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Source of wireless mic interference

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by pacman, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. pacman

    pacman Active Member

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    Here's tip for anyone who may be having problems with RF interference on their wireless mics. We have eight Shure LX series VHF wireless receivers. All are on frequencies recommended by Shure for our location. Last fall, we began noticing increased interference on several of the units & one in particular. I thought it might be due all the new digital TV stations in Atlanta. The problem continued to worsen through winter & spring until one of the receivers was so intereference prone that it was unusable. After talking with a Shure application engineer several times, she suggested turning off any digital effects devices we might have. As soon as we shut down our Lexicon MPX500 digital multi-effects unit, just about all of the stray RF disappeared from the wireless receivers.

    I am awaiting a response from Lexicon about possible causes and solutions, since it was in use for around two years before this problem started to show up. Unfortunately, moving the Lexicon away from the receivers (far enough to get rid of the interference) is not an option.
     
  2. Eboy87

    Eboy87 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. We have our EFX processors next to our wireless and have never had any problems. Cell phones on the other hand....

    Anyone here have any ideas why that would happen? I would think (especially with Lexicon) that it would be shielded from that sort of thing.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  3. pacman

    pacman Active Member

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    I got a quick response from Lexicon, asking the usual questions... have you tried it without audio and/or electrical grounds (yes), are your cables good as a bad cable makes a great antenna (swapped cables with no positive effect), does this happen on all frequencies (pretty much, some worse than others), does this happen with the transmitters off (yes). With the transmitters on, only one is so bad that it renders the wireless unusable with hash & dropouts. Now that I've answered their questions, I'm awaiting word from Lexicon on what to try next. I'll post when I hear from them.
     

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