Audio-Technica recently announced the enhancement of its 3000 Series UHF True Diversity Wireless Systems with the addition of automatic frequency scanning. This function automatically determines and sets the best available open channel frequency. Up to 16 simultaneous systems per frequency band are compatible, for a total maximum of 32 simultaneous systems across two bands.
The 3000 Series is a 200-channel frequency-agile UHF wireless system designed for a wide range of applications including MI/live performance, regional touring companies, fixed installation, public address, A/V rental houses and places of worship.
The 3000 Series systems and components are available in two UHF frequency bands: 541.500 to 566.375 MHz (TV channels 25 to 30) and 655.500 to 680.375 MHz (TV channels 44 to 49), with 200 selectable frequencies in each band. Soft-touch controls offer quick, easy access to important functions during setup and operation. The 3000 Series features Audio-Technica’s digital Tone Lock® squelch and an easy-to-read LCD in each unit.
The 3000 Series comprises two system options: the ATW-3110a UHF UniPak™ Transmitter System, which comprise the ATW-R3100 true diversity receiver and the ATW-T310 UniPak bodypack transmitter; and the ATW-3141a UHF Handheld Dynamic Microphone System, which also includes the ATW-R3100 receiver and the ATW-T341 handheld microphone/transmitter. In addition, both transmitters have dual-power settings permitting selection of high for maximum range or low for extended battery life.
The true diversity ATW-R3100 receiver features an all-metal housing for shielding and dual independent receiver sections. The ATW-R3100 offers 200 PLL-synthesized UHF frequencies, advanced digital Tone Lock squelch, soft-touch controls with LCD information display, step-through menus to minimize setup time, a meter-hold setting function and an adjustable-slope highpass filter (off, 6 dB, 12 dB or 18 dB). The meterohold setting function permits the AF bar graph in the LCD window to capture and display the highest level of audio modulation received from the transmitter. This function is particularly useful during setup or soundcheck. The ATW-R3100 also includes a transmitter battery-life fuel gauge, XLRM-type balanced and ¼-inch unbalanced outputs, plus a ground-lift switch.
The ATW-T341 handheld microphone/transmitter features the same cardioid dynamic capsule as the Audio-Technica AE4100 microphone. Designed to be used as a handheld or mounted on a microphone stand, the ATW-T341 handheld microphone/transmitter features rugged metal construction, soft-touch controls and a multifunction LCD, and is powered by two 1.5V AA batteries with a battery life of six to 10 hours.
The Audio-Technica 3000 Series Wireless Microphone Systems come complete with all rackmounting hardware, and are currently available at the following costs: ATW-3110 UHF UniPak Bodypack System, $699; and ATW-3141 UHF Handheld Microphone System, $799.