Submitted December 6, 2010 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great for the price. Good, even when price isn't a concern."
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I can easily justify making the purchase, again, if these were to be damaged or stolen. I don't expect any issues with these that can't be easily remedied, and will be using them for a few years, yet, I suspect.
The sound quality on these is not bad at all, and I am picky about my microphones. These are reasonably accurate, and neutral sounding. They could e better, though.
I took the capsule out of an EV microphone I had lying around, and swapped it into one of these (voiding my warranty in the process--don't try this at home, kids), and this made a good microphone sound even better. If VocoPro could easily make an upgrade for these that would be worth a few extra dollars.
When there are not other devices interfering, these easily sound as good, and sometimes even better than wireless systems costing MUCH more.
swappable electronics modules on each channel.
The microphones themselves are easy to service and work on, if needed.
Nice rack mount
Snazzy carrying case, that I have re-purposed for other things.
Drawbacks (reason for only rating a 6):
No way to change the frequency on the mics and/or receiver. In some places I play, one or more of the mics are unusable, due to interference from other devices.
Ease of Use
Simple and straightforward. It is simply four microphone receivers in one rack mount box, and the corresponding four microphones.
These feel well-made, and very solid. I have a few corded mics in my gig bag as backups, but rarely use them. These have been in use for several months--several nights a week, with no issues, other than occasional interference, that any device with fixed frequencies would have to deal with.
The power supply to the main unit failed within the first month, it was promptly replaced with a much better regulated supply from my spares, anyhow, rather than making a warranty claim. Reading the other reviews, the power supplies seem to be the weak link, for most.
For me, this has been a very good value, and is a much better deal than the brand-name counterparts, at a fraction of the price.
I have not contacted support to help me with problems, but have asked a few questions regarding technical question and specifications that have been effectively ignored (two or more months with no answer). My queries have been made via their email interface on their website.
To their credit, they do indicate on the page, that if you do not feel that your question is being answered in a timely fashion, to call their phone number. I have yet to try that.
The Wow Factor
Cordless mics make my life easier. The appeal is a cleaner looking rig, fewer cords to trip over and less set-up/tear-down time. Rechargeable batteries built into the mics, clinch the deal, since these are more rugged than their sibling that uses the same receiver. The 5805 mics, with their metal bodies feel more hefty, and solid than their plastic 5800 counterparts, and there are no battery doors to lose.
DJ since 1988 and sound tech for local bands since 1999
An eclectic mix, ranging from show tunes to country, classic rock, rap, and everything in betweeen
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