Sennheiser today launched its XS Wireless Digital series in the region. Though positioned as an entry level system for musicians and videographers in the Middle East, the XSW-D incorporates many features typically seen in top-grade microphone systems such as one-touch synchronization, low audio latency, and automatic frequency management.
The ability to combine currently available transmitters and receivers will allow users to opt for a wireless link that works with their existing microphone investments, or to select a fully-equipped wireless microphone sets.
"With the XSW Digital, we've delivered everything a budget-conscious artist or first time wireless user could hope for - excellent live sound that’s extremely easy to set up, delivered at an extremely attractive price point,” explained Mig Cardamone, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sennheiser Middle East. “Be it a musician who wants to move on stage freely, or a content creator looking to enjoy wireless freedom and flexibility- getting started with professional-grade wireless audio has never been simpler.”
Entry-level but well equipped, the XSW-D employs digital transmission in the 2.4 GHz range and uses the aptX Live codec. The receivers have antenna diversity; the transmitters work redundantly, transmitting all data packages twice to ensure reliable transmission. In case of interference, the transmitter and receiver will seamlessly hop to a free frequency.
Audio latency remains below 4 ms and it allows up to five systems can be used simultaneously at a range of up to 75 m (250 ft). The transmitter and receiver units can be conveniently recharged via USB using the included charging cable and work for up to five hours on a single charge.
Operation has been made easy via a single button: Pressing the buttons on both the transmitter and the receiver will power up and automatically link the units, clicking either button on the receiver or transmitter will mute the audio signal and pressing and holding both buttons again will power the system down.
The transmitter is connected to a handheld mic, a lavalier mic or an instrument, while the receiver can be directly connected to a mixing desk, a guitar or bass amp or the mic input of a video camera respectively.
Presenters, vocalists and instrumentalists can choose between a Vocal Set with an XS 1 dynamic cardioid microphone, a Lavalier Set with an ME 2-II clip-on microphone, and an Instrument Base Set for instruments with a 6.3 mm (1/4”) output. Also available is an XLR Base Set for use with existing dynamic microphones, and a Presentation Base Set for use with an existing clip-on microphone that has a 3.5 mm (1/8”) mini-jack connector. From Summer 2019, the series will be expanded with a Pedalboard Set for guitar and bass players. All transmitters and receivers are also available separately.
Videography and content creation is easier with the XSW-D as it reliably records audio directly into a video camera via the mic input. The receiver attaches to the camera via the XSW-D cold-shoe mount and a 3.5 mm (1/8”) coiled cable, while the transmitter simply connects to a handheld or lavalier microphone depending on the use case and preference.
Videographers and content creators can choose between a Portable Lavalier Set complete with an ME 2-II clip-on microphone, a Portable Interview Set for use with an existing dynamic microphone, a Portable Base Set for use with an existing lavalier microphone, and the Portable ENG Set, which contains transmitters for a lavalier microphone (ME 2-II included) and an existing handheld dynamic microphone.
All systems, except for the XSW-D Pedalboard Set, are now available in the Middle East.