Sennheiser introduces Evolution Wireless Digital
“We talked with many users prior to the development of Evolution Wireless Digital,” explains Oliver Schmitz, product manager for Evolution Wireless Digital. “It turned out that in the run-up to a corporate or school event, the media admins do not have the time to do extensive frequency scans, they do not want to battle with settings – in brief: they do not want to be forced to become an RF expert to run a wireless microphone. All they want is a mic system that works right away and is reliable, so all they have to do is switch on and go.”
“This is why we came up with an app that does all the planning and guides users through the set-up,” adds Benny Franke, responsible for the software. “An app, where all the expertise is under the hood, and where you don’t have to be a mechanic to drive the car. There were many details that we sweated over so that users can keep their cool before, during and after the event.”
1. The Smart Assist App
As the engineer in your pocket, the app guides users through the set-up in easy steps. “If someone can handle an app, they can handle the RF wireless set-up with ease,” says Benny Franke. An intelligent set-up automatically creates reliable wireless connections, no wireless expertise is required. The app gives access to all system settings, and channels can be named to keep organized. Bluetooth Low Energy allows for remote access to the system and makes sync’ing with the receiver convenient. The app also includes tutorial videos to get started and provides the operating instructions of the systems all in one place.
2. Microphone transmitters that can handle any audio level
Evolution Wireless Digital transmitters have an input dynamic range of 134 dB, five times more than the usual 120 dB. This means that they can pick up everything from a very soft whisper to a jet engine at 50 yards’ distance – and this eliminates the need for a sensitivity setting on the transmitter entirely. The receiver has been set to a gain value covering most applications, which can easily be changed if required. A new user interface makes this an easy task – no complex sub-menus, everything is available at a glance.
3. No frequency calculation – and more room to manoeuvre
Nowadays, more and more RF is appearing in venues but Evolution Wireless Digital (EW-D) takes on this complexity and helps users to go with the flow. The app will scan the environment to find open frequencies. And as EW-D has borrowed tech from Sennheiser’s top Digital 6000 and Digital 9000 series, the wireless microphone systems do not generate any significant intermodulation products. This not only makes for more room in a given frequency window, but the app can also simply set the wireless links at 600 kHz intervals without any frequency calculation and is therefore able to fit in more frequencies than a standard mic system would be able to.
4. Exceptional specs
EW-D has a low latency of 1.9 milliseconds and a transmitter battery life of up to 12 hours with the BA 70 rechargeable battery pack, lasting all the way from rehearsing and soundcheck through to the event. A bandwidth of 56 MHz with up to 90 channels per band makes it easy to find space even in the most crowded of RF environments.
5. Good audio quality
As a digital system, EW-D does not use a compander. Gone are the associated noise floor and artefacts – the system will sound like it’s plugged in with a cable.
6. Full range of pro accessories
From newly designed antennas to antenna splitters, boosters, charging sets – the system will grow with your demands to also accommodate larger multi-channel set-ups. EW-D handheld transmitters couple with any Sennheiser or Neumann wireless capsule. This includes the Neumann KK 205 and KK 204, the new Sennheiser MM 435 and MM 445 as well as the Digital 9000 capsules – a first at this price level.
Evolution Wireless Digital is available now, with a choice of handheld, instrument, lavalier, headmic, combo and base sets.