Road Test: Line 6 XD-V70 Digital Wireless Microphones

The pros and cons of Line 6's new handheld and lavalier wireless microphones

There is a lock button inside the mic by the battery compartment that will lock out the menus as well as the power switch.

This is a great feature as I hate people flipping the power and mute switches on wireless after I hand it to them.

The handheld (and the lav) can run in two power modes. The Lo mode helps conserve battery life, and can help when using multiple systems near each other (more on that later).

The handheld mic features Mic Modeling technology.

The mics are based on an SM58, Beta58, Senn E835, AT4100, Audix 0M5, and one called the L6 which they based on a few favorite features of different mics.

The lav transmitter is built like a tank! It uses the same TA4F connector that Shure uses on its lav systems. The body has a screen, select and value buttons.

Pressing both buttons acts as the lock. On the end of the transmitter are a power switch and mute button, as well as battery and power lights.

The belt clip can be loosened and turned in any direction for ease of mounting. This is a nice feature! Also, the battery compartment has a great secure lock.

Microphone case.

The lav mic has a sturdy tie clip and a small windscreen.

First Impressions
The receivers are well built and I like the fact that the company designed them so you don’t have to buy additional parts to mount them together. I also love the antenna looping feature.

The handheld mic has a great battery compartment. The lav transmitter is the most rugged belt pack I have ever seen, and I love the lockout feature on both mics.

Now the fun part! I tested the gear at my shop and had it up and running in no time. The units are very easy to program.

The handheld sounds good and the mic modeling definitely changes the sound, but not having most of the models of mics at my disposal, I cannot say one way or another if they all sound like the models they were based on. Handling noise is minimal, and the sound quality is excellent.

The beltpack was just as easy to program and I noticed that when you turned the pack on or off there were no thumps through the system.

Microphone case.

The lav microphone that is included in the set is not in the same league as the rest of the components. It’s an OK mic, but not one I would pick on its own.

Like many tiny lav mics, it has handling noise, but this mic seems to have more than I would like.

This wasn’t a problem, as I already have a large supply of lav mics with TA4s, so I just swapped the mic out and used some Shure’s to test the lav transmitter. With the new mics, audio quality was excellent.

I took the mics out to a few gigs, the of which was a small speech gig outdoors with a local politician.

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