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Old August 16th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #1
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wireless lav mic for xdcam

Hey there,

Just curious about what wireless lavs people were using out there with their xdcam. I'm currently using a g2 sennheiser that has been giving me lots of problems (lousy mini-xlr cables, frequency hiss, confusing gui, etc) and I'm looking to replace with something more beefy and reliable. I know sony makes a "slot-in" system for this camera, but i'm having trouble finding more on it (like how many $$).

Also, what's a good actual mic to marry the system with? Some people say omni, others uni for a lav. I guess it seems like uni makes sense, but what do I know?

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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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I've not used the drop-in in the last few years (I don't think they still make them) but the drop-in used on Sony's Beta SX cameras sucked. You're better off with an external solution.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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Audio Technical Dual Channel

I bought two Audio Technica dual channel systems, then had a five pin XLR to twin 3-pin XLR cable made so I could access the front inputs. This enables four discrete channels of wireless recording. The mics that come with the AT duals are cheap, but they've worked well. Nonetheless I've replaced mine with Countryman EMW units. Omnis are the conventional wisdom for lavs. If you get the EMW mics, Countryman staff recommended the "shelved" version (gentle boost across the high frequencies) for typical lavalier usage, including concealment behind light clothing.

I got a "saddlebag" two hold both dual channel receivers which are available from B&H or Tai Audio. To control the cables to the front inputs I run them through the on camera mic holder, which of course will not be holding a mic under these circumstances!

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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #4
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I had the same thoughts some weeks ago an ordered also the audioTechnika dual channel receiver.

The plug-on transmitter from Sony, which uses the WRR - Connectors under your battery is about $1500 i think. Just try to find it at B&H.

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Old August 16th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #5
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The plug-on transmitter from Sony, which uses the WRR - Connectors under your battery is about $1500 i think. Just try to find it at B&H.
Here is the link:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/3results...s=wrr+855&ci=0

Note that you need the drop in case shown at the bottom of the page for the XDCAM HD.

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Old August 18th, 2007, 10:01 AM   #6
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Sony also has coming up a new digital wireless receiver.

For more specifications take a look at this PDF-file.

Sony DWR-S01D

It will be released around february 2008. Price is not available yet.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 04:35 AM   #7
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I use a couple of G2's and have found them to be reliable and effective. I have managed to break a couple of the 3.5mm jacks, but then I have also had broken the lemo's on my Beyers. No small connector is that robust. At least the 3.5mm jacks are cheap to replace. Your going to have to spend at least 2 times if not 3 times the money to get a better system.
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