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SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter with a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz

SKM 5200-II

Its characteristic antenna is a familiar sight on stage and in the TV studio: the SKM 5200 is the top-of-the-range microphone in audio specialist Sennheiser’s wireless range. The handheld transmitter is now available in the new II version, which provides sound engineers with a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz while still offering the same excellent transmission reliability – ensuring that they can flexibly select frequencies and avoid interference.

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A further highlight is the “Low Intermodulation” mode, which extends the number of usable channels within a given frequency range. The SKM 5200-II rounds off Sennheiser’s II models. The beginning of the year saw the launch of the SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter and the EM 3732-II receiver family. With their wide switching bandwidth, these models are ideal for international productions and multi-channel applications.

“The SKM 5200-II is currently the wireless microphone with the widest switching bandwidth available on the market,” explained Astrid Vettin, Portfolio Development Manager at Sennheiser. “The microphone offers optimum sound quality and maximum flexibility for every type of production, from concerts to TV reporting. On the RF side, the handheld transmitter features outstanding transmission reliability with its new switching bandwidth – extended from 36 MHz to up to more than 180 MHz – , its switchable output power and its “Low Intermodulation” mode. On the audio side, we have the premium capsules from Sennheiser and Neumann, adjustable sensitivity from ‑40 to 0 dB and a switchable low-frequency filter.”

“Low Intermodulation” mode

Like the SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter, the SKM 5200-II is equipped with a “Low Intermodulation”mode, which ensures even more reliable transmission in multi-channel applications. This mode reduces what is known as transmitter intermodulation, which limits the number of usable channels and occurs whenever several transmitters are used in close proximity.

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The “Low Intermodulation” mode enables the sound engineer to pack around 30 percent more channels than before into a given frequency band with an RF output power of 10 mW. As a result, the available spectrum can be used more efficiently – or the sound engineer can simply benefit from the increased reliablity that this mode offers. What is more, the wireless handheld transmitter can be operated in standard mode at 10 mW, thus extending the operating time, or can transmit at 50 mW to increase the range.

The SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter will be available from August in the colours black, nickel and steel blue and can be fitted with the familiar Sennheiser and Neumann capsules. The frequency ranges of the wireless microphone are 470 to 638 MHz (L-band), 614 to 798 MHz (N-band) and 776 to 866 MHz (P-band). A special US frequency version (N-US) covers the range from 614 to 697.9 MHz.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €390 million in 2009. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
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