Point Source Audio CO-8WD Omni Headset Microphone
When used for singing or speech, the mic sounds smooth, full--even pleasing in nature.
In the past decade or so, low-profile headset mics have become widely used in houses of worship. Pastors and other presenters have found that a headset’s diminutive microphone element and unobtrusive appearance allow great freedom of movement while being comfortable and nearly invisible to the congregation. The tiny mic can be positioned much closer to the mouth than a lavalier mic, resulting in a more natural frequency response and higher gain before feedback. While some headsets are voiced primarily for speech, many of the better ones will reproduce the voice with remarkable fidelity.Point Source Audio offers several models of headset mics designed primarily for speech applications, including the CO-6. The company recently unveiled a new line of headset microphones for vocals and other live performance applications as well as speech: the Series 8. The Series 8 collectionicludes headset, earworn and lavalier mics, and is available in both omnidirectional and cardioid models.The finer detailsThe company’s new CO-8WD omnidirectional headset, part of the Series 8, is housed in a cleverly designed, tough cardboard box with a magnetic closure. Though not exactly a road case, it should hold up for the average church application, including portable churches where the mic is only used a few days each week. Our review unit included the headset mic with an approximately 48-inch cable ending in a threaded connector, a six-inch detachable cable with a mating connector on one end, and a TA4F mini-XLR connector on the other end, a foam windscreen, and a mic-cable clip. The first thing I noted is that the dual-ear headset shipped flat, and is made of strong yet extremely light spring wire with the cable and boom attached to it with small clips. The assemblies are available in black or beige. Playing with the earpieces, I discovered that a slight pull and turn will move them to the proper position, where they will lock into place. With the ability to shift and lock 90 degrees in either direction, the mic boom can be placed on either the left or right side of the face. When you’re done, it can store flat. Very clever.Each earpiece is able to move a bit over an inch in and out of the frame that goes around the back of the neck, making it adjustable for different sized heads. To fit me, I needed to pull it out to the maximum. The cable has no connector at the headset, which could be a problem if it ever needs replacement, though it appears to be quite rugged. Connectors can be failure points, so the lack of one at the headset is not necessarily a negative, although some other manufacturers do include them. At the far end, a miniature threaded connector mates with the six-inch X-Connector, with interchangeable ends available to fit virtually any brand of wireless transmitter. This is a nice touch, allowing the headset to remain usable even if a new wireless is purchased, or if it will sometimes be connected directly to a standard mic cable.