Lectrosonics’ Karl Winkler (left) and Heil Sound’s Bob Heil
Lectrosonics of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Heil Sound Ltd. of Fairview Heights, Ill. announce the Lectrosonics UTPR20 handheld wireless microphone. The two companies agreed on a strategic partnership in late November 2007.
The UTPR20 combines the capsule from Heil Sound’s PR-20 dynamic microphone with Lectrosonics' UT Series Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters. The Lectrosonics UT transmitter promises compandor-free audio for wide dynamic range and neutral frequency response.
The UTPR20 employs Heil's grille basket and capsule identifier ring. At the foot of the transmitter is a gold-colored battery access ring to match the unit’s overall color scheme. The mic also features 100 mW RF power that facilitates long-range application usage, 256 synthesized frequencies and full compatibility with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless and analog receivers.
“I'm personally very excited about the partnership between Heil Sound and Lectrosonics," says Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics' director of business development. "Bob Heil literally wrote the book on concert sound and has worked with everyone in the industry. The combination of the UT transmitter and the Heil PR-20 capsule brings out the best in both components. This is a win-win partnership in every way.”
“We’re very proud and honored to announce that two American companies have collaborated on an exciting new product for the entertainment and commercial audio industries,” says Heil. “We have recognized for some time that we needed a wireless microphone offering, but we were more interested in partnering with an established player, as opposed to re-inventing the wheel. This past summer, Karl and I were working together on a project for American Idol, and the opportunity for collaboration presented itself. We now have a product that combines our incredible PR-20 element with Lectrosonics’ robust Digital Hybrid Wireless technology. I believe this new wireless microphone will address many wireless issues people routinely encounter, and it will provide world-class sound quality in the process.”
Lectrosonics will show the new UTPR20 at Winter NAMM in January 2008 and anticipates delivery of this product in February 2008. MSRP is estimated at $1,695.