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Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System

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A budget-friendly way to get rid of the cord.

Advanced features of the Nady DKW-1 wireless guitar system include high-band VHF operation for interference-free performance and 250' typical operating range (up to approximatley 500' line-of-sight). Advanced companding circuitry for a wide dynamic range so it won't overload with loud inputs or hiss with low inputs. WLT body-pack transmitter and DKW-1 portable receiver with unique, space-saving vertical design, power switch, 1/4" audio out. Large LEDs for power on, transmitter on, and audio peak. Special circuitry eliminates on/off popping noise.

Consumer Alert:

Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCCs wireless microphone website at: www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

FEATURES
  • High-band VHF operation (170-216MHz)
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Full 40Hz-20kHz response range
  • 250' operating range
  • 1/4" audio out
  • Large LEDs including audio peak
  • Pop-eliminating circuitry
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NadyDKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System
 
3.1

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)
  • Unreliable (5)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Performance for a great price

I needed a small, inexpensive wireless system for a cosplay situation that would run totally off of batteries, and this system fit perfectly. The receiver can run off of a 12 VDC battery...Read complete review

I needed a small, inexpensive wireless system for a cosplay situation that would run totally off of batteries, and this system fit perfectly. The receiver can run off of a 12 VDC battery pack, and is small with decent sound quality. The adjustable gain on the transmitter provided enough output to run the battery operated amp I'm using. The sound quality is fine, and the system seems to run even over 20 or 30 feet, and even when I walk into another room without any loss or degradation of sound quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not yet sure on this one

Our trio bought three of these to use with our acoustic group. We play music of roughly 1800 to 1865; dress in period attire; and perform on reproductions of instruments that pre-date 1860....Read complete review

Our trio bought three of these to use with our acoustic group. We play music of roughly 1800 to 1865; dress in period attire; and perform on reproductions of instruments that pre-date 1860. Being inconspicuously wireless is important to us, as we perform Victorian music at Victorian venues. The low cost of the Nady wireless pickups appealed to us; and I was extremely impressed with the quality of the system - the quality of the sound reproduction, that is - when I tried it in my home. I play a parlor guitar (a Republic, which is a reproduction of an 1856 CF Martin), and there was no collateral noise unless I thumped the guitar's body. I was pleased - no feedback problems with the PA system thorough which I put it. The guitar, as is true with the violin and the banjo which are the other instruments in our group, all have single transducer Piezo pickups, incidentally. Easy to hook up, easy to operate; plug it in, turn it on, and go! Trouble set in when we got together at our venues and plugged in all the instruments. Each of them is on a different channel, so there's no overlap or conflict theoretically. We had all sorts of noise and intermittent feedback throughout the performances. Though we could determine the origins of some of the noises, or guess at some of them, we were generally unable to identify and isolate the problems, or what caused them; so we weren't able to fix them, either. Worse yet, it seemed as though the pickups cut in and out at very random intervals, and for very random lengths of time. We were, at most, 25" away from the wireless receivers at any point. Though we may have walked past each other from time to time and gotten between the transmitter and a receiver, it was relatively rare that happened. In brief, we weren't happy with the overall performance of the wireless pickup systems; and we can't figure out what the problems were, and why they occurred. Some of the extraneous noises were generated by the banjo's shell rubbing against the banjoist's watch chain; or buttons on his vest. Some of the noises coming from the violinist may have been a result of some form of interference from the wireless mics (our violinist seems to have a disproportionately large number of problems with the wireless mics; and problems with the wireless pickup on the violin may be a result of his lifting it to play it, and lowering it, or his moving around as he plays. There's evidently much more in play here, though, for our experiments in trying to stop all of the nuisance noise were almost totally unsuccessful. Based on our admittedly limited experience so far, I'd be hard-pessed to recommend the wireless pick system by Nady - but I'm not yet sure that I'd recommend against it, either.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

NOT A BAD DEAL

By Rick

from Erwin, NC

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Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

for the money, this little unit can't be beat. I've read some of the reviews and it seems to me that many of the reviewers wanted the same performance ad quality of wireless units costing hundreds of dollars. At this price this little wireless unit holds it's on and more than meets the purpose I use it for.
Simple to operate, all you have to do is add batteries to the transmitter, plug in the receiver and you're in business.
The quality is about what I expected from a lower priced unit. With proper care thre's no reason not to get years of service out of this equipment
Excellent. I wanted something cheap and wirelss to practice with.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprisingly Awesome!

By Izzy-45oA7

from Lafayette, LA

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Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

Can't beat a deal like this. Was expecting it to be sub-par, but it works great. I even cranked up my amp (Marshall AVT 150), left my house and walked down the street a couple houses down, and it was still working. Seriously. This was a great buy.
Comes with everything you need for it, minus the battery, in a really nice hard plastic case, that I wasn't expecting. Some say it has a sub-par transmitter cable, but I'm not sure on that. If it is, it can easily, and cheaply be replaced. I havn't had many problems with it yet.
It's absolutly amazing for the price! Every now and then you might get a little pop, but as long as you're standing within line-veiw of the reciever, it's just like having a standard cable. I do a lot of walking around with it, and I'm yet to have any serious problem that was noticeable.
I use it to walk out into the audience. Really gets the crowd going. That makes it a valuable asset to our stage presence.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Worth the money

By btownbobby

from Bakersfield, CA

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

I bought this unit 5 years ago when it was the Stupid Deal of the Day. After 5 years and hundreds of shows it still works. I have abused it and loaned it out and only had to make minor repairs (my fault). It is well worth the money.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very surprised

By AXEMANJACKSON

from Chicago Illinois

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bad Belt Clip

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Live Concerts
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

Well I must say I spent a small amount of money and got a real deal. This works as good as the expensive ones and it is really really good. I have one issue.
The belt clip for the transmitter that plugs into the guitar is a weak design. It pops out if theres enough pull on it. this will make the transmitter fall to floor or worse. I would suggest a pouch for it and there are at least two that I see for sale here. Do that and this is a very good deal and I went more than 150 feet away and it was still jammin around 200.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

VHF-101 Nady Wireless Verses DKW-1

By "Johnny"

from Eagles Nest, Arkansas Mountains

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

This unit was bought to replace the original unit i bought in 1988 from M.F. while stationed on an Aircraft Carrier in Japan. The flat/box design came in handy as space was very limited. The upright revision is subject to catch on cords and such and trying to place it in an effects rack takes up a larger space. While in operation I hear a lot of Star Wars type surges making me think senility had finally crept in and found a home. The clip on the beltloop/strap attachment has already made it's escape from the main unit. While i do not wish to cast a negative light on things...let's just say I miss the older unit which still works just fine and all it needs is a power cord adapter which unfortunately is no longer carried by M.F. but is a fine testament as to the original design as I've only had the new unit a week or so. Shipment came quickly and was packaged well and I challenge Fort Knox to do better. I will always stand behind Musicians Friend's products and do not hold them to blame, But If something works.....yeah......i think you're smellin what i'm sellin.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not yet sure on this one

By ChasL45488

from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

    Our trio bought three of these to use with our acoustic group. We play music of roughly 1800 to 1865; dress in period attire; and perform on reproductions of instruments that pre-date 1860. Being inconspicuously wireless is important to us, as we perform Victorian music at Victorian venues. The low cost of the Nady wireless pickups appealed to us; and I was extremely impressed with the quality of the system - the quality of the sound reproduction, that is - when I tried it in my home. I play a parlor guitar (a Republic, which is a reproduction of an 1856 CF Martin), and there was no collateral noise unless I thumped the guitar's body. I was pleased - no feedback problems with the PA system thorough which I put it. The guitar, as is true with the violin and the banjo which are the other instruments in our group, all have single transducer Piezo pickups, incidentally. Easy to hook up, easy to operate; plug it in, turn it on, and go! Trouble set in when we got together at our venues and plugged in all the instruments. Each of them is on a different channel, so there's no overlap or conflict theoretically. We had all sorts of noise and intermittent feedback throughout the performances. Though we could determine the origins of some of the noises, or guess at some of them, we were generally unable to identify and isolate the problems, or what caused them; so we weren't able to fix them, either. Worse yet, it seemed as though the pickups cut in and out at very random intervals, and for very random lengths of time. We were, at most, 25" away from the wireless receivers at any point. Though we may have walked past each other from time to time and gotten between the transmitter and a receiver, it was relatively rare that happened. In brief, we weren't happy with the overall performance of the wireless pickup systems; and we can't figure out what the problems were, and why they occurred. Some of the extraneous noises were generated by the banjo's shell rubbing against the banjoist's watch chain; or buttons on his vest. Some of the noises coming from the violinist may have been a result of some form of interference from the wireless mics (our violinist seems to have a disproportionately large number of problems with the wireless mics; and problems with the wireless pickup on the violin may be a result of his lifting it to play it, and lowering it, or his moving around as he plays. There's evidently much more in play here, though, for our experiments in trying to stop all of the nuisance noise were almost totally unsuccessful. Based on our admittedly limited experience so far, I'd be hard-pessed to recommend the wireless pick system by Nady - but I'm not yet sure that I'd recommend against it, either.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good product for the price. Recommended.

    By Serch

    from Houston, TX

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good range
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Some Noise In Some Spots

    Best Uses

    • Smaller Rooms Apartments
    • Small gigs

    Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

    I have been using this item for a couple of years now and it works great for my needs.
    The only downside I see is that some interference/noise happens in somoe spots, I think because other larger appliances working.
    Overall, good value for money.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pretty dingity darn good

    By mudsharkable

    from San Diego, CA.

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    Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

    The Nady DKW-1 reproduces with good fidelity and matches a direct cable connection very well. I have noticed some blind spots which could be mistaken for flakey connections but all physical connections are good and sound although a bit cheap... we'll see how they hold up. I tried out the unit in my workshop which is kind of an electromagnetic minefield, never the less, I only had dropout or crackle in one particular position and rotation from the base unit (I guess that's my shops dead zone). I lost signal at about a distance of 200 feet and that was through several walls and a floor or two. Basically for the money, it can't be beat. Mechanically it's kind of delicate but there's nothing about it that some duct tape here and there can't solve, especially securely mounting the bodypack to a guitar strap.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Performance for a great price

    By Nexy

    from phoenix, az

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

      I needed a small, inexpensive wireless system for a cosplay situation that would run totally off of batteries, and this system fit perfectly. The receiver can run off of a 12 VDC battery pack, and is small with decent sound quality. The adjustable gain on the transmitter provided enough output to run the battery operated amp I'm using. The sound quality is fine, and the system seems to run even over 20 or 30 feet, and even when I walk into another room without any loss or degradation of sound quality.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      very useful product

      By Picker 1949

      from Corinth, Miss.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        I have used one of these for years & find it very useful in places where you need to move around a lot. My only real complaint is: you can't get new cords running from transmitter to the guitar. Over a long period of use these tend to wear out or break. Nady needs to provide these cords when needed. Otherwise, a very good inexpensive product.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nady Wireless

        By James

        from Denver

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        Pros

        • Case
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Plastic housing

        Best Uses

        • Small venues

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        I bought mine from a local music shop. I play guitar in one group and bass in another. For my acoustic/electric guitar and passive 5 string bass I have no qualms, it works great! When I plugged in my active 5 string bass I got a buzz with every note I played. I turned the body packs level all the way down and turned up the treble slightly on my bass. The buzz is gone now. I plan on using it live when I'm playing bass and have it used a couple of times with my guitar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        works great!

        By hollywood

        from CT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Transmitter Seems Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        Although this system is not expensive, it does what I expect. It has a good sound and is easy and convenient to use. The transmitter belt clip seems a little flimsy for stage use but it performs well in my home studio. If you need a home studio system that will replace a bunch of clumsy cords and sounds good for the money, then this is your system. It is great bang for the buck!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth getting for the Price

        By PruskyD

        from Central Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Warm Up 1st B4 Using

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        I bought this for my Dad, who had never done wireless before. He absolutely loves it. He says the only thing is, is that you need to let the unit warm up before using it. He now enjoys being cordless. Definitely worth buying for the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        50/50

        By Ropesmoke

        from Medford, WI

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        Broke the transmitter plug on the first use but a little dab of solder fixed that with little trouble. Other than that this is an excellent peice of gear for the road.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not really a good buy

        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        do yourself a favor and buy a good unit
        I got the first one, unpacked it plugged it in and the receiver didn't work. The people at musicians friend were great about it, they sent me another one right away. this one worked ok in the house, when i got it to the gig it crackled and popped like crazy. coming out of a marshall cranked up it was not a good sound in a room full of people. I taped the tranmitter to my strap after reading that they were flimsy. The whole thing fell apart from the clip and hit the floor. if you're a gigging musician you really need to get a much better unit

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System

        By A.P.

        from Dallas, Texas

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        Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

        9
        Bought this wireless system with skepticism because of it's size. I already have a wireless that works very well. This thing works just a good as my more expensive one. The only thing a player needs to do it make sure the cables being used are in very good condition and stay in the " line of sight " of the unit. Worth every dollar times five!!!
        Could be a little fragile.
        Great for the price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not worth it

        By Corb

        from SLC, Utah

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

            Sounds terrible. Wireless capability is not good, fuzzy and muffles the sound.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Do not buy, total junk!!

            By TONE!!!

            from Southern Maryland

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            Pros

            • Horrible Product

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Terrible Product
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Absolute Crapola

            Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

            1st off let me say that Musicians Friend has the BEST customer service and completely took care of 2 defective units.
            I have had experience with Nady Wireless products years ago and have had good experiences. This go round however has shown me that Nady is no longer committed to Quality Assurance and now is just a JOKE of a product. 2 times as soon as I set up the unit to use, the solder joint and wiring in the 1/4in guitar jack either separated or just broke completely due to substandard wiring. The actual jack cover itself just slid off the threads and pulled apart the wires! All of this happened upon the first use right out of the box!!
            Like I said Musicians Friend stepped up right away and had a replacement unit practically overnight, and ultimately took both defective units back and refunded both my money and my shipping charges.
            I will continue to use and recommend Musicians Friend to anyone who values follow up customer service.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Doesnt Work

            By Wilson

            from Buffalo, NY

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

                Right out of the box this didn't work very well. It crackles whenever the cable that attaches your guitar to the portable box moves. Thank God Musicians Friends is awesome and send a return shipping label and paid for the return.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Workable but noisy at angles

                By Hillbilly

                from Oslo, Norway

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Certain Angles Get Noisy

                Best Uses

                • Rehearsal

                Comments about Nady DKW-1 VHF Wireless Guitar System:

                Cheap! Workable at home.

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