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Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System

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Product Highlights
  • Includes ATW-R1810 Receiver
  • Includes ATW-T1802 Plug-In Transmitter

The Audio-Technica 1800 Series provides a professional, wireless portable solution, while addressing the issues of portability, function and cost. This system includes the ATW-R1810 receiver and ATW-T1802 plug-in transmitter. Other configurations are also available.

The ATW-R1810 receiver features True Diversity UHF receivers with an internal Antenna/Splitter amplifier. The compact ATW-R1810 is powered with 6 AA batteries, one of the internal receivers may be turned off to preserve battery life

The ATW-T1802 plug-in transmitter features a locking XLR connector for adapting dynamic and condenser microphones. 9-volt phantom power is provided for condenser microphones. Selectable Hi/Lo RF output power enhances range when needed and a 2-color power/mute LED indicates transmitter status. The transmitter is powered with 2 AA batteries for up to 9 hours.

Additional features of the 1800 series include 996 Auto-Scanning frequencies, simultaneous operation of up to 10 systems, back-lit LCD, soft-touch buttons and metal components.

Frequency Agile/Auto Scanning
The 1800 series wireless systems feature up to 996 Auto-Scanning frequencies and simultaneous operation of up to 10 systems.
True Diversity
Each receiver features true diversity operation for minimal drop out and radio frequency noise.
True Diversity Operation
Each receiver features true diversity operation for minimal drop out and radio frequency noise.
Independent Receiver Shut Off
One of the dual internal receivers may be shut off in order to preserve battery life.
System
Type of System UHF Camera Mount, Frequency Agile
RF Carrier Frequency Range UHF Band D: 655.500 to 680.375 MHz
Approx. Working Range 100m (300') typical
Overall Frequency Response 70Hz to 15kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 104dB at 30kHz deviation (A-weighted), maximum modulation 37kHz
# Of Channels 996 total per band (25kHz increments)
# Of Simultaneous Systems Not Specified by Manufacturer
Receiver
Type of Receiver Dual independent RF sections, automatic-switching diversity
Type of Outputs 3-pin mini XLR (TA3M-type)
Headphone Monitoring 3.5 mm TRS, signals on both Tip and Ring
Power Requirements 12V DC nominal, 500 mA
Battery Type/Approx. Life ATW-R1820: Six 1.5V AA alkaline (not included) - 6 hours (typ.)
ATW-R1810: Four 1.5V AA alkaline (not included) - 10 hours (typ.)
Display frequency selection is achieved via rotary dials located on the side of the unit
Antenna Type 1/4 wave vertical (fixed)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.92 x 2.95 x 1.25" (125 x 75 x 32mm)
Weight 10.5 oz (300 g) (with battery)
Transmitter
Type of Transmitter ATW-T1802 Plug-In Transmitter
Type of Input Connector XLR
Type of Microphone Plug-In Transmitter Accepts both, dynamic and condenser microphones with 3-pin XLR connections
Polar Pattern Not Applicable
Interchangeable Mic Heads Excepts all microphones and line-level sources wired with TA5F connection.
Battery Type/Approx. Life Two 1.5V AA alkaline (not included)
Mute Switch Not Specified By Manufacturer
Level Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Antenna Type Internal
Display Back-lit LCD
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.57 x 4.37 x 1.57" (40 x 111 x 40mm)
Weight 199 grams (7.0 oz) (without batteries)
Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System
  • ATW-R1810 Receiver
  • ATW-T1802 Plug-In Transmitter
  • Antennas
  • Receiver Belt Pouch
  • Receiver Output Cable with Industrial Hook and Loop Fastener (18-inch)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System
     
    4.1

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    4.0

    A BIG receiver

    By BrownCow

    from Estes Park, CO USA

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

    As mentioned in other reviews, the receiver is pretty huge. I knew this going-in, so I wasn't too shocked by it. I was able to drill a hole through the belt connector of the carrying case, and this lets me mount it on a cold-shoe adapter or some other rigging with 1/4"/20 nuts and bolts, and it works fine.

    Competitors don't have a kit for the XLR/transmitter combo, so I chose A.T. and I'm happy with the money I saved.

    The units are easy to set-up and signal quality is clear until the batteries start to go. I've used the Senn G3 system, and this is as good as that one (other than the receiver size).

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    3.0

    Solid but flawed

    By Vedicaudio

    from Lungi, Sierra Leone

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Economical
    • Takes external 12V power
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Design Quirks
    • Doesn't power all 12V mic
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Documentary Filmmaking

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

    I use this system with various microphones to get sound into a Panasonic DVX100B camera. I bought it because I've found AT products in the past to be solid performers at a reasonable price, and because the transmitter has 12V phantom power. Unfortunately, this would rank as my most disappointing AT product.

    The most important shortcoming is that the transmitter does not power my Countryman lavalier mic which should run off anything from 4-50 volts. It must be that the 1812 just can't supply enough current for it, but in the manual, no current draw limit is stated. If you are planning to power anything other than an Audiotechnica mic with this transmitter, DON'T count on it working. Better test it first.

    Now to the design issues. The ATW-1812 wireless system is advertised as a "camera mount" wireless mic system. But when you open the package, there is no hot shoe mount for the receiver...there is a belt-clip holster, which seems like a fine alternative (the receiver is actually much bulkier than you'd want for a camera-mount unit), until you clip it on your belt and realize that the antennae are pointing down, and the supplied cable isn't even long enough to reach the XLR input on the camera when held at eye level.
    Is this thing camera mount or not? If it is, the cable length is perfect, but there should be a hot shoe mount and the size of the receiver needs to be much smaller. If it's belt clip, the cable needs to be at *least* twice as long as it is.
    And I guess it's fine that the antennae point down, but it looks a bit goofy...
    The receiver includes a 12 volt DC input which means it can be used with an external battery strapped on your belt. If you were to find a way to mount it on a camera, that means less weight on the camera itself. Whether or not you'd want to do that depends on the size of your camera and whether it's mostly sitting on a tripod or not.

    As far as the sonic performance, the system works fine most of the time, though the usuable range is way less than advertised, and I've had a couple instances where I inexplicably got dropouts at distances of less than 25 feet with no obstruction.

    Compared to the Sennheiser G2 system I had before, the range on this is poor, and deals with physical obstacles like walls much worse. Given that the Sennheiser system is also much more compact, and definitely camera-mountable, I'd say it's a much better system. The problem with Sennheiser is that they don't sell this configuration (just a screw on transmitter and receiver). You have to buy the beltpack transmitter and lav as well, so you'll end up spending several hundred dollars more. And the transmitter with phantom power is even more expensive, but I bet it actually works with all mics!

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    2.0

    Not quite "camera-mountable"

    By Rittenate

    from Dallas, TX

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy
      • Not Camera-Mountable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

        The packaging says portable and camera mountable, but the receiver was much larger than I anticipated and came with only a belt clip for mounting - not a shoe mount. The receiver was also noticeably heavy, even without batteries in it. I did not try the unit for sound quality because I knew it wouldn't work for me based on size.

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        5.0

        I NEED ANOTHER ONE!!!

        By Tri State Indie

        from Lancaster, PA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

          I am a semi-pro videographer and after a week of use, this wireless has been great! Simple setup and great audio even over great distances. I love it so much I want another one... NOW!!

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          5.0

          Crystal clear - full spectrum sound

          By Kevin Mc.

          from Nevada City, CA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

            We got this to allow us to shoot in a busy area of a fairground to avoid tripping passersby with our mic cable. There was one other film crew on site using this, or a very very similar unit. There was no interference whatsoever. The audio is really clean, and reproduces the full bass, mid and treble from our Sennheiser MD46 Dynamic ENG Mic. I ran a comparison between a 25-ft balanced XLR cable this wireless unit. If there are any differences they are too small to detect, both visually in editing and audibly.

            It takes a few seconds to change channels on both the transmitter and receiver (there's probably an easier way - I blew through the instructions and will read them more in-depth later), but once they're set - they're set! Both units will remember the new frequency every time they are powered on.

            The transmitter has two output settings, high power and low power. It defaults to low power to save batteries. If distance becomes an issue, switch to high power to boost its output. We ran several tests of up to 80 or 100 feet (line of sight) on low power without a single hiss, crackle or any detectable interference.

            I mounted this to my shoulder-cam using Velcro - worked like a charm.

            I have not discovered any flaws or cons with this unit.

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            5.0

            Totally recommended to any ENG Pro..

            By LocoVideo

            from Tampa,FL

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Pro Videographer

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

              It was awesome the way it works, specially when i have not much time to set-up anything. Just got it out of the box put batteries and that's at. My client was very impress with the audio recording.
              I definitely recommend this mic.......

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              5.0

              Solid as a rock

              By Senior Producer

              from Oakland, CA

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Broadcast Video

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATW-1812D - 1800 Series Wireless Microphone System:

                A well made, sturdy, fully professional tool that facilitates untethered creativity.

                I've used this system on recent shoots in the United Kingdom and in the United States, and have been VERY happy with the results both indoors and in the crowded streets of London's Notting Hill Carnival - Europe's largest street festival.

                I have previously owned a consumer grade (non-diversity) wireless system. As I was NEVER really happy with the results (far too many dropouts), I very rarely used that unit.

                I've also worked with some of the smaller, lighter weight mid range pro systems... and seen their plastic cases fall apart, and their electronics fail, in the rough and tumble world of field production. The ATW-1812D is built to hold up in the most trying of conditions. The transmitter functions well with all types of XLR input (mic and line level).

                This may well be my best investment of the year!

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