Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless System

Oct 21, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Designed for use in high-traffic audio environments, Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System, when combined with its new AT899 Subminiature Lavalier and two AEW-T1000 UniPak™ transmitters, provides a wireless system with a high-quality, inconspicuous lavalier mic.

The system starts with the AT899cW Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone, which is available in either black or theater beige (AT899cW-TH). Intended for high-quality, unobtrusive operation, the AT899cW provides maximum intelligibility and measures a 5 mm in diameter. The subminiature omni element is enclosed in a rugged, low-profile housing with internal construction designed to minimize noise from handling, clothing, costumes and wind. It includes a complete accessory kit with single- and double-mounts, clothing clip, viper clip, magnetic clip (black mic only), two open-pore foam windscreens, and two metal-mesh element covers to protect the condenser element from moisture, makeup and other contaminants.

Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless System offers true-diversity, frequency-agile operation with IntelliScan™ frequency selection for a choice of 200 selectable UHF channels. The 5000 Series also features PC-compatible control software, easy setup and maximum operational flexibility.

Specifically applicable for theater and event productions, the AEW-5111 UHF Wireless Dual-UniPak™ Transmitter System includes an AEW-R5200 true-diversity frequency-agile dual receiver and two AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitters. The heart of the system is the AEW-R5200 receiver, which comprises two independent receivers in a single full-rack housing. Two hundred selectable UHF channels are offered in the range of 655.500 to 680.375 MHz (TV channels 44 through 49), with an operational range in excess of 300 feet. Receivers may be linked to form a complete system in which the built-in IntelliScan capability automatically determines and sets the best available frequencies on all linked receivers, minimizing interference and intermodulation. IntelliScan allows the sound designer to build an entire frequency plan without using traditional frequency charts, books or Websites.

An AC passthrough system allows multiple receivers to be powered using only one outlet. Receivers also include Ethernet ports, allowing monitoring of system parameters via the included PC software. By using standard low-cost, "off-the-shelf" Ethernet hardware, cables and router, the sound designer has the ability for remote control of the entire wireless system from a PC. This provides instant access from the sound booth to assign names to receivers, monitor RF and audio levels, check battery life, and perform frequency scans and walkout tests. Dual-band compander circuitry compresses and expands low- and high-frequency audio signals separately, minimizing artifacts such as pumping and breathing. The digital Tone Lock™ squelch system ignores RF that does not carry the wanted signal’s unique signature, and a digital ID signal carried by the frequency-modulated audio conveys transmitter information back to the receiver. Also available is an external mute switch jack.

The AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter offers features such as a recessed dual-impedance 4-pin locking connector, durable metal body, soft-touch controls with sliding cover and an input level that is adjustable in 2dB increments. The AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter operates on two 1.5-volt AA alkaline batteries with a life of approximately eight hours (high) to 10 hours (low), depending on battery type/use pattern. Measuring 2.60x3.43x0.94 inches, the AEW-T1000 has a net weight (without batteries) of 4.4 ounces. The system is compatible with the entire line of Audio-Technica Wireless Essentials™ accessories.

In addition, Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless Systems are available with a choice of two condenser and two dynamic handheld Artist Elite mic/transmitters.

The Audio-Technica AEW-5111 system (AEW-R5200 dual receiver and two AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitters) has an MSRP of $3,119. The MSRP for the AT899cW and AT899cW-TH (theater model) microphones is $199/each.

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