Lectrosonics has introduced its Venue 2 Digital Hybrid Wireless modular receiver, designed to address the challenges of increasingly congested RF environments.
Venue 2 tunes across a wide 220 MHz range, houses up to six receiver modules, each covering 75 MHz, and employs new IQ dynamic tracking filters that promises exceptional rejection of out-of-band RF energy and enable very tight channel spacing.
Up to six VRT2 modules may be installed in the 1RU Venue 2 receiver frame. Each module supports up to 3072 tunable frequencies across a 75 MHz range (three standard Lectrosonics blocks), matching the tuning ranges of SSM, LT and LMb "large bandwidth" transmitters. VRT2 modules incorporate Lectrosonics’ new IQ dynamic tracking filters, which accommodate a wide range of transmitter RF power levels while also enabling tight channel spacing.
The receiver modules can be operated independently, each with switched diversity reception for a total of six audio channels, or operated in pairs for more robust diversity reception with one audio channel per module pair. Combinations can be mixed and matched within one frame. Receiver modules are simple to change, with no tools required, and may be installed in any position, except when paired for ratio diversity reception. The VRT2 modules are offered in four different frequency ranges for worldwide use.
Within the master rack mount and host assembly, the system includes a built-in antenna multicoupler with loop-through output. The multicoupler is a dual 1-in, 7-out splitter with six outputs for the receiver modules and an additional output as a unity gain “loop thru” for another Venue receiver. This allows multiple Venue receivers to operate from a single pair of antennas. Phantom power for remote antenna amplifiers is available from the multicoupler antenna inputs and is selectable in the menu.
A high-resolution front panel display allows for detailed programming and monitoring. Using Lectrosonics’ included Wireless Designer software, the Venue 2 can also be programmed, coordinated and monitored over Ethernet or USB.
Emulation modes allow the Venue 2 to be used with older analogue transmitters from Lectrosonics and several other manufacturers.
"Lectrosonics has long worked to provide our clients with products that help them address the challenges presented in their working environments," remarked Karl Winkler, VP sales/service at Lectrosonics. "As a companion to the recently introduced large bandwith L Series and SSM micro transmitters, we are pleased to offer a powerful and flexible new receiver solution with the introduction of the Venue 2."
VRM2 Frame is priced at $3,325 MSRP, while pricing for the VRT2 modules is $950 MSRP. Expected availability for the Venue 2 is Q4, 2015.