Shure PGXD14/PGA31-X8 Wireless Mic Headset Review

The Shure PGXD14/PGA31-X8 is an extremely high-rated digital headset microphone system. If you’re looking for incredible dependability at an affordable price, this is the pick for you. Keep in mind; this system operates in the 900 MHz frequency band which is not available in countries outside of the U.S.A and Canada. Therefore, if you live in or planning on touring outside of those countries, your better off skipping down to the next wireless headset microphone system.

Sound Quality
The Shure PGXD 14 uses 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital transmission for the most accurate wireless representation of your microphone. The headset has a condenser microphone designed for greater voice articulation. Its sound quality is clear and even with its unidirectional cardioid polar pattern for reduced background noise. The headset microphone is also able to withstand higher gain before feedback occurs. Overall, the Shure PGXD14/PGA31-X8 sound quality is very good perfectly suitable for singers.

Reliability
The Shure PGXD14/PGA31-X8 is one of the few wireless systems that operate in the 900 MHZ frequency band which is less congested than other frequency bands. In other words, there is a much less chance for signal interference. It also uses True Digital Diversity, meaning both antennas work independently to scan for the best open channel. If one antenna starts to get signal interference, the other antenna acts as a safety net. The PGXD Automatic frequency selection feature finds the clearest open channel with a push of the button on the receiver. Overall, the Shure PGXD14 is incredibly reliable. Based off of my experience in the audio world mixed with every single review of this product, there are no recorded dropouts with this system.

Convenience
Like most wireless guitar systems, the PGXD 14’s transmitter takes 2 AA batteries for 9 hours of playtime. Another convenience downside of the PGXD 14 is the units do not automatically sync up with each other. After turning on both the transmitter and receiver for the PGXD 14, you must sync the transmitter to the receiver by keeping the transmitter case open toward the receiver, then press the circular button on the right of the receiver.

Plastic systems are more susceptible to damage than those that are metal. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the PGXD 14 is at a cheaper price is because both the transmitter and receiver are made of plastic. It’s best to purchase a Neotech Wireless Pouch for added protection for the transmitter.

Features

  • True digital diversity
  • Less congested 900 MHZ frequency band
  • Gain adjustment range: 10dB
  • 1/4″ and XLR audio outputs
  • Very accurate sound with 24-bit / 48kHz digital technology
  • Included Accessories: PGA31 headset microphone, Power supply, carrying case, windscreen, clip, user manual, and 2 AA batteries

Pros

  • Digital transmission
  • Extremely reliable: zero recorded dropouts
  • Great bang for the buck: Affordable for exceptional performance
  • Highest rated wireless headset microphone system on the market for the price below $600
  • 24-bit / 48kHz 
  • Great range: 200 feet
  • Comfortable headset

Cons

  • Not available outside of the United States and Canada
  • Plastic receiver
  • Plastic transmitter

Tech Specs

System:Digital
Battery Type:2 AA
Transmitter Battery Life:9 hour
Range:200 feet
Sampling Rate:24-bit / 48kHz 
Latency:3.5 ms
Simultaneous Systems Per Band:5
Receiver Build:Plastic
Channel selection:Manual
Transmitter Type:Body Pack
Receiver Type:Table Top
Frequency Range:900 MHz
Microphone Type: Condenser
Microphone Polar Pattern: Cardioid unidirectional
System Frequency Response:20Hz-20kHz

If you’re interested, see our Top 4 Wireless Headworn Microphone Systems For Singers (Under $550).