Shure WH20QTR Headset Microphone (with 1/4" Plug)SKU: SWH20-P
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The Shure Model WH20 is a rugged, lightweight, dynamic headset microphone that provides high-quality voice pickup. It fits securely for active microphone users, such as aerobics instructors and musicians, with low visibility for stage appearances. The WH20 is suitable for any voice communications application where comfort and reliability are required.
The WH20 has a cardioid (unidirectional) pickup pattern. This provides greater gain-before-feedback and isolation from ambient noise and other unwanted sound sources, such as air-conditioning, musical instruments and loudspeakers. A carefully shaped frequency response includes a voice-frequency presence peak and a low-frequency rolloff to compensate for the proximity effect inherent in cardioid microphones during close-talk operation.
An integrated elastic CROAKIES headband secures the headset comfortably. The headband, wireframe, and gooseneck are adjustable to accommodate any head size or shape. The WH20 is supplied with a foam windscreen and clothing clip.
WH20QTR has a right-angle 1/4 inch phone plug for use with Shure Headset Wireless Microphone Systems, or any unbalanced microphone input.
- • Lightweight wireframe and headband adjust for a secure, comfortable fit • Extra-strong, small-diameter attached microphone cable resists breakage • Collapsible microphone boom for easy storage and transportation • Smooth, natural frequency response comparable to high-quality dynamic hand-held vocal microphones • High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion • Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes • Supplied foam windscreen and clothing clip
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Comments about Shure Wh20qtr Headset Microphone (With 1/4" Plug):
I have the WH20XLR (the XLR version of this headset). It is an extremely good headset.
Very comfortable to wear, and very secure once fitted to your head (I am a drummer in a metal band, and this thing stays on better than any other design I have tried).
Soundwise this thing lives up to Shure's legendary status. It is almost as good as my SM-57's and SM-58's. I say "almost" because the frequency range is a little narrower then those other two, which is to be expected as it uses a smaller element (If you need the extended range the WH-30 condenser version is for you). I found it very easy to compensate for the frequency response with some mild EQ adjustments.
Note: The output of this mic is a lot lower than that of a standard handheld mic, this is common among headset mics. Some people might get frustrated if they simply plug it into the board, than crank the boards pre's to get the volume out of it.
I would suggest that anyone interested in this mic (or any mic for that reason, especially headsets), run this thing through a mic pre (either dedicated or a mixer's pre), and DON'T crank the pre, but instead get a respectable level, than run the signal through a good Compressor/Noise Gate unit (either post-Pre or via the Mixer's Insert if there is one available), then boost the signal using the Post-Gain control of the compressor (or the mixer's fader, post-insert) if you need to add more volume. At least than you'll be boosting a "Clean" signal, and won't be frustrated because your boosting every background noise the mic picks up (Like your breath...Noise Gates are a beautiful thing).
As far as the pick-up pattern is concerned, it is very tight and rejects my drums and cymbals very well, as well as the walls of Marshall and Bass Amps my band uses (Especially with a setup like I described just a moment ago).
Really, I can't say enough good things about this mic. It came with some windscreens, and the cable is easily secured to my clothing.
Conclusion: If your looking for one of the absolute best headset mics on the market, and can only spend minimal cash, then be thankful that the good folks at Shure exist!!!!!!
The rest of my band are now buying the WH20TQG version (with P4 connector for wireless), after hearing mine.
Series Wireless Systems Series Model WH20QTR Headset Microphone
WH20QTR Headset Microphone (with 1/4" Plug)
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