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Audio-Technica debuts third-gen UHF wireless system

The third generation of Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series frequency-agile true diversity UHF wireless systems made its European debut at ISE 2018. It’s pictured here with Audio-Technica product manager Alexander Lepges.

“This is the big push this year for Audio-Technica,” said Tim Page, marketing manager EMEA, told the ISE Daily. “We’re really excited about these new systems; they have a lot more features than previous generations. We’ve waited quite a while for these products to come through so we’re really excited to show it here in Europe for the first time.”

The receiver has been updated with a tuning bandwidth of 230 MHz (470–700 MHz), and users now have the option of selecting a standard receiver with two balanced XLR outputs (ATW-R5220) or a receiver that also includes a Dante output (ATW-R5220DAN).

“There are six interchangeable microphone capsules, so you can really change the sound quality of the microphone to whatever you prefer. It’s really up to the user’s taste,” added Page.

“The beltpacks are rechargeable, which is a nice feature, and there’s also a ‘secret’ feature where you tune in, and once you establish your connection you find another spare frequency. In case there’s suddenly a lot of interference you can just press a button and switch over in a couple of seconds so you don’t lose any sound quality.”

Other new features include an antenna cascade output that connects up to eight receivers so a single pair of antennas can feed up to 16 channels of wireless (these connectors also provide an RF cable check feature to aid in RF troubleshooting) and an auto squelch feature that automatically adjusts the squelch setting to maximise operating range while minimising potential interference.

“This is really much more of a high-end live touring system. With the 5000, you can customise it as you wish; if you don’t need beltpacks, it doesn’t matter – just use the microphones. You pick and choose what you need. For us it’s quite a strategic product. We want to get into the touring industry and get on the road with artists and it’s going to be a really nice product to help us do that.”