Sennheiser Launches AVX Wireless Microphone Systems for Video Cameras

Sennheiser’s (Booth C2055) new AVX wireless microphone systems for video cameras are designed to ensure totally stress-free audio capture.

The compact AVX receiver plugs directly into the XLR of a camera, where it automatically pairs with the microphone and switches on when the camera does. The system adjusts the correct audio levels and transmits using a specially protected link in the license-free 1.9 GHz range, enabling fast, convenient setup and recording of high-quality audio for video.

“Whether you’re a journalist compiling a show report, a professional videographer filming a documentary or an in-house marketing specialist making a product video, AVX gives you the room to concentrate on your creative work,” says Sven Boetcher, portfolio manager, broadcast and media. “No licensing is required; the system automatically selects a suitable transmission frequency and also makes all necessary settings.”

AVX is available in ready-to-use systems that contain everything required to immediately go live. Alternatively, tailor-made systems can be put together from a wide choice of individual components.

Convenience starts with not having to register the system or pay for its use: AVX operates in the license-free 1.9 GHz frequency range, which can be used in many countries worldwide. Then, the plug-on receiver automatically switches on with the phantom powering of the camera and automatically pairs with the transmitter. The system immediately sets the correct audio level, matching it to the camera’s input sensitivity, and selects a free frequency. If a source of interference appears, AVX inaudibly shifts to a new frequency.

AVX is equipped with adaptive transmitting power: it always uses the power required to maintain a reliable connection between the microphone and the camera receiver. This not only ensures a stable link but also reduces battery-power consumption, as does the automatic on/off function.

The AVX receiver and transmitter are powered by special lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged via a USB port. To avoid nasty surprises when filming for a long time, the transmitters display the amount of battery life remaining.

For DSLRs with a jack audio input, the AVX systems include an XLR-3/mini-jack adapter cable and the mounting accessories needed to attach the receiver to the camera hot shoe.

AVX is available in three sets: with a handheld transmitter (evolution microphone head), with a bodypack transmitter and ME 2 clip-on microphone, and in a special professional version with a bodypack transmitter and an MKE 2 clip-on microphone.

For the U.S. market, a special combo pack includes both a bodypack and a handheld. The microphone head is an MMD 42, the capsule of Sennheiser’s long-standing MD 42 reporter’s microphone.

All system components — plus additional items such as a handheld transmitter with on/off switch — are available separately so that users can assemble their own tailor-made AVX systems.

The AVX systems and components will go on sale in June.

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