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Wireless audio made easy

Wireless audio made easy
The XS Wireless Digital vocal set

Wireless audio made easy

The XSW-D series is ideal for first-time wireless users

Aimed at providing musicians and videographers with an easy entry into wireless audio, Sennheiser’s XS Wireless Digital (XSW-D) replaces the cable with compact transmitters and receivers that work on 2.4GHz for worldwide, licence-free operation. Transmitters and receivers can be freely combined so users can opt for a wireless link that will protect their existing microphone investments or select one of the fully equipped wireless microphone sets. ‘The series is ideal for first-time wireless users,’ said Tobias von Allwörden, senior product manager with Sennheiser, ‘be it a guitarist who wants to move on stage freely or a content creator who wants to take his or her video projects to the next level with wireless audio.’

The XSW-D uses the aptX Live codec. The receivers have antenna diversity; the transmitters work redundantly, transmitting all data packages twice to ensure reliable transmission. In case of interference, the transmitter and receiver will seamlessly hop to a free frequency. Audio latency remains below 4ms. Up to five systems can be used simultaneously and they have a range of up to 75m. The transmitter and receiver units can be recharged via USB using the included charging cable and work for up to five hours on a single charge.

IE 400 Pro
IE 400 Pro

In other news, Sennheiser has added to its family of professional IEMs with the IE 400 Pro and IE 500 Pro. ‘For the IE 400 Pro and IE 500 Pro, we have reinvented the single dynamic driver principle,’ explained Jannik Schentek, product manager with Sennheiser. Other in-ears in the same price range work on the balanced armature principle, which we find to be inferior to a wideband dynamic driver,’ added Schentek. ‘Balanced armature earphones require multiple drivers to reproduce the frequency range. The IE 400 Pro and the IE 500 Pro, on the other hand, use a single high-performance dynamic driver that covers the entire frequency range with ease, resulting in a distortion-free, detailed and accurate sound reproduction.’

This single-driver technology, termed TrueResponse, is said to ensure a natural, clear and spacious sound stage with a total harmonic distortion (THD) as low as under 0.08% at 1kHz and 94dB. When the sound is so precise and detailed, the acoustical stress for the wearer is reportedly reduced. With the driver measuring only 7mm in diameter, the IEMs feature a comfortable ear mould, which is ergonomically shaped, has a low profile and is lightweight. They come with silicone ear adapters in various sizes and special ear tips made from memory foam, which expand to fit the ear canal.

Finally, Sennheiser has updated its Control Cockpit software to version 3.0.0 to support the TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone and the ew G3 and G4 IEM transmitters.

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