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Old October 13th, 2002, 02:46 PM   #1
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Wireless Lav Setup?

I am totally new to audio gear and I would appreciate some help.

-I am looking for a decent wireless lav setup for the XL that will deliver good quality and not break the bank (Sub $800). Suggestions?

-If I get a receiver that goes on the camera can I have 2 mics going at the same time?

-For professional audio results is it advantages to record onto DAT at the same time I record onto the video tape? If so can I run sound through the camera and onto the DAT to take advantage of the on camera mic.

I need a very mobile field setup for all of this.

Thanks for your ideas.

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Old October 13th, 2002, 05:46 PM   #2
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I would look very hard at the AKG PR81 series. They are fairly new, but AKG has a reputation for outstanding quality. I have a client who just picked a pair and I'm very impressed. The size is amazing and diversity to boot. I think Sennhiser (the usual pick in your price range) has a very serious challenger . They are available for under $500. Zotz Digital http://www.zotzdigital.com/ is an AKG dealer and a sponsor of this community.

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Old October 14th, 2002, 09:16 PM   #3
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Is the AKG PR81 a diversity wireless microphone featuring 3-pin XLR connection? Also, small enough to attach the receiver to camera?
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Old October 14th, 2002, 11:15 PM   #4
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It is certainly small enough to attach to a camera. But in making the receiver and transmitter small, they can't use standard 3 pin XLR. The case is narrower than the XLR connection. This is not unusual, my Lectrosonics wireless are also too small for standard XLR.

They are UHF Diversity and I believe smaller than the Sennhiser and Lectrosonics that i've seen.

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Old October 16th, 2002, 08:21 AM   #5
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I use the sennhieser evolution 100 series. It works great and comes with 1 wireless lav and transmitter, 1 camera mounted reciever, 1 plug on transmitter (cube) like the news reporters use in the field. I bought mine from B & H for around $500 and it came with a cl 100 xlr adapter, basically everything I needed. If you spend the extra dollars you get features like remote battery level indications at the reciever and 16 pre programable preset frequencies. all models can be pregrammed with a lot of frequencies but the more expensive models give you 16 presets rather than 4. They range from 500 to 800 bucks.
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Old October 16th, 2002, 09:05 AM   #6
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The only real problem with the Evolution is each setup can only support 1 mic at a time. Bummer, but this is a limitation of all mics in this price range.

If Jeff says the AKG is worth a look, I would. The Sennheiser Evolution 100 series is not a diversity system, though I have never missed it. If the AKG offers everything the 100 does plus diversity for almost the same money, that might be a good deal.

BTW, the normal posted price you will find on the Evolution is about $800-$900. However, you should have little difficulty in getting a 100 for around $450-$500.
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