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Sennheiser EW100 ENG G3

Wireless audio/microphone system

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by Woody Sherman
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The most important part of your video

You might think the most important part of a video recording is the image quality. But the best video quality in the world will come to nothing if your captured audio is echo-ey, muffled or indistinct. If you've suffered before with bad sound from a camera mic, Sennheiser knows how to ease your pain. The EW 100 ENG G3 wireless audio system has everything you need to get great audio in the field, while untethering the microphones from your camera or mixer.

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Multiple decades of being the broadcast industry's go-to source for reliable monitoring and sound recording has made the Sennheiser nameplate a choice that generates confidence. Multiply that security times two, because this system features two transmitters: a bodypack, for easy hidden placement on your subject, and an XLR plug-on module, for use with many handheld mics and field mixing devices.

To make sure you're feeding the transmitters a clean signal, the EW 100 ENG G3 kit comes with a clip-on, omnidirectional ME-2 lavalier mic, designed to reproduce voices clearly and coherently. The receiver module is optimized for clear reception, with diversity circuitry and a multitude of available UHF frequencies. All the elements of this package feature a sturdy metal housing.

Highlights

  • diversity wireless receiver with two transmitters (one bodypack, one XLR plug-on for handheld mics or mixing consoles)
  • includes a high-quality omnidirectional clip-on lavalier microphone for ENG (electronic news gathering) work
  • transmitters use UHF RF frequencies to wirelessly transmit sound to the receiver
  • 6 UHF frequency ranges, 1680 tunable frequencies per range ensures interference-free reception
  • transmitters wirelessly synchronize with receiver through an infrared interface
  • illuminated graphic display on both transmitters and receiver features user-friendly menu operation
  • battery status is shown in four steps on transmitters and receiver
  • available accessories include camera and rack mounts for the receiver, antenna splitters for complex multi-mic setups, and much more
  • signal-to-noise ratio: >110 dB(A)
  • microphone frequency response: 80 - 18kHz
  • total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.9%
  • operating time: >8 hours at transmitters
  • uses "AA" batteries (two in each unit) or rechargeable Sennheiser BA 2015 accupacks (optional accessory which uses optional L2015 charger)
  • receiver features 3.5mm out jack
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Items:
  • EK 100 G3 diversity receiver
  • SK 100 G3 bodypack transmitter
  • ME 2 omnidirectional clip-on lavalier microphone
  • SKP 100 G3 plug-on transmitter for XLR feeds
  • CL 1 3.5mm jack cable
  • CL 100 XLR cable
  • CA 2 camera mounting adaptor
  • 6 "AA" batteries
  • operating instructions

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What's in the box?

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  • SK 100 Bodypack Transmitter
  • EK 100 Diversity Receiver
  • SKP 100 Plug-on wireless transmitter
  • 6 "AA" batteries
  • ME 2 Microphone with attached 66" cord (3.5mm miniplug terminal w/threaded collar)
  • Metal windscreen cap
  • Wire microphone clip
  • 2' CL 100 Microphone cable (with a 3.5mm miniplug w/threaded collar on one end and a male XLR 3-pin plug on the other end)
  • 19" CL 1 Microphone cable (with 3.5mm miniplug w/threaded collar on one end and a right-angle 3.5mm miniplug on the other end)
  • CA 2 Camera adapter
  • Square nut (for adapter)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Additional information for Sennheiser evolution wireless G3 series
  • Amendments from firmware version 1.4.4
  • Legal requirements for the use of radiomicrophones

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Features
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Features

Overview: The Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3-A is a wireless microphone system, featuring the ME 2 clip-on condenser microphone, the SKP 100 plug-on wireless transmitter, SK 100 G3 Bodypack transmitter and EK 100 G3 Compact diversity receiver. The system can be used with cameras and camcorders with 3.5mm minijack and 3-pin XLR microphone inputs.

Components: The system gives you a great amount of flexibility for recording indoors or outdoors. The system consists of a small omni-directional clip-on microphone with a 5.5' cord. The microphone plugs into the Bodypack transmitter's 3.5mm input jack. Also included in the system is the SKP 100 plug-on wireless transmitter which can turn an XLR-equipped microphone into a wireless device. The Diversity receiver has a 3.5mm output jack. You can use the CL 1 output cable if your camera has a 3.5mm microphone input, or the CL 100 output cable if your camera has an XLR microphone input.

Mounting: The ME 2 microphone has a clothing clip allowing you to attach it to the subject's shirt or jacket. The SKP 100 has a female 3-socket XLR input that allows you to plug in an XLR-equipped microphone with its own transmitter. The SK 100 transmitter has a belt clip for securing it to the subject's belt or a purse strap. The EW 100 receiver also has a belt clip for the camera operator, or, if desired, the receiver can be mounted to the camera's accessory shoe using the included camera adapter. The camera adapter also has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread to allow you to mount it on a tripod or a side-mount accessory bracket.

Wireless Transmission: The EW 100 G3 Evolution wireless series offers high-quality RF transmission systems. The EK 100 G3 diversity receiver operates on the adaptive diversity principle where the shield of the line cable is used as the second antenna to provide improved reception. The receiver and transmitter come preset to one of six 42 MHz UHF frequency ranges. There are 20 frequency banks, and each channel in the frequency bank has been factory preset to a frequency. You can use the menus to set the receiver and transmitter to any of the 12 available factory-preset channels in each frequency bank.

Mute Switch: Both transmitters have a Mute switch allows you to temporarily stop the transmitter from sending an RF signal to the receiver. When no RF signal is being received, the diversity receiver does not output an audio signal.

Power Requirements: The SKP 100 plug-on transmitter, the SK 100 transmitter, and the EK 100 receiver are each powered by two single "AA" batteries. New alkaline "AA" batteries provides approximately 8 hours of operating time. LEDs on the front of the transmitter and receiver indicate when the battery power is depleted.

Specifications

  • ME 2 Microphone:
    • Type: condenser
    • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa
    • Pick-up pattern: omni-directional
    • Max SPL: 130 dB SPL
    • Dimensions: Diameter=0.258" (0.372" w/cap), Length=0.636" (0.81" w/cap)
  • SKP 100 Plug-on Transmitter:
    • Input Sensitivity Adjustment Range: 48 dB in 6 dB steps
    • Output Frequency Response: 80-18,000 Hz
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥110 dBA
    • RF Output Power (at 50 Hz): 30 mW (typical)
    • Dimensions: W=1.657", H=1.638", D=4.082", Weight=6.88 ounces (including batteries)
  • SK 100 Transmitter:
    • Input Sensitivity Adjustment Range: 60 dB in 3 dB steps
    • Output Frequency Response: 80-18,000 Hz (microphone); 25-18,000 Hz (line)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥110 dBA
    • RF Output Power (at 50 Hz): 30 mW (typical)
    • Dimensions: W=2.573", H=3.325", D=1.155", Antenna Length=5", Weight=5.64 ounces (including batteries)
  • EK 100 Receiver:
    • Adjacent Channel Rejection:  ≥ 65 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥60 dB
    • Dimensions: W=2.573", H=3.325", D=1.155", Antenna Length=5", Weight=4.23 ounces (including batteries)
 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Electronic newsgathering and more

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 7/12/2012 10:00:00 AM

When I opened up the box, my first thought was "now I can do my own reality show." The kit has a lavalier (clip-on) mic and a bodypack transmitter — the same basic setup reality show contestants are issued. And the plug-on transmitter offers another option. It can be used with a standard XLR microphone to make a wireless system — so I could do a reality singing competition show. Seriously, with a prosumer video camera, this kit can bring sound quality up to the same standard as the video quality.

Sennheiser knows their market. The instruction manual is pretty straight-forward, and the gear is pretty intuitive to use from the outset. I had no problem wiring myself for sound as I tried this out in the Labs.

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