NAB 2016 marks the U.S. launch of Sennheiser’s (Booth N5729) EK 6042 slot-in camera receiver (price TBA), which was previewed earlier at IBC. The true-diversity 2-channel EK 6042 can work with analog and digital Sennheiser transmitters or a mix thereof, across a bandwidth of 184 MHz. Sennheiser states that the new EK 6042 camera receiver will be available from June 2016.
It is an ideal partner to Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Series and all analog transmitters that feature HiDyn plus or HDX companders. The EK 6042 auto-configures for these transmitters via IR, saving set-up time and hassle for broadcast and filming crews who place a high value on sound quality and wireless reliability.
The EK 6042 will work with any current Sennheiser series from Digital 9000 in long-range mode, to the 5000/3000, and the 2000 and evolution wireless G3, automatically identifying the transmitter via an IR link. The camera receiver will choose its own operating mode accordingly, and automatically select the appropriate bandwidth and frequency in the UHF range between 470 and 654 MHz. Oder series transmitters such as the venerable SK 50 and SK 250 can be used, all that needs to be done is to enter the fixed transmitter frequencies via the receiver’s web interface.
Via its USB connector, the EK 6042 can be connected to PC or Mac platforms and configured via the browser. There is no need to install any software. For example, users can enter transmitter profiles and lists of managed or licensed frequencies, and also import or export data.
Two separately available adaptors (15-pin and 25-pin) ensure compatibility with all common camera brands. For example, the EK 6042 receiver is SuperSlot-compatible and works seamlessly with Sound Devices equipment. The same goes for ARRI, Panasonic (both Unislot) and Sony cameras.
For camcorders without an audio receiver slot, the EK 6042 can be camera mounted using a special backpanel adaptor, which is available as an accessory. If the camera does not supply power to the receiver, a “piggyback” power adaptor can be attached to this housing and fitted with two hot-swappable BA 61 battery packs that allow an exact read-out of the remaining operating time.
The EK 6042 also features an auxiliary output on its top, which can be used for feeding audio externally to Sony cameras or for splitting the audio to any other device.