Want to perform without being bound by wires? Then a wireless guitar system is for you. We take a look at the best wireless guitar systems on the market right now in this guide.
Cables are every guitarist’s least favorite thing about playing the guitar.
They come between your feet, they clutter the room, and they’re impossible to store without tangling.
But what if you could play the guitar without any cables? What if you could toss all those dangling wires aside, plug in a wireless receiver, and play unencumbered?
That’s where wireless guitar systems come into the picture. The best wireless guitar systems allow you to play cable-free over a large range. You can walk, dance, waltz – whatever – on a stage without being tied down by your cable. And the best ones even make sure that there is no loss of audio quality.
We’ll take a look at seven of the best wireless guitar systems below.[toc]
Our 7 Best Wireless Guitar Systems
Here are our top picks for the best wireless guitar systems on the market right now:
Best Overall: Boss WL-20
- 50 feet operating range
- USB-charging wireless guitar system
- Plug and play wireless guitar system
The Boss WL-20 is BOSS’s foray into the wireless guitar system industry. The BOSS WL-20 offers great performance as is the standard with BOSS products.
Some noteworthy things:
- It operates on a 2.4 GHz digital transmission.
- It is plug and play, really easy to use and can be charged via USB. It comes with 10 hours of battery life. I played till my fingers hurt and still didn’t exhaust the juice on this wireless system.
- It has really low latency too. While using it, I did not experience any interference from other sources. This is likely due to the auto encoded Digital channel lock employed by the system.
- Pairing is very easy. Simply plug the units together, one into your guitar, and the other into the amplifier.
- There were no popping sounds observed when I plugged the device in and out.
What we don’t like: When compared to some other more expensive wireless systems, it sounds a tad tiny.
Best Budget: Getaria 2.4Ghz Wireless Guitar System
- 2.4 GHz wireless transmission
- 1100mAh Lithium rechargeable battery
The Getaria 2.4 GHz wireless guitar system is one of the best wireless guitar systems available in the budget price range.
It has a 49 kHz sample rate. During use, I found the signal from the wireless system very crisp. The high-quality cable tone, coupled with the short delay makes it the wireless system of choice for folks looking for excellent performance at a great price point.
It has a line of sight of around 30 meters. As a wireless guitar system, it has full support for electric guitars and acoustic guitars.
I observed that my guitar, which had been previously paired with the wireless guitar system, easily connected. This cut down on time spent setting up any connections and simply made the entire process very easy.
It can be charged via USB. Furthermore, it can run on batteries. The AAA batteries it uses are very easy to find. Simply walk into the nearest retail store, and you can find them.
It sends uncompressed audio at 2.4 GHz. At the cheap price, this system is an absolute steal.
What we don’t like: Although the wireless system delivers overall impressive performance, I noticed some intermittent issues in the audio signal.
Best Performance: Shure PGXD14
- 20Hz – 20 kHz frequency range
- 24-bit / 48 kHz sound
- ¼ “line-level output
- 10 hours of battery life
This wireless system comes in a case that is very durable, and that can take a beating.
I liked the controls on this wireless guitar system. The frequency of the system is set automatically. However, you can set the channel number by yourself.
The wireless guitar system has two units; the transmitter and the receiver. The receiver affords the user a recessed dial. This recessed dial has about 26 dB of adjustable gain. Furthermore, on the receiver, there are other indicators that show what is going on with the device. It has the power LED indicator, mute indicator, and battery status indicator.
The controls offered by the system are within reach and easy to adjust. All these ensure that you have a good experience while using this system.
The performance of this wireless guitar system is quite impressive.
While testing, I observed that the signal was strong and reliable. Although it is best not to have any obstacles that can block the signal, I found that even in the face of obstacles, the signal remained strong, reliable, and efficient. It has a range of about 200 feet, which is higher than any of the other wireless systems we have discussed so far.
The sound quality is very good. In fact, it rivals and even surpasses some cabled devices. When I tested it, I obtained sounds that sound even better than the sounds from a cabled guitar. There is zero compression here. The sound is so organic too! I was completely awed by the results of this system.
If you want to increase volume or you want to eliminate any unwanted feedback, the receiver’s gain control grants you the control you require.
What we don’t like
It was hard finding anything wrong with this system. However, the non-inclusion of batteries is a bummer. Although it is a wireless system, the included cable is quite short.
Other Recommended Wireless Guitar Systems
While the above covers our top 3 picks on price, performance, and overall, we also highly recommend these additional wireless systems:
- 24-bit digital sound
- 2.4GHZ wireless connectivity
- Plug and play wireless system
- 8-hour playtime
The Line 6 Relay G10 is a solid unit that offers impressive performance in all categories. The build of the unit makes me believe it will last for a long time. When I plugged it into my instrument, I felt the sturdy feel and durable vibe. The wireless system is housed in a case that is made of metal and plastic.
I personally didn’t like the way the unit exposes all the connections. The input jack is located on the face of the system’s body. That means that if something were to drop on the system, it is likely to cause some serious damage. Nevertheless, as it is compact and out of the way, it is not likely to face such problems.
I found the G10 very easy to use. In fact, the ease of use is a big selling point of this device. You do not need to install any drivers or stuff like that before using the device. It is plug and play. Plug it into your electric guitar, connect the receiver to your amp, and you’re good to go.
Charging the battery is similarly a breeze. Talking about the battery, I found the whole power management system surprisingly effective. The G10 “sleeps” if after four minutes it doesn’t receive any transmission from your guitar.
Why do I like this? Unlike some other wireless systems that would continue eating through the available battery until it dies, this feature conserves the battery. If you leave the guitar for a while, you do not have to fear that your battery would be drained by the time you got back.
Some other noteworthy features:
- It has close to 200 hours of battery life (on standby).
- The system comes with clever indicators that show the average remaining time you have on the battery. Whenever the indicator glows green, it indicates the guitar is connected and that you have at least half an hour left of battery life.
- The sound quality of the wireless system is quite impressive. Unlike the misconception that many have concerning wireless systems, it sounds warm, fertile, and original.
- When testing this system, I couldn’t easily tell the difference between wireless playing and wired playing.
- The latency of this system is not up to 2.9ms. This means that the latency is almost non-existent.
- A performance feature I enjoyed is the auto-muting on the system. The usual popping and annoying noises you’d hear as you plug a cable in are practically unheard of with this system. There is literally no popping noise, whether you are plugging in or out.
- The wireless system has a 50-foot range of sight. During testing, I observed the specified wireless range is roughly accurate.
What we don’t like
It uses a micro-USB. Yeah, I know it’s not a big deal, but I had to nit-pick.
One challenge that many face while using wireless systems is interference from different sources. Well, during testing, even when placed near my phone, my laptop, and even my Wi-Fi router, I didn’t notice any interference whatsoever.
5. Donner DWS-3
- 100 feet range
- Has support for up to 4 devices
- 6-hour battery life
- 180-degree rotatable plug
- Compatible with active pickups
The lovely features of this wireless guitar system make this device highly rated by all who have used it.
One reason why I like this wireless guitar system is the ability of the system to work with active pickups. The battery life is more impressive than previous versions, although it doesn’t match some of the other wireless systems on this list. It has a battery lifespan of up to 6 hours. It is powered by Li-ion batteries.
During use, I observed that the head of the transmitters can be rotated up to 180 degrees. Therefore, there is no “getting in the way” while you use these wireless guitar systems. It offers a quartet of channels you can choose from.
With a latency level of 2.5ms, the system has very little latency and will suit all your needs admirably. One issue that band members have with using wireless systems is that interference occurs when other members of the band also use the same channel. Since it offers 4 unique channels, this challenge is a thing of the past.
I loved the response time on this. The response time is similar to that on a guitar cable. With zero compression, no sound is lost, and lags are negligible.
What we don’t like
As much as I liked this wireless system, I did not like that I have to turn on the 2 units before I could play.
6. NUX B-2
- 2.4 GHz range
- 32-bit/48 kHz frequency
- 110 dB dynamic range
- 50 feet operation range
The NUX B-2 wireless guitar system is a portable, cheap, and wireless solution to every guitarist’s needs.
I liked the ergonomic design that this device features. It has a jack that is completely rotatable. This ensures that nothing gets in the way of your picking technique.
It is made of plastic. The build, while ergonomic doesn’t exactly make me confident. It seems fragile. If you opt for this system, I advise you to get yourself a pouch or case to keep it safe.
Aside from the durability issues, this device works superbly.
When I plugged it into my guitar, I received a pure guitar signal free of latency or interference. Voice amps and pickups are efficiently managed by this wireless system. It can be charged via USB.
Overall the performance is clean, pristine, and impressive.
What we don’t like:As pointed out earlier, the plastic build casts doubts on the durability of the receiver.
- 2.4 GHz license-free frequency range
- Automatic channels
- 5-hour battery life
The wireless system comes in a compact and portable size. Nevertheless, do not let the small size fool you. It delivers excellent performance that easily rivals bigger systems.
It has a range of up to 250 feet, which outstrips all other wireless systems on this list of the best wireless guitar systems. You can use up to 5 systems in the same space.
The device is plug-and-play, thus very easy to use. To make it even easier to use, Sennheiser made a series of 5 videos that show you how to set it up and use it.
The 2.4 GHz frequency is license-free, therefore can be used anywhere on the globe. Sound quality is impressive on this device, as befits a product from Sennheiser.
What we don’t like
The ¼ jack on the transmitter only rotates in a 90-degree angle. This is a bummer considering that others can rotate 180 degrees.
Over to You
Buying the best wireless guitar systems isn’t easy. Hopefully this guide would have made things easier for you.
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