on the acclaimed Artist Elite line of wired microphones, Audio-Technica's
new 5000 and 4000 Series wireless systems feature true-diversity,
frequency-agile operation. Both systems come in multiple
configurations, including handheld and UniPak transmitters to
suit the most demanding performance applications. Multiple receivers
of both series can be linked, and both systems feature
IntelliScan frequency selection and dual compansion. In
addition, the 5000 Series includes PC- and Mac®-compatible
The heart of the 5000 Series is
the AEW-R5200 true diversity frequency-agile dual receiver, which
comprises two independent receivers in a single full-rack housing.
Two hundred selectable UHF channels are offered in the range of
655.500 to 680.375 MHz (TV channels 44-49), with an operational range
in excess of 300 feet. Receivers may be linked to form a complete
system in which the built-in IntelliScan capability can automatically
determine and set the best available frequencies on all linked
receivers, minimizing interference and intermodulation. An AC
pass-through system allows multiple receivers to be powered using
only one outlet. Receivers also include Ethernet ports, enabling
monitoring of system parameters via the included Macintosh® or
Windows® software. Dual-band compander circuitry compresses and
expands low- and high-frequency audio signals separately, minimizing
artifacts such as pumping and breathing and maximizing audio quality.
The digital Tone Lock squelch system ignores RF that does not
carry the wanted signal's unique signature. Concurrently, a digital
ID signal carried by the frequency-modulated audio conveys
transmitter information back to the receiver. An external mute switch
jack provides the capability to mute the system quickly and easily.
The 4000 Series features a
half-rack receiver, the AEW-R4100, with frequency-agile operation
over the same channels as the AEW-R5200, and includes two independent
RF sections for true diversity operation. The AEW-R4100 has the same
IntelliScan capability for optimum frequency selection on all linked
receivers. Dual compander circuitry is included, along with the
digital Tone Lock squelch system for rejection of unwanted RF. The
4000 Series receivers may be linked with one or several 4000 or 5000
Series receivers, and they may be monitored by the 5000 Series system software.
To complement both the 5000 and
4000 Series receivers, five wireless transmitter options are
available. All feature rugged, ergonomic metal bodies, programmable
on/off/mute switching, and 10 mW/35 mW switchable RF power, and are
compatible with both systems. Five user-programmable settings, plus a
default setting, make these transmitters extremely versatile.
The new handheld transmitters are
developments from Audio-Technica's highly successful Artist Elite
line of wired microphones, specially optimized for wireless
operation. Options include two condenser and two dynamic types: the
AEW-T3300 and AEW-T5400 cardioid condensers, the AEW-T4100 cardioid
dynamic, and the AEW-T6100 hypercardioid dynamic. The AEW-T5400 and
AEW-T3300 boast superior clarity and realism, very low handling
noise, and sturdy, die-cast construction. Assertive sound,
outstanding pop protection, and rugged construction are benefits of
the AEW-T6100 and AEW-T4100 microphones.
Also available is the new
AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter, which offers advanced features such as
a recessed dual-impedance 4-pin locking connector, durable metal
body, soft-touch controls with sliding cover, and an input level that
is adjustable in 2 dB increments. The AEW-T1000 UniPak is compatible
with the entire line of Wireless Essentials accessories.
The 5000 and 4000 Series offer a
system configured for every need. Thirteen systems are available in
the 5000 Series, each with the AEW-R5200 dual receiver. Nine of the
combinations include dual UniPak, dynamic, or condenser microphone
transmitters. The other four kits each include four transmitters: two
UniPaks plus either two condenser or two dynamic handheld transmitters.
The 4000 Series comprises nine
systems, each containing the AEW-R4100 receiver. Five kits include a
single transmitter (a UniPak or one of the four handheld
transmitters), while the remaining four offer one UniPak plus one
handheld transmitter. The same choice of handheld transmitters
applies to the 4000 Series as to the 5000 Series systems.
"The new 5000 and 4000
Series Artist Elite UHF Wireless Systems represent the logical
extension of our acclaimed Artist Elite Series into the wireless
domain," explained Gary Boss, Marketing Director of
Audio-Technica. "The new receivers feature a number of
significant innovations that represent maximum audio quality and
flexibility for almost any wireless application."