The best $100 investment you can make in your sound system for this weekend

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On Friday, we sent you an email that talked briefly about how the earset microphone changed the audio world for the better. Today, we'd like to answer some questions and follow up on that message.

About five years ago we wrote an article calling the earset microphone (originally released by Countryman Associates in about 2001) one of the "three best things that you can do for your sound system". And over the last few years, we've been affirmed over and over by others in national media who agree.

Why is the earset microphone significant and and why do you need one? And even if you already have one, what makes it so effective?

Here's a simple test. Next time you are using a lapel microphone or an earset microphone, move the microphone capsule itself from wherever you have it (corner of mouth or shirt) to the other (shirt or corner of mouth) while continuing to talk and see what happens.

When you move a lapel microphone to the corner of the mouth from the shirt without changing gain, the acoustical volume that you hear gets much louder (about twice as loud), and when you move the earset away from the mouth to the center of your chest, the opposite happens (the volume drops by about half).

That close microphone position is a sound technician's friend. The quality of sound is much more consistent from an earset than from a lapel since the microphone follows the wearer and maintains a distance from the mouth that does not change. And that position requires much less gain to achieve the same acoustical volume so the system remains more stable.

Today, we'd like to remind you that Point Source Audio makes the benefits of earset microphones available starting at $99.95 (up to $449). Point Source makes its microphones compatible with Shure, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, AKG, MiPro, Telex, Shure, Line 6, JTS and a few others.

So if you're tired of inconsistent performance from your lapel microphone or just need to freshen up what you have, let us know. There's still time before this weekend to get what you need.

Some of the step-up options options offer unbreakable, flexible booms, secure dual-ear mounting and a waterproof assembly. Get more information on the Point Source Audio CO Series earsets here. And please call us if you need more information or have questions.