Review: Shure PGXD Wireless Mic System w/Beta58A
Everyone knows that wireless mics are a vocalist’s best friend. We all want one. More than that, we want the right one. It can’t be cheap. It can’t be spotty. And it can’t make a mockery of us at the gig with the big boys. But it also can’t break the bank.
Enter the new Shure PGXD series - 24 bit digital audio quality that operates in the 900 Mhz band wireless system designed for performance at a price that won’t steal away all your precious gig money for the year.
Besides being digital, the PGXD offers up a bunch of other features, including adjustable gain, one-touch setup, up to ten hours of battery life, 200 foot range, and your choice of the PG58, SM58, SM86, Beta 58A or Beta 87A handset choices. On top of all that it comes in a seriously cool custom foam insert molded plastic case with a comfy built in handle that packs everything away tightly and securely for transport
If you’ve been a gigging vocalist for awhile, let’s face it - wireless systems that don’t cost a fortune all start to seem the same. What truly sets them apart is the sound and reliability. And with all the changes going on in wireless lately, it’s hard to know which system will give you the most bang for the buck.
So I asked my good friend, Valerie James, a hard working pro vocalist in Las Vegas to test out the PGXD series onstage so I could hear it in action.
On top of that, I chose one of Valerie’s gigs that would really put it to the test: one of Vegas’ loudest rock rooms - a place called Vamp’d that is wired for sound and hosts some of the hottest rock bands in the country.
Among her many gigs, Valerie appears in a Heart tribute group called Heart Alive. And the lungs on this girl are no joke. Anyone who can pull off Ann Wilson all night without blinking requires a mic that can really do it’s job. So we set Valerie up, watched the lights go up, and watched her wow a packed house all night on it.
The PGXD system was clean, clear and brilliant. No drops. No hits. No dips. Just pure vocal sound sailing into the house. I loaded two brand new AAA batteries into it before handing it to the sound guy wondering if we’d need to reload later. But that wasn’t necessary. The Beta 58A is medium weight handset - not too heavy and certainly not flimsy. The power/mute button on the base is recessed just enough not to hit it accidentally while handling.
After the show, I asked Valerie what she thought and she had rave reviews. “It sounded great from the stage!” she said, “and I have to give them serious props on the clip - it’s rubber and was so easy to work with. I could just slap it back onto the stand and it naturally clipped in. So seamless. It’s a great mic!”
But, you don’t have to take our word for it.
Pros: Great sound, reliable digital signal, accessories are helpful and well made, pro sound at a working player’s price
Cons: None that we could find
Online: $429 to $479 depending on handset or headset