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When it comes to choosing the correct microphone for our specific needs, there are a great many factors that we should consider. Of course, depending on whether we are recording a podcast within the privacy of our own home, or performing on a stage on front of hundreds, it's of paramount importance that we select the microphone most appropriate for our purposes.
Though there are literally hundreds of aspects to take into consideration, one of the more obvious points to think about are whether or not your new microphone will be wireless or not. Let's take a look at the advantages of wired microphones:
A sturdy signal
Because a wired microphone is physically connected to an amplifier or recording equipment, we can be sure that the signal will never waver, no matter the talent's position or movements. Though range will be shortened when compared to the freedom offered by a wireless microphone, there is little chance of interference from other radio apparatus that could be emitting frequencies at the same time.
Additionally, a talent using a wired microphone will not be affected by 'dead' spots that can sometimes inhibit the signal utilised by wireless examples. In much the same way that a landline telephone will never suffer from a poor signal unless the physical wires are damaged, nor will a wired microphone fail due to where you are standing. Even the most advanced smartphones can lose signal in remote areas - the same is true of wireless microphones, so a wired one eliminates this problem.
Because a wired microphone is physically connected to an amplifier or recording equipment, we can be sure that the signal will never waver.
No need for batteries
Again drawing a parallel with mobile phones, a wired microphone will never run low on juice, so there is no need to worry that your recording session will be brought to an abrupt end. As a wired mic is plugged directly into recording equipment or speaker, it takes power straight from this source - this is known as 'phantom' power. Hence, batteries will never be required, no matter how frequently the microphone is used.
This isn't quite the case with wireless microphones, which may require constant recharging if used on a constant basis.