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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

Key Specs
Wireless Technology
Analog UHF
Included Transmitters
1x Plug-On
Diversity
Antenna Diversity
Max Operating Range
330' / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Receiver Type
Camera-Mount
System
Wireless Technology
Analog UHF
Number of RF Channel Frequencies
3520
Included Transmitters
1x Plug-On
Diversity
Antenna Diversity
RF Frequency Band
470 to 558 MHz
RF Bandwidth
88 MHz
Frequency Step Size
25 kHz
RF Channel Scanning
Auto-Scan
Max Operating Range
330' / 100.6 m (Line of Sight)
Max Transmitters per Band
32
Built-In Recorder
No
Timecode Support
No
Mobile App Compatible
No
Encryption
No
Deviation
±48 kHz (Peak)
Modulation
Wideband FM
Receiver
Receiver Type
Camera-Mount
Mounting Options
Shoe-Mount (with Included Hardware)
Antenna
1x Flexible Whip, Fixed (Top-Mount)
Number of Audio Channels
1
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Balanced Line Output (Locking)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output (Locking)
Gain Range
42 dB (6 dB Steps)
Audio Output Level
1/8" / 3.5 mm Output:
+17 dBu (Balanced)
Standalone Audio Interface Capable
No
Approximate RF Sensitivity
1.6 µV
Squelch
Adjustable, 5 to 25 dBμV
Adjacent Channel Isolation
>65 dB
Power Requirements
Battery
Battery Type
2x AA (Included)
1x Sennheiser Battery Pack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life
8 Hours (Alkaline)
DC Input Power
3 VDC
Display & Indicators
1x Backlit LCD (Battery Status, Output Level, RF Level)
Housing
Metal
Operating Temperature
14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions
2.5 x 3.2 x 0.9" / 63.5 x 81.3 x 22.9 mm
Weight
4.6 oz / 130 g (with Batteries)
Transmitter
Transmitter Type
Plug-On
RF Output Power
10 / 30 / 50 mW (Switchable, at 50 Ohms)
Audio I/O
1x XLR 3-Pin Female Unbalanced Input (Locking)
Included Cable Connector
No
Phantom Power
+48 V
Muting
Mute Switch
Audio Input Level
6 V RMS (Mic Level, Line Level)
Auto-Level Control
No
Gain Range
48 dB (6 dB Steps)
Signal Processing
No
Frequency Response
80 Hz to 18 kHz
Sync Method
IR
Antenna
1x Internal, Fixed
Power Requirements
Battery
Battery Type
2x AA (Included)
1x Sennheiser Battery Pack (Not Included)
Approx. Battery Life
8 Hours (Alkaline)
Display & Indicators
1x Backlit LCD (Audio Level, Battery Status, Signal Strength)
Housing
Metal
Operating Temperature
14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions
1.7 x 4.1 x 1.7" / 43 x 105 x 43 mm
Weight
6.9 oz / 195 g (with Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.015 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
16.05 x 7.2 x 3.05"

Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Reviews

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Are there any compatible antennas for this to ...

Are there any compatible antennas for this to extend the range?
Asked by: Rio
No. The Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Plug-On Microphone System includes the bodypack-style EK 500 G4 Pro Wireless Camera-Mount Receiver, which has an integrated/molded antenna, the receiver cannot be used with an external antenna. If you swap the EK 500 receiver and use the Sennheiser EM 300-500 G4 Wireless Receiver (such as B&H # SEEM3005MGAP for AW+: 470 to 558 MHz frequency band), you will be able to use remote mount antennas or half-wave antennas for extended range. However, the EM 300-500 requires AC power and is not camera-mountable, so that could be a drawback if you need to have a portable, battery-powered system.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2023-06-02

I just bought this unit. Works great till I plug ...

I just bought this unit. Works great till I plug in headphones then unit gets hot, batteries die, then it turns off. I wait for a minute, don't plug in headphones, all is good. Same batteries. Has anyone seen this before? I have 4 other G4s that are great.
Asked by: David
It turned out to be a bad unit. B-H replaced it really fast and all is good.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-01-16

How long does 1 set of batteries last in the TX ...

How long does 1 set of batteries last in the TX and RX? Thanks!
Asked by: Robert
8 hours
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-01-10

Is there a way the boom operator can plug ...

Is there a way the boom operator can plug headphones apart from the mixer so they could monitor what their aiming at?
Asked by: Dianey
The receiver has a 3.5mm headphone output.
Answered by: James Cruz
Date published: 2020-12-08

Will this work with a lav rather than Handheld ...

Will this work with a lav rather than Handheld mic?
Asked by: John
The Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Plug-On Microphone System will work with XLR lavaliers, and with Sennheiser-wired 3.5mm lavaliers with an adapter that can convert 48v phantom power to plug-in power (such as BH #ROVXLRP).
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2024-03-21

Can I plug line level into the SKP 500?

Can I plug line level into the SKP 500?
Asked by: Robert
The SKP500 is made for compatibility with dynamic and condenser microphones. You can use the Sennheiser CL2 line cable connected to a Sennheser bodypack transmitter to be able send line level signal out from a mixer into the Sennheiser system.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2022-07-05

Will this make interference if I have the ...

Will this make interference if I have the Sennheiser ew IEM G4 Wireless Monitor System (A1: 470 to 516 MHz) next to me?
Asked by: Donnie
No, the Sennheiser EW 500 BOOM G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Plug-On Microphone System will not interfere with the Sennheiser ew IEM G4 Wireless Monitor System (A1: 470 to 516 MHz). Each system's transmitter and receiver will pair to a different frequency to use for transmitting audio, so even though the bands overlap, there should be no problems with interference between the two systems.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2024-03-25

Does this have phantom power!

Does this have phantom power!
Asked by: Steven
Yes, the SKP500 transmitter included in this kit can supply 48 volts phantom power, to mics that require it.
Answered by: Jordan
Date published: 2022-11-03
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