Xvive U2 Wireless Guitar System Review
Digital guitar transmitters and systems are a blessing to musicians who want to do away with the hassle of cables. With the right kind, you can easily manage multiple instruments or configure multiple receiver-transmitter settings.
We’ve had plenty of time to look at the bestselling transmitters of today, but there’s only one we want to try out. Read our review for the Xvive U2 digital guitar system below.
Xvive U2 Wireless Guitar System Details & Specs
- Four channel choices at 2.4 GHz; simultaneous broadcasting with a broader 20Hz-20k Hz frequency response
- Lightweight, compact transmitter at 3.52 ounces (7 color/design selection)
- Lithium polymer battery-powered, 4-5 hours of battery life; rechargeable
- 70-ft. line-of-sight outdoor range, less than 6 meters latency
- Comes with transmitter, receiver, and USB cable, battery accessories
- Fits all stringed instruments with passive pickups
Having a wireless guitar system can be liberating for play. The downside is that it could bring about a new lot of technical difficulties – interference to name a pesky one. However, if you ever want to get started with one that makes a simple plug-and-play a breeze, then the Xvive system could be for you.
In terms of performance, the Xvive doesn’t really give off any noticeable difference in pickup or frequency response. Expect the sound that comes from the Xvive to match what you’re used to hearing via cable. Though digital transmitters tend to compromise or add compression to the signal chain, the Xvive doesn’t do that, so it naturally produces a more dynamic tone range than its competitors. This is coming from the average range; you could note a few changes here and there if you have a more trained ear, but they shouldn’t be terrible.
Retailed at $154.90, the system is advertised as “free from interference,” which is arguably its strongest selling point. Users particularly note this aspect; majority praising it for its ability to deliver but with a few saying the unit was the source of interference itself. This is why in-store testing matters – don’t make a purchase unless you try the product alongside mixing consoles or transmitters-receivers you normally use. On the other hand, too many wireless signals in one setting might cause some sort of interference, so use that as a heads up to cross-check your devices – the Xvive might not always be the source.
The 2.4 GHz network is tight, but since it allows interconnectivity among various pickups, it could use a 5 GHz instead to avoid channel overcrowding. This is also where you should remember that this system only works with passive pickups. Battery power is a no-brainer; it delivers 5 hours just as it promises. Rechargeability is a convenient add-on too, although this could be a problem in the long run since lithium batteries are built to degrade, sometimes a lot faster than other types.
The compactness is another valuable point that easily complements performance. For something that can sustain four channels and multiple signal chains coming from instruments, you might be expecting something technically complex to handle. It’s not – it’s simple, lightweight, and very easy to store away; nearly invisible onstage. The disadvantage to this is that the design could be flimsy, so it might not be too
reliable against heavy damage. The exterior is made of some sort of plastic shell. This, however, is redeemed by its flexibility – you can fold it forward or backward without any annoying protrusion.
In conclusion, the Xvive is a great start for your wireless guitar system. It’s not the best out there; it does need more technical improvements, such as adding replaceable batteries and overriding/eliminating potential interference problems. If you’re someone looking for the freedom offered by wireless, then you might like this one. In its price range, this one is the best – ease of use, uncompromised sound quality, and its convenience addons should be the only features that matter.
Is it for you?
In terms of pricing, the Xvive is not the most expensive and certainly not the best. While you really get what you pay for, $154.90 is already a great deal, considering that it performs closely to its more expensive counterparts. If you’re only starting, your investment in the Xvive U2 shouldn’t disappoint you.