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Topic: Samson Airline Micro Wireless Mic
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jan 2, 2014 08:14AM)
I used my new Samson Airline Micro wireless microphone with my Fender Passport 300 system for the first time over New Year's Eve. Wow! I've been using a Countryman 300 with an Electro-Voice wireless bodypack and receiver. The Airline shoves the E-V to second backup mic.

The Airline earpiece has no wires to a bodypack. The receiver and earpiece are rechargeable. I got a full six hours of showtime out the units with power to spare on New Year's Eve.

The earpiece stays in place and the sound was flawless. At $250.00, it's a bargain compared to the $700.00 E-V and Countryman. I'm buying a second Airline unit as a first backup today. Many thanks to Dal Sanders for pointing me towards this mic.

If you haven't discovered this mic, look it up. I bought mine at Sam Ash Music. Their reliable and outstanding customer service has kept me coming back for years.

Skip
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jan 2, 2014 08:51AM)
*Countryman E6...
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 2, 2014 10:02AM)
I've been using a Samson Airline Micro Wireless Mic for 11 months now (along with my Mackie SRM-150 PA system). Very happy with this Microphone / PA set-up.

Over Christmas time, I found the limits of the charge for the mic. I had done 6 shows (some longer and some shorter) in the period of a few days, and it died during the 7th show. So, even though it says that the charge is good for 6-8 hours, I think it might be closer to the lower end. I should have known to re-charge it every night, but I got a little lazy. :) Still, I'm very, very happy with it.

I discovered the mic because of some threads here on The Magic Café, and discovered the PA system because of Dennis Dowhy demoing it for me a few years ago. I've posted photos of my PA set-up on Facebook.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: boppies2 (Jan 2, 2014 11:51AM)
Thanks for the information Skip. I had considered a Shure wireless headset. Possibly Samson is a good alternative.
Max
Message: Posted by: Eldon (Jan 2, 2014 12:57PM)
My son is a juggler and uses Samson Airline Micro and says it is the best system he has ever used. I have also sold several of these and so far everyone really likes them. I'm a lapel guy so I've never used one myself.
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Jan 2, 2014 06:46PM)
I have been using my Samson Airline Micro for almost 2 years. After that, it no longer worked. Yes, there is a signal in both transmitter and receiver. But, it no longer produces any sound. I guess, the batteries are now weak but no signs too of it. I plan to have it opened and change those batteries.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 2, 2014 07:24PM)
Lou -

I'm glad I bought mine at a local sound store, and added on the 3 year warranty that the sound store offered. If it stops working on me, I'll let them repair it or replace the batteries. :)

I'm thinking about buying a second one as a spare... hopefully on a different channel.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Jan 2, 2014 08:07PM)
Just when I was about to get another Shure, I see this thread. Going to look into it, thanks for the tip! Donald, I've added you on Facebook to see your PA setup. I need something for smaller venues than my Passport system.

Where is the best place to get the Airline?
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jan 2, 2014 08:10PM)
I bought the extended warranty, as well, for just that reason. I figured if the batteries were to fail, it would be within the 2nd and 3rd year. I'm buying the second unit so I'll always have one fully charged and ready to go.

As to where...I shop at Sam Ash Music for most of my electronics. The customer service and warranties at our Raleigh store are Five Star reliable. Dal Sanders recommends Nelson Business Supply at 770-338-1780. - Tell him Dal sent you.
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Jan 2, 2014 08:31PM)
Thanks, Skip! I'll check that out. To be honest, I'm a bit hesitant as the "wireless" part scares me a bit between mic and beltpack, but the reviews you guys are giving make it sound like it's not a problem. I was just trying to buy a Shure BLX14 yesterday, but our local place was out. This comes in at $50 cheaper and I have to say, I like the looks of it.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 2, 2014 10:14PM)
Joey -

The mic has a built in transmitter that ends up behind your ear, and the receiver is a different small unit (matchbox size). The receiver is what connects to your PA. Only 2 pieces (both with rechargable batteries built into them), and no beltpack.

I sent you a PM on Facebook with a link to my photos.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: bstokes (Jan 2, 2014 10:26PM)
I bought mine when they first came out and use it constantly. Love it. They come in 6 channels as I recall. I have plans to get a couple more to use when several need to be on mic.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 2, 2014 11:18PM)
Here's a review video of the Samson Airline Micro, that I once discovered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7GEKhTtFgc

Watching that video might help you to understand it better (although they have it hooked to a computer, and not a PA).

One thing I learned about the mic after buying it, is that part of the earset no longer pivots open and closed (to make getting it on your ear somewhat easier). The loop is somewhat flexible, but no longer has a hinge in it. I confirmed that this was true by contacting Samson. But I've been using mine with no problems.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Jan 3, 2014 10:20AM)
Some headset mic's are made for people with normal head size.

What if you have a large face and head will it still go 1" from
the corner of your mouth.

I have and use a DPA and had to have it tricked out to fit my
big head.
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jan 3, 2014 10:24AM)
Joey, if you visit a local Sam Ash or Guitar City, they'll let you test drive it before buying. Once you try it, I think you'll love it. My ONLY concern with my unit is the inflexibility in channel selection. I occassionally come up against other festival performers on the same channel and I can't change freqs. If that happens, I pull out my backup EV multi-channel wireless.
Message: Posted by: IDOTRIX (Jan 3, 2014 11:26AM)
I switched from countryman e-6 to the Samson 2 yrs ago. Very happy. No more buying batteries on the way to show. I put it on charger as I'm setting up the show and it's ready to go at show time
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Jan 8, 2014 10:19AM)
Ok I opened up the mic part and found that the wire going to the mic was detached inside. Soldered it back and now it works again. I guess the flexible part was pulled unintentionally.
Message: Posted by: magicmanfrank (Jan 15, 2014 05:37PM)
What channel did you guys opt for N1, N3 or N5?

=Frank=
Message: Posted by: Neznarf (Jan 21, 2014 11:36AM)
Just change the rechargeable batteries every 2 years and you will be good to go.

How much does it cost to replace the batteries in the Sampson?

I have and use and Anchor Explorer PRO and change the re-chargeable battery ever 3 years and all is good.

Buy the batery that Anchor suggests don't buy from Batteries Plus. Learned that the hard way.
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Joza (Feb 20, 2014 09:21PM)
So glad you guys posted this. I'm in need of one and I'm going to see if Sam Ash or Guitar Center has this. Donald, thanks for that video link. It was helpful.
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Joza (Feb 21, 2014 07:01PM)
I stopped by Sam Ash and picked ups Samson Airline Micro wireless microphone. I tried it out for a little while. Went as far as 30 feet without a hitch. Clear with no noise whatsoever. Awesome little piece of equipment from what I can see (or should I say "hear") so far.

Tomorrow will be the first time I will use it in actual performance (birthday party for 60-70 guests). I also purchased the extended warranty.

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: Lou Hilario (Feb 23, 2014 08:52PM)
I recently compared the sound clarity of the Samson Airline Micro to that of the Samson Airline 77 and there is a big difference in clarity. The Samson Airline 77 is much more clearer and crisper. Also, there is no worries of broken signals in the Airline 77 as compared to the Micro Earset. So right now, the Airline Micro Earset will just be my back up.
Message: Posted by: Powermagic (Oct 30, 2014 08:39PM)
Ahh well I have had mine since March 2011 and even have had added to a Samson thread .
Today the mic failed due to the jack on the receiver failing.
Prices for this seemed to increase since I got this so taking it apart I see the one solder joint is cracked. I had static when wiggling it then fist attempt at a fix - no sound/ Second attempt I had sound but then it started to crackle. I tried twice to get it to stick and having issues. It is board mount from what it looks like not pins. But not sure if something internal is going on.

So I am going over 4 years and I would say the batteries seem to be holding up fine. But then I do charge every couple shows as it is lithium and can take it.
I used to work with a guy that would change his only 9 V system with a fresh battery ever show rather than risk pushing a battery. Maybe that is where I got into the habit of charging the Samson after a week off or every other show rather than take a chance.

I would say I did not have the drop out issue until recently but only certain locations and usually it seemed to be more of a protection due to over loud noise in some cases. I am mostly in country areas so maybe have less issues. I also love the size and the fact that I can be A/C free. I don't have to worry about "plugging in"
If there is a small system like this that is as good, please pass it along since if fixing this jack becomes and issue I am not sure I going to put out for another one if I see something else to try.
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Oct 31, 2014 09:46AM)
I got the airline micro but am not impressed with the sound quality or clearness. After so many recommendations on the Café, I was expecting much better. It's a great backup, but nothing compared to my handheld.
Message: Posted by: Eldon (Oct 31, 2014 10:35AM)
[quote]On Oct 31, 2014, dearwiseone wrote:
I got the airline micro but am not impressed with the sound quality or clearness. After so many recommendations on the Café, I was expecting much better. It's a great backup, but nothing compared to my handheld. [/quote]

As a general rule, you will give up some sound quality for the convenience of a head mic over a really good hand held.