Audio-Technica Announces Third-Generation 5000 Series Wireless System

Audio-Technica has debuted the third generation of its 5000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System.

Designed for use in broadcast studios, on professional tours, in stadiums, concert halls, festivals, houses of worship and other demanding audio environments, the Audio-Technica 5000 Series continues to provide high audio quality for broadcasters, artists and presenters.

The new 5000 Series dual receiver offers the highest-quality wireless live sound, with A-T’s dual-compander circuitry that processes high and low frequencies separately and True Diversity operation. The receiver has been updated with a tuning bandwidth of 148 MHz: 470–608 MHz and 653–663 MHz (duplex gap), 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).

The full-rack receiver chassis holds two independent receivers and offers antenna power, frequency scan, IR sync functionality, a ground-lift switch and a front-panel headphone jack.

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), an auto squelch feature that automatically adjusts the squelch setting to maximize operating range while minimizing potential interference and a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference. Software enables remote monitoring and control of the wireless system.

Two transmitters are available for use with the 5000 Series: the ATW-T5201 body-pack transmitter and the ATW-T5202 handheld transmitter. Both transmitters feature ergonomic metal bodies, highly visible dual-mode OLED screens (switchable between standard or performance views to highlight key metering), programmable features, soft-touch controls and switchable RF power (2 mW/10 mW/50 mW).

They are available in two different frequency ranges – DE1 (470–590 MHz) and EF2 (580–608 MHz, 653–663 MHz) – to provide complete coverage of the receiver’s bandwidth.

The compact ATW-T5201 is equipped with Audio-Technica’s new cH-style screw-down four-pin connector for secure connection to A-T’s cH-style lavalier and headworn microphones or cables. The ATW-T5202 offers extremely low handling noise and includes a high-pass filter.

5000 Series components and compatible accessories are offered as individual, à la carte products to give users the greatest possible flexibility in constructing a system that fits their needs.

Audio-Technica’s third-generation 5000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless Systems will be available spring/summer 2018. 

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