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What kind of connector do I need for my new microphone?
Last Updated: 05/07/2010

So you're buying a new headset microphone. Having your own microphone is a great option, either as a spare for your club or your own personal microphone, but it's important to know what kind of wireless system you're going to be connecting it to. Each major wireless system manufacturer has a different connector or method of wiring up the connector. In order for us to send you a microphone that will work right away, we need to know how to wire it up for you! Let's get started.

The best information you can provide is the make and model of the transmitter (also known as the body pack or battery pack). Even if you can't get the model number, try to get the name of the manufacturer and a description of the plug.

The major manufacturers of wireless equipment are:

  • Fitness Audio / E Mic
  • Samson
  • Nady
  • Audio-Technica
  • Shure
  • AKG
  • ProStar
  • Telex
  • RFX
  • Chiyao
  • Toa
  • Sennheiser
  • ElectroVoice

The common connectors used in wireless systems are listed here and shown in the chart below:

  • TA4F - Cylindrical plug with 4 pins laid out in a T shape.
  • TA4F with locking ring - Cylindrical plug with 4 pins laid out in a T shape and with a locking screw-in ring.
  • TA3F - Cylindrical plug with 3 pins.
  • Hirose - Cylindrical plug with 4 pins laid out in a square shape.
  • 3.5mm (1/8") - Headphone jack with or without a locking screw-in ring.
  • 1/4" (7mm) - Looks like a large headphone jack or guitar jack. * See below
Wireless headset microphone connector

If your wireless system or its connector isn't listed above, please contact us.

*Note regarding 1/4" connectors: These are typically found on Shure wireless systems. If this is what you have, your choice of microphone will be limited. Contact us for more information.

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