When looking for the best wireless headset, you’ll want a model that’s durable, long-lasting, comfortable to wear, and capable of delivering a clean sound quality. You also need to consider the battery life and how long you’ll be using the microphone in any one session.
These are quite a lot of aspects that need balancing, so finding the perfect headset microphones can be difficult if you don’t know where to look and what to look for.
Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite wireless headsets that we think would make a great addition to any church’s sound equipment. There are five of them in total, each having their pros and cons listed out so you can quickly see if they’re what you’re looking for or not.
We’ve also added a small buyers’ guide that teaches how to judge these microphones by the sum of their parts. This can help you to better judge microphones in the future since you’ll know which specs are more desirable than others.
Top 5 Church Wireless Headsets
OUR TOP PICK
The first mic we have is the Countryman E6 Omnidirectional Earset, a tiny wireless condenser mic that’s quite powerful despite its compact size.
The fact it’s omnidirectional means that your voice will be picked up no matter what environment you’re in, which is perfect for speaking in the spacious interior of a church. This doesn’t come at the expense of the noise quality, however, since it minimizes interference when you’re talking.
The earset itself is very light and the connected two-millimeter Duramax cable is pretty strong thanks to the aramid-reinforcements it’s built with.
Aramid is a heat-resistant synthetic fiber that has military and aerospace applications, so you can imagine that the cable on the Countryman E6 is more than strong enough for use in religious buildings, some of the most peaceful buildings around.
As for the mic itself, it’s anchored in front of your mouth by a thin, flexible boom and kept in place by an ear clip that’s comfortable for long speaking sessions. These make sure that it’s a comfortable yet viable and easy to use microphone that those who aren’t tech-savvy can find value in.
Speaking of the techy details, frequency response caps built into the microphone ensure that certain realities of public speaking, like sweat, and occupational hazards that come with church work, like water, won’t reduce the quality of the mic’s sound.
We’ve already mentioned that it’s small but it should be pointed out that, during the somber and professional occasions that take place in churches, it’s considerate and respectful to have as subtle a microphone as possible.
You don’t want to be delivering a sermon or officiating a wedding ceremony with a massive, clunky headset, after all.
If you weren’t sold on all of the above, you might want to know that these microphones fit with all sorts of popular transmitter models like Shure, Carvin, JTS, and Trantec with TA4F or Tiny QG connections like ULX1, UR1, and PGX, or TA4F/S5.
- Omnidirectional mic pattern means your voice is picked up well.
- 2 mm Duramax aramid-reinforced cable is strong and heat resistant.
- Frequency response caps make sweat and water non-issues.
- Its small size makes it subtle and unobtrusive, perfect for a professional setting.
- A very compatible mic that fits with a variety of transmitter models.
- May require some fiddling around to get the best fit.
Next is the Samson SE10T Earset Microphone, a great value microphone that comes from an aptly named brand considering where it’ll be used. Now it’s Samson’s turn to be judged, however, and we’ve decided it’s worthy of the second place on our list.
This is because it has some similarities to the number one product on the list, with the Samson SE10T also having an omnidirectional polar pattern that delivers a crisp sound delivery to whichever sound system you’re using.
It's also very lightweight and isn’t noticeable at all when it’s on your head. What’s more, it can be placed on either side of your head since it’s designed to fit over both ears. It works wirelessly but has a detachable cable that can also be used with a clip to stabilize the microphone against your body.
There are also three windscreens that come with it, which can come in handy if you’re conducting an outdoor ceremony like a wedding.
The SE10T has a moisture-resistant coating on it that, again like our number one pick, makes sure that perspiration doesn’t reduce the mic sound quality by too much. It’s also another reason why outdoor ceremonies become more viable when you have this mic too, since it’ll handle a small amount of rain.
For all of these features, the Samson SE10T earset microphone comes with a humble price tag. Getting the best products for the cheapest is usually a good practice anyway but, when it comes to churches and the good causes they could spend the money they save on, trying to get an affordable microphone becomes an ethical obligation.
- Omnidirectional polar pickup pattern ensures crisp sound registration.
- Moisture-resistant coating stops perspiration from affecting mic performance.
- Includes a cable clip and 3 windscreens for a stable setup.
- Can fit on either your left or right ear.
- An affordable microphone option for those on a budget.
- Ear supports slacken with time, loosening the earset fit.
At the third spot on our list is the Pyle Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System, yet another wonderfully cheap option for those churches who want to get into wireless sound systems but aren’t sure how much time and money they want to invest.
It’s a package, so for the price point, you’ll get two headsets, two accompanying lavalier mics, and two body-pack transmitters.
As the product title suggests, the sets have dual frequency channel capability so you can use two different speakers with them. This comes with a broad audio response range that lowers sound distortion, meaning that your voice will be captured with high fidelity.
The audio capture quality is great due to the high signal to noise ratio of these microphone sets, which is present because they were specifically designed with conferencing in mind.
Each lavalier mic features independent volume control that allows you to adjust your speech input. This is perfect for matching your volume settings to the environment that your preaching in, taking into consideration factors like echo.
Also, the sets are a convenient on/off switch that, when not connected to the sound system, will indicate its signal connection status via easily visible LED lights.
- A very affordably priced microphone package that contains two sets.
- Dual-frequency channel with a low distortion broad audio response range.
- Captures high-quality audio via a high signal/noise ratio.
- Independent mic volume control allows you to balance the vocal input to match your surroundings.
- Convenient on/off switch indicated by an LED status signal indicator that makes the mic easy to use.
- Belt clips aren’t the most durable.
Next up we have a product from one of the more reputable audio brands out there with the Shure BLX14R Wireless Microphone System, a great entry-level bundle option to get any church started in competent audio management.
We say this because, along with the BLX4R microphone, you also get a bodypack transmitter, a mounting kit, a zippered carrying bag, and even the first set of batteries that the system requires.
Like some of the others above, this microphone earsets are described as subminiature and very discreet when worn, ensuring that the attentions of your flock aren’t stolen away by the equipment on your head.
The fact it's so compact also brings it closer to the face and mouth, meaning the vocal clarity of its audio capture is of a higher quality.
The mic itself is a small condenser microphone with omnidirectional polar patterns, the ideal combination for those who want high audio fidelity when trying to record in areas that are either open and prone to echo or subject to the wind.
These mics also establish which frequencies are best and automatically joins them with the one-touch QuickScan frequency selector.
They fit over your ear, which is comfortable, but we have noticed that this can interfere with those who wear glasses. All this results in some discomfort that may require removing the glasses for a temporary period, but this may still be a concern for some pastors.
- A useful entry-level bundle that includes a bodypack, carry bag, and batteries.
- Discreet, subminiature microphones capture audio with a high vocal clarity.
- Omnidirectional polar pattern catches your voice well in open, echoey places.
- One-touch QuickScan frequency selection will automatically detect and operate on the best frequency.
- May have difficulties with it sitting right if you wear glasses.
- No sync button on the body packs to sync with the receiver.
Once again we have our old friends at the Samson brand with their AirLine Micro Wireless Earset Fitness Microphone, a 100% wireless set that requires no belt or body attachments that make it easy to set up and take off when you’re done with it.
The mic has the omnidirectional pattern that’s been so prevalent on our list, affording you a higher quality of sound capture. With the earset comes its AC adapter, the cables you’ll need to fully operate and recharge it, and even a carry case that’ll keep it safe, which should add to how long the product can last.
The rechargeable headset comes with its own AR2 dock that receives and charges the microphone when you’re not using it.
All the accompanying USB cables are included, so you don’t need to worry about that. The dock allows you to make sure the headset is charged when you need it, so you’re not relying on standard batteries that could potentially run out mid-sermon.
Once you’ve charged the earset, the lithium-ion battery in the transmitter will net you about five to six hours of smooth operation.
The size of the earset combined with Samson’s white/cream color scheme makes the AirLine less discreet to wear. This won’t be a problem for all but it’s still something to be aware of, nonetheless.
- The omnidirectional polar pattern allows the mic to pick up sound very well.
- A rechargeable headset that comes with its own docking station.
- Once charged, the earset has approximately 5-6 hours of operation.
- Comes with an AC adapter, the relevant cables, and a carry case.
- Isn’t the most discreet earset when mounted on your head.
- Not as many ratings on its product page.
How to buy the best wireless headset microphone
We’ve written this buyers’ guide so that you can see how we broke each microphone set down to rank them. By learning what to look for, you can find the best headsets when searching online, guaranteeing you get the best product based on specs alone since getting hands-on experience with the mics isn’t feasible.
The aspects we broke each mic down into was as follows: mic type, boom or lavalier, polar patterns, moisture prevention, and frequency response.
Where the microphone type is concerned, you just need to grab one that picks up your voice whilst eliminating any ambient sound in the environment you’re speaking in. Condenser microphones are best for this, hence why all of the above products have those microphones instead. This isn’t a surprise when you consider that condenser microphones are designed to capture more delicate sounds at higher frequency ranges, being the favored microphone type in recording studios.
Dynamic microphones, on the other hand, are better for capturing loud sounds in generally loud environments. Most churches won’t need this type of performance, so we’d recommend condensers over dynamics for most circumstances, and even if your church is particularly raucous the mid- to high-end condenser mics can still deliver an adequate performance.
Boom or Lavalier
Most headsets or earsets will have a boom that extends down and suspends the microphone before your mouth, where it can better capture your vocalizations. A good boom will be durable but flexible whilst being small and thin enough to be unobtrusive, which can be a hard balance to achieve. A headset with a fragile boom will undoubtedly have negative reviews calling that problem out, so pay attention to your fellow buyers’ reviews.
Lavaliers are where the microphone is clipped onto your clothing, usually the lapel as it positions the mic as close as possible to your mouth without it getting in the way. Lavaliers can’t be rivaled when it comes to subtlety, though they usually require a bodypack to be installed. This can easily be concealed under some garb if that’s a problem, however.
Polar patterns determine how much sound the microphone can take in and usually from which direction, too. This is important for catching audio happening in real-time. You should invariably go for omnidirectional mics since these are great at capturing audio in wide, open spaces, which churches tend to be. Omnidirectional mics do lose some audio crispness if there’s a lot of ambient noise, so it’s best for speaking in controlled environments.
This is a great durability measure to look out for when you’re buying your headset. If you’re giving a lengthy sermon, it’s not uncommon for you to sweat a little. There are also other hazards like splashes of water or light rains if you’re using it outdoors, so it’s handy to have coated headsets that won’t suffer from coming into contact with this sweat and water.
This doesn’t mean the headsets or earsets will be waterproof, however, so don’t get too overconfident in how much you could put your microphones through. This feature also gets more important if your speaker is prone to sweating more when speaking.