Top 7 Wireless Guitar Systems For Touring & Pros

This article is designed for serious musicians. You will not find any cheap wireless guitar systems that are not up to par with professional-grade reliable tour-ready status. This article and website is written by musicians, not salesmen. We take product recommendations to our fellow musicians very seriously.

After countless research, reviews, and personal experience; We found 7 of the very best wireless guitar systems based on the 5 most important factors for a unit.

  1. Reliability -Signal strength, little to no dropouts 
  2. Durability- Longevity, able to last and withstand vigorous touring conditions.
  3. Tone- Does it negatively affect guitar or bass tone compared to a quality cable
  4. Convenience- Battery life, setup simplicity, easier instrument change, package deal 
  5. Range- Able to have a strong signal to cover a big stage, or perform in the crowd 

In Short, Here Are The 7 Best Wireless Guitar Systems For Touring & Pros

  • Shure GLXD 14
  • Line 6 G70
  • Shure GLXD 16
  • Sennheiser EW 500 G4
  • Shure PGXD 14
  • Shure QLXD14
  • Shure GLXD 14R

1. Shure GLXD 14

The Shure GLXD family stands out from all wireless guitar systems in terms of its performance reliability, consistent signal strength, and battery life.

When first powered up the receiver searches for the best available frequency, then connects it to the transmitter. It does this automatically without having to press any extra buttons. Up to 8 systems can be used at once.

The Shure GLXD 14 is a digital wireless guitar system that operates in the 2.4GHz. Unlike analog wireless guitar systems, there is no need to purchase an additional license, nor will your frequency ever be banned from certain countries using a digital system.

Reliability

The reliability and signal strength of the Shure GLXD family is superb compared to most wireless guitar systems. In other words, little to no dropouts occur. Shure’s LINKFREQ intelligent frequency management technology gives the receiver the ability to scan for the best open frequencies continuously. If a frequency is getting interference, the receiver and transmitter together change over to the better free frequency. This change is entirely unnoticeable due to Shure’s bidirectional communication technology.

Although the Shure GLXD family is considered the most reliable of all wireless guitar systems, according to our research, there is one review throughout the internet that claimed their unit had signal interference.

Tone

There is no noticeable difference in tone between the Shure GLXD 14 and a quality cable. Like all of the GLXD series by Shure, the frequency response for this system is at 20Hz-20kHz with a dynamic range of 120dB (higher dynamic range is excellent for a bass player.)

Every review of all Shure GLXD series claims there is no difference in tone between the wireless system and a quality cable. I too use a GLXD 16 and hear no tonal difference between the two.

Durability 

The transmitter is made of durable metal while the receiver is made of thick rugged plastic. It’s slightly more important for the transmitter to be made of metal considering it’s being tossed around on stage while performing. Yet, vigorous touring conditions can be rough on your equipment. Throwing your music equipment from the vehicle to the stage and back every day or week for years to come calls for the receiver to be made of metal as well rather than plastic, and thus the Shure GLXD 14 gets 4 stars out of 5 for durability.

Convenience 

Unlike the Shure GLXD 16 that is a pedal receiver that attaches to your pedalboard, the GLXD 14 comes with a tabletop receiver. Tabletop receivers are typically placed on top of your amplifier or near the general vicinity. This unit automatically links your receiver and transmitter without pressing any extra buttons. However, the extra setup step alone is less of a convenience than a pedal receiver that is already set up within your pedalboard. Thus hurting the GLXD 14’s rating of convenience.

On the other hand, this system does come with its convenient perks that no other wireless guitar systems offer outside of the GLXD family. All GLXD units have the highest battery life up to 16 hours using lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable batteries save money and hassle of consistently purchasing disposable batteries. Better yet the Shure GLXD 14 and 14r have a charging port for the battery on the receiver, unlike its older brother GLXD 16. All of these factors combined to give this system 4 stars out of 5 for convenience.

Range

All of the Shure GLXD family’s greatest and possibly only weakness is that the range is not as far as most of the wireless guitar systems on this list.
Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)

All though it is clearly more than enough to cover the biggest of stages. However, If you’re looking to take a solo deep within the crowd at a massive stadium, this may not be the best wireless choice for you. I personally use the Shure GLXD 16, which has the same range as the GLXD 14 and 14r, and I have never once had a single problem with the range.

The guitarist and I in John Pagano Band also do a solo battle within the crowd at most of our shows, the GLXD has never once cut out due to the range or signal interference since I’ve had it a little over 1 year and a half.

Features 

  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries up to 16 hours of use per full charge and 13,000 hours total. Extra Shure SB902 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for GLX-D sold separately.
  • Automatic Frequency Management by Shure’s GLXD family is used for clear audio easy auto-setup.
  • Transmitter and receiver automatically change through frequencies together using bidirectional communication

Tech specs/details 

Range: Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)
System: Digital
Transmitter Battery/Life: 16 hours/lithium-ion rechargeable by USB
Latency: 4 -7 (ms)
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Transmitter Metal, Receiver Plastic
Transmitter Type: Body Pack
Receiver Type: Table Top
Frequency Range: 2.4GHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz

Pros

  • Very reliable with little to no dropouts
  • High battery life (16 Hours)
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries cutting battery cost)
  • Battery charging port located on the receiver
  • Metal transmitter
  • Unnoticeable tone difference compared to quality cable
  • Auto setup between transmitter and receiver
  • Clear and clean audio
  • Well priced for the product

Cons

  • Plastic receiver
  • Only 1 instance of signal interference recorded in a big gym (unlike the GLXD 16 below)
  • Not as convenient as a pedal receiver
  • Higher latency than other wireless units 4 – 7.3 ms, yet still unnoticeable
  • Lower range than most wireless guitar systems on this list

2. Line 6 G70

The Line 6 G70 is 5 different pedals in 1. 

  1. Wireless Guitar System
  2. Tuner
  3. ABY Switcher
  4. Direct Box
  5. Gain Pedal

There is no other wireless guitar system on the planet with this combination. To get into tuner mode, you must hold down the stomp button for 2 seconds. By just clicking the stomp button, you change channels. You are able to switch between multiple transmitters by tapping on the pedal when changing channels as well.

There are two ways to power the receiver, either a USB or a DC 9V that most pedal power supplies have. The receiver has an XLR output and a ground lift on its top head. On the right side of the receiver is an extra aux-in jack that may save you in a bad situation. If the receiver does not sense the transmitter in a bad signal area, it will automatically use the aux in for the input for all the patches.

The receiver shows the battery playtime left in hours and minutes on its front screen, although using rechargeable batteries, like Tenergy, tends to make the battery reading inaccurate for this system.

When opening the transmitter by pressing the buttons on the side while pulling it vertically, within gives you the option to change channels, change batteries, a switch to put the transmitter into sleep mode, or attaching a USB for updates.

Reliability

For minimizing dropouts, the receiver has a built-in quad-antenna array with advanced dual receiver topology for signal reliability and strength. Most wireless guitar systems do get signal interference/dropouts. According to some reviews dropouts do rarely occur with the Line 6 G70. However, In most cases, only for half a second. Thus, The Line 6 G70 gets four stars out of 5 on reliability.

Tone

The Line 6 G70 operates on the latest generation of 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital transmission. In other words, the tone is flawless. You will hear no difference between this system and a high-quality cable. With an incredible 120dB of dynamic range, this system has also been raved about for its abnormally low latency of 1.48 (ms).

In the settings of the receiver, it gives you the option to simulate cable length anywhere from 5-100 feet of length, or you can just turn cable simulation off. The gain setting allows you to increase up to +12dB or decrease to -18dB where you can set the gain to an output of your choice.

Durability

The Line 6 G 70’s transmitter and receiver are made of rugged metal, it is designed for longevity and to withstand the harsh environments of touring. This system gets five stars for durability, but adding the Neotech wireless pouch will be very beneficial to extra protection.

Convenience 

The line 6 G70 and the Shure GLXD 16 are both the most convenient wireless guitar systems for professionals. This is because they are both attachable to your pedalboard, eliminating an extra setup step. Most wireless guitar systems must be sat on top of an amplifier or attached to a rackmount. This system is already there waiting for you on your pedalboard.

Range

The line 6 G70 gives you 200 feet of range, which is pretty good for a digital wireless guitar system. Two hundred feet gives you significantly more than enough to go well into the crowd whether you decide to crowd surf, walk the crowd, etc.

Features

  • The line 6 G70 is the only wireless guitar system that has all of these features in 1; Tuner, ABY switcher, direct box, and gain pedal.
  • Of the 16 different channels on this system, you can set up and customize each of them in any way you prefer under the “Add Scene” Tab in settings. You can customize and name each channel in various ways including gain, cable length simulator, or change the LCD brightness/colors for each channel.
  • In the settings of the receiver, it gives you the option to simulate cable length anywhere from 5-100 feet of length, or you can just turn cable simulation off. The gain setting allows you to increase up to +12dB or decrease to -18dB where you can set the gain to an output of your choice. 

Details/Tech specs

Range: 200 feet
System: Digital 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed
Transmitter Battery/Life: 2 AA – 8 hours
Latency: 1.48 (ms)
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Gain Settings: -18dB Up To +12dB
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Rugged metal
Transmitter Type: Body Pack
Receiver Type: Pedal
Frequency Range: 2.4 GHz
Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz

Pros

  • 5 in 1 deal wireless guitar system, gain pedal, ABY switch, Tuner, and Direct box.
  • Made of Metal for durability and longevity 
  • Made with Studio quality DAC and ADC converters
  • Abnormally low latency at 1.48 milliseconds
  • Extra aux-in jack
  • Output C (XLR direct in) gives you the ability to send a balanced or full ranged signal with 120dB 
  • Great Tone 
  • 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital transmission
  • Built-in quad-antenna array with advanced dual receiver topology for signal reliability and strength
  • The gain setting allows you to increase up to +12dB or decrease to -18dB
  • Ground lift switch attached for DI
  • Receiver shows transmitters battery life
  • Compatible with active pickups

Cons

  • The metal clip on the transmitter for attaching to your guitar/bass strap has many complaints. To fix this, get a Neotech wireless pouch.
  • Many reviews claim dropouts occur, although some claim its rare, others claim frequently.
  • Low battery life (8 hours) compared to Shure GLXD 16 (16 hours)
  • 2 AA disposable batteries needed
  • Does not work well with rechargeable batteries
  • Reviews claim tuner doesn’t work well with banjo
  • Some claim the possibility of extra noise

3. Shure GLXD 16

The Shure GLXD 16 was picked for our Best Wireless Guitar System Of 2019and rightfully so for the following reasons.

  1. Reliability -Signal strength and reliability is unbeatable 
  2. Durability- Both receiver and transmitter made of solid metal, able to last long/withstand touring and climate conditions
  3. Tone- No difference of tone when tested against a Mogami (highest quality) cable
  4. Convenience- Auto setup simplicity, never need to change channels or sync it after 1st use, pedalboard attachable. 
  5. Battery– The best battery life of every single wireless guitar system series at 16 hours. Uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery charged by USB on the transmitter that eliminates continuous battery purchases.
  6. Absolute Best Bang For Your Buck- According to our extensive research and personal experience, we were unable to find a system nearly as efficient as the Shure GLXD-16 for the price of $449 on Amazon

Reliability

It is very possible to find many current wireless guitar systems that can match quality cable tone, yet it is rare to find a system with ZERO recorded dropouts like the GLXD 16. I personally have been through 5 wireless guitar systems, the only system that has never dropped out on me ever (17 months) is my current wireless, the Shure GLXD 16.
This unit is considered the most reliable wireless guitar system from our research, reviews, and personal experience.

Each channel uses six different frequencies that continuously scan to monitor the frequency condition. After that, transmits the audio signal on the three clearest audio frequency of the six available. If one of the frequencies get interference or conditions deteriorate, it automatically changes to a backup frequency without interrupting the audio.

This is why GLXD systems have been raved about for signal clarity and reliability for years. This system is very easy to set up that automatically links the receiver and transmitter together. There is no need to set channels or mess with settings.

Tone

This video speaks for itself:
Shure GLXD 16 v.s High-Quality Mogami Cable

 

There is no noticeable difference in tone between the Shure GLXD 16 and a quality cable. Like all of the GLXD series by Shure, the frequency response is at 20Hz-20kHz with a dynamic range of 120dB (great for bass players)

Every review of all Shure GLXD series claims the same tone between the wireless system and a quality cable.

Convenience 

The Shure GLXD 16 is of very few wireless guitar systems that are a 2 in one deal. This system is not only flawless wireless, but also a reliable tuner pedal.

As you may have already seen, the receiver of this wireless system is shaped like a pedal. It fits perfectly in just about any pedalboard. At first, I was skeptical about how it worked as a tuner. I gave it a shot, worked just as good as my old $99 PolyTune 3 tuner. I then had to return my old tuner to the local music shop for cash.

Battery life and type of batteries a system uses becomes part of what makes a system more or less convenient as well.

Frequently needing to purchase disposable batteries ends up becoming costly, depending on how much you play out. Not only expensive but an inconvenience of continually stopping at the store to buy batteries/keeping up with them.

Luckily the Shure GLXD 16 is not only tied in the top 3 wireless systems for the longest battery life of 16 hours, but it also uses lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. It is charged by plugging in a USB on the side of the transmitter. This ends up saving money and becomes far less of a hassle.

I usually use a patch cable to connect the GLXD 16 to the next pedal.  

The GLXD 16 tuner has worked out great for me ever since. Literally works just like a tuner without having to set anything up. Stomp the pedal, the instrument mutes, tune, stomp the pedal again, play.

Durability

The Shure GLXD 16 transmitter and receiver is made out of solid metal for durability and longevity. Keep in mind, the majority of wireless transmitters are made of ABS plastic, which is far less roadworthy.

For complete protection of your transmitter for any wireless, you decide to get, make sure to add the Neotech Wireless Pouch. Metal alone will not necessarily protect your transmitter from moisture/sweat.

Range

All of the Shure GLXD system’s greatest if not only weakness is that the range is not as far as most of the wireless guitar systems on this list.
Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)

All though it is clearly more than enough to cover the biggest of stages, if you’re looking to take a solo deep within the crowd at a massive stadium, this may not be the best wireless choice for you. I have never once had a single problem with the range. The guitarist and I in John Pagano Band also do a solo battle within the crowd at most of our shows and it never once cut out due to the range or signal interference since I’ve had it a little over a year and a half.

Quick video of Shure GLXD 16 Range Test

 

Features

LINKFREQ automatic frequency management and bidirectional communication allows your transmitter to automatically link to your receiver and follow any frequency changes.

On top of a built-in tuner, the Shure Glxd 16 is able to support multiple transmitters at a time. If you have various instruments that all have different output levels, you can adjust the input signal level from (-20 to +12 dB). Each transmitter remains at the dB level you set it at.

Details/Tech specs
Range: Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)
Transmitter Battery/Life: 16 hours/lithium-ion rechargeable by USB
Latency: 4 -7 (ms)
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Gain Settings: -20 to +12 dB
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Metal 
Transmitter Type: Body Pack
Receiver Type: Pedal
Frequency Range: 2.4 GHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz

Pros

  • The Tone Is Flawless- I tested it between my Mogami cable and the wireless, no difference.
  • LINKFREQ intelligent frequency management quickly identifies the best open channels
  • Durability– Most units I used to own died by sweat damage, or the transmitter will break from either impact or touring conditions. The transmitter and receiver are made of metal then add the Neotech wireless pouch to protect it from moisture/more impact/sweat for completion.   
  • Signal Strength/Reliability- ZERO DROPOUTS. For the 17 months, I have had it, big stage, small stage, tall stage, bar, brick, cold weather, etc ZERO DROPOUTS. This system is considered most reliable from our research and personal experience (If that changes on any of my upcoming shows I will come back to correct this)
  • Transmitter automatically follow receiver frequency changes  using bidirectional communication
  • Convenience- GLXD 16 is a tuner and does auto-sync between transmitter and receiver. When I bought this I returned my $99 PolyTune 3 tuner. Works just as good, a 2 in one deal. Fits perfectly in a pedalboard to eliminate an extra setup step prior to a show.
  • Battery life- 16 hours of battery life per full charge, and 1.5 hours of continuous playing after 15 minutes of charge.
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries- eliminates consistent disposable battery purchases.
  • Rare Combination/Competitive Price – Usually mid-high level grade wireless units lack 1 or 2 of the following. Especially for the price.
  • Globally-unlicensed 2.4GHz frequency band, 4 compatible systems able to operate at the same time, 8 in ideal conditions.
  • Compatible with Active Pickups
  • Digital wireless system that operates on 2.4 GHz band

Cons

  • The rubber lid on the transmitter is annoying. I cut mine off, you really don’t need it. 
  • Does not have a charging port on the receiver like the GLXD 14 and 14r
  • Lower range than most wireless guitar systems on this list

4. Sennheiser EW 500 G4

The Sennheiser’s ew 500 G4 is an Analog wireless guitar system that operates on 88MHZ. This system has a significantly lower chance of running into signal interference or dropouts for analog systems, considering it provides 3,520 tunable frequencies. Typically more frequencies for analog systems means less of a chance there will be a dropout.

This system uses an auto frequency scan that finds the best open channels. You are able to use up to 32 different channels with the Sennheiser 500 receiver for incredible versatility. The Sennheiser EW 500 G4 comes with a unique integrated sound check and equalizer feature.

Reliability 

This analog system provides 3,520 frequencies using true diversity for one of the most reliable analog systems to date.

Tone

One of the few perks of using an analog system is that there’s no latency. On top of that, the Sennheiser ew 500 G4 uses HDX compander for very clear sound.

Durability 

Both the transmitter and receiver are made of metal for increased longevity and durability. Apparently, Sennheiser designed this system for extra protection against humidity and splashes of water/sweat as well. Although this system was created with metal and additional protection from moisture, we always recommend attaching the Neotech wireless pouch to the transmitter to be safe. A $13 investment in a pouch that can save you roughly $200 in a transmitter is a perfect deal.

Convenience 

The Sennheiser EW 500 G4 uses a rackmount receiver where you can either place the receiver on your amp or a rackmount. If you already use a rackmount, this system will be very convenient for you to use.

Unfortunately, like the vast majority of wireless guitar systems,
the Sennheiser EW 500 G4 uses disposable batteries. This can become very inconvenient and costly after a while. The only wireless guitar systems on this list that use high-quality rechargeable batteries are of the Shure GLXD series.

Range

One of the most impressive qualities of this system is the incredible range of 330 ft. Imagine crowd surfing a football field worth of audience as you take your solo.

Features 

  • Up to 32 Simultaneous channels
  • Built-in Equalizer
  • Built-in Sound Check Mode
  • Able to use up to 16 in-ear channels with the receiver
  • Mute button after programming it
  • Auto frequency lock function
  • Enhanced AF frequency
  • OLED display with automatic dimming, blue sync LED, red warning LED, and dedicated Escape button
  • Transmitter shows battery life

Tech specs/details 

Range: 330 ft
System: Analog 
Transmitter Battery/Life: 8 hours/2 AA
Latency: None for analog 
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Both Metal 
Transmitter Type: Bodypack
Receiver Type: Rackmount 
Frequency Range: 470-558 MHz (AW+ band)
Frequency Response: 25Hz-18kHz

Pros

  • Range
  • Durable (Both transmitter and receiver made of metal)
  • Incredibly reliable true diversity analog system using 3,520 frequencies to choose from
  • Built-in sound check and equalizer mode

Cons

  • Expensive at $849
  • Needs AA disposable batteries
  • Some countries require a license to use an analog system

5. Shure PGXD 14

The Shure PGXD 14 is the cheapest wireless guitar system on this list at $349 on Amazon. But don’t let the lower price fool you, this system is incredibly reliable and tour ready. The guitar player in one of my bands has been using this wireless for a few years now. It has never once let us down. He has never had a single dropout with this system or signal interference since he has had it.

The Shure PGXD 14 has a tabletop receiver that is typically set on top or near the amplifier. Unfortunately, this system is not an automatic channel setup when first turning it on.

To link the receiver and transmitter, you must first press the channel button on the receiver, which will search for the most robust channel. Then press and hold the sync button on the receiver after turning the transmitter on. Both units will then be synced as you’re ready to play.

Range

John Pagano band takes the solo into the crowd with the Shure PGXD 14

 Reliability 

The Shure PGXD 14 is a true digital diversity system for incredible reliability and signal strength. Again, my guitarist has used this for years and never a dropout.

Tone 

The digital wireless Shure PGXD 14 uses 24-bit/48kHz for remarkable tone. We were unable to hear a difference between a quality cable and the PGXD 14.

Although we must say, this system has a lower dynamic than the other systems on this list at 108dB. We recommend bass players use a system with roughly 120dB (like the majority of units on this list)

Video Of My guitarist testing the Shure PGXD 14 v.s an instrument cable for Tone

Video of my guitarist taking a solo with the Shure PGXD 14

John Pagano uses the Shure PGXD 14

Durability 

Both the transmitter and receiver are made of plastic, which is significantly less durable than metal. Yet I must say, I have toured many times across the country with the PGXD 14 my guitarist uses and he has never had it break yet. My personal luck with plastic wireless guitar systems have been far worse for me in the past, but that’s a different story.

Convenience 

Unfortunately, this unit is not as convenient as the majority of the wireless guitar systems on this list. The receiver is a tabletop that is typically placed on top of or near the amplifier. This, however, creates an extra setup step before every show. Once your receiver and transmitter are in place, you must manually sync the transmitter and receiver, unlike the majority of systems on this list that auto-link the units when turned on. The Shure PGXD 14 also needs 2 AA batteries per 9 hours of charge. Frequent stops to purchase or change batteries can be very inconvenient.

These reasons for an extra setup step, manually linking the units, and needing to purchase 2 AA batteries every 9 hours of use decreases the convenience rating of the Shure PGXD 14.

Keep in mind, the vast majority of wireless guitar systems work just like this. Most systems use disposable batteries and have an extra setup step of placing the receiver on top of your amp. This article has the best of the wireless guitar systems that are typically a step above the rest in terms of convenience, primarily the Shure GLXD series.

Features 

  • Up to 5 compatible channels per frequency band
  • The transmitter can decrease 10dB for instruments with greater output or active pickups.
  • Auto channel select after hitting channel button on the receiver

Tech Specs

Range: 200 ft line of sight
System: Digital 
Transmitter Battery/Life: 9 hours/2 AA
Latency: 3.5 ms
Dynamic Range: 108 dB
Gain Settings: 10 dB adjustments 
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Plastic 
Transmitter Type: Bodypack
Receiver Type: Table Top
Frequency Range: 900 MHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Sampling rate: 48k

Pros

  • Incredible tone using 24-bit/48kHz digital quality 
  • Reliable unit with little to no dropouts using digital true diversity 
  • Cheap for the incredible system
  • Compatible with active pickups (transmitter setting gives the ability to decrease 10dB)
  • The range is very good

Cons

  • Made of plastic 
  • Uses disposable batteries (unlike Shure GLXD series)
  • Lower dynamic range at 108 dB (120dB is recommended for bass players.
  • Not as convenient/easy to set up as a pedal wireless or rackmount for musicians who use a rackmount

6. Shure QLXD14

Next up, the Shure QLXD14 is an incredible choice for professional or touring musicians. The Shure QLXD14 has a durable metal receiver able to withstand vigorous touring conditions for years to come making it an incredible long-term investment.

An easy setup, its One-touch sync function feature automatically scans for the most robust open channels. This feature is also an essential factor in reducing interference and dropouts. Another incredible feature the QLXD24 has for a reliable RF connection is its digital predictive switching diversity. The 2 antennas work independently scanning for the clearest open channel. If one antenna receives interference, the other antenna unnoticeably picks up the transmission. The antennas consistently scan for the clearest open channel without pressing a button.

The system provides a 24-bit/48K sampling rate for the purest digital transmission. With a frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz, it allows all the frequencies of the vocal spectrum to be heard. The very low latency is unnoticeable at 2.9ms while reaping the positive benefits of a digital rather than an analog system. Last but not least, the Shure QLXD24/B87A gives you above 120dB of dynamic range.

The Shure QLXD 24/B87A provides a vast amount of range for a digital wireless microphone of 300 feet. Imagine crowd surfing a football field of your fans. Three hundred feet gives you more than enough room to cover any event, concert, stage, house of worship, etc.! With the QLXD 24, range will never be an issue.

Features

  • LCD menu
  • Digital predictive switching diversity ensures strong reliability and signal strength
  • Above 120dB dynamic range
  • One-touch sync function to connect transmitter and receiver for easy setup
  • Both transmitter and receiver are made of metal

Tech Specs

Range: 300 Feet
System: Digital
Battery Type: 2 AA, Shure Lithium-ion
Transmitter Battery Life: 9 Hours
Sampling Rate: 48k
Latency: 2.9 ms
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Simultaneous Systems Per Band: 60
Receiver Build: Metal
Channel selection: Auto
Transmitter Type: Bodypack
Receiver Type: Rackmount
Frequency Range: 470-534 MHz
System Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz

7. Shure GLXD 14R

The Shure GLXD 14r has the same flawless reliability, signal strength, incredible tone, best battery life using rechargeable batteries, and metal build for durability and longevity just like the older brother, Shure GLXD 16. What makes this system different is that it is rack-mountable. Those who prefer rack mounting their wireless receiver rather than putting it in their pedalboard or on top of their amp will benefit from the Shure GLXD 14r.

This system has a charging port located on the right-hand side of the receiver for the lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Each lithium-ion battery for this system and the rest of the GLXD series lasts 16 hours per full charge and provides a total life of 13,000 hours. Each lithium-ion battery costs $29 on Amazon.

Reliability 

The Shure GLXD family is superb in terms of reliability. Each channel uses six different frequencies that continuously scan to monitor the frequency condition. After that, it transmits the audio signal on the three clearest audio frequencies of the six available. If one of the frequencies get interference or conditions deteriorate, it automatically changes to a backup frequency without interrupting the audio.

This is why GLXD systems have been raved about for signal clarity and reliability. This system is a straightforward set up that automatically links the receiver and transmitter together. No need to set channels or mess with settings.

Tone

There is no noticeable difference in tone between the Shure GLXD 14 and a quality cable. Like all of the GLXD series by Shure, the frequency response is at 20Hz-20kHz with a dynamic range of 120dB (great for bass players)

Every review of all Shure GLXD series claims the same tone between the wireless system and a quality cable, including me with my GLXD 16.

Durability 

The Shure GLXD 14R’s receiver and transmitter are made of metal giving this system five stars for durability and longevity. For more protection for your transmitter from impact, dust, humidity, and sweat, we highly recommend adding the Neotech wireless pouch from Amazon at $15. As a matter of fact, we recommend that pouch for all wireless transmitters.

Convenience 

The Shure GLXD 14R is the all-time most convenient wireless guitar system for a musician who wants to rackmount his receiver. Tied for 3rd in the most extended battery life of 16 hours with the GLXD 14 and GLXD 16, this system also eliminates disposable battery purchases. The lithium-ion battery that comes with purchasing this unit is recharged in the receivers charging port, making this system that much more convenient.

Range

All of the Shure GLXD family’s greatest and only weakness is that the range is not as far as most of the wireless guitar systems on this list.
Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)

All though it is clearly more than enough to cover the biggest of stages, if you’re looking to take a solo deep within the crowd at a massive stadium, this may not be the best wireless choice for you. I personally use the Shure GLXD 16, which has the same range as the GLXD 14 and 14r, and I have never once had a single problem with the range.

Features 

  • Up to 9 compatible systems simultaneous channels (11 in ideal conditions)
  • Ability to charge the battery in receivers charging port
  • Rackmountable
  • Comes with Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries up to 16 hours of use per full charge and 13,000 hours total. Extra Shure SB902 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for GLX-D sold separate.
  • Automatic Frequency Management by Shure’s GLXD family is used for clear audio easy auto-setup.
  • Transmitter and receiver automatically change through frequencies together using bidirectional communication

Tech specs/details 

Range: Indoors: Up to 100 ft. Line-of-sight (200 ft. max); Outdoors: Up to 65 ft. Line-of-sight (165 ft. ideal conditions)
System: Digital 
Transmitter Battery/Life: 16 hours/ rechargeable lithium-ion
Latency: 4-7. 3 ms
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Receiver/Transmitter Build: Both metal
Transmitter Type: Bodypack 
Receiver Type: Rackmount 
Frequency Range: 2.4GHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Sampling rate: 44.1k

Pros

  • A very reliable wireless guitar system (little to no dropouts)
  • High battery life (16 Hours)
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries cutting battery cost
  • Battery charging port located on the receiver
  • Metal transmitter and receiver (longevity and durability)
  • Unnoticeable tone difference compared to quality cable
  • Auto setup between transmitter and receiver
  • Clear and clean audio
  • Rackmountable for musicians who prefer a rackmount

Cons

  • More expensive than the Shure GLXD 14 and 16
  • Higher latency than other wireless units 4 – 7.3 ms, yet still unnoticeable
  • Lower range than most wireless guitar systems on this list

To Sum It Up

As most of us know, investing in higher quality music equipment will eventually save you money. Four of my older wireless guitar systems were under $350 as they all broke or I became highly unsatisfied with them in various ways. I decided to invest in a more expensive wireless guitar system after doing in-depth research. The Shure GLXD 16 was the best choice for me, and I could not be happier.

This article was designed for those who take music seriously and understand that the cheaper route typically ends with another purchase, in turn, losing more money. This list of 6 systems is created to make your next wireless guitar system choice you’re last.

Quick Recap

Here Are The 7 Best Wireless Guitar Systems For Touring & Pros

  • Shure GLXD 14
  • Line 6 G70
  • Shure GLXD 16
  • Sennheiser EW 500 G4
  • Shure PGXD 14
  • Shure QLXD14
  • Shure GLXD 14R

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