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Poll-ish: recently deployed wireless mics

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by Jay Ashworth, Mar 14, 2019 at 11:23 PM.

  1. Jay Ashworth

    Jay Ashworth Well-Known Member

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    If your facility has bought and deployed relatively new wireless mics in the last... let's say 2 or 3 years -- since the 600MHz emigration started -- what and how many did you get, and what do you think of them? Manufacturer, model; transmitter type (pack, plugon, handheld)...

    My house is scheduled to replace 18 channels of ULX-S4, for which we have 18 lavs and 8 handhelds, in this budget year. I'm not sure if it's too late to catch any of the tradein deals, but regardless, I want to make sure we get the most functional and decent sounding replacements we can...
     
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  2. JJBerman

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    A High School I work at:
    8x Shure ULXD channels
    -2x ULXD-4Q reciveres
    -8x ULXD1
    -8x ULXD2(4x SM58 capsule, 4x Beta58 capsule)
    -16x SB900A

    We replaced 8x Audio Technica AT3000 systems(8x bodypacks, 4x handhelds)

    We chose Shure because we previously bought 8x UHF-R channels and have liked them alot.
    We went with the ULXD systems because we had the start of Dante infrastructure already in place which saves us 8 analog input channels at the board(LS9-32).

    This has been difference between night and day for us.
    The old AT's were going on 13+ years old and treated by high school students/staff and outside renters.
    We have had them for just about a year now and they have stood up extremely well. The only 'damage' has been the dropped handheld that now has a dented capsule cover. This is partially because we are taking better care of all the gear in general(cleaning after each use, deepish cleaning after each production, etc)
    Having the rechargeable batteries has also saved the school and outside renters tons of money in batteries.
    Part or all of this system gets used 2-3 times a week ~35 weeks in the last year.
     
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  3. Ken Summerall Jr

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    Jay,

    Most of the trade in deals are scheduled to end March 31. Unless of course they decide to extend them again, Sennheiser and Shure have extended their rebate programs multiple times already.

    In my space we replaced our small wireless system with 3 Sennheiser EW100 G3 Handhelds, we are about to purchase a 4th EW100 G4 Combo (handheld and body pack) and will purchase 3 body packs for our existing receivers. This give us the ability to use any combo of handheld and body packs.

    I usually recommend the Sennheiser EW100 or EW300 models to smaller spaces. For the price point these units are the most robust and sound great.
    I would recommend the Shure QLX-D for medium spaces and ULX-D for larger spaces or spaces that need or want Dante integration. When putting together a larger system the Shure systems have the advantage by having a physically robust transmitter, rechargeable batteries and the ability to use Wireless Workbench for frequency identification and set up.
     
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    I bought 4 EW100 G4s over the summer with grant money, to expand the 3 G3s that I already run in the theatre. We have 3 handhelds and 6 packs total. Across campus we run an addition 4 G3s spread across gyms, the football stadium, the elementary stage, etc. I've really liked the build quality and robustness on them.
     
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    Replaced with Sennheiser ew100 G4 - 3 different rooms.

    They are great for us.
     
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  6. Nathan Grater

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    16 channels Shure ULXD-Q with rechargeable batteries and chargers. 16 bodypacks and 8 handhelds. We have a remaining inventory of 14 UHF-R. We love them every time we use them. Sound great, high RF density, and easy to deploy. The Dante integration with our Yamaha CL5 is great and adds a piece of mind for engineers. Replaced our inventory of UHF-R ~600mhz.
     
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    How's the latency on the Dante stuff?

    I'd thought about that, but we're using all our Dante to get directs to our ProTools rack... I gather I can use the inputs separately from the outputs?
     
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    No problems. 2.73ms plus whatever your network latency is. For us it's 1ms of network.

    I don't know what system you are using but generally Dante is 64x64
     
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  9. josh88

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    16x Shure ULXD channels
    -4x ULXD-4Q reciveres
    16 Bodypacks, 6 handhelds
    Also have them going into my M7 via Dante and networked for easy use with WWB

    I was a Sennheiser theatre guy for years and have been using the ULXD's for a couple years now and I definitely prefer them now. Bulletproof, solid construction. I'm just not a fan of the 93's for lavs with the bodypacks.
     
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    2 years ago we bought 12 of the Audio Technica 3000 series microphones, in the 500 band. All body packs, and they came with 12 galaxy audio earset microphones that came with 4 replaceable field cables each. Then we went out and bought 6 Broadway lavalier microphones each from bodymics.com. No complaints at all about the quality, and definitely not the price either. When I heard they were changing the 3000 series, I bought extra transmitters in case.

    Now we are getting (tomorrow actually) 8 wireless mics with body pacs again from bodymics. The brand is their house brand called Creative Audio. 8 receivers in a 1U space! Getting it in the 480-530 range. Again, purchased their earset mics along with it.
     
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