Sony WCS-999 Wireless System

Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System

Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System

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The Sony WCS-999 provides an affordable wireless solution for video interviews, conferences, lectures, meetings etc. The package provides a portable camera-mount receiver, body-pack transmitter and lavalier microphone. The system operates via the 900 MHz FM band for resulting in high RF performance and extended range of up to 150 feet in ideal conditions. The omni-directional microphone offers a generous pick up at the off-axis sections of the microphone. A single ear piece headphone is provided and attach's to the receiver for accurate monitoring of incoming audio signal. The "Mic Mixing" feature allows a second wired microphone to attach directly to the receiver, the signals are mixed to the output of the receiver.

FM Band Transmission
The WCS-999 operates over the 900 MHz FM band of frequencies resulting in high RF performance and an extended operating range of up to 150 feet in ideal conditions.
Mic Mixing Capability
The receiver's Mic Mixing feature provides an input for a second wired microphone. The signal from the wireless lavalier and wired microphone are then mixed on output.
Microphone Power
The receiver provides power to compatible Sony microphones the require it. This eliminates the need for external batteries.
Omni-Directional Lavalier
The included omni-directional lavalier microphone features a generous pick-up pattern at the off-axis sections of the microphone.
Compact Components
The transmitter and receiver are designed light weight and compact for easy transport.
In the Box
Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System
  • Lavalier Microphone
  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Monitoring Earphone
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Sony WCS-999 Specs

    System
    Type of System Camera Mountable Lavalier 900 MHz Wireless
    RF Carrier Frequency Range 912 MHz- 915 MHz
    Working Range Up to 150' (Under Ideal Conditions)
    Overall Frequency Response 100 Hz - 15 kHz (+/-3 dB)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dynamic Range: Greater than 78dB
    # Of Channels 3 (Channel 1: 912.900MHz; Channel 2: 913.800MHz; Channel 3: 914.400 MHz)
    # Of Simultaneous Systems Up to 3
    Receiver
    Type of Receiver 900MHz FM Wireless Camera Mountable Receiver
    Type of Outputs Earphone Jack: Monaural Mini Plug
    Mic Mixing Jack: Monaural Mini Plug
    Output Plug: Monaural Mini Plug
    Headphone Monitoring Yes
    Power Requirements DC 1.5V
    Battery Type/Approx. Life AA, 20 Hours
    Display Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Mounting Options Camera/Belt Mountable
    Antenna Type Integral
    Dimensions 2.375 x 2.75 x .875" (60 x 70 x 22.5mm) HxWxD
    Weight 3.1 oz. (88 g)
    Transmitter
    Type of Transmitter Camera Mountable FM (900 MHz)
    Type of Input Connector Stereo Mini-Jack with Plug-In Power
    Type of Microphone Lavalier (Model # Not Specified by Manufacturer)
    Maximum Sound Pressure Level: Greater than 114dB SPL
    Microphone Cord Length: Approximately 39" (1 meter)
    Polar Pattern Omni-directional
    Interchangeable Mic Heads Yes, the Sony ECM-T145 Electret Condenser Lavalier Microphone, for example, may be Added for Microphone Mixing
    Battery Type/Approx. Life AA, 20 Hours
    Mute Switch Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Level Control Auto Gain Compressor
    Antenna Type Integral
    Display Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions 2.375 x 2.75 x .875" (60 x 70 x 22.5mm) HxWxD
    Weight 3.1 oz. (88 g) Including Batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.0 x 2.0"

    Sony WCS-999 Reviews

    WCS-999 Wireless System is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely worthless I attempted to use this product to record a wedding. The audio was either too fuzzy to understand or dropped out completely. In controlled tests (yes, I have access to an anechoic chamber), if you have a human body between the transmitter and receiver, the range was less than 10ft. Outdoors, in direct line of site, I got roughly a 40ft range as long as the wind did not move the microphone line too much. So, unless the camera operator is actually wearing the transmitter or you are recording someone within arm's reach of the camera, this system is utterly useless. It is cheaper and more reliable to go with a wired microphone at this range.
    Date published: 2008-07-14
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunately not what I hoped for... We were hoping to better our content for a project (* that relies heavily on video by adding lapel mics to our standard and shotgun mics and didn't want to drop $400+. After doing some research we decided to buy these Sony lapel mics but unfortunately they haven't met our needs. Their range (transmitter to receiver) is very short (20'), much less than the claimed 150'. Also, even in such short distances the audio quality isn't clear. The units operate much better when directly pointed at each other (e.g. the transmitter is not inside but outside a pocket, etc.).We plan to return these to B&H.
    Date published: 2010-09-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not impressed. If I am desperate I will pull these out of my equipment box. I have been shooting environmental documentary/awareness videos for the past 7 years. Understanding this was a low budget solution for a wireless mic system compared to what I use at a local TV station, I purchased this microphone about 3 years ago. I have used the WCS-999 system in a variety of circumstances from the middle of nowhere to lecture halls. When it does work, the audio quality is crisp and clean sounding. However, that is the key..when it does work. Range is far less than the (150' in ideal circumstances) suggested. When used in a standard shoot outdoors without any interference from other sources the range at best is about 20-30 feet. Frequent drop outs and static renders almost all spoken audio useless. As an ambient source if all you want is few seconds then it might suffice. If used indoors, there are more frequent 'pop's and drop outs from frequency interference from lights, and wireless systems, especially cell phones.
    Date published: 2013-10-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Bought mine 3 or 4 years ago. Sometimes it works great. Other times it only records on one side of channels and plays back on only one speaker. Sometimes it gets a lot of static or has dead space in recordings. In each case, there was no physical interference between myself and the receiver and I was always within 40 feet, usually less, of the receiver, so there is no reasonable reason that the unit shouldn't have worked perfectly or near perfectly.
    Date published: 2014-01-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a worthy investment I am an experienced wedding videographer and purchased this product with high hopes. It's claim of 150 foot range must be confused for inches, because standing roughly 10 feet from the couple during a ceremony with no movement produced nearly unusable audio. We were so dissatisfied with the product and would recommend anyone using this for anything other than interviews (at most) to run!! Oh, and also, I didn't notice prior to purchasing, but there is no shoe mount for a camera. Not sure how it is intended to attach, but I had to use double sided velcro.
    Date published: 2010-04-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthless Mic if you own any HDFX1 video cameras. This mic can not be used as a one stereo mic system. I got it and hooked it up to my FX1 and BAM only left side of audio recorded. I know this is a fact because I have 2 FX1's and checked them both and then I called sony and double checked. So stupid that Sony sells a very nice HD Camera with no wireless mic's to work with it. Expertise: Professional Problems Encountered: This mic can not be used as a one stereo mic system. I got it and hooked it up to my FX1 and BAM only left side of audio recorded. I know this is a fact because I have 2 FX1's and checked them both and then I called sony and double checked. So stupid that Sony sells a very nice HD Camera with no wireless mic's to work with it.
    Date published: 2007-08-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cheap mic, bad results ... More than 15 feet away, this mic drops out so often--even if you have line of sight between the transmitter and receiver--that it'll leave you pulling your hair out in post production. Put a body between the mic and the camera, and you'll be lucky to get more than 8 feet away. Drop outs occur as fuzzy white noise which is distracting and leaves no residual sound to recover in post. Also, this mic comes with a really low-quality metal clip, no spring, just a folded over piece of tin. You have to clip it to several layers of clothing for it to stay attached if you intend for your subject to move at all while recording. If you're spending $100 on a mic that you can't move which has to be 5 feet from the camera, why not buy a top-of-the-line wired lavalier instead?Also: - No volume control on either unit- No fine tuning adjustment- 3 Channels are *very* close to eachother in the 900 hmz range- Inluded mic has mediocre frequency responseThis product is really disappointing.
    Date published: 2008-03-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works great when no static Bought this wireless system because we didn't have enough money in budget for anything else and am very disapointed. I get a lot of static and it is very unreliable. When it works, it sounds good. But random static makes this a NO BUY. I tried using this for simple interviews and to record presentations being given. I was in line of sight and very close. No reason for the static.
    Date published: 2013-01-08
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    question

    will this mic system plug into my Canon 70D?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes - it will connect directly to your camera's external microphone jack.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    My 2104 macbook pro does not recognize this as a sound input. What adapter do I need?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No adapter should be necessary. On your Mac computer: Go to: Preferences Select: Sound/ Input > LINE.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    How does this comply with Australian federal frequency laws as of January 2015?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The ACMA Digital Dividend regulation only affects frequencies between 694 MHz and 820 MHz. Any systems operating within this frequency range will no longer be legal for wireless microphone use. No changes are scheduled to be made in the 900MHz band which is legal for use with low power communication devices such as wireless mics.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    My Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System is unpredictable some times it works and other times it cracks and cuts recording. Can you tell me why?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It would be difficult to determine the cause of your particular issues however, the Sony WCS-999 is a low power consumer product that operates in the 900 MHz frequency range. This frequency range is populated with many wireless products that can cause interference with this system. It works best when used at close range, and not intended for use for professional applications.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Will it work on my Samsung Galaxy s5
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Very poor mic - get interference from wireless devices, wifi, and cell phones. Get anything else, this is junk.
    Answered by: TERENCE B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    How I connect the receiver into the camera (Canon 700D) ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony receiver features a 3.5mm connection jack that will connect directly to the cameras MIC input located on the left side of the camera.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    My Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System is unpredictable some times it works and other times it cracks and cuts recording. Can you tell me why?
    Asked by: Sergio F.
    It would be difficult to determine the cause of your particular issues however, the Sony WCS-999 is a low power consumer product that operates in the 900 MHz frequency range. This frequency range is populated with many wireless products that can cause interference with this system. It works best when used at close range, and not intended for use for professional applications.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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