Submitted March 20, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Good for the money."
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I'm glad I bought it, it exceeded my expectations. I've heard horror stories about wirelesses but I haven't had a 'horrible' experience with it, so I'm thrilled. This is by no means the best--it's no where near being the best--but it is definitely pretty good. Especially for your first wireless, like it is for me. It's just a good, cheap means of experimenting with wireless to see if you want to get into that. Now, having used this for several weeks I can now see myself spending a lot more on a higher quality wireless system. And even if this did really suck, I'm glad I'd only be out $50 vs. $300 if I had bought something "good".
But like I said, it does have issues with the signal from time to time.
When I'm at a good spot, it sounds just like I'm plugging straight in with my old monster cable. The quality sounds fantastic and I really love the wireless. However, at times when the signal is weak or I suppose "interfered" with, it will suck your tone and volume before eventually cutting out completely. Otherwise, sounds great.
It came with the receiver, transmitter, power supply, a 1/4" amp cord to connect the receiver to the amp (this cord is 1/4" on both ends) and it also came with a 1/8"-1/4" to connect the transmitter to the guitar. The transmitter in is a 1/8" jack, while guitar is obviously 1/4". So, it came with everything needed to plug and play.
These receivers are all pre-set to a specific frequency or channel (I've seen different sites marketing up to 4 different frequencies/channels), unlike other brands or models that let you choose which frequency you're using. I haven't had any problems with another wireless interfering, but I imagine it could be a problem since this box is only set to one frequency. But I don't know, this is my first wireless, so I'm still learning the technical details of how all this works...
Ease of Use
It's pretty basic and incredibly simple; pretty much plug and play. The receiver face has an on/off switch and gain knob. The rear has a 9v-in, 1/4" jack and the telescopic antenna. Pretty easy on this end; just plug the 1/4" into the back of the receiver and the input on your amp.
The transmitter has a level, on-standby-off switch and an 1/8" jack with a locking collar that secures the cord to the transmitter. Level is pretty straightforward. The power switch is a 3-way that goes from the off-position to standby (with a single red flash of the LED to indicate good battery life) and then to the on position.
The receiver feels really light and almost kinds of cheap... but it's durable. I let a friend use it, they set it on their amp and it had fallen off while jamming and still worked just fine; hadn't even noticed it had fallen, it kept on going. The transmitter is a tank as well, it's been dropped a time or two (I haven't bought the pouch for it yet) but both times it fell the cover popped off, revealing the circuits inside, which made me nervous. But the cover pops right back on just fine and the transmitter still works as if nothing happened. So for a while I was nervous about it breaking. But after over a month and the little accidents it's had, it still works, so my confidence and faith in this product has drastically improved.
The only issue I have with this is that after several weeks of using it is it's range... they market it as being able to pick up at so many feet, and it does have a far range... but if you're moving around, it seems sometimes you can hit spots where it cuts out, which is a problem. Also, if you stand to close to the receiver or at a weird angle or whatever the signal will cut in and out... I usually only have these issues when I'm bouncing back and forth from my pedal to the amp at practices. But actual performances when I stay at the front by the pedal, I have no issues with the signal cutting out. So, little moments aside, it's pretty good. But it's definitely NO WHERE near the best in wireless... it's good for the money.
Like I said in quality, it's good for the money. This was my first dip into wireless, and for the price it's good to see if this is something I can get into, and I love it. It's good to start out with; it's cheap and for what you pay it actually does a really good job and is awesome! I imagine the better brands are so much better, but this was a good, cheap investment to start experimenting with wireless...
I have no idea, haven't needed to contact them. Giving them a 10 for benefit of the doubt. zZounds however has always been so prompt and reliable whenever I've had inquiries or problems.
The Wow Factor
When I was looking for wirelesses and stumbled on this for the price, I wanted it soooo bad. A couple of the other guys who haven't dabbled in wireless either are drooling over it, especially for it's price (which I thing is the big draw with something like this).
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