7 Best microphones for public speaking

Public speaking is a roaring issue nowadays. We are currently stepping into the era when the personal brand becomes a determination of success and the art of public speaking is able to open you the road to new contracts, followers and simply conquer the people’s hearts.

One of the most famous examples of a good public speaker is Donald Trump. You may love him or hate him,  but you can’t deny that he has a significant superiority when it comes to public speeches. He might have made severe mistakes during his electoral campaign but his skills to sound confident and trustworthy on public lead him to the victory.

In fact, both internal and external factors form a great public speaker. It won’t be probably a surprise if you find out that location, where the action takes place, can always be big trouble itself. The wind may be too strong, the streets can be too deafening, the hall may be too big and many people can sit too far away to hear you clearly.

A good microphone is one of the crucial parts of public speaking. Well, the events can vary and as a consequence, they may require different types of microphones. For example, if for the Halloween party speech in your local school a simple USB computer mic can be enough, then for a racing politician giving one of the final speeches in front of thousands of people a very specific and reliable gear is required.

This article will help you to actually figure out which microphone you should use for your public speech and which mic gives you the most for their price.

Shure BLX24/PG58 Handheld Wireless System

Dynamic mics keep their position to be considered the best microphones for any kind of performance, including public speaking. A dynamic microphone is an item always comfortable to work with allowing you to move in any directions without worrying about the signal or wires.

This wireless microphone is considered to be one of the best items ever for public speeches. The number of situations where you can utilize this microphone is basically countless. What is more, if besides you there are going to be other presenters at the event and you have to stand out, then the quality of this gear will assist you in this task.

publicmic1It comes in a set with a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter here has an integrated PG58 cardioid dynamic microphone capsule. The LED light on the microphone shows you the charge level of the battery. The gain control is adjustable. In order to function, the mic requires two AA batteries. However, when you buy this mic, the batteries are already included.

The operating range of the microphone is truly impressive. It can cover up to 300 feet. The updated industrial design includes the construction of metal parts which makes the mic longlasting and fancy looking. Shure BLX Wireless Systems combine professional-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface for legendary audio performance right out of the box.

It works with the BLX4 single-channel receiver and a BLX2/PG58 handheld transmitter, a microphone clip that gives you the total control while being on stage. The interface is intuitive and the set up is easy. Even when it is a dynamic microphone, it reproduces the crispy clear sound.

The mic can operate on batteries up to 14 hours before you will need to recharge them. What is more, it includes up to 12 compatible systems per frequency band. With one-touch QuickScan frequency selection, you will define the best frequency possible. The audio input level is 0dB: -20 dBV on gain, maximum -10dB: -0 dBV. The sensitivity is -105 dBm for 12 dB SINAD. Power requirements: 12-15V DC.

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GEARDON Rechargeable Dual Wireless Microphone System

This is the set which included 2 microphones. It is beneficial if you are a party host, for example, and work together with someone, or sometimes make collaborations then an extra mic will never be left out. The time of work of each microphone is 12 hours. Since there are two of them you can always use the second one as a backup plan.

publicmic2The maximum distance here is 250 feet which is also not bad at all. The microphones obviously come together with an audio system and have LED light showing the battery level and all the necessary information on the screen. The design of the whole system looks very exquisite and give this mic additional points. With a microphone like this, you will definitely feel more confident in your public speeches.

The construction of the microphones is metallic which means they can sustain some part of external accidents and it also gives points to their durability. Besides, the system includes a built-in PLL synthesized technology for an even clearer signal.

The frequency response is 30 ~ 20 Khz, the sampling ratio is 48KHz, the RX sensitivity is < -94dBm. The set includes one year warranty. It is easy to set up thanks to the automatic channel searching disturb function. Both mics also have 2 dual-channel selectable UHF frequencies for interference-free operation.

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This microphone is more suitable for you if you are planning public speeches that require active motion and audience engagement. Have you ever seen the Tony Robins’ show? He’s very active during his performances so he always uses a microphone like this.

publicmic3There is a stereotype that the mics of this type are not so good when it comes to capturing the sound comparing to dynamic microphones. Well, it depends on the specifics of your performances. This particular mic is a wireless system, which includes a transmitter and a camera-mounted receiver. You can use the receiver without the camera as well. Still, such an option is neer extra and you don’t know when you might need it. The main feature of this system is that it comes with a lavalier microphone.

However, for the proper functioning of such a mic, you should be aware of how to fix it on your clothes correctly. This is the professional type of a lavalier microphone which is explained by its price. This item is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 yards.

The transmitter has a display where you can see the battery level. There you can also mute the mic or select the channel. The TX-BELT transmitter can be fitted to a belt or clothing and features a locking thread to ensure the microphone connection is as secure as possible. The receiver is capable to accept the audio signal coming from up to 8 transmitter channels.

The only disadvantage here maybe is that the mic functions not so well near the WiFi transmitters. Make sure they are far or turned off during the time you are using the mic.

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Audio-Technica ATW-2129AI 2000 Series Wireless Lavalier System

This lavalier microphone is more advanced than the previous one. This producer makes various types of the mic so they definitely have experience in the audio gear. This microphone has a cardioid capsule and that one can be much better than omnidirectional one, especially at live performances. Thus the noise coming from the audience won’t be too overwhelming.

publicmic4The system can also hop between the frequencies, thanks to the automatic frequency scanning. You also get 10 compatible user-switchable channels in one of two UHF frequency ranges. With this product, you will get clear sound quality and therefore a solid and reliable performance. The frequency is 487.125-506.500 MHz.

The microphone is easy to set up and use. The switch on/off button is placed on the microphone. The battery compartment is easy to access. Settings inside the battery compartment are intuitive.

There is only one issue which may occur: the microphone can be fixed really weakly on your clothes. It is a problem with the most lavalier microphones but still.

What is more, you can always acquire the pieces on the set separately if you want. The thing is they don’t really function without each other.

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Audio-Technica ATW-2192AI-TH 2000 Series Wireless Headworn Microphone System

A futuristically-looking microphone that is known for its great quality. It is a head microphone so it gives you the freedom of action on the stage as well. However, not only Audio-Technica makes the product like this and you can easily find the closest substitutes in the Amazon.

publicmic5You can choose between two colors – white and black what makes an item more personalized according to your personal taste. Speaking about technical characteristics, the microphone has the omnidirectional polar pattern and it catches the sound quite decently.

The transmitter and the receiver work correctly and shouldn’t cause any problems. The receiver has an LCD screen that shows operating status. The functioning power can be gained through AA batteries. The head mic is extremely convenient in the sense that it captures the sound more efficiently than the lavalier microphones even though it doesn’t always add the cuteness to your appearance on stage. But it is a good way to stay expressive in front of a big audience.

It is easy to shift or accidentally touch a lavalier microphone, which can cause unpleasant sound. In the case with head-worn microphones, such incidents are very rare – you can turn your head however you like and the sound will still be constant and unchanging.

The usage of a head microphone is comfortable both for the big and small audience and this item is perfect in both cases. It has a quite affordable price comparing to the previous ones, clear sound quality and also 10 compatible user-switchable channels in one of two UHF frequency ranges. The frequency range is 487.125-506.500 MHz. The microphone still operates well even at a low battery level.

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Fifine Handheld Dynamic Microphone Wireless 

For those who are not able to afford the item listed above, here is a budget option which is still has a very decent quality. Moreover, this mic maybe has a slight advantage comparing to those, since it is compatible with a more number of devices.

It gives you freedom of mobility and movement during your live performances. An item could be found really beneficial by hosts since it is perfect to be used at weddings, small parties, karaoke nights, birthday parties and so on. Even though the mic is not claimed as professional, it is still has a decent UHF wireless capability providing a stronger clearer signal and better sound quality. The chance that some interference of lost of the signal will happen on the stage is minimal.

publicmic6The working range is 80 feet which is more than good for a mic of such a price. Maybe you won’t be able to walk for hundreds of feet in any direction you want but it is still quite enough for public speeches, for school speeches, local concerts, and making a presentation.

The microphone has 20 frequencies for interference. On the microphone you will find a small display, indicating the battery level so you can change the battery any time. It also enables constant monitoring of system operation. There is a cardioid capsule that gives a smooth and warm sound and excellent feedback rejection. It captures the maximum from your voice and provides clear and well-mixed feedback, layering effectively on each possible background. In other words, the low handling noise sensitivity makes you feel like you have a great sound quality.

The microphone itself is lightweight, so you can hold a performance for many hours without your hands getting tired. It’s a compact wireless microphone and receiver with a durable 1/4 inch jack output for DJ mixers and guitar amps. By the way, pay attention that here batteries are not included in the initial set. You will obviously also need speakers and the amplifier. The usage of portable Bluetooth speakers lower than 15 watts, such as JBL charge, Doss touch, Bose is not recommended for this item.

Even though the working distance is enough, watch carefully there are no obstructions between the transmitter and receiver. This distance will vary depending on metal objects, people and other obstructions and on the signal strength. The battery life will obviously vary on the type of battery you will decide to use. In general, a great microphone when you urgently need a reliable audio gear for a presentation or a speech – since it doesn’t take long to set it up.

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Zoweetek Portable Rechargeable Mini Voice Amplifier with Wired Microphone Headset and Waistband

And another headset coming together with an amplifier which will help you to avoid over tensing your voice. The quality of the sound will be a pleasant surprise for you – clear, crisp, no noise and no distortion. Again, this is quite an affordable option so more people are able to buy it without the struggle.

The microphone requires a power supply of 10 watts and the working distance is about 10000 square feet which is awesome and allows you to experiment with the scale of performances that you make with this mic. The item itself is compact and lightweight so you can even forget during your speech you actually have a microphone.

publicmic7The placement of this mic can be versatile. You can use the back clip to fix it on your belt or pocket. Or you can also use waistbelt to tie it around your waist or hang it on your neck. It comes together with an 1800 mAh rechargeable lithium battery. Working time is quite impressing – it’s 12 hours which is comparable to one’s professional mics. The microphone can be charged using the USB cable and it means you can charge it basically everywhere. Usually, it takes from 3 to 5 hours to get fully charged.

It also supports Mp3 audio playing and can repeat a single tune, loop all music and switch songs. The 3.5mm AUX audio input is also supported. And don’t worry that you are going to feel uncomfortable wearing this headset – the microphone is adjustable so you can regulate the distance between the mic itself and your mouth.

For such an affordable price the item is made of the really durable and wear-resistant ABS material. It is suitable for different performance situations, including parties, teaching classes, training, concerts, tour guides. public speeches and many more. For example, teachers would definitely find this microphone useful since sometimes they have to speak for 6-8 hours a day which itself is exhausting for the voice and they need also to stay louder than the noisy children. So this one mic with an amplifier would become a real voice saver for them.

FAQ for buyers of microphones for public speaking

How long does it take for a wireless microphone to recharge? 

It depends on the power range of am item, but most of the cases it’s 5 to 7 hours. Or some of the wireless microphones come with external AA batteries which you replace or recharge according to various parameters.

Which microphone is more comfortable for public speaking: dynamic, lavalier or the headset?

If you are planning a speech where you need to be expressive and theatrical for a big audience then you will need a headset or at least a lavalier microphone. Actually, lavalier microphones are the best for blogging or for small performances in not spacious rooms. Dynamic microphones are the question of taste and comfort, but as a rule, they give more qualitative outcomes – that’s why most singers use them. However, it can be quite difficult to hold it in your hand all the time plus the breath during the public speaking is not so intermittent, so a headset is a good alternative.

What should I do if the microphone lost the signal during my public speech? Should I make a claim for a manufacturer? 

First of all, don’t panic and reboot the microphone and connect to the transmitter one more time. If that doesn’t work, check the settings. If a mic stopped working for no reason and you still have a warranty then you absolutely able to claim a refund.

Can I use power adapters for the microphone which requires a power input that I cannot provide? 

Yes, but try to use a trustworthy one. Otherwise, it is not recommended to risk because thus you can burn down the power supply and even cause a blackout.

How to connect the mics with the receiver?

First, you switch on the reciever then you switch on the mic. They should connect automatically. Pay attention if there are other wireless microphones and if your microphone can be connected to the receiver simultaneously with other microphones.

How do I set a microphone for speaking? 

The scheme of setting up the microphone for speaking is nearly the same as setting it up for vocals. Take into consideration the features of your voice and add necessary frequencies using equalizer. If you are using a budget mic that has no equalizer you can always install software and set up a mic using your laptop or PC. One difference which can be significant in comparison to singing is that the microphone should be less sensitive in order to avoid plausive sounds.

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