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Old December 12th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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decision of Wireless Microphone System

Hallo!
I like have advice from you of Wireless Microphone System for HVR-Z1u betwen AT:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...icrophone.html

or Sony:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Diversity.html

Can you help me make decision?
Thanks Martin Czech Republic
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Old December 12th, 2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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normally I try not to help people spend their money BUT in this case I'll make an exception.
I have been using the AT1823 system (dual receiver) for the last 3 or 4 months and have been very happy with it. I did up the mics to Countrtyman but I like the features of the AT system and frankly liked the price so I vote for you to spend your money on the AT system.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with the AT, but I have several of the Sony units- used with handheld mics and lavaliers, and have been very pleased with their performance, flexibility, and durability.
I'm sure you can't go wrong either way.
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Old December 16th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #4
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Can you help me make decision?
A UK/Euro perspective...

I had a look at the Sony system, as for a short period (in the UK at least) it seemed one could purchase it and get an ECM-88 thrown in for free. It turned out that the ECM-88 couldn't fit a hi-rose connector to get phantom powering from the unit, or some variation of that excuse.

I managed to get a couple of Sennheiser G2 systems plus the brick thing for the (undiscounted) price of the Sony system. They've proved robust performers. The brick thing has been especially useful for pulling a feed from a PA or sound desk, sticking into an AKG-230 and even making my COS-11 wireless. The Sennheiser mic quality has been fine, though I'd still go with a COS-11 where possible.

The other advantage is that the Senns came set for all the European frequencies (with a nice chart to explain what could be used where). US models may cause problems used in Europe (and vice versa).

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Old December 16th, 2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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Matt,

Can you elaborate a bit on the US/UK frequency differences? I've got a Senn G2 system Channel C, and I might be shooting in Ireland next year.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #6
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We have 7 sets of the Senn G2 100 series and they have always worked perfectly. We have the kits with a bodypack transmitter, receiver, and plug for a mult box. As pointed out, you can also use the mult box transmitter for any xlr mic, which really helps.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 05:31 AM   #7
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Can you elaborate a bit on the US/UK frequency differences?
I'm a bit hazy about the specifics, but radio mics can interfere with phone signals, or worse still, military or police communications. Also there may be differences between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Info can be found here:

http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser...requency-check

It's a bit dense, though. I can just about work out that I can't use my G2s in the US. One thing seems clear, though: the cheaper models don't work on as many frequencies, so it would be harder to find an available and safe channel, especially when abroad.
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