
  • BLX
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  • 96
  • 12
  • 300ft.
  • 2xAA - 14hrs
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • $299-$549

Perform with Confidence

If you're ready to perform untethered, Shure's BLX wireless systems are a smart, affordable choice. Take the stage confidently, backed up by Shure's legendary microphones, decades of wireless design experience, and tour-tested build quality. Available in a broad selection of bodypack and handheld configurations, BLX vocal, guitar, headset and presenter systems are ready to rock, right out of the box.

Convenience and Ease of Use

Providing up to 14 hours of use with two AA batteries, BLX bodypack and handheld transmitters let you perform with confidence. And when it comes to frequency selection, Shure BLX makes it easy with Group and Channel selection buttons that give you fast, convenient frequency matching.

Legendary Shure Mics

Shure BLX vocal wireless systems are available with your choice of PG58, SM58 or Beta 58A microphone capsules. Standard equipment in the touring rigs of top acts, Shure mics are built to take serious road abuse and deliver legendary sound, night after night.

Versatile and Expandable

A choice of single-channel, single-channel half-rack, and dual-channel receivers, as well as vocal, guitar, headset and lavalier options make Shure's BLX wireless systems quite versatile, and the ability to run up to 12 compatible systems per band protects your investment, letting you start out modestly and expand as necessary.






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  • SLX
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    V
  • 960
  • 25
  • 300ft.
  • 2xAA - 8hrs
  • Yes
  • No
  • $599-$889

Performance and Affordability

Suited for installed sound applications and working bands, Shure's SLX Wireless systems offer Shure's patented Audio Reference Companding technology, along with easy Automatic Transmitter setup. SLX gives you up to 960 selectable frequencies, supports up to 25 compatible systems, and is a great choice for houses of worship, corporate boardrooms, lecture halls, and portable road cases.



Audio Reference Companding

The SLX sound is founded on Shure's patented Audio Reference Companding, a technology which brings more transmission clarity and dynamic range to wireless systems. Unlike tradiional wireless companding schemes that are restricted by a fixed compresion ratio, this technology utilizes a variable compression ratio. The result is the elimination of wireless artifacts during quiet passages and superior dynamic range.

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  • UHF-R
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    V
  • 2,400
  • 40
  • 500ft.
  • 2xAA - 8hrs
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • $2,900-$4,700

Built for High-performance Professional Use

Shure UHF-R Wireless Microphone Systems handle the punishment of large-scale tours and installation environments while delivering top-quality sound. Sophisticated engineering and superior RF performance give you the features and flexibility you need to control up to 160 systems for the most extravagant productions, and UHF-R systems are compatible with Wireless Workbench 6 software for advanced frequency coordination, monitoring, and control.



Smart Features for Easy Operation

UHF-R boasts automatic frequency selection, transmitter sync, and intelligent, menu-driven system functionality for quick, intuitive setup. With up to 2400 selectable frequencies across an ultra-wide 60 MHz bandwidth, UHF-R can easily cope with with challenging RF environments. Shure's Advanced Track Tuning Filtering Technology enables UHF-R to deliver up to 40 simultaneous compatible systems per band without interference or compromised audio.





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Digital

  • ULX-D
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    V
  • 2,500
  • 60
  • 300ft.
  • 2xAA - 11hrsRechargeable option
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • $1,320-$1,505

Unrivaled Clarity

The digital wireless technology behind Shure's ULX-D digital wireless systems gives you pristine sound, without your having to worry about dropouts, noise, clipping, or processing that degrades your signal. ULX-D gives you up to 16 active transmitters in one 6MHz TV channel (up to 48 in High Density mode). With premium 24-bit/48kHz digital audio quality, 60dB of adjustable system gain per channel, scalable intelligent hardware, and boatloads of advanced functions, Shure ULX-D systems let you concentrate on your performance.



Single, Dual, and Quad Reciever Configurations

ULX-D recievers are available in single, double, and quad configurations, giving you from one to four recievers in one chassis. The ULXD4 reciever sports a compact, half-rackspace form factor, while the ULXD4D (dual) and ULXD4Q (quad) units are housed in a 19" rackmount chassis.

Rechargeable Battery Option

Shure's ULX-D digital wireless transmitters operate on two standard AA alkaline batteries or the optional SB900 rechargeable battery, giving you up to 12 hours of operation on a single charge – and potentially saving you money on regular disposable batteries. Batteries can be charged while remaining in handheld or bodypack transmitters.

Multiple-device Networking makes advanced setups easy

Want to build onto your Shure ULXD14/85 digital wireless microphone system? Or maybe you're adding on to a pre-existing ULX Digital wireless setup. Either way, thanks to Shure ULX-D Ethernet networking, setting up multiple recievers couldn't be easier. With this powerful networking technology onboard, integrating your ULXD14/85 digital wireless microphone system into a larger configuration is totally painless.

Rechargeable Batteries

Shure's Lithium Ion rechargeable battery option gives you over 11 hours of operation per charge, precision metering in hours/minutes, and can save you money by eliminating the expense of standard alkaline batteries.

  • Advanced, intelligent Lithium Ion technology gives you up to 12 hours of use on a single charge
  • Precision battery life metering in hours and minutes — accurate to 15 minutes
  • 50% charge within one hour; full charge withing three hours
  • Can save you money by eliminating the cost of disposable AA batteries
  • Charging stations accomodate charging batteries while in handheld or bodypack transmitters
SB900 Rechargeable Battery

Up to 12 hours of operation on a single charge

SBC200 Dual Docking
Charging Station

Four SBC200 units can be cascaded to charge eight batteries at once

SBC800 Eight Battery
Charging Station

Get maximum charging capability in one streamlined unit

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  • GLX-D
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    V
  • N/A
  • 8
  • 200ft.
  • 1xSB902 - 16hrsRechargeable only
  • No
  • No
  • $449-$589

Digital Clarity, Easy Operation

Shure's affordable GLX-D Wireless Systems deliver exceptional digital audio clarity and high-tech innovations that make performance sound easier, including LINKFREQ automatic frequency management and intelligent lithium-ion battery rechargeability. GLX-D Systems are available in a variety of configurations, including vocal, headset, and presenter systems, as well as a new pedalboard-mount guitar option.



LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management

GLX-D systems operate in the 2.4GHz frequency band, available worldwide, and are effortless to set up - with no buttons to push! Simply power on, and your receiver and transmitter are automatically set to the best available frequency. And if RG interference occurs, both automatically jump to a new clear frequency, with no interruption of your audio signal. The system is so smart, you can even adjust the transmitter level remotely from the GLXD receiver!



Intelligent Lithium-ion Battery Rechargeability

With up to 16 hours of continuous use on one battery charge and remaining run time displayed in hours and minutes, Shure's intelligent lithium-ion battery technology makes GLX-D amazingly convenient to use, and compared with the cost of disposable batteries, can save you serious cash over time. The receiver is equipped with a built-in charging port, and you can also recharge a battery while in a handheld transmitter using a USB charging cable. Need a quick-charge? 15 minutes gives you 1.5 hours of operation.



Pedalboard-mount Guitar Option

Shure GLX-D systems offer a choice of two receivers: the GLXD4 desktop receiver, plus a revolutionary option for guitarists and bassists - the GLXD6 guitar pedal receiver. Delivering exceptional digital audio clarity with intuitive operation, the GLXD6 easily integrates into (and is powered by) your pedalboard, and includes easy-to-read onboard strobe and meter guitar tuners.



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  • GLX-D
    Advanced
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    V
  • N/A
  • 11
  • 200ft.
  • 1xSB902 - 16hrsRechargeable only
  • Yes
  • No
  • $549–$689

Affordable Digital for Midsize Wireless Systems

If you want all the benefits of the already popular GLX-D digital wireless platform in a format that better accommodates multi-system setups, then GLX-D Advanced is the way to go. This platform offers major improvements over original GLX-D systems, including GLXD4R rackmount receivers, the UA846Z2 GLX-D Frequency Manager, and remote antenna mounting options.



Upgraded GLXD4R Rackmount Receiver

There are two major upgrades the GLXD4R offers over the original GLXD4 digital wireless receiver. First, this receiver is rackmountable and even comes with the hardware you need to add them to any standard 19" equipment rack. That makes them extra convenient for both mobile rigs and multi-system installations. The other upgrade is the antenna structure. Instead of being fixed and on the front, as they are on the original GLXD4, these removable half-wave antennas connect via BNC jacks, which double as connection to a GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager.



Advanced Multi-system Frequency Management

When you add a UA846Z2 GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager to your system, you can effectively consolidate up to six GLXD4R receivers into one centrally controlled system. This frequency manager goes far beyond merely combining antennas and distributing power, it also actively monitors and assigns frequencies and channel assignments for maximum efficiency. By doubling up individual systems on frequency channel assignments, a pair of UA846Z2s can support up to 11 GLX-D Advanced systems under optimal conditions, all while retaining the amazing agility that makes GLX-D digital wireless virtually immune to interference.


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  • PGX-D
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    V
  • 26
  • 5
  • 200ft.
  • 2xAA - 10hrs
  • No
  • No
  • $429-$549

Legendary Shure Mic Performance — with the Advantages of Digital

Shure's PGXD wireless systems give you legendary Shure microphone performance along with the advantages of breakthrough digital wireless technology. Featuring systems for vocalists, guitarists, and presenters, PGX Digital wireless employs cutting-edge 24-bit wireless technology for ultra-clean performance with extremely easy setup. Just use the "scan and sync" feature, and you'll be instantly ready to go. And with a range of up to 200 feet, you'll have total wireless freedom for up to five systems at once.



Outstanding Audio Clarity, Ease of Use, and Value

PGX Digital gives you state-of-the-art digital wireless technology at a very user-friendly price point. Thanks to true digital diversity and 900MHz operation that's free from TV signal interference, PGXD systems deliver robust, clean RF signals and audio that sounds like wired. And then there's PGXD's amazingly easy setup and operation, with scan and sync technology that quickly and easily sets up your system with a clear channel.

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  • QLX-D
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  • 2,500
  • 60
  • 300ft.
  • 2xAA - 9hrsRechargeable option
  • Yes
  • No
  • $973-$1,136

Streamlined Operation with Digital Clarity

Thanks to their streamlined operation, networked control, and AES 256-bit encryption, Shure's QLX-D wireless systems deliver outstanding digital wireless performance for a variety of medium-sized presentation spaces, music venues, and houses of worship. Offering pristine 24-bit digital audio and remarkably efficient RF spectrum usage, QLX-D gives you clear, uninterrupted, and worry-free operation.



A Variety of Configurations to Suit Your Needs

Shure QLX-D wireless is available in a variety of configurations, including handheld, headworn, lavalier, and guitar/bass. You can also combine the various form factors for an incredibly versatile combo wireless setup. Various power options are available, including the Shure SB900 lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Sporting 64MHz of tuning bandwidth, Shure QLX-D systems are solid, easy-to-use wireless solutions.





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*Need to combine bands? Contact your Sales Engineer to ensure the perfect system for your application.

Wireless: Analog Vs. Digital

Analog or digital — which wireless system is best for your needs? It really depends on your application and budget. In terms of dynamic and frequency response, digital wireless systems tend to offer better-sounding audio, in addition to being less noisy in end-of-range situations since — as with most things digital — they're either on or off. This difference is much more pronounced in the lower price ranges.


Latency — How Much Is Acceptable?

Analog, as you might expect, offers zero-to-negligible latency, while digital wireless systems exhibit varying latency as small as a few milliseconds, depending on the processing and RF technology used in the particular system. For teleconferencing applications with little or no sound reinforcement, latencies of 15ms or greater are typical (and acceptable). In performance applications, though — especially those involving proximate monitoring (in-ear, headphone, or a nearfield monitor wedge) — latency needs to be much lower.


RF Performance

RF interference can occur in both analog and digital wireless systems. The difference between them being somewhat dependent on which RF spectrum range the system tunes within. In the UHF TV band range, digital systems are more spectrally efficient, permitting almost twice as many compatible systems in the same RF footprint as their analog counterparts. In the 900MHz or 2.4GHz range, however, they can usually only manage four or five compatible systems in total. Analog systems tend to hold onto signal at end-of-range (albeit, with noisier operation), while digital may simply drop. A mitigating factor here is that digital usually requires a lower RF signal-to-noise ratio.


Do You Need Encryption?

If your application requires security such as encryption, the analog/digital choice is already made for you: you need a digital wireless system. Most Shure digital wireless systems use AES 256-bit encryption, generally considered the most secure encryption standard.


In Need of a Large Wireless System?

If you're outfitting your church or getting ready for a large stage production, Shure offers a range of wireless accessories designed to maximize the efficiency of larger wireless setups. From antenna combiners to power distribution units, your Sweetwater Sales Engineer is a wireless expert who can assist with designing the most efficient and cost-effective system for your specific needs.

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