For Immediate Release
Atlanta, GA 06-09-2004
INFOCOMM — Audio-Technica is displaying the definitive wireless system for corporate presentations and event production. Designed for use in high-traffic audio environments, Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System, when combined with its AT898 Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Microphone and AEW-T1000 UniPak™ transmitter, provides a proven, critically acclaimed wireless system along with a high-quality, inconspicuous lavalier mic that performs flawlessly for large-scale corporate presentations and events. It’s no wonder that Audio-Technica continues to be the overwhelming choice of today’s most prominent artists, industry professionals, and broadcast events worldwide.
The comprehensive system starts with the AT898cW Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone, which is designed to produce maximum intelligibility and clean, accurate reproduction for lecturers, A/V presentations, and stage/television talent. Intended for high-quality, unobtrusive operation, the cost-effective AT898cW lavalier comes in traditional black, provides maximum intelligibility, and measures a mere 5 mm in diameter. The subminiature cardioid element is enclosed in a rugged, low-profile housing with advanced internal construction designed to minimize noise from handling, clothing, costumes, and wind. It operates on battery or phantom power and includes a complete accessory kit with three single and two double interchangeable mounts, clothing clip, viper clip, magnetic clip, and two open-pore foam windscreens. Connector configurations enable the microphone to operate with the complete line of A-T wireless transmitters, along with other well-known wireless systems and equipment.
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless Systems offer true diversity frequency-agile operation with IntelliScan™ frequency selection for a choice of two hundred selectable UHF channels. The 5000 Series also features PC- and Mac®-compatible control software, easy setup, and maximum operational flexibility. Specifically applicable for AV/multi-media and event productions, the AEW-5111 UHF Wireless Dual-UniPak™ Transmitter System includes an AEW-R5200 true diversity frequency-agile dual receiver and two AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitters. The heart of the system is the AEW-R5200 receiver, which comprises two independent receivers in a single full-rack housing. Two hundred selectable channels are offered in each of two available UHF bands: 541.500 to 566.375 MHz (TV channels 25-30) and 655.500 to 680.375 MHz (TV channels 44-49), with an operational range in excess of 300 feet. Receivers may be linked to form a complete system in which the built-in IntelliScan capability can automatically determine and set the best available frequencies on all linked receivers, minimizing interference and intermodulation. IntelliScan allows the sound designer to build an entire frequency plan quickly and easily without using traditional frequency charts, books, or even web sites. This becomes extremely important especially if guest talent has brought their own wireless system, or the event is located in an ever-changing, high-traffic audio environment. An AC pass-through system allows multiple receivers to be powered using only one outlet.
Receivers also include Ethernet ports, enabling monitoring of system parameters via the included PC software. By using standard low-cost, “off-the-shelf” Ethernet hardware, cables, and router, the sound designer has the ability to control the entire wireless system remotely from multiple PCs or Macintosh® computers. This provides instant access from the central A/V control room at the presentation or convention center, enabling the sound designer to assign names to receivers, monitor RF and audio levels, check battery life, and perform frequency scans and walkout tests.
Dual-band compander circuitry compresses and expands low- and high-frequency audio signals separately, maximizing audio quality while minimizing artifacts such as pumping and breathing. The digital Tone Lock® squelch system ignores RF that does not carry the wanted signal’s unique signature. Concurrently, a digital ID signal carried by the frequency-modulated audio conveys transmitter information back to the receiver. An external mute switch jack provides the capability to mute the system quickly and easily.
To complement Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series and AT898, the AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter offers advanced features such as a recessed dual-impedance 4-pin locking connector, durable metal body, soft-touch controls with sliding cover, an input level that is adjustable in 2 dB increments, and user-selectable high (35 mW) or low (10 mW) RF output. The AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter operates on two 1.5V AA alkaline batteries with a life of approximately 8 hours (with the RF switch in the high position) to 10 hours (with the RF switch in the low position), depending on battery type/use pattern. Measuring 2.60" (66 mm) W x 3.43" (87 mm) H x 0.94" (24 mm), the AEW-T1000 has a net weight (without batteries) of 4.4 oz. (125 g). The system is compatible with the entire line of Audio-Technica Wireless Essentials® accessories.
For audio/video rental houses, Audio-Technica offers a streamlined system consisting of the Artist Elite 4000 Series receiver (AEW-R4100) and one AEW-T1000 UniPak™ transmitter. The AEW-R4100 is a half-rack receiver with frequency-agile operation over the same channels as the AEW-R5200, and includes two independent RF sections for true diversity operation. The AEW-R4100 has the same IntelliScan capability for optimum frequency selection on all linked receivers. Dual compander circuitry is included, along with the digital Tone Lock squelch system for rejection of unwanted RF. The 4000 Series receivers may be linked with one or several 4000 or 5000 Series receivers, and may be monitored by the 5000 Series system software.
The Audio-Technica AEW-5111 system (AEW-R5200 dual receiver and two AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitters) has an MSRP of $3,119.00. The Audio-Technica AEW-4110 system (AEW-R4100 receiver and one AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter) has an MSRP of $959.00.
The AT898cW subminiature lavalier microphone is currently available with an MSRP of $199.00.
Celebrating over 40 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.
For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com
For further information regarding product availability and pricing in Europe, please contact Denise Turner, marketing, Audio-Technica Ltd., Old Lane, Leeds LS11 8AG England. Tel: +44 (0) 113 277 1441, Fax: +44 (0) 113 270 4836
Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #227 during InfoComm 2004 in Atlanta, GA.