Recently, Don Boomer from Line 6 was kind enough to send over a few wireless units to the Road Test.
I received a pair of handheld mics, and a pair of lavalier mics.
First, a bit about the systems. They work on the 2.4 GHz band, so they can be used all over the world.
The systems have 12 channels to pick from, but in some instances, more than 12 can be used in the same building. I’ll expand a bit on this later.
Don told me that they are looking at using some different frequency ranges so more than 12 systems can be used on the same stage.
The units have a stated 300 feet/100 meter range. I did an experiment with a lav unit and found it will transmit a lot farther than that, but for my uses, a few hundred feet is more than enough.
These use 24 bit digital conversion, so there is no use of companding, they transmit between 10 Hz-20 kHz, and the dynamic range is stated as 115 dB.
There are also some remote antenna options available from Line 6.
The mics came well packed in a box with foam, but I managed to snag some unboxing shots.
Inside the box is the transmitter in a case, the receiver, two antennas, power supply, rack mounting hardware, a plastic joiner bar (for hooking up 2 units in 1 rack space), remote antenna jacks for the rack panel, and the instructions.
A quick bit about the instructions. There are only a few short pages to read, as it’s a very simple units to use.
Lets start with the receiver. The unit is well built with a solid felling metal body. The front has a power switch, a button for setup, and a button to exit the setup screen.
There is a select knob that you can turn and access the various options. The center of the front has a screen that shows what channel you are on, and the transmitter name, antenna diversity strength, as well as the menus.,
On the display there are three bar graphs to the left side, one for audio, one for battery power, and one for RF. There is also a MUTE light.
The picture shows the two rack ears for mounting as single unit.
The rear of the receiver has two antenna inputs, two antenna OUTPUTS for loopthru, XLR balanced and 1/4-in unbalanced outputs and the DC power jack for the wall wart.
The slots on the tops and sides of the unit allow you to use the plastic joiner bar and couple the units together. Two units can fit in one rack space, and they can also be stacked top to bottom.
The mics come in a nice padded case which would offer good protection if you store them in a rack drawer or mic box.
The handheld mic is well build and feels good in my hand. It comes with a nice mic clip. The mic head can be removed and any Shure-style head can be screwed on (including the ones from Heil Sound).
The mic uses two AA batteries, and has a nice secure battery compartment in the base. On the side of the mic there is a small screen that can display the mic name, and channel number. Recessed mute (also power) and select switches are under the screen.