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Excellent vocal microphone choices for PA, include the Shure SM58, the Electro Voice ND767a, the Samson Q8, and the Audix OM2. If price is an issue, other good choices include the Shure PG58, the Electro-Voice PL44, the Samson CQ6. For miking instruments popular choices include the Shure SM57 and the Samson Q4.
Wireless Microphones: Wireless microphones must be considered if you plan to pass mics around to an audience or if your performers are moving around the stage. Although the subject of wireless microphones is too large for this article, you can be sure that all wireless microphones will be suitable for your PA system. With wireless mics, you need to consider whether you want a handheld microphone, which is easy to pass from performer to performer, or a clip-on lavalier microphone which leaves the speaker's or performer's hands free.
Speaker Stands and Microphone Stands: We recommend that you mount your speakers on speaker stands for the best sound and dispersion in a large area. This may not be necessary in a boardroom, classroom, or kiosk location where you are not trying to cover a large space. If using handheld microphones, you will also need to consider microphone stands. In performance, a straight stand will usually do for vocalists, but for drummers and acoustic guitar players, consider a boom stand to enable you to position the mics properly. There are also tabletop stands for conference tables and dais locations.