Sennheiser has introduced XS Wireless 1, a total of six wireless system sets designed to provide ease of use, fast set-up and reliable transmission. It is on display at this week’s NAMM show in Anaheim at Booth 6577, Hall A.
“Excellent live sound combined with the simplicity that first-time wireless users prefer – this is the hallmark of XS Wireless 1,” says Oliver Schmitz, portfolio manager, Live Performance and Music, Sennheiser. “In developing the series, we have paid special attention to making user operation as straightforward as it can be, and to offering great sound while ensuring affordability.”
The series uses Sennheiser evolution capsules and employs antenna switching diversity for reliable reception. The individual sets provide up to 10 compatible, preset channels in eight frequency banks, and are available in a number of ranges across the UHF spectrum—A: 548-572 MHz, GB: 606-630 MHz, B: 614- 638 MHz, C: 766-790 MHz, D: 794-806 MHz, E: 821-832 MHz + 863-865 MHz, K: 925-937.5 MHz. The receiver provides balanced XLR and unbalanced jack outputs.
All XS Wireless 1 sets come with receiver, transmitter, microphone capsule or instrument cable, power supply unit and batteries. Two XS Wireless 1 Vocal sets give a choice of two different microphone capsules, the e 825 cardioid capsule or the e 835, also with a cardioid pick-up pattern. Also included is a microphone clamp.
The XSW 1 Headmic set with ME 3-II headworn microphone is intended for live sound applications where users need to have their hands free when singing or presenting. The XSW 1 Lavalier Mic set includes the unobtrusive ME 2-2 lavalier microphone with mic clip. The XSW 1 Instrument set includes the CI1 instrument cable. There’s also a dedicated Brass set in the range, which provides an evolution e 908 T gooseneck microphone that clips onto the instrument.
Visitors to NAMM will also be able to see the upcoming XS Wireless 2 series, which will become available in April 2017 and that takes the XSW 1 further. XSW 2 has up to 12 compatible, tunable channels in its eight frequency banks, and an LCD display that shows the transmission frequency, AF and RF levels and battery status. It also comes with true-diversity reception, external antennas and sturdy metal housing for the receiver– including rack-mount accessories.
Oliver Schmitz states: “XS Wireless 2 is a great starting point if you want to take your wireless set-up a step further. The systems will grow with your demands, offering professional features such as true diversity reception and external antennas, plus a condenser capsule option.”
The XS Wireless 2 series includes two Vocal sets with either a cardioid e 835 dynamic capsule or a supercardioid e 865 pre-polarised condenser capsule, a Headmic set, a Lavalier set, and an Instrument et. All are compatible with each other.