Wired vs Wireless: Guitar
The subject of Wired vs Wireless for guitar is a hot topic. Opinions vary on how both setups can affect your tone, but the issue is really more about application and signal flow.
Anything that stands between your guitar and the amplifier will affect the final result. So, it's vital to invest into good quality cables or a good wireless system.
If you've ever purchased or used a very cheap guitar cable, you'll be familiar with the unwanted noise and buzzing typical of inferior cables with poor shielding. Good quality cables will keep noise to a minimum by shielding the conductor from electrical interference, usually with a metal shield, insulation, and a plastic jacket.
Mogami cables are a good example of pro cables produced for high-performance in
both shielding and frequency response.
Connecting an instrument to an amp using a standard instrument cable has been the classic, tried and tested method. It’s simple, cost effective, and preserves the sonic integrity of your instrument, so long as you use quality cables - mogami. Of course, the wired method is not without its faults. As reliable as it is, there’s no denying that it tethers you to your mic stand or amp and restricts your movement around the stage. You can only go as far as your cable will let you, and if you like to move around a lot, you have to constantly be cautious of stepping on your cable, tripping over it, or tangling it up.
Wireless systems provide hassle-free connections for your instrument or microphone, let you move about freely, and leave the stage clutter-free. But, these systems have some downsides too. They usually cost more than instrument cables, require batteries, and may have bad reception in certain venues. These factors alone tend to ward away some musicians looking to free themselves from the cables that bind. But with the right wireless system, it’s completely possible to get that extra mobility without sacrificing your tone.
We’re new to the Xvive Audio U2 at Big Music, but so far so good! Its an effortless setup and a convenient wireless solution. It delivers a 20hz-20kHz frequency response meaning you will hear your guitar or bass tone in awesome detail with little latency (6ms). With the ability to cover 70 feet of range, the Xvive Audio U2 Digital Wireless is a choice unit, that’s comparable to high-end cables! It is easy to use, with a receiver plugging directly into the amp or pedal board and the transmitter directly into your guitar with no extra cables.
Without the extra cables, this unit is straightforward to use when switching instruments. The environmentally friendly Li-ion batteries charge with a USB cable that comes with the system meaning, no consistent purchasing of batteries!
Another good option is the Line 6 G10 Relay, a 24-bit, easy to use, intuitive wireless unit, featuring a simply elegant charging station.