New features in Sennheiser's G3 wireless systems promise easy setup and ensure that PA companies, established and up-and-coming performers, musicians, presenters and reporting teams can get up and running quickly. Featuring rugged metal housings, all G3 series true-diversity receivers now have a switching bandwidth of 42 MHz with 1,680 tunable UHF frequencies for interference-free reception. All third-generation receivers offer a new one-touch synchronization feature, which enables G3 transmitters to communicate with G3 receivers via an infrared interface, simplifying setup dramatically.
The frequency management function makes more compatible frequencies available. The 500 series has up to thirty-two presets on twenty channel banks, and six additional banks can be freely programmed in 25 kHz steps. The 300 series supports twenty channel banks with up to twenty-four compatible presets each, and six further channel banks are freely programmable in 25 kHz steps. And finally, the 100 series offers twenty channel banks with up to twelve presets each, with one further channel bank freely programmable in 25 kHz steps.
On 500 and 300 series receivers, a built-in Ethernet port supports interconnection with a PC running Sennheiser's Wireless System Manager software. This provides monitoring and professional data management for multi-channel systems. For larger systems, the standard output power in both 300 and 500 series may be reduced from 30 mW to 10 mW in order to accommodate even more channels in a given frequency range.
A large, backlit dot matrix display provides access to enhanced menu options and information readouts. For faster access to the most important functions, the operating menu is now separated into a user level and an advanced level. The user level includes everyday functions such as frequency preset selection and audio levels, while the advanced level is reserved for more specialized programming, such as direct frequency selection, reset to factory settings and - for the 500 and 300 series - synchronization and warning settings. All receivers additionally display transmitter battery strength.
All G3 series receivers include an upgraded Soundcheck Mode that was only previously available on the G2 500 series models. Soundcheck Mode can now be operated even during the performance, and the audio and field strength levels are continuously measured, with the receiver recording the maximum values for AF and the minimum values for RF. In addition, the highly popular 500 series five-band equalizer is now included in all G3 series.
With the audio frequency range of all G3 receivers now extended from 18 kHz down to 25 Hz the systems are eminently suited to use with bass guitar. The 500 and 100 series Instrument Sets additionally offer a guitar tuner mode, for tuning an instrument right on the receiver. Another enhancement for instrument use is the guitar cable emulator, which allows users to dial in the typical change in the sound caused by the capacitance of the guitar cable.
The switching power supply in all G3 receivers is ideal for touring acts and rental companies who need a wireless solution that can be powered from worldwide sources. The tip of the power supply can be changed to suit the AC power plug requirements of a particular country. Offering an environmentally friendly option that also reduces running costs, all portable transmitters and receivers may be powered by optional Sennheiser BA2015 rechargeable battery packs instead of standard batteries. For this, the portable devices (with the exception of the plug-on transmitter) are fitted with external charging contacts so that the battery pack may be conveniently recharged while still in the transmitter.
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PHOTO CAPTION The Sennheiser ew 145 G3 - one of the models from the new G3 series.