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NAB 2007 Pro Audio Wrap
 
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NAB 2007 Pro Audio Wrap

By Robert Morton

The annual National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas is always an exciting week for video and audio professionals, and the 2007 edition was perhaps the most intense yet. With over 1,400 exhibiters and a record attendance of more than 100,000 people, this year's convention was the ultimate showcase for electronic media technology. With all of the rapid changes in broadcasting formats and strategies, NAB attendees were able to find the latest solutions and information for these complex issues under one roof. B&H was again present, and our booth acted as a smaller version of our popular New York City superstore. End-users filled the booth and gathered information from the knowledgeable B&H staff about the latest audio and video equipment. There was heavy interest in our boompole kits, wireless microphones and accessories, digital field recorders, problem solvers, and of course… cameras. Here's a quick review of some of the exciting new audio products we discovered at this years show.

Azden

Azden has always offered a great selection of on-camera microphones and wireless solutions for the videography and field production market. The big announcement for NAB 2007 was their new flagship wireless receiver; the 320UPR. This compact, 2-channel receiver has a smaller profile than the Azden 200 series, and it's also much lighter. It easily mounts on DV cameras and features a frequency agility of 240 channels, LCD displays, and a headphone output for monitoring.

 

Audio Technica

Shorter in length than Audio Technica's popular AT897 shotgun microphone, the new AT875 Short Condenser Shotgun is ideal for use on compact camcorders. This mic measures only 6.88” long, and operates on phantom power only. It's designed for electronic news gathering, field production, and broadcast studio applications.

 

Also shipping immediately is the single-channel version of Audio Technica’s 1800 Series wireless system. This camera-mountable system features automatic frequency scanning, Tone Lock squelch, back-lit LCD, soft-touch buttons, headphone monitor output (with independent level control), and durable metal construction. Components include: the ATW–R1810 receiver, ATW-T1801 UniPak bodypack transmitter and the ATW-T1802 plug-in transmitter.

 

Lightwave Audio

Lightwave Audio introduced the new G-5 News boompole ($299- $385 w/internal coiled cable) with a unique patented locking mechanism. Unlike all existing pole designs, the carbon-fiber G-5 uses a simple 15 degree, triple-cam lock system instead of thread screws. This allows for a minimal twist to lock/unlock the sections of the pole and makes it far less likely to jam when dirty. The new design also reduces the overall weight of the pole.

 

Alfa Case Company

Alfa Cases now offers their Boom Tube boompole cases in black. The new black cases are constructed out of a new lighter-weight material (about half the weight of the older gray Boom Tubes). The shell is impact-resistant and seals tightly when closed. Boom Tubes include handy carrying straps and lockable clasps for security.

 

Holophone

Holophone announced that their H4 Super Mini will now use Dolby Pro Logic encoding. This camera-mountable 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone System is designed for broadcast, ENG, and professional video and film production. It provides 6 line-level analog outputs on 3 stereo 3.5mm female mini-plug jacks. The encoded line-level stereo output is on a 3.5mm stereo female mini-plug jack.

 

JK Audio

JK Audio showed two interesting new products that utilize Bluetooth wireless technology: the RemoteMix 4 and the Daptor Three. The RemoteMix 4 is a 4-channel portable broadcast field mixer combined with a 4-channel headphone amplifier and telephone interface with Bluetooth. The Daptor Three is a wireless audio interface similar to the Daptor Two but with Bluetooth.

 

Cable Techniques

The new Xtragood Series 1x2 Microphone Splitter ($199) by Cable Techniques is a high-quality splitter that is compact in size (4.5x2.5x1.5-inches) and lightweight, weighing only 10.1 ounces. It features all-metal housing, a ground lift with “True Isolation”, a premium-quality custom transformer, and chassis mounted Neutrik XLR gold connectors.

 

Rycote

Rycote's new S-Series Windshields (starting at $350) feature a brand new design that incorporates a new suspension concept and a redesigned windshield. It is lightweight, easy to assemble, and strong enough to withstand the rigors of demanding field work.

 

Additionally, the Grip Handle for Rycote's entire line has been redesigned. The new design is 40% lighter in weight and features an ergonomic “Soft feel grip”. It will accommodate XLR connectors from all manufacturers, including the XX series from Neutrik.

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