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Sennheiser's 2000 entry-level Series for the professional segment

At NAB show 2009, Las Vegas, Booth #N6520, Sennheiser presented an entry-level series for the professional segment. The 2000 Series includes handheld and bodypack transmitters with single or twin receivers for stage, broadcasting and installed sound applications. For monitoring, professional users can combine the diversity receivers of the series with single or twin monitor transmitters.
“A high level of frequency flexibility and multi-channel capability, professional control via the Wireless Systems Manager software, a well-thought-out menu structure and superb audio quality are the outstanding features of the 2000 Series,” explained Astrid Vettin, Product Manager for Professional Wireless Systems. The familiar professional accessories of the 3000 and 5000 Series such as clip-on microphones, antennas, boosters, or combiners are also compatible with the 2000 Series.
Depending on the UHF range, the units have a switching bandwidth of up to 75 MHz, in which up to 64 compatible frequency presets are available for microphones and up to 32 for monitoring systems. The rack-mount units can transmit their frequency data, name, sensitivity, low cut, and more to the respective portable transmitters or receivers via an infrared interface.
An antenna loop-through socket and an integrated active splitter allow up to eight rack receivers to be daisy-chained quickly and easily. Using the rack-mount units' Ethernet socket, the systems can be conveniently monitored and controlled by a PC.
Sennheiser EM2050 Receiver
In order to focus either on maximum operational reliability for multi-channel applications or on a greater range, depending on the application, the transmitter ouput power can be switched between 10, 30 and 50 mW; a special US version also has an output power of 100 mW.
A wide audio frequency response (25 or 80 Hz to 20,000 Hz) and a sensitivity that is adjustable within a wide range provide high audio transmission quality. For the SKM 2000 handheld transmitter all capsules from the popular evolution series can be used. From July onwards, the microphone head of the e 965 true condenser microphone will also be available. The bodypack transmitter is equipped with a special three-pole plug and can be used with all professional clip-on microphones by Sennheiser.
The audio frequency response of the bodypack transmitter extends down as low as 25 Hz (line) to ensure full sound transmission also from a bass guitar. The instrument cable is fitted with Neutrik’s silentPLUG. As a special extra, the receiver has a built-in guitar tuner. “For many guitarists, the cable provides part of the characteristic sound of their instrument, as the capacitance of the cable has an influence on the sound,” explained Astrid Vettin. “Therefore, this effect can be emulated in four settings in the receiver menu to generate the preferred guitar sound.”
The monitoring system features a compact diversity receiver with a metal housing. In addition to mono and stereo settings, the EK 2000 IEM also has the familiar Focus mode that allows users to set their personal mix of their own voice or instrument and the band. At the monitor transmitters with their 5-band graphic equalizer, the audio signal can be looped through to further transmitters.
All portable transmitters and receivers can be powered either by standard batteries or by rechargeable accupacks, and have external charging contacts (with the exception of the plug-on transmitter). When switched off, the portable units have a very low power consumption, which means that the accupacks remain charged even during long periods without use.
Sennheiser SKM 2000 Nickel
The handheld transmitter, bodypack transmitter and receiver of the 2000 Series will be available from May, the monitoring system from June 2009. The MMK 965-1 microphone head of the evolution e 965 true condenser microphone will start shipping in July 2009.
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