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Brian Liston

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    Madison, Wisconsin
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    Sound guy from hell. Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert. Certified Final Cut Pro Level 3

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  1. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    Yeah, I used Ultimates. Such stupid name conventions (super-mega-awesome-to-the-max). I changed the listing, and spelled out that it is a single battery.
  2. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    I ran a little test with the stuff I use in the field, configured as such. Basically none of the batteries can really get me to lunch or from lunch to wrap. On paper the SMV can, but if things run just a bit long, as they often do, that's where the Tx would die. IOW the worst possible time to die. The interesting thing was the closeness of the battery meter on the ZMT3s. They looked the same until just past the halfway point. The Watson dropped like a rock. Only flashing for less than two minutes before shutdown. I think that's why I haven't thought of the batteries as being that different. I rarely let things wind down that far. Now this next point has no science behind it. I feel like the ZMT3s loose some range at the lower end of the battery life. Several times I have experienced some dropout, when I don't think there should be. Then, a battery refresh clears it up. I also tested the drift of the Nomad Vs my Denecke Slate. It drifted by 1 frame over the 5 hours. The nomad display and the slate were always one frame off, it drifted an additional frame over that time. Naturally the slate said "Sync error 24" as it always does jamming from the Nomad (gross). It is set manually to mode "23" as it will not read the correct frame rate in auto. My quasi-scientific results are: Zaxcom ZMT3 - 75mW NP-50 Watson 800mAh 3:49 in use 2:31 to recharge Zaxcom TRXLT - 125mW AA Li Ultimate SIngle Batt 4:02 in use Zaxcom ZMT3 - 75mW NP-50 Lectrosonics 1K mWh 5:05 in use 3:05 to charge Zaxcom Nomad 12 IDX NP-1 5:23 in use 3:10 to charge Lectrosonics SMV - 100mW AA Li Ultimate single batt 6:30 in use Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Anker Powercore+ 26800 over 12Hrs, less than 20. 10:30 to charge via 2.4A 5V supply
  3. Remoting Nomads Zaxnet Antenna

    Wow, that's a lot.
  4. Remoting Nomads Zaxnet Antenna

    So the big question: Has this improved your range in any measurable way?
  5. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    I have bought several, and found their performance to be quite similar to the Lectros. :-) for 1/10 the the price. :-) Since 6 of these cost $30 it was a cheap experiment that paid off so far. Since we're talking about having some empirical evidence on the performance of NP-50 batteries, why not test them all? Like scientific and stuff. :-) I don't have the same test equipment as larry :-)
  6. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    And Larry, if you're doing some testing from B&H, could you test the $5 Watson as well? https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/836771-REG/watson_b_3705_d_li68_np_50.html
  7. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    Thanks for the reply Larry. Having only seen Fiji batteries in the wild, and no Panasonics, that's where my assumption lead me. Your batteries work great my man! I really like having a small rechargeable battery in my transmitters. I tried many different AA rechargeables, and never found a reliable option for a single battery Tx.
  8. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    The Lectros, which appear to be re-branded Fuji 1000mA , last about 3.5 hrs all 4 of them are about the same. Whereas the Watson, rated at 800mA, last about 3.0 hrs.
  9. Zaxcom ZMT3 Battery Life

    I get like 3.5 hrs out of some Lectro Batts, rated at 1K, and almost three hours out of some very inexpensive Watson Batts from B&H rated at 800..
  10. Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready

    Curtis is my guy. My happy place. Plus that bass player he had was pretty good too.
  11. Zaxcom TRXCL3

    Zaxnet RF Power output TBD. If this thing can get me some more range to the ERXs, well then I will get interested.
  12. North Korea microphone surplus.

    Those look like some Beyerdynamic 201s. That wouldn't be my first or 7th choice for the dear leader. Maybe the sound guy is in a band, and wanted to mic some drums after the gig.
  13. 2.4 GHz amp in bag

    Boy would a bag-living amp solution be cool.
  14. The new Behringer X32 little brothers

    I don't use my X-32 producer often in the field. But it performs quite well when I do. Compared to the Presonus and QSC that I sometimes use, the X-32 is a joy. the iPad software is especially good.
  15. Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 and Mix Pre-6

    @Nic Stage Looks great dude! Can't wait to hear how it sounds & works in the field.