Lectrosonics will introduce the Octopack wireless system receiver dock and antenna coupler at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas.
Designed for use in applications such as film and television production, ENG (electronic news gathering), and documentaries, the new Octopack includes slots for up to four Lectrosonics two-channel SRA or SRA5P Digital Hybrid Wireless receivers—offering up to eight wireless audio channels in a compact, portable configuration.
The front panel of the new Octopack accepts the SRA or SRA5P receivers and has BNC jacks for mounting whip antennas or coaxial cable for remote antennas.
Eight individual RF cables with SMA connectors mate to the receivers, enabling diversity reception to be maintained for all four receivers.
The master power switch and indicator lamp are also located on the front panel, along with a switch for antenna powering when using remote RF boosters. Eight balanced mini-XLR audio outputs reside on the left panel.
Lectrosonics’ new Octopack can be powered by external DC of 6-18V or by using two optional L-style rechargeable battery packs, which can attach and lock onto the rear of the unit.
“The Octopack follows the tradition Lectrosonics has always had of offering convenient methods of mounting portable receivers,” explains Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics’ Director of Business Development. “This gives users the greatest number of options for using our products, and provides a robust, compact, and powerful tool for demanding production environments.”
Pricing for the Lectrosonics Octopack receiver dock and antenna coupling system has not yet been determined. The Octopack is expected to be available in June of 2009.