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2009 InfoComm: Sennheiser MKH 8000 Series Microphones Go Digital
The MKH 8000 Series can now be digitalized directly at the microphone head with the new MZD 8000 digital module, which simply screws onto the microphone head in place of the XLR module
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At 2009 InfoComm in Orlando, Sennheiser (Booth #5733) is introducing the MZD 8000 digital module for its MKH 8000 Series microphones.

Specifically, the MKH 8000 Series can now be digitalized directly at the microphone head, ensuring a natural sound without any loss of quality.

“A warm, natural, yet fantastically clear and powerful, sound is what makes the MKH 8000 series really stand out,” explains Dawn Birr, Sennheiser’s product manager for professional products. “The new digital module ensures that this sound is maintained in full quality along the entire signal chain, in contrast to conventional digitalization, which uses a separate analogue/digital converter at some stage along the chain.

“The MZD 8000 digital module eliminates cable losses and, most importantly, features a converter and surrounding circuitry that have been optimally matched to the microphone.”

The compact MZD module is simply screwed onto the microphone head in place of the XLR module.

Like all signal-carrying components in the 8000 series, the module is designed with two channels and converts the microphone signal according to the AES 42 standard, turning the audio signal of the MKH 8020 (omni-directional), MKH 8040 (cardioid) and MKH 8050 (super-cardioid) into a digital one.

“Signal disruptions caused by interference or cable capacitance are a thing of the past, as digitalization takes place directly behind the microphone head,” Birr adds.

In addition to the A/D converter (24-bit, sampling rate up to 192 kHz), the digital module contains a DSP unit that, with the aid of dedicated PC control software and an AES 42 interface, allows microphone settings such as the low-cut filter, attenuation and limiter to be remote-controlled.

The interface, e.g. Neumann’s DMI, also provides the phantom power and word clock for synchronizing the microphones. Alternatively, the microphones can be synchronized using an external word clock.

“Their modular design makes these microphones absolutely future-proof,” concludes Birr.

Sennheiser USA Website

(Be sure to visit PSW’s 2009 InfoComm New Product Gallery.)

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