New Sennheiser Wireless Audio

steve149

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Seems Sennheiser is getting in on the Stealth game .. XS Wireless Digital Series - (https://en-ca.sennheiser.com/xs-wireless-digital-one-touch-pairing-2-4-ghz-audio-for-microphones-instruments-dslr-cameras)

Digital (boooo), and options for many "cabless" connections .. XLR and TS connections .. Mic/Lav options as well as direct connection.

This seems closest to the Alto Stealth (if it will work with line level) .. Sennheiser XSW-D XLR BASE SET - - XS Wireless XLR Base Set. One-touch ease-of-use wireless audio set with XSW-D XLR female transmitter, XSW-D XLR male receiver and USB-A to USB-C charging cable - (https://en-ca.sennheiser.com/xsw-d-xlr-base-set). Battery powered, 250 ft range. It'll be interesting what it sells for .. MSRP is $380. Downside is it's only mono at this point.

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Seems Sennheiser is getting in on the Stealth game .. XS Wireless Digital Series - (https://en-ca.sennheiser.com/xs-wireless-digital-one-touch-pairing-2-4-ghz-audio-for-microphones-instruments-dslr-cameras)

Digital (boooo), and options for many "cabless" connections .. XLR and TS connections .. Mic/Lav options as well as direct connection.

This seems closest to the Alto Stealth (if it will work with line level) .. Sennheiser XSW-D XLR BASE SET - - XS Wireless XLR Base Set. One-touch ease-of-use wireless audio set with XSW-D XLR female transmitter, XSW-D XLR male receiver and USB-A to USB-C charging cable - (https://en-ca.sennheiser.com/xsw-d-xlr-base-set). Battery powered, 250 ft range. It'll be interesting what it sells for .. MSRP is $380. Downside is it's only mono at this point.

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Cableless?
 

steve149

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We'll see .. not sure there is a way of changing the input sensitivity of the transmitter. If it only works at mic level, may not be ideal. The 1/4" input version might be an option. OR .. maybe there is some other vendor that will make an actual usable, better than entry level wireless to the speaker setup.
 

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We'll see .. not sure there is a way of changing the input sensitivity of the transmitter. If it only works at mic level, may not be ideal. The 1/4" input version might be an option. OR .. maybe there is some other vendor that will make an actual usable, better than entry level wireless to the speaker setup.
If the transmitter can plug into XLR, it's ideal in my book. Wonder if they'll have the option of buying 2 receivers and 1 transmitter?
 

steve149

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If the transmitter can plug into XLR, it's ideal in my book. Wonder if they'll have the option of buying 2 receivers and 1 transmitter?
Plugs into XLR, but it's looking like it might just be Mic levels. Plugged into a mixer output might overload it if there is no ability to adjust sensitivity. No detailed docs on it yet.

This might be an option if the XLR doesn't do line levels ... balanced isn't really needed when you're going 1 inch to the electronics.

Sennheiser XSW-D INSTRUMENT BASE SET - - XS Wireless Digital Instrument Base Set. One-touch ease-of-use wireless audio set with XSW-D 6.3mm (1/4”) transmitter, XSW-D 6.3mm (1/4”) receiver, extension cable 6.3mm (1/4“), belt clip and USB-A to USB-C charging cable - (https://en-ca.sennheiser.com/xsw-d-instrument-base-set)

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I am surprised one of the powered speaker manufactures has not come out with something for this purpose.
It would help if they would at least put a 5V socket on the back to power a receiver. I'm surprised there aren't more options from mic companies. A belt-pack transmitter and a belt-pack receiver (used for IEMS) are the basic pieces. I would think they should be able to come up with a few options between say $400 and $1000.

Most speaker companies won't build it in until it becomes a standard. BT should be an option on more of them and with new versions of BT, that might be the answer.
 

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I have an annual A/V job coming up in April where I need a wireless link. I can hardwire the 1st speaker to the mixer, but need to jump wireless to 2nd unit. If something doesn't shake out by then, I'll likely just use a GTD unit with 1/4" install on the bodypack. So far, that's been the most solid option I've got.
 

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There are a number of available systems today .. usually called "ENG setups" (short for electronic news gathering) or camera mic setup .. usually all have a smaller beltpack sized receiver and many can use a similar beltpack sized transmitter.

I use a Sennheiser 300 series IEM transmitter (it transmits in stereo) and have 2 Sennheiser beltpack receivers where I use a 3.5mm to dual RCA cable and plug just the right or left into the speaker input. Works fine, but it's a bit overkill.
 
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I know the Alto stealth wireless system works. This should work as well. I want the Alto Stealth wireless system myself. I might look into getting it very soon.
If you don't own it, how do you know it works?
 
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I am surprised one of the powered speaker manufactures has not come out with something for this purpose.

It would help if they would at least put a 5V socket on the back to power a receiver. I'm surprised there aren't more options from mic companies. A belt-pack transmitter and a belt-pack receiver (used for IEMS) are the basic pieces. I would think they should be able to come up with a few options between say $400 and $1000.

Most speaker companies won't build it in until it becomes a standard. BT should be an option on more of them and with new versions of BT, that might be the answer.
Bluetooth has too much latency for live sound production, not even APT-X is fast enough. I've also tried pumping audio through a wireless HDMI transmitter (@ 50GHz), but the HDMI frame lag makes it useless for anything but a subwoofer channel.

I use In Ear Monitors (with a 3.5mm to stereo XLR adapter) to drive my satelite speakers wirelessly. There is some sound quality degradation (mostly from compression) but it's ok so long as you can't hear the noise floor.
 
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I have an annual A/V job coming up in April where I need a wireless link. I can hardwire the 1st speaker to the mixer, but need to jump wireless to 2nd unit. If something doesn't shake out by then, I'll likely just use a GTD unit with 1/4" install on the bodypack. So far, that's been the most solid option I've got.
This is what I'm using for satelite speakers, so far so good. It works on UHF rather than 2.4GHz, and transmit power can be adjusted in the back.