REVIEWED: SAMSON STAGE XPD1 HANDHELD USB DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEM

REVIEWED: SAMSON STAGE XPD1 HANDHELD USB DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEM

The Stage XPD1 Handheld USB Digital Wireless System is designed to give you high definition audio for creating videos on laptops, tablets or smartphones. It has a USB-powered receiver that plugs right into your computer, and a handheld microphone transmitter powered by AA batteries. It offers super-easy one-touch setup and is reliable at up to 100 feet. Unlike traditional wireless systems that require complex setup processes such as matching component frequencies, the Stage XPD1 system automatically pairs the receiver to the transmitter, so it’s much neater than a traditional mic/receiver system that requires its own cables and power. It’s compatible with iPads and iPhones using Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit, and it also works with Samson’s Expedition Series Portable PAs with USB Wireless ports. You can even use two of them at once with these PAs.

 

The microphone itself is good quality – maybe not the kind of thing you would throw into a road case at full-strength or slam onto the floor in the ultimate mic drop, but certainly strong enough for general in-the-field use. That’s more than fine though, because while it’s clear that this is a handy tool for home recording, it’s utterly ideal for podcasters and videographers. If you like to make YouTube gear demos, this thing is perfect. Or if your band likes to do the odd live Q&A or video for fans, it’s ridiculously easy to use.

 

This is a really simple, reliable, great-sounding mic for general-purpose situations. I probably wouldn’t use an array of them to mic up a whole band, but for field recording, tangle-free home recording and easy setup for vocalists, it’s a no-brainer.

 

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