Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set

Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set

Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set

Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set

Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set

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Product Highlights

  • EKP XLR Receiver
  • SK Bodypack Transmitter
  • ME2-II Lavalier Microphone
  • AVX-42 Handheld Transmitter with MMD42
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Plug and Record Functionality
  • Automatic Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Receiver Switches On/Off Via 48V
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Metal Housing
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Sennheiser AVX-COMBO SET-4-US overview

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Designed for plug and record operation with fully self-configuring digital operation, the AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set from Sennheiser is well suited for film and video production, as well as electronic news gathering (ENG) and A/V rental houses. The system consists of the EKP receiver, SK bodypack transmitter, an ME2-II lavalier microphone, and an AVX-42 handheld transmitter with an MD42 omnidirectional capsule. The AVX system provides a variety of automatic functionality aimed at flexibility and speed including auto-dynamic range settings, which automatically adjusts the audio level to a recording device's input sensitivity, reducing distortion and eliminating the need to adjust your mic's level. The system also offers link protection, a feature that quickly scans available frequencies and will automatically switch before any interference becomes audible.

The EKP receiver has a compact design that plugs directly into the XLR input on your camera or recording device and includes the necessary adapters for use with DSLR cameras. Additionally, the EKP can swivel, allowing it to be used with other attachments mounted to a camera. It powers on and off automatically when it senses 48V from your recording destination, for fast recording and saving battery life when not in use.

It should be noted, that while this system includes 2 transmitters, only 1 can be used at a time.

UPC: 615104133501

Sennheiser AVX-COMBO SET-4-US specs

Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Dynamic Range > 120 dB (A)
THD Typical 0.1%
Audio Sampling 24-bit at 48 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio > 90 dB (A)
RF Frequency Range 1880 to 1930 MHz (country specific)
Modulation GFSK with return channel
Diversity TDMA fast switching antenna diversity
Latency 19 ms
Temperature Range Operation: 14 to 131° F (-10 to +55° C)
Storage: -4 to 158°F (-20 to +70°C)
Simultaneous Operation of Units Up to 8 units under optimal conditions
RF Sensitivity <-90 dBm
Transmission Power Typical 15 dBm e.i.r.p.
Audio Output XLR male, balanced
Audio Output Level -30 dBu to 0 dBu in 4 steps
Power Supply BA 20 (Li-ION 3.7 VDC), alternative USB
Operation Time > 4 hours
Weight 3 oz (85 g)
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Transmission Power 100 mW average (250 mW peak), country specific
Frequency Response 50 to 20,000 Hz
Input Sensitivity Automatic sensitivity adjustment
Power Supply Energy pack BA 10 (Li-Ion 3.7 V)
Operating Time Typical 15 hour with Energy pack
Input 3.5 mm jack
Weight 9.9 oz (280.0 grams) including mic head and energy pack
Mic Capsule
Transducer Principle Dynamic
Sensitivity 1.8 mV/Pa
Directivity Omnidirectional
Max SPL Level 154 dB
Handheld Transmitter
Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Dynamic Range > 120 dB (A)
THD Typical 0.1%
Audio Sampling 24-bit at 48 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio > 90 dB (A)
RF Frequency Range 1880 to 1930 MHz (country specific)
Modulation GFSK with return channel
Diversity TDMA fast switching antenna diversity
Latency 19 ms
Temperature Range Operation: 14 to 131° F (-10 to +55° C)
Storage: -4 to 158°F (-20 to +70°C)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 6.8 x 3.0"

Sennheiser AVX-COMBO SET-4-US reviews

AVX Camera-Mountable Digital Wireless Handheld and Lavalier Set is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different results with different cameras I tested these with my Sony FS7 and the sounded great. A snug fit on the FS7. Yesterday I took them out with my Canon C100 and they sounded too hot at the receiver's lowest output. I switched to Line level on the camera and maxed the receiver's output, then it sounded great. Lesson learned. Tx/Rx Link is great. When the Tx moves out of range Rx waits patently without noise to link with a proper signal. Small, recessed buttons are the norm with Sennheiser. Kind of a pain. I guess I misunderstood what to expect. I really, REALLY wanted the receivers to be powered by Phantom, they are switched only. Receiver batteries take about an hour to charge. Waiting for replacements to be available, hopefully soon. Making car charging work.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I hope Sennheiser can explain I used this system for the first time in a church for a wedding. The transmitter was on my groom in his breast pocket. The receiver was about 60 feet away, with line of sight, and plugged into my Roland R-26. The signal was not clean at all. Lots of RF hits and I luckily didn't get hit with any for the 65 seconds the vows took place, but my god was I sweating it out. The hits would come and go, and this was definitely not as advertised. Isn't this suppose to be in a frequency range less used? And what about the whole auto switching frequencies before the noise becomes audible stuff?I may have to return this and go with a more professional setup with Shure. I hope Sennheiser responds.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy-to-use, reliable digital audio for video Sennheiser was kind enough to send me this AVX combo kit to review on my YouTube channel. Overall, this is a great system for both those who are new to wireless microphones, and also those who want to upgrade from an older analog system. It's very easy to use -- once you've done the initial pairing of the transmitter and receiver, daily operation is truly plug and play. The system figures out what frequency to use, and will automatically (and seamlessly) switch to another one at any time if interference is detected. Instead of going through all the features of the system, here are my overall impressions as well as some notes about the system most reviews don't cover: Receiver: --The XLR connector on the receiver swivels almost all the way around so you can orient it upright for best reception. --The receiver can turn itself on and off when it detects phantom power. The idea is, when you turn your camera on and off, the receiver will do the same to save battery life. Note that the receiver still receives its power from its battery -- it doesn't operate off of phantom power as some have reported, it merely detects its presence. Of course, your camera or field recorder has to have a built-in XLR connector in order to use this feature. --Can only be used with and pair to one transmitter at a time. If you want to switch from the bodypack to the handheld, you need to re-pair the receiver with the handheld. Thankfully this is a pretty quick and easy process. Bodypack transmitter: --It has the same kind of threaded 3.5mm input jack as some other wireless systems, so if you already have a favorite lavalier mic, you can keep using it. --There's a mute switch, which is a blessing and a curse -- sometimes, talent likes to push buttons and this can cause problems during a shoot. Thankfully, the status LED on both the transmitter and the receiver turn yellow when the mute switch is on. --The LCD screen shows remaining battery life in hours. Handheld transmitter: --The handheld transmitter's microphone capsule is replaceable, and the transmitter will work with Sennheiser's Evolution series capsules. An MD42 capsule is included with the combo kit, but if you use handhelds frequently, it's nice to have the option to replace it with one that has a different pickup pattern. --The handheld included in the combo kit does not have a mute switch, but in the handheld-only kit it does. --The power and pairing buttons on the handheld are pretty small and somewhat difficult to press, and the status LED is a bit too bright -- you'll want to remind talent to hold the transmitter with the LED towards them to keep it from being distracting on camera. Batteries: --All of the batteries for the system are lithium-ion and rechargeable. --They all have micro-USB ports right on the battery for ease of charging -- any regular USB cable and charger will work, which is great for travel. --There's a status LED next to the USB port to let you know when charging is done. --Both transmitters are rated for 15 hours of use on a charge. The bodypack can be recharged with the battery installed, and can also be used while the battery is recharging -- this can be great for setting up a point-to-point wireless audio link with AVX. (Some other industries, like mobile DJs, will do this for remote speakers at events.) --The receiver is rated for 4 hours of use on a charge. This is probably less than what most are used to. The aforementioned phantom power detection can help extend this, provided your camera or recorder is compatible. Another thing that can help is that, as with the bodypack, the receiver can be recharged while in operation, like from a portable USB power bank. Sound quality: --24-bit, 48KHz signal using the CELT codec. --There's a form of auto gain control built into the system, but it's not like what you may have used before. It's really more like normalization or dynamic range compression; it's meant to keep peaks in the signal from causing distortion. --Be sure to properly set the output gain on the receiver; at full strength (0 dBu), it could cause the preamps on some cameras to peak and distort. You can pad the receiver down to -10, -20 and -30 dBu. In summary, this is a great system for anyone who wants solid wireless audio performance but doesn't have the knowledge or time to worry about the technical aspects of it.
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big step up from G3 series!! Had the EW100 G3 setup for years.... Now I switched to the AVX... So simple to set up and much more of a reliable connection between transmitter and receiver. I have had over the years the G3 give me swooshes of static during interviews when I was just 3 feet away from the receiver. A few times I had to reshoot the interview because of this. BUT with the AVX the audio is crisp, never any analog static like with the G3. Another plus to the AVX, is the size of the receiver. I was able to take off a bracket holding my G3 receiver as it wasn't needed with the AVX setup. The receiver is small, plugs right into the XLR port and is self contained. Now wires or bulky receiver anymore with the AVX. I've been waiting for a receiver like this for years!.. Thanks B&H and Senheisser!
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Updated AVX review Followed the advice of the Sennheiser representative, and underexposed my audio. Made a huge difference, and the lav system when levels are set extremely low, showed no signs of overmodulted hot mic, or digitally compressed audio mp3 effect. It is very important on this system to not trust the VU as stated. There are many ways to get this system to give the same VU picture, but get completely different results. Always start with the receiver level set to 1 bar, then adjust rec level on the camera. Increase the receiver output (red bars) level only if you must. I am including a high noise environment test I did with the MD42 handheld transmitter from YouTube. This was shot on a small PXW-X70 camcorder, which cannot really fit any wireless system other than the AVX when using a top light. If the link doesn't work, it can be searched for on YouTube.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very clean lavalier mic Today my first use , i make interview in a big garden the voice was very clean , my interview was 1 hour long , when finished i checked the battery it still 4 lines , still full battery
Date published: 2015-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazingly Good, Amazingly Easy Wireless microphones, by their nature, aren't always that easy to use. Finding the right frequency, occasional RF issues, being in the legal spectrum, etc. These ARE easy. No spectrum issues. I shot for four hours straight today using the lavalier setup and didn't hear one hit. Extremely clear. Very, very impressed. You literally hit the pair button on each device and within seconds you go from a red light to a green one and you are paired. After four hours of shooting, the lav mic said it still had 9 hours of battery life left. We tested before the shoot and were able to hear things clearly through a couple of walls. And then didn't have any drop outs until we were nearly 175 feet apart line of sight. We also followed the suggestions and made the receiver output at only 1 bar out of 4 possible bars for the Canon XF305 camera we used giving us a clear and not overly loud signal. And we also ran the receiver off the phantom power with zero hiccups. Also, the tiny receiver that sticks out of the XLR plug is brilliant. It will be so easy to operate two AVX systems simultaneously without things being velcroed on or hanging off the rig. My wireless microphones were recently stolen and these have been a surprise as a replacement. I'll be buying my second set soon.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great System for one man band I have used this system for a few months now and it has held up very well. Like others I have switched from a G3 system to this because of some interference issues but I have had no real interference issues with this system yet. HOWEVER, I have had some odd noise/interference when I have had my Tram TR50 mic near the transmitter (within a foot or so) I thought that this was outside interference at first but it is the microphone itself picking up some transmission noise (happens only with my Trams so I'm assuming that the shielding is not as good?). This may explain the two poor reviews describing interference that was constant? This has happened to me when I have the transmitter placed in the jacket pocket of the person being interviewed. Put the transmitter on a belt and it goes away. Build quality is better than G3 and I like the new batteries. I have used these on interviews now in downtown New York City, DC, St. Louis in places where I would get intermittent hits in the past but these have performed well. Small latency in the audio, but this is not noticeable in reality
Date published: 2015-12-19
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