At the NAMM Show, January 19-22, 2006, in Anaheim, CA, Sennheiser will introduce the e 912 condenser boundary microphone and a new line of 3000 Series wireless monitor transmitters.

The e 912 condenser boundary microphone, a companion to the e 901 boundary mike for bass drums, is designed for picking up speech, vocals and acoustic instruments, and, in particular, grand pianos.

"The e 912 is an ideal solution for a wide range of applications–from musical instruments to theatre and opera house stages, from churches to conference centers and lecture halls," says Robb Blumenreder, Sennheiser's MI product manager. The pre-polarized condenser microphone with half-cardioid pick-up pattern has a wide frequency response (from 20 to 20,000kHz) and a maximum sound pressure level of 136dB. The e 912's very flat housing makes it virtually inconspicuous while it's extremely robust design copes well with the rigors of being used on a stage floor.

A rubber plate on the underside of the e 912 ensures that vibrations are not transmitted and mounting slots on the underside allows the microphone to be securely fastened on a stage or lectern. The e 912 weighs 350g (approx. 12oz) enabling it to be easily positioned in a variety of applications. The preamplifier electronics are integrated into the microphone and the gold-plated XLR-3 connector is surrounded by the enclosure in such a way that the connection isn't compromised.

The new, more powerful line of 3000 Series wireless monitor transmitters consist of the SR3254-U single-channel transmitter, SR3256-U dual-channel transmitter, and EK3253-U body-pack receiver. They are compatible with Sennheiser Evolution series wireless G2 monitor products. The new units offer extended tuning flexibility and an unprecedented 100mW output.

Engineered in response to customer requests for higher RF output levels, the new 3250 series transmitters incorporate the HDX compander technology used in Sennheiser's G2 wireless equipment achieving noise suppression of up to 90dB and ensuring a wide dynamic range and clear monitoring signals.

Operating over the G2 products' A, B, and C ranges, the new receiver and transmitters offer a 36MHz switching bandwidth and are tunable in 5kHz steps across the frequency range, offering a total of 7,200 frequencies. All three products ship with 16 pre-coordinated preset frequencies and 16 user-assignable presets. Both transmitters are easy to operate, can be switched between mono and stereo mode and have a backlit LC display. These newcomers are especially recommended for demanding multi-channel applications and are supplied complete with integrated power supply unit, rack-mount "ears" and either one (SR3254) or two telescopic antennas (SR3256).

The system's bodypack receiver, the EK3253, is 20% smaller than its predecessor. Both the body and the battery cover are now made of metal. It features a backlit display. A pilot tone-controlled squelch allows noise-free switching in stereo mode. The receiving frequency is adjustable in 5kHz increments. The receiver also has a scan function making it easy to search for free transmission channels. The EK3253 is equipped with a focus function, enabling artists to create their own special mix from their own audio signal and the overall mix. The receiver comes complete with batteries and a pair of IE 4 stereo ear-canal phones. Two AA batteries will give the user six to ten hours of operation.