Sony has unveiled its new UWP-D wireless microphone series with 'Hybrid Digital Processing'.
The range is ideal for electronic newsgathering and field production.
Small and lightweight, the new systems are available in three variations:
• UWP-D11: Belt-pack transmitter, portable receiver
• UWP-D12: Handheld microphone, portable receiver
• UWP-D16: Plug-on transmitter, belt-pack transmitter, portable receiver
The Hybrid Digital Processing feature is designed to offer users the sound quality of digital audio processing combined with the reliability of analogue FM modulation. It also improves the transient response performance between the transmitter and receiver, resulting in high natural sound quality.
UWP-D provides a wide frequency range, with a bandwidth of up to 72 MHz available. This allows the devices to cover 33 TV channels across Europe (272 MHz, between 470 and 790 MHz) and users can select from up to 2,880 operating frequencies within this range.
A True Diversity receiver (URX-P03) is also part of the new line, which enables a highly stable audio signal to be delivered from two independent receiver sections within the unit. Optimum signal quality is delivered by the two receiver sections and a comparison circuit constantly pulls the one with the best signal.
An Automatic Channel Setting mode lets users perform all channel setting functions with ease. The Clear Channel Scan function detects all free available channels, while IR Sync function facilitates channel setting by sending information from the receiver to the transmitter via infrared communication.
The UWP-D receiver features a variable output level control for users to optimise recording levels, and a new large display on all components is also offered, along with a micro USB terminal for connecting to USB external portable power sources.
The handheld transmitter (UTX-M03) comes with a new Sony dynamic capsule, and it is the only mic available in this price range with the option of interchangeable heads – over 40 different capsules from numerous manufacturers can be mounted.
“The new UWP-D series has been designed with the production professional in mind. We have seen the growth of hand-held camcorder and DSLR use and believe that wireless microphones need to match and easily mount to these cameras using a new design of the light shoe adaptor” commented Markus Warlich, professional audio product specialist Sony Europe. “Also by using the variable output level a DSLR user will have an additional feature available, which will make great audio recording much easier.”
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