Sennheiser Introduces 2000 Series Wireless Mic System
Apr 22, 2009 3:07 PM
At this week's NAB 2009 show in Las Vegas, Sennheiser (Booth #N6520) is introducing the 2000 Series, a professional, entry-level wireless microphone system. The 2000 Series includes rugged products for a wide range of wireless applications. Handheld and bodypack transmitters with single or twin receivers are available for stage, broadcasting and installed sound applications. For monitoring, professional users can combine the diversity receivers of the series with single or twin monitor transmitters.
“The outstanding features of the 2000 Series are a high level of frequency flexibility and multichannel capability with professional control via the Wireless Systems Manager software, delivering a well-thought-out menu structure and superb audio quality,” explains Dawn Birr, product manager for professional wireless systems. “In addition, the 2000 Series is backwards compatible with all generations of evolution wireless products and the familiar professional accessories of our 3000 and 5000 Series—including clip-on microphones, antennas, boosters and combiners.”
The 2000 Series is designed to make setting up multichannel systems fast and simple. Depending on the UHF range, the units have a switching bandwidth of up to 72 MHz in the U.S., in which up to 64 compatible frequency presets are available for microphones and up to 32 for monitoring systems. The rackmount units can transmit their frequency data, name, sensitivity, low cut, etc., to the corresponding portable transmitters or receivers via an infrared interface.
An antenna loop-through socket and an integrated active splitter allow up to eight rack receivers to be daisy-chained quickly and easily. The systems can be conveniently monitored and controlled by a PC, and for this purpose all rackmount transmitters and receivers are equipped with an Ethernet socket. The Wireless Systems Manager provides a comprehensive range of functions and—according to Sennheiser—is currently the only software available on the market that can monitor and control semi-professional and professional microphone and monitoring systems of different generations at the same time.
In order to focus either on maximum operational reliability for multichannel applications or on a greater range, depending on the application, the transmitter output power can be switched between 10, 30, 50 and 100 mW.
Audio frequency response is stated at 25 or 80 to 20k Hz. Sensitivity is said to be adjustable within a wide range. For the SKM 2000 handheld transmitter—in the Sennheiser design with its characteristic “fin”—all capsules from the evolution Series can be used. Sennheiser states that from July onward, the microphone head of the e 965 true condenser microphone will also be available for the handheld transmitter. The bodypack transmitter is equipped with a special 3-pole plug and can therefore be used with all professional clip-on microphones from Sennheiser.
The audio frequency response of the body-pack transmitter extends down as far as 25 Hz (line level) to ensure full sound from the bass guitar. The instrument cable is fitted with Neutrik’s silentPLUG. The receiver has a built-in guitar tuner, eliminating the need for an additional tuner. And the preferences of "wired" guitarists have not been forgotten, either. “For many guitarists, the cable provides part of the characteristic sound of their instrument, as the capacitance of the cable has an influence on the sound,” Birr says. “Therefore, this effect can be emulated in four settings in the receiver menu to generate the preferred guitar sound.”
The monitoring system features a compact diversity receiver with metal housing. In addition to mono and stereo settings, the EK 2000 IEM also has the familiar Focus mode that allows users to set their personal mix of their own voice or instrument and the band. At the monitor transmitters with their 5-band graphic equalizers, the audio signal can be looped through to further transmitters, which means that the band signal has to be picked up only once at the mixing console before being made available to all band members.
All portable transmitters and receivers can be powered either by standard batteries or by rechargeable accupacks, and have external charging contacts (with the exception of the plug-on transmitter). When switched off, the portable units have a very low power consumption, which means that the accupacks remain charged even during long periods without use.
Sennhseiser says that the 2000 Series handheld transmitter, bodypack transmitter, and receiver will be available in May and the monitoring system in June. The MMK 965-1 microphone head of the evolution e 965 true condenser microphone will be launched in July.
For more information, visit www.sennheiserusa.com.
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