Pastors’ mic check: A Look at Today’s Podium Microphone

While in many contemporary churches pastors are using a wireless headset microphone, many houses of worship still opt for the tried and true podium style. Here's the latest on podium mics.

Andres Caamano  ·  March 17, 2016

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For many churches, the aspect of sound can be a troubling one for many of their congregants, in that they might be struggling to follow along with the written word, as well as with performed music.

While many contemporary churches often have their pastor using a wireless headset microphone, many churches across the country still continue to opt using a much older alternative.

When that pastor is speaking at a lectern, or a lector speaks to the congregation, aging and ineffective gooseneck podium microphones can often frustrate those grappling with what they are can understand.

Without the ability to follow along, it can cause many in the congregation left feeling uninspired by the Word.

Images/details of Podium Mics at Various Price Points

Oftentimes, the solution might be as simple as looking at the microphones that are within inches of the speaker’s mouth. Is the microphone in need of a long awaited replacement?

As with many technologies, there is a vast range of quality and pricepoints to consider. With so many choices, it can be a bit mind-numbing to look at the slew of brands and models that are out there.

In trying to best figure which of these 12 might suit your designated worship space best, we could have looked to test each of them in a designated space. But in so doing, one would have to ignore the vast variables that exist at each church…
But when you consider how much further along microphones of today, compared to ones that might be aging in your worship space, it just might be the right time to start fresh.

Now let’s look at some of the options that you could consider.

The range in pricepoints is rather wide, as you could start with reviewing a couple of models that can be bought for as little as $99, up to another model selling currently for around $650.

In trying to best figure which podium mic would suit your designated worship space best, we encourage churches to know for sure which model works best for your space, that such testing, best coordinated through your integrator, should first be done in your space.

In addition, knowing the vast difference in pricepoints between some of the models, the question of performance is blurred by such a significant variance.

So where does that leave you?

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