Telex Pro Star VHF
Wireless Microphone System
By Mark Farmer
As one of the companies in the early development of wireless mic,
Telex has left their mark on the wireless industry. The Telex
name can be seen on the sidelines worn by pro football coaches
across the United States many weekends. If the Telex name is good
enough for the NFL, why not the consumer. Some of my first encounters
with wireless microphones were with Telex products. Over the years
I have become familiar with Telex products, specifically the more
expensive lavalier/belt pack combo units. Obviously everyone can
not afford to shell out $5000.00 plus for those type of top end
With that in mind, Telex has designed a less expensive road to
travel with the Pro Star line of VHF wireless microphones. The
Pro Star units consist of a group of handheld, lavalier, guitar
and headset wireless sets. The popular handheld and receiver unit
can be picked up on the street for around, $300.00 , making it
truly affordable to the masses.
I choose to evaluate the Pro Star handheld unit among the entire
Pro Star Line sent to me by Telex. The handheld unit was the
obvious choice having spent so much time with dozens of other
wireless handheld units. Fresh out of the box, the VH12D handheld
and VR12 receiver exhibited a simple design. The receiver consists
of a small desktop black box complete with two built in expandable
antennas. A 1/4 mono female jack is recessed on the front for
output directly into a mixing console, line in or input to a direct
box. The Volume Level Control is also accessible on the front
left side of the VR12 receiver. A Power LED and a Carrier LED
are recessed into the receiver on the lower right side . When
the provided wall-wart transformer is plugged in, a Power LED
illuminates. Immediately upon powering up the handheld transmitter
a Carrier LED will light showing the receiver has detected signal.
In the rear of the VR12 Telex is a Squelch Control Knob and the
12 Volt DC power jack.
The handheld VH12D microphone handles are designed out of a hard
plastic and the mic element composed of a black, hard-weaved,
metal, flat topped design. This head or mic element looks similar
to the Shure Beta 87 capsule. The only external features on the
mic are recessed into the bottom of the handle assembly, the power(On-Off)
switch and the Mic Mute switch. The bottom part of the mic handle
unscrews for access to the 9 volt battery compartment and a few
more turns of the handle unveils the gain control for the microphone
element. An important feature for customizing gain input for different
In the grand opening ceremonies of a local mall and a lengthy
arts festival, I was able to extensively test the reliability
and sound of the Pro Star Handheld. The first day of use was
with a roaming Christian singer who required a wireless microphone
in his performance. After adjusting the input on the handheld
in soundcheck, I was able to get a nice sound with no major distortion.
Loud singing and spoken word vocals reproduced by the mic were
pleasant to the ear over long periods of time. Although I was
out in the country, radio interference did not occur as he walked
distances up to 75ft.
Outside the mall, I put the microphone to use with dignitaries
during ribbon cutting ceremonies. Even with all of the mall security,
police, and local fire on location no major interference problems
occurred. Although, drifting of the signal occurred randomly on
a daily basis throughout the week inside the mall. In the microphones
defense, there was enough press fanfare going on the entire week
to give any mic of this caliber problems. I was however, impressed
with the handheld in its ability to make a 9volt battery last
upwards of 5 hours.
As one of the veteran manufactures of wireless units, Telex has
created a positive group of products in the Pro Star line up.
This handheld unit is a good entry level item for the price and
will out perform some others in the $300.00 price range.
If your organization or company is looking for a starter wireless
handheld and on a budget go to your local dealer and test out
the Pro Star line of Telex products.
Mark Farmer is a live sound engineer with Live Technologies in Columbus, Ohio.
He can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telex Pro Star Handheld
+Good entry level unit
+Battery use of 4-5 hours
-Dropouts at short distances
Application: sound reinforcement
Key Features: Low cost, good entry level product from Telex.
Price: $360.00 Retail