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Old December 19th, 2004, 09:46 AM   #1
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AT 899 Mic: Going from Wired to Wireless?

I am considering finally getting the Audio Technica 899 lav. Currently, I need wired sound -- I would like to be able to go wireless in the future, but AT offers two different versions of the 899: one terminated for wired sound, another for wireless.

If I buy the wired 899 now, will I be able to go wireless in the future? If so, how difficult will it be? Will I have to go with the U100, or can I make it work with another wireless setup?
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Old December 20th, 2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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One option is to get the AT899 terminated with a TA5 connector. The ATW-U101 accepts this type of connector. Then buy the TA5 version of the Mark 3 Power Supply from Equipment Emporium to power it. This will cost you a little more than the AT powered version but you will be able to use the same AT899 with either kit.

AT899 terminated with TA5
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=266171&is=REG

Mark 3 Power Supply
http://www.equipmentemporium.com/lavalier1.htm

I don't own the Mark 3 Power Supply. But I have considered this combination.

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Old December 20th, 2004, 04:57 PM   #3
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Baker : One option is to get the AT899 terminated with a TA5 connector. The ATW-U101 accepts this type of connector. Then buy the TA5 version of the Mark 3 Power Supply from Equipment Emporium to power it. This will cost you a little more than the AT powered version but you will be able to use the same AT899 with either kit.

AT899 terminated with TA5
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=266171&is=REG

Mark 3 Power Supply
http://www.equipmentemporium.com/lavalier1.htm

I don't own the Mark 3 Power Supply. But I have considered this combination.

Ryan -->>>

Good resource!.. Also, don't know about other mic makers, but you can order Countryman mics with The Link. The Link is a joined male/female set of connectors in the cable before the hardwired power supply. You can unplug to plug into your wireless body mic directly, or use The Link for hardwired use.

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Old December 20th, 2004, 10:39 PM   #4
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Thanks, Ryan. Interesting... So, it would be AT899 wireless, plugged into the Mark 3, then the Mark 3 plugged into (and powered by) my DVC80?

Does anyone have any experience with the Mark 3? Does it introduce any noise or cause any loss in quality?

This set-up would only cost about $60 more than getting the "wired" AT899 ($199.95 at B&H) -- can any other folks give it the thumbs up?

EDIT: Oh, and I take it that the Mark 3 is unique to Equipment Emporium? That how the description makes it sound, at least...
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Old December 21st, 2004, 08:51 AM   #5
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<<<-- Originally posted by John Britt : Thanks, Ryan. Interesting... So, it would be AT899 wireless, plugged into the Mark 3, then the Mark 3 plugged into (and powered by) my DVC80?

Does anyone have any experience with the Mark 3? Does it introduce any noise or cause any loss in quality?

This set-up would only cost about $60 more than getting the "wired" AT899 ($199.95 at B&H) -- can any other folks give it the thumbs up?

EDIT: Oh, and I take it that the Mark 3 is unique to Equipment Emporium? That how the description makes it sound, at least... -->>>


If when you say "AT899 wireless" you mean an AT899 terminated with the TA5 connector, then I think you have it right. The AT U100 accepts a mic with a TA5 connector.

The Mark 3 takes a AA battery or accepts 48V phantom.

Since I haven't actually used a Mark 3, I can't comment on the performance.

Has anyone used a Mark 3 Power Supply from Equipment Emporium? Are there other power supplies that can be used to hardwire a lav with a TA5 connector (LectroSonics, others)?
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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:19 AM   #6
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Baker :
If when you say "AT899 wireless" you mean an AT899 terminated with the TA5 connector, -->>>

Yes. It's just faster to type "wireless" than it is to type "terminated with the TA5 connector," just as it's faster to type "wired" than "terminated with a TA3 connector."
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<<<-- Originally posted by John Britt : <<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Baker :
If when you say "AT899 wireless" you mean an AT899 terminated with the TA5 connector, -->>>

Yes. It's just faster to type "wireless" than it is to type "terminated with the TA5 connector," just as it's faster to type "wired" than "terminated with a TA3 connector." -->>>


No nit-picking intended. I just wanted to be clear for future readers of the thread when it comes up in their search.

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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:41 AM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ryan Baker

No nit-picking intended. I just wanted to be clear for future readers of the thread when it comes up in their search.

Best regards,

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None taken -- just clarifying for the same reason :)
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