Tech: AES 2010 New Products

Oct 6, 2010 5:04 PM, By the Mix Staff



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Sennheiser announces the next generation of its top-of-the-line wireless handheld transmitter, the SKM 5200-II. The new unit extends its switching bandwidth nearly five times the performance of the original, from 36 MHz up to 184 MHz. Other features include adjustable sensitivity (40 to 0 dB in 1dB steps) and a 3-position low-frequency filter, while selectable output power (10mW or 50mW) and a new Low Intermodulation mode provides a minimum of seven hours operating time. It’s available in black, nickel and steel blue, and can be fitted with a wide range of premium capsules, including Sennheiser’s MD 5235, and Neumann’s KK104 and KK105. Available frequency ranges include 470 to 638 MHz and 614 to 697.9 MHz. AES booth #920.

The latest near-field Advanced Transmission Line monitor from PMC, the AML2 powered studio monitors ($10,499 pair) supersede the AML1 model with many internal improvements, such as an upgraded power supply and an enhanced cabinet structure. The AML2 combines a flat-piston, 6.5-inch carbon-fiber/Nomex™ honeycomb woofer capable of extreme 33mm excursion with a 1.5-inch soft-dome tweeter on an acoustic lens, routed through all-discrete 24dB/octave crossovers to Bryston-designed Class-A/B (100W/80W) analog amps. Each 15.75x7.9x12.5-inch (HxWxD) unit weighs 35 pounds; a matching subwoofer for 2.1/5.1/7.1 arrays is optional. AES booth #1307.

Scheduled to ship by the time of the AES show, the MicMAID ($TBA) from Manley Labs lets users easily audition and select between four microphones and four microphone preamplifiers, with instant level-matched switching between various combinations. Other features include recall settings for gain, mic and preamp combinations; selectable phantom-power generation; front panel DI input (with variable phase and ground lift); and sealed, gold-contact relays for silent, lossless switching between sources. AES booth #602.

The M1030 ($1,942) studio condenser mic from Microtech Gefell features a cardioid pattern and a smooth frequency response with a slight presence boost in the 8 to 14k Hz range. Under the grille, the large-diameter capsule feeds an electronic impedance converter based on a newly designed solid-state circuit topology. This transformerless design reduces the noise floor to a low 7 dBA while raising the maximum output capacity, resulting in a 135dB dynamic range. The mic ships with a wooden case and swivel stand mount. An elastic suspension is optional. AES booth #641.

Telefunken Elektroakustik celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ELA M 250/251, 250E/251E and 270 mics with commemorative mic reissues in leather-bound, anniversary logo flight cases. The ELA M 250 is the two-pattern (cardioid/omni) version of the three-pattern ELA M 251 (cardioid/omni/figure-8). The stereo ELA M 270 has all three pickup patterns on the top and bottom capsules, and only two original units were produced; Telefunken Elektroakustik purchased an original to use as a benchmark for the re-creations. Each model features a dual-backplate CK-12 capsule hand-built from parts that are constructed from the original AKG blueprints. The amplifier in the ELA M 250E/251E/270 Series has a GE 6072 tube and Haufe T14/1 transformer. All ship with vintage-style power supplies, 10-meter Gotham Audio cables, leather-bound flight cases, wooden boxes, spare 6072/ECC81 tube (for 250E/251E and 270 models only) and five-year warranties. AES booth #525

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