At Winter NAMM, Audio-Technica, in booth #6740, introduces its new System 10 PRO Rack-Mount Digital Wireless System (priced per configuration), the latest addition to its A-T System 10 wireless solutions. Like all System 10 models, the System 10 PRO Rack-Mount operates in the 2.4GHz range, keeping it free not only from TV interference but also from the uncertain regulatory future facing the TV bands.
Its durable rack-mount chassis houses one or two receiver units that can be operated locally within the chassis or be removed and mounted remotely (up to 300 feet away) via Ethernet cable. Audio-Technica states that this approach increases the versatility of the system while also greatly enhancing wave propagation, without the substantial expense of adding an antenna distributor and corresponding cables. Additionally, up to five System 10 PRO chassis (10 receivers) can be linked together using the RJ12 cable included with each system, creating a stable multichannel system with the simultaneous use of up to 10 channels.
The chassis’ LCD Dual System Display shows RF signal level, system ID, transmitter battery level, and system link status for both channels. Like all the products in the System 10 wireless family, the PRO rack-mount features 24-bit/48kHz wireless operation, easy setup, clear, natural sound quality, and three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies (with automatic frequency selection) for seamless, interference-free operation. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity. A ground-lift switch helps eliminate audible hum caused by ground loops.
Each System 10 PRO rack-mount system includes an ATW-RC13 receiver chassis, one or two ATW-RU13 receiver units, one or two AT8690 receiver-unit mounting brackets, one RJ12 cable, two rack mounting brackets, one joining plate, one AC adaptor, and one or two ATW-T1001 UniPak bodypack or ATW-T1002 handheld transmitters. Both the receiver chassis and transmitters feature easy-to-read displays.
System 10 PRO will be available February 2015, in the following configurations (all prices are MSRP).
ATW-1301 Single Channel Bodypack System ($599)
ATW-1301/L Single Channel Bodypack System with Lavalier ($699.99)
ATW-1302Single Channel Handheld System ($629)
ATW-1311 Dual Channel Bodypack System ($1,059)
ATW-1311/L Dual Channel Bodypack System with Lavalier ($1,259)
ATW-1312 Dual Channel BP/HH System ($1,089)
ATW-1312/L Dual Channel BP/HH System with Lavalier ($1,189)
ATW-1322 Dual Channel Handheld System ($1,119)