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Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Plug-On Microphone System with No Mic (AW+: 470 to 558 MHz)

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Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Plug-On Microphone System with No Mic (AW+: 470 to 558 MHz)
Key Features
  • For Professional Filmmaker, Videographer
  • Use with Handheld or Shotgun Mic
  • Plug-On Transmitter with 48V Phantom
  • Diversity Camera-Mount Receiver
The Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 is a camera-mount wireless plug-on microphone system that brings advanced features to the EW Series, expanding this industry-standard system into a fully professional, yet cost-effective solution that filmmakers, videographers, and journalists can rely on—even in challenging shooting environments like big cities.
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Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Built for Reliable Performance in the Field
  • 3Advanced Controls for Flexible Use
  • 4Proven Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • 5Additional Features
  • 6EW 100 G4 vs EW 500 G4 Systems at a Glance

The Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 is a camera-mount wireless plug-on microphone system that brings advanced features to the EW Series, expanding this industry-standard system into a fully professional, yet cost-effective solution that filmmakers, videographers, and journalists can rely on—even in challenging shooting environments like big cities.

The rugged EW 500 BOOM G4 combines a wide 88 MHz bandwidth with 3520 frequencies and an RF output level up to 50 mW for a clean transmission and broadcast-quality sound. Depending on your location, you can operate up to 32 mics in one space.The plug-on transmitter attaches to a handheld microphone of your choice for man-on-the-street interviews or to a shotgun mic for wireless booming (both types of mics are available separately). It also provides 48V phantom power, giving you the option to use a condenser microphone.

The camera-mount receiver connects to a camcorder, a DSLR/mirrorless, or a cinema camera to capture crisp-sounding speech or dialog for projects ranging from films and documentaries to wedding videos, corporate spots, and mobile journalism.

The EW 500 BOOM G4 is backward-compatible with previous evolution systems, including EW 100 models, giving you the ability to mix and match G4/G3/G2/G1 receivers or bodypack, handheld, and plug-on transmitters.

Built for Reliable Performance in the Field
  • The EW 500 BOOM G4 features rugged, all-metal chassis well suited for extended use on location.
  • The lightweight plug-on transmitter attaches to any dynamic or condenser microphone equipped with an XLR connector. A locking ring ensures that your mic doesn’t detach at a critical moment, while a convenient switch allows you to mute your mic.
  • Using the included shoemount adapter, the compact receiver easily mounts on your camera without adding much weight. The included CL 500 cable provides a balanced connection from the receiver to the XLR audio input of your camcorder, cinema camera, or recording device. The CL 1 cable is for DSLR/mirrorless cameras and devices with 3.5mm inputs. A headphone output lets you monitor the quality of your sound while recording.
  • Both transmitter and receiver feature daylight-readable LED displays showing reception quality, battery status, and audio level.
Advanced Controls for Flexible Use
  • The frequency scan function automatically searches for the cleanest frequency at your location.To get you going quickly, the transmitter and receiver synchronize via infrared interface with the simple push of a button.
  • 10/30/50 mW switchable RF output helps overcome interference or save battery life.
  • The adjustable input sensitivity on the transmitter accommodates mic levels ranging from booming voices to quiet speech, and even line-level audio.
  • The receiver has an adjustable output range of 42 dB to match the audio input of your camera or recording device.
Proven Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • To take full advantage of your microphone’s dynamic range, the system employs proprietary HDX compander technology, preserving your sound without adding unwanted noise during transmission—delivering audio with remarkable accuracy and quality.
Additional Features
  • Adaptive-diversity reception for reliable transmission up to 330'
  • 20 frequency banks, each with up to 32 factory-preset channels to prevent intermodulation
  • Pilot tone squelch for eliminating RF noise when transmitter is turned off
  • User-friendly menu operation with flexible control options
  • Transmitter and receiver feature 4-step battery-life indicator
  • Auto-Lock function avoids accidental changing of settings
  • RF Mute function
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • Powered via AA batteries or rechargeable BA 2015 Accupack battery (available separately)
  • Side contacts on the receiver for recharging the Accupack without removing it from either transmitter or receiver—requires the L 2015 quick-charging unit (available separately)
  • Unlike digital wireless systems, the SKP 500 G4 transmitter can transmit to an unlimited number of EW series receivers
  • Wide range of accessories adapts the system to a variety of applications
EW 100 G4 vs EW 500 G4 Systems at a Glance
  • Bandwidth: Up to 46 MHz vs up to 88 MHz
  • UHF Frequencies: 1680 vs up to 3520
  • RF Output Power: Fixed 30 mW vs adjustable 10/30/50 mW
  • Mics at Once: Up to 12 mics vs up to 32 mics
  • Included Lavalier Mic: ME 2-II omni or ME 4 cardioid vs professional MKE 2 omni
  • Headphone Output: No vs yes
  • Audio Output: Unbalanced vs balanced
  • Plug-on Transmitter: No phantom vs +48V phantom power
UPC: 615104316263

Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Specs

System
Wireless TechnologyAnalog UHF
Number of RF Channel Frequencies3520
Included Transmitters1 x Plug-On
DiversityAntenna Diversity
RF Frequency Band470 to 558 MHz
RF Bandwidth88 MHz
Frequency Step Size25 kHz
Max Operating Range330' / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Max Transmitters per Band32
EncryptionNone
Deviation±48 kHz (Peak)
ModulationWideband FM
Receiver
Receiver TypeCamera-Mount
Mounting OptionsShoe-Mount (with Included Hardware)
Antenna1 x Flexible Whip, Fixed (Top-Mount)
Number of Audio Channels1
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Balanced Line Output (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output (Lockable)
Gain Range42 dB (6 dB Steps)
Audio Output Level1/8" / 3.5 mm Output:
+17 dBu (Balanced)
Approximate RF Sensitivity1.6 µV
SquelchAdjustable, 5 to 25 dBμV
Adjacent Channel Isolation>65 dB
Power RequirementsBattery
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators1 x Backlit LCD (Battery Status, Output Level, RF Level)
HousingMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9" / 63.5 x 81.3 x 22.9 mm
Weight4.6 oz / 130 g (with Batteries)
Transmitter
Transmitter TypePlug-On
RF Output Power10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin Female Unbalanced Input (Lockable)
Phantom Power+48 V
MutingMute Switch
Audio Input Level6 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Gain Range 48 dB (6 dB Steps)
Signal ProcessingNone
Frequency Response80 Hz to 18 kHz
Sync MethodIR
Antenna1 x Internal, Fixed
Power RequirementsBattery
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
1 x Sennheiser Accupack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators1 x Backlit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
HousingMetal
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions1.7 x 4.1 x 1.7" / 43 x 105 x 43 mm
Weight6.9 oz / 195 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.015 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.05 x 7.2 x 3.05"

Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Reviews

WORKS AND WORKS WELL!

By Larry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-19

WELL MADE ,WORKS WELL!

Affordable sound for film makers.

By Corwin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-11

I love this product, it is reliable and the 48v phantom power paired with the sennheiser 416 is perfect for location sound and interviews.

Great build quality and easy set-up

By Benson
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-28

Great build quality and easy set-up

All good

By Walid
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-28

All good, no issues: Range is great, receiver batteries go all day, transmitter with Phantom Power on goes around 7 hours. As all Plug-On transmitters, I have to DIY my own water-tight rain cover. Sennheiser should invent one.

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