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Old August 7th, 2002, 03:05 PM   #1
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Samson VHF Micro

Hi,

Has anyone ever used the Samson VHF micro wirless mic\lav system? I realize it is VHF and is not as good as UHF but regardless. Does anyone have any opinions of this system?

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Old August 8th, 2002, 07:48 PM   #2
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Well, it doesn't look like there are many Samson users amongst us. I tried a Samson wireless unit about 7 or 8 years ago. It went back for service 2 or 3 times for low levels and high noise. It never did work perfectly. However, I'm sure they make a respectable product in their price range. Find a dealer with a decent return policy and try it for a day or two and see if you find it acceptable for your needs. The Sennheiser Evolution 100 series is probably the favorite here. Search for it and read the many favorable posts about it. ZGC, on of the sponsors sells Sennheiser http://www.zgc.com/ give them a try.

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Old August 8th, 2002, 08:27 PM   #3
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The biggest problem with VHF units is interference from competing services. Usually you can find resonably priced VHF systems at local music supply stores where you can try before you buy.

Another manufacturer to look at is Nady.

But my favorite is the Sennheiser Evolution 100.

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Old August 9th, 2002, 07:51 AM   #4
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Azden also offers some modest priced VHF systems that work OK for weddings and similar work. A systm capable of using multiple frequencies is good to have. It is not unusual to be at a venue (e.g., church) where their wireless system may be on the same frequency as yours. I recall a few years ago a case where the DJ at a reception was using a (Radio Shack?) wireless, and nearby police calls were coming in on his system.

A potential concern with any wireless mic is the noise floor (hiss if you will). Some are much beter than others.

Some UHF systems offer many user selectable frequencies - a plus.
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Old August 9th, 2002, 02:53 PM   #5
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I have been using Samson's UHF UM32 units now for several months and they work great. I was trying to sell my second samson setup as I wasnt using it very much but decided to hang onto it (you just never know when you are gonna need a backup)
I was pretty impressed with the quality of the sound (the unit itself is plastic), it has great range and no noticable dropouts that I have experienced yet. I was sold on the unit by Brian at Zotz Digital and they have served their intended purpose well (I shoot weddings and use it to mic the groom).

My unit with the included sony ecm-44 lav is a very sensitive setup, it picks up the groom, the priest, the bride and pretty much everything else going on up at the altar... and afterwards.

So there may not be many of us Samson users, but I am happy with what I got.

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