A dual-channel wireless mic system is very convenient and effective for a variety of purposes. It is a great, practical setup for on-stage applications. A wireless mic is much more convenient for the user, as it allows the user to move freely as he/she speaks or sings. There is no cable to be tangled. So, now, if you are looking for a neat dual-channel wireless setup, you may have put your attention to Shure PG288 and Shure BLX288. Both are available in a similar price range, though Shure BLX288 is usually a little bit more expensive than Shure PG288. So, what’s the difference between Shure PG288 and Shure BLX288?
Each of these models includes two Shure PG58 vocal mics. The Shure PG58 mic is awesome. It is great for vocals, with a cardioid polar pattern, hum-compensating coil, and exceptional clarity. Both are also available in several variants. Basically the different variants are just working on different frequency ranges. Shure PG288 is available in the H7, K7, and M7 variants. Shure BLX288 is available in more variants: H8, H9, H10, J10, K12, and M15.
However, on Shure PG288, you have to select the frequencies used manually for both mics. There are indicator lights that will tell you if there is any interference. In the case of interference, you will need to manually select another frequency. On the other hand, Shure BLX288 offers the QuickScan feature. With just a single touch of a button, the receiver will automatically select the frequencies that have no interference. Very practical.
|Shure PG288||Shure BLX288|
|- XLR connector (into 100K Ω load): –19 dBV, typical||- AA batteries (included) provide up to|
|- 1/4 inch connector (into 100K Ω load): –5 dBV, typical||- 14 hours of continuous use|
|- Sensitivity –105 dBm for 12 dB SINAD, typical||- 300 ft. (100 m) operating range|
Shure BLX288 comes with more features than Shure PG288 that make the operation much easier and more convenient. On Shure PG288, there are only controls for selecting the frequencies. There is no power button, so, to turn the receiver off, you need to unplug the power cord directly. On the other hand, Shure BLX288 comes with group and channel selectors for each channel. It also has a power button, so you can just push the button to turn the receiver off without disturbing the power cord. There is also a dedicated gain control for each mic, which is very handy and useful for quick adjustments. Meanwhile, the mics operate using AA batteries.
Shure PG288 Vs BLX288
Between these two wireless setups, we recommend you to choose Shure BLX288. The QuickScan feature is very useful, as you won’t have to spend so much time trying to find the right frequency. The addition of a power button is also very much appreciated.