Post by Rick Knight on Apr 23, 2020 15:14:37 GMT -5
I got tired of my old belt pack system and sold it. Now I want something smaller and lighter. I'm thinking about an Xvive U2 because a guy I knew in Missouri used one and liked it. Any thoughts on this system or alternatives?
Post by frankiebass on Apr 23, 2020 17:08:14 GMT -5
Depends on where you intend to use it. The 2.4GHz systems are great for a casual player occasionally gigging in small bars etc. If you play in any larger venues you will experience dropouts. The 2.4GHz spectrum is crowded. I had used Line 6 systems and once I joined bigger semi-pro bands I started having horrible drop out issues. They are really toys, I switched to a Sennheiser 600MHz system like the pros use and problem solved. Same story with the guitarist in my last band. Line 6 G-50, terrible. So my experience with them is they are not really reliable unless you are in a small venue that is not saturated with WIFI which is getting harder and harder to find these days. The Shure GLX D16 is the best you can do if you're sold on 2.4 GHz. It constantly searches for a clear strong channel, others get stomped. I'd prefer a UHF Samson Airline 88 for a small plug-in transmitter to anything digital. YMMV.
Post by Rick Knight on Apr 24, 2020 7:14:31 GMT -5
Thank you, frankiebass. I appreciate the model suggestions and will look into some other things you mentioned. I'm not sold on anything at this point. I just know that the guy I mentioned was happy with his. He was playing in a small club, which is the kind of gigs I'm used to playing. I have recently had some encouraging communication with a band that appears to play bigger venues. What happens when we can arrange an audition may affect my decision.
I'm a guitar player and use the Shure GLXD16; never had a problem with it staying connected or getting buried by other RF. It is bomb proof; the receiver is a small pedal format made of cast aluminum (not plastic), it has a tuner, and it has a programmable tuner/mute foot switch. If you don't use pedals, the receiver can sit atop your amp. If you go with this unit, invest in rechargeable li-ion batteries for the transmitter. Saves a load of $$ over the long run.
The modern 'plug type' transmitters and receivers work and they're inexpensive, but like Frankiebass states, they are not multichannel and are easily stepped on by wifi, etc. They're also not very rugged; if you bump your transmitter into something the plug can break off in the jack. Frankie's "toy" description is spot on.
I hope the band is cool and you get the gig!
Last Edit: Apr 24, 2020 11:52:08 GMT -5 by Peegoo 🏁
Any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of the pictures and accounts of this post without the express written consent of Major League Goofball is prohibited.
I’ve been using one of the toys, actually the one you mentioned. I still hardwire at gigs but use this at rehearsals and some acoustic get togethers when I’m playing the Ibanez Acoustic bass, it’s a stealth thing, they don’t see the wire, my volume is just enough to make a presence in the mix, first couple of times I used the Ibanez at acoustic rehearsals I used it plugged into the Phill Jones 2X4. When I was packing up one of the guys was surprised to see I was amped.
Yes, they are toys and cheap, but they work in some situation flawlessly. I could easily see upgrading to a gig worthy wireless, if I was working enough to justify the cost.
I highly recommend the Xvive U2. I tried the pedal and rack version of the Line 6 (when it was known as X2) but had dropouts at a distance of less than 10 feet. They sent me 2 rack units but the results were the same.