Audio-Technica Releases 5000, 4000 Artist Elite Series

Mar 27, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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At NSCA, Audio-Technica showed its 5000 and 4000 Series wireless systems, which feature true-diversity, frequency-agile operation. Both systems come in multiple configurations, including handheld and UniPak transmitters. Multiple receivers of both series can be linked, and both systems feature IntelliScan™ frequency selection and dual compansion. In addition, the 5000 Series includes PC-compatible control software.

The heart of the 5000 Series 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. An AC pass-through system allows multiple receivers to be powered using only one outlet. Receivers also include Ethernet ports. An external mute switch jack provides the capability to mute thesystem quickly and easily.

The 4000 Series features a half-rack receiver, the AEW-R4100, with frequency-agile operation over the same channels as the AEW-R5200, and includes two independent RF sections. The AEW-R4100 has the same IntelliScan capability for optimum frequency selection on all linked receivers. Dual compander circuitry is included, along with the digital Tone Lock squelch system for rejection of unwanted RF. The 4000 Series receivers may be linked with one or several 4000 or 5000 Series receivers, and they can be monitored by the 5000 Series system software.

Five wireless transmitter options are available for both systems. All feature rugged, ergonomic metal bodies, programmable on/off/mute switching, and 10mW/35mW switchable RF power.

The handheld transmitters are developments from the company's Artist Elite line of wired microphones, specially optimized for wireless operation. Options include two condenser and two dynamic types: the AEW-T3300 and AEW-T5400 cardioid condensers, and the AEW-T4100 cardioid and AEW-T6100 hypercardioid dynamics. The AEW-T5400 and AEW-T3300 offer very low-handling noise and sturdy die-cast construction.

Currently available, the 5000 Series systems start at $3,119 MSRP, and the 4000 Series systems start at $959 MSRP. Individual components are available for purchase separately.

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