Anaheim, CA (January 27, 2004)–At the NAMM Show earlier this month, Shure exhibited various wireless products, including the new SLX Wireless Systems. The new system sits in between Shure’s Performance Gear Wireless and ULX Wireless lines, and is a logical choice for houses of worship, corporate boardrooms, lecture halls, and portable road cases. Shure also previewed its new wireless SM86 microphone. The hardwired SM86 vocal mic will be made available as a wireless capsule in Shure’s SLX, ULX, and UHF systems in March of 2004.
Like the hardwired SM86, wireless SM86 capsules will have a cardioid pattern and frequency response of 50 Hz to 18 kHz. Delivering high gain-before-feedback and a tailored response for the clear reproduction of vocals, the wireless models will be an excellent selection for use with traditional stage monitors, as well as personal monitors. In addition, all wireless handheld SM86 transmitters will be equipped with an integral two-stage windscreen and pop filter, as well as a built-in, three-point shock mount, which virtually eliminates stand and handling noise.
Offering Shure’s patented Audio Reference Companding technology, along with an innovative setup complete with automatic synchronization, Shure’s SLX Wireless Systems support up to 20 compatible systems (area dependent). Shure’s Audio Reference Companding technology brings more transmission clarity and dynamic range to wireless systems than with traditional technologies. Unlike traditional wireless companding schemes that are restricted by a fixed compression ratio, this technology utilizes a variable compression ratio. The result is the elimination of wireless artifacts during quiet passages and superior dynamic range.
The new SLX Wireless Systems are also easy to set up. Utilizing Auto Frequency Selection and Auto Transmitter Setup, the system scans the wireless landscape and identifies a clear channel instantly. Then, guided by an infrared link, at the touch of a button the transmitter automatically syncs with the receiver. With over 960 operating frequencies across 24 MHz of UHF bandwidth, users should be able to quickly and easily set-up up to 20 systems in a given location (area dependent).
Each rugged metal SLX Wireless receiver utilizes diversity technology to improve reception and minimize dropouts. The receiver is outfitted with rack-mount hardware, detachable 1/4-wave antennas, a backlit LCD display, 1/4-inch and XLR output connectors, frequency and power lockouts, an In Line power supply, and a rear-panel volume control. Finally, the multi-function LCD displays group, channel, frequency, transmitter battery strength, and locked/unlocked status.
SLX’s handheld and bodypack transmitters both present users with a choice of Shure’s legendary microphones, a timed backlit LCD, frequency and power lockouts, 300 ft. of operating range, and operate on two AA batteries for eight hours of continuous use. The bodypack transmitter works with headworn, lavalier, and instrument microphones and cables. Handheld transmitters are offered with SM58, SM86, Beta 58A, Beta 87A, and Beta 87C capsules. Due to ship in March of 2004, SLX Wireless is available exclusively from authorized Shure dealers. Suggested retail prices for a turnkey SLX system begin at $599.