Mackie is releasing a bunch of products that are sure to help you in your audiophilic pursuits, including portable loudspeakers, wireless systems, and high-quality soundbars for compact computer systems—and you can now buy them here at B&H.
First of all, let’s cover the Thump GO, Mackie’s answer to the question, “How do you make a professional loudspeaker with the compact portability of the common boom box?” The Thump GO is a battery-powered speaker with a bevy of inputs, Bluetooth streaming, wireless app-based control, and more. It might be tiny, but with ultra-efficient Class-D amplification, the Thump GO gives you clear, punchy, and present sound out of a loud 8" woofer and 1" compression driver. With different modes on hand, the speakers sound fantastic both outdoors and indoors, with different settings for different speakers.
The Thump GO is perfectly tailored to accommodate music and mic-made announcements, with features such as feedback protection to keep your listener’s ears safe from common onstage problems. You can even duck the music automatically while you speak with the touch of a button. Control the voicing and more from the wireless Thump GO Connect app. And, you can even pair the output with another Thump GO to get double output power and sonic coverage.
Next, we have the EleMent Wave System, a fantastic wireless mic system perfect for vlogging, mobile interviews, and similar on-camera uses. The EleMent Wave gives you a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver in one package, providing everything you need to cut the cord and get busy recording mobile audio right away.
A reliable, encrypted 2.4 GHz connection allows for recording from up to a whopping 70 meters, doing so for up to 7 hours at a clip off its built-in rechargeable battery. Clip the transmitter to your belt or wear it closer to your face—the transmitter has a built-in mic that sounds great, or you can opt to use the included lapel microphone. Either way, the controls couldn’t be easier: Adjustable gain and onboard mute are at the ready.
The receiver works wonders in a single-system environment but, really, you can use up to six EleMent Wave Systems at once if need be. This means whether you’re shooting simple walk-and-talks or multiple-person scenes with a very small budget, you can have access to wireless audio that’s easy to set up and a pleasure to hear.
But what about the user who has no need for a lav system—the person who does handheld interviews, or needs to move wirelessly about the stage? For them, Mackie provides the EleMent Wave XLR. It has almost the same specifications as the EleMent Wave, from operating time to wireless range. The big difference is the form factor: Plug your favorite live dynamic microphone into the provided transmitter, and it will work with the supplied receiver. You’re good to go.
Finally, let’s move on to our last piece of interest: the CR StealthBar, which is designed for people who want solid stereo sound in a space too tight or otherwise unsuitable for separate speakers. This is a soundbar with the heart of professional studio-monitoring system. Crispy highs, an articulate midrange, and impactful bass are all on offer here.
Mackie has outfitted the soundbar with three tonal presets to suit the material you want to hear better. Choose among Game, Music, and Movie to serve your predilections. Hook the StealthBar up to your computer, where it can replace your built-in soundcard over USB. Or, stream via Bluetooth. Have an old-school media player with a 3.5mm connection? The StealthBar can handle that, as well. The CR StealthBar even has its own built-in headphone output if you want to connect your headphones. You can also easily mute anything you’re listening to if you suddenly need to divert your attention elsewhere.
Whether you’re interested in the Element Wave System, the Thump Go, or the CR StealthBar, useful accessories are also on hand to improve your audio experience. You can learn more about them by clicking on this link, or by asking us about them in the Comments section, below.