At the 2009 ProLight+Sound/Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Sennhesier has released the third generation of its evolution wireless system, the new 100, 300 and 500 G3 Series, as well as the 300 IEM G3 wireless monitoring system and ENG sets for reporters and filmmakers.
System setup and operation is fast and simple, with transmitters that can be synchronized with the receivers via an infrared interface. The frequency management function makes more compatible frequencies available and all third-generation series now have a switching bandwidth of 42 MHz.
The system’s audio range now extends down as far as 25 Hz, which will put a smile on the face of every bass guitarist. All now feature a Soundcheck Mode, which was previously reserved for the 500 Series. Sennheiser has added even more refinements to this mode. The Soundcheck Mode can now be operated even during the show: the audio level and field strength level are continuously measured, with the receiver recording the maximum values for AF and the minimum values for RF.
Further, the highly popular equalizer from the 500 Series is now fitted to all series, allowing trebles to be raised and bass frequencies lowered to suit individual voices and applications.
The operating menu is now more user-friendly. The separation into a ‘user level’ and an ‘advanced level’ means that the most important functions can be accessed more quickly. While the user level contains the functions for the sound engineer’s everyday work, such as the selection of the frequency presets and the audio level, the advanced level is reserved for more specialized programming that is not performed every day, such as direct frequency selection, reset to factory settings and — for the 300 and 500 Series — synchronization and warning settings.
All portable transmitters and receivers can be powered not only by standard batteries but also by special Sennheiser rechargeable battery packs. For this, the portable devices (with the exception of the plug-on transmitter) are fitted with external charging contacts. “Using rechargeable battery packs has never been more convenient,” Fischer added. “In addition to being environmentally friendly, this solution also cuts running costs”.
For convenient PC control, the 300 and 500 Series have now been fitted with an Ethernet interface. Via a standard Ethernet switch, the rack-mount devices can be directly connected to a PC with Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager software. This professional software makes monitoring and data management much easier to handle — a valuable asset especially in multi-channel applications.
In order to further improve multi-channel capability, the standard output power in both series can be reduced from 30 mW to 10 mW, making it possible to accommodate even more channels in a given frequency range.
The handheld transmitters are equipped with capsules from the evolution 900 stage series, while the clip-on microphone is the acclaimed MKE 2-Gold.
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