Sennheiser Aims at Entry-Level Market with XS Wireless Series

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, Sennheiser debuted two wireless microphone ranges aimed at musicians starting out in the business who want to do away with cables and wires.

Sennheiser produces microphones that are used widely in both broadcasting and live performance, two areas that are crossing over increasingly today. New and up-and-coming bands and solo artists often feature in live concert broadcasts, who are the main targets for the XS Wireless 1 and XS Wireless 2.

The XSW 1 will be on the market immediately following NAMM, offering six radio microphones. Designed for presentation as well as music, the range features automatic frequency management, single-touch synchronisation and an icon oriented user interface. The mics in this series are feature evolution capsules and work on an antenna switching diversity basis, with operation across the UHF spectrum.

The range includes two XS Wireless 1 Vocal packages, featuring the e 825 and the e 835 cardioid capsules. The XS Wireless 1 Headmic set includes the ME 3-II boom mic, designed for both singers and presenters who need their hands to be free. Also aimed at presentation and hosting is the Lavalier Mic, with a small ME 2-2 on a mic clip.

Commenting on the XS Wireless 1 series, Oliver Schmitz, portfolio manager for live performance and music, said, "In developing the range we have paid special attention to making user operation as straightforward as it can be and to offering great sound while ensuring affordability."

XW Wireless 2 antenna system

XW Wireless 2 antenna system

The XS Wireless 2 range was previewed at NAMM before being shipped during April. It has similar features to the XSW 1 but with extended flexibility and control. With 12 tunable channels in eight frequency banks, it is a true diversity device that includes two vocal packages, featuring either the e 835 dynamic capsule or the 865 super cardioid condenser, a Headmic set and a Lavalier. "The systems will grow with your demands, offering professional features such as true diversity reception and external antennas," Schmitz commented.

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