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Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer

B&H # WEX3 Mfr # X3
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The Wendt X3 is a 3-channel field audio mixer designed for ENG/EFP broadcast and remote audio recording on location. With a feature set that is identical to the Wendt X4 and X5 field mixers, the X3 features the flexibility necessary for professional application, featuring 3-channels and a compact light weight profile.

The Wendt X3 features 3 balanced microphone and line level switchable XLR inputs with rotary gain controls, pan control switches and low-cut filter switches. Three position pan control switches provide control over left, center and right stereo signal placement. Low-cut filter switches eliminate low frequency noise at 100Hz and 140Hz (12dB/octave). The X3's low noise signal path ensures low signal-to-noise ratio on output. Output connections include stereo L/R balanced XLR and unbalanced TA-3 male connections. A TA-5 male link connection in provided for linking an X3 to an X5 field mixer. The X3 will operate up to 12 hours on 6-AA alkaline batteries and +48V phantom power is supplied.

3 Input Channels
The Wendt X3 features 3-channels with balanced microphone and line switchable XLR input connections.
Balanced & Unbalanced Outputs
The output section features balanced stereo (L/R) XLR connectors. Unbalanced output is provided via stereo TA-3 male connection.
Low-Cut Filter Switches
All inputs feature low-cut filter switches that eliminate hum and low-frequency noise at 100Hz and 140Hz (12dB/octave).
Pan Control Switches
Three position pan control switches provide control over left, center and right stereo signal placement.
Tape Return Inputs
Analog tape return inputs are provided via 3.5mm stereo input jack.
Built In Limiter
Internal peak limiting prevents signal distortion caused by excessive signal gain and transients.
Slate Microphone
An internal slate microphone is included.
Inputs Line / Mic(switchable): 3-Balanced XLR Inputs
Output 2-Balanced XLR Outputs
TA3 male unbalanced stereo output
Monitor/Headphone Out Phones: Stereo 6.5mm 1/4" Phone
ALT I/O Tape RTN: Stereo 3.5mm mini jack input
Link Input/Output TA-5 male connection
Impedance not specified by manufacturer
Gain 10dB, 20dB and 0dB switchable attenuation
Hum & Noise EIN-128dBV
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Distortion Less than 0.1% THD
Metering 6-Segment Stereo VU LED Display
Controls Channel Input: Rotary level control, channels 1-3
Master Level: Rotary Level Control
Pan Switches: Channel 1-3 pan switches (right, center and left)
Ref. Tone: 0dBVU 400Hz low distortion sine wave
Battery Test: Indicates remaining battery life
Tape Mix: Switches headphone input to external line in
Power Switch: INT(battery), EXT(external power) and OFF
Preamplifier Gain: 3-position attenuation of 10dB, 20dB and 0dB
Phantom Power: 3-position 48V, 12T and DYN(dynamic)
Low Cut Filters: 3 position switch, 140Hz, 20Hz and 100Hz at 12dB per octave
VU Meter Illumination: Momentary Switch
Control Voltage Out No
Phantom Power 48V
Operating Temperature -20 to +70 degrees C
Power 6 x AA alkaline, 12 hours use
Dimensions 5.1 x 6.6225 x 2" (130 x 158 x 50.8mm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.85 Kg)
Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer
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    WendtX3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer
     
    4.8

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Simple controls (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (3)
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      5.0

      Very Pro Field Mixer

      By Stephen

      from Keystone, Colorado

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer:

        This mixer is very quiet (self noise) - so much so that when I first tested it I thought it wasn't on until I began checking the shotgun and I was surprised to find out it was on and relatively turned up and clear as a bell - completely crisp clean sound! So I imagine the mic pre's are high quality. Also, it is very nicely designed in terms of ergonomics - everything is easy to get to and easy to understand. The limiter is very subtle and works well. I use it with a custom TA-5 to TRS mini cable to feed my Canon 5DmkII. Each balanced output is line/mic selectable - even the unbalanced stereo output has a line/mic level output selector!

        The batteries last so long it's crazy - I used it on a 10+ hour day and it was strong all day long. When it the batteries begin to go weak, it still delivers pro performance for a long time! It's extremely tough too - very sturdy chassis and easy to use knobs when you sometimes can't look down to see what you're adjusting - intuitive.

        I won't repeat all of the features that you can read for yourself, but I personally want to say this: I called Wendt to ask about the proper pins to use for my TA5 cable, and Bob Wendt answered the phone! I asked if I could speak to a technician, and he said, "This is Bob, I designed the X3, how can I help you?" I don't think you can say that for any other phone support for field mixer being produced today! This is truly a solid buy! I love mine.

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        5.0

        truly professional

        By Stephen

        from Keystone, Colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer:

          I purchased this to use with my 5DmkII. I bought a TA-5 to stereo mini cable from [@] in Orlando in order to get an unbalanced output to the 5D. The X3 has excellent mic pre amps and is extremely quiet - in fact I thought it wasn't on the first time I was testing a mic, and when I spoke, it almost shocked me to find out it was on and clear as a bell!Although it is not easily possible to monitor the 5DmkII, I get professional sound recordings setting my manual level on the 5DmkII fairly low and letting the X3 deliver a nice clean strong signal. Battery life is impressive, I went a full day shooting without any issues. This mixer is extremely flexible, each output can be changed from mic level to line level, and I mean each output, from TA5 unbalanced, to Ch.1 or Ch.2 XLR - all separately. And I'm a fan of hard switch for assigning inputs to Left, Both, or Right, instead of a pan knob.I also use this to run a line-level signal to my EX1 cameras so I don't have to set my EX1 channels to mic or 48 phantom mic and I get a cleaner sound.I called Wendt to inquire about the TA5 output to make sure I had [@] select the correct pins for the unbalanced output, and Mr. Wendt picked up the phone! I kept asking if I could talk to a tech, and he basically said, "I'm Mr. Wendt, what do you need?" I was a little floored. So, excellent support, and an excellent product!

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          5.0

          great sound in a little package

          By blindbanjodjim

          from york, me

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Film audio

            Comments about Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer:

            i bought this to use on my 2nd sound/boom op job, which was shooting a p.s.a. i had been researching this mixer and the sound devices 302, and after scouring the web for deals on either new or used units, i decided that this mixer was perfect for my current and future needs and b&h had the lowest price for a new one.

            i was very pleased with how easy it was to setup and to use. the preamps are quiet, with enough gain for the small variety of mics i have used with it so far. i also purchased the snake for this unit, which made monitoring a breeze. battery consumption was incredibly low... never had to change them once during a two day shoot (both days over 6 hrs), but i did shut it down whenever it wasn't needed, during setups, etc. to conserve them. perfect size and weight. the led's are easy to see and markings easy to read. i'm very pleased with this mixer.

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            4.0

            nice alternative to 302

            By soundmixer

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Monitor vol a little low
            • Not many LED for VU meter

            Best Uses

            • Basic ENG
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Wendt X3 3-Channel Portable ENG/EFP Field Mixer:

            Simple/uncluttered, reliable, sounds great, small, lightweight. Built tough, very trustworthy.
            Would like more LED indicators and better monitor volume performance.

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