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RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO: High-end wireless technology manufacturer Lectrosonics is introducing the world's smallest professional audio wireless transmitter at NAB 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simply called the SM (for "Super Mini"), this transmitter is truly big news for those who desire an incredibly high-powered, cost-effective, compandor-free wireless transmitter in a remarkably tiny and splash-proof package.
When used in its native Digital Hybrid Wireless® mode, the SM performs without the hindrance of an analog compandor or the headroom-limiting pre- and de-emphasis found in most analog systems. Delivering 107 dB signal-to-noise ratio and flat frequency response to 20 kHz, Lectrosonics' patent-pending Digital Hybrid Wireless™ technology uses both 24-bit digital audio and analog FM signal transmission methods to encode a digital signal into a robust analog format for transmission over a UHF FM carrier. The SM's receiver captures the signal and DSP circuitry recreates the original digital audio. This unique system represents the best of both wireless worlds: exceptional digital audio quality combined with the spectrum efficiency and long range of highly-optimized FM wireless systems.
Operating on a single AA battery, the Lectrosonics SM features 100mW of transmitting power, five compatibility (emulation) modes, and an LCD for easy frequency and audio level adjustment. The standard Lectrosonics TA5M five-pin input jack is wired to a newly developed audio input circuit allowing for an extremely wide dynamic range and is compatible with electret lavaliere mics, dynamic mics, and line level signals. While the SM's added RF power allows for extended range and greater resistance to interference, its frequency agility (256 channels) and compatibility modes provides increased operational flexibility and permits use with a variety of pre-existing analog receivers.
The small, yet strong and splash-proof body of the SM - machined from a solid aluminum block for featherweight rigidity - is finished with the same non-corrosive material used on NASA interstellar vehicles. The finish resists the destructive effects of both salt water and perspiration. The single AA lithium battery provides over six hours of operation.
Larry Fisher, Lectrosonics' president, is proud that his firm has effectively engineered what is arguably the smallest and highest quality wireless transmitter for the pro audio industry. "Engineering a transmitter that's smaller, while outperforming industry standards, has been a labor of love for Lectrosonics," noted Fisher.
The Lectrosonics SM is offered in the nine standard Lectrosonics frequency groups with 256 frequencies each. MSRP is $1,650 and is scheduled to be available in May 2005.
Height: 2-1/4" (not including antenna)
Weight: 2.8 oz. (with battery)
Well respected within the film, broadcast and theater technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service and innovation. Lectrosonics is based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.