Audio-Technica announced the new 2000 Series UHF True-Diversity Wireless Microphone Systems, the company’s latest in its line of professional wireless systems. The 2000 Series is a 10-channel frequency-agile UHF wireless system designed to suit a variety of applications, including MI/live performance, fixed installation, public address, A/V rental houses and places of worship.
Operating in the 600MHz frequency band (656.125 to 678.500 MHz, TV channels 45 through 48) with 10 selectable frequencies and true-diversity UHF wireless technology, the 2000 Series features automatic frequency scanning. This function automatically determines and sets the best available frequency (open channel), which is particularly useful when employing multiple wireless systems, helping to avoid interference and intermodulation.
Additionally, the 2000 Series incorporates Audio-Technica’s digital Tone Lock squelch and an LCD. The system comprises two options: the ATW-2110 UHF UniPak Transmitter System, comprising the ATW-R2100 true-diversity receiver and the ATW-T210 UniPak body-pack transmitter; and the ATW-2120 UHF Handheld Dynamic Microphone System, which also includes the ATW-R2100 receiver and the ATW-T220 handheld microphone/transmitter. The ATW-T220 microphone is engineered with the same capsule as Audio-Technica’s PRO 41 microphone.
The true-diversity ATW-R2100 half-rackspace receiver features an all-metal housing for shielding and dual-independent receiver sections, and selects the best signal from the two independent receiver sections, reducing drop-outs and minimizing multipath distortion. The ATW-R2100 offers 10 PLL-synthesized UHF frequencies, advanced digital Tone Lock squelch, soft-touch controls with LCD, detachable UHF antennas and a rackmount kit. Also included are a transmitter battery-indicator LED, XLRM-type balanced and ¼-inch unbalanced outputs, plus a ground lift switch.
The ATW-T210 UniPak bodypack transmitter has a multifunction LCD, soft-touch controls and low- and high-impedance inputs (with a bias connection) for use with dynamic and electret condenser microphones, as well as hi-Z instrument pickups. In addition to its programmable functions, the ATW-T210 has a hinged cover to limit access to controls as needed, and is powered by two 1.5V AA batteries. The ATW-T210 is compatible with the Audio-Technica Wireless Essentials® accessories.
The ATW-T220 handheld microphone/transmitter features the same resilient capsule as the company’s PRO 41 cardioid dynamic microphone. This element assembly, part of the RD for Audio-Technica’s PRO Series, was specifically designed with high-performance specifications in mind for clarity, volume and durability. Intended for close-up vocal use in live performance settings, the mic provides a focused vocal pickup while offering feedback rejection.
The Audio-Technica 2000 Series UHF True-Diversity Wireless Microphone Systems will be available in December 2004 with the following MSRPs: ATW-2110 UHF UniPak Transmitter System, $429; and ATW-2120 UHF Handheld Dynamic Microphone System, $499.