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  1. Redding Audio is now a distributor for the Cable Techniques XLRs and mini-XLRs. The good news is that since these are being distributed by Redding, you should be able to order them through your regular audio dealer. Here's a link to the Cable Techniques page:
  2. If enough of us send requests to DPA to make a flat response version of the 4080, it might happen. IMO, it would be an even more flexible tool for location sound than the 4098.
  3. The 4080 suspension is a bit different from the one on a 4099. I haven't had any issues with either. These mics being as tiny as they are, you definitely want to handle with care. The wire mesh interference tube is one of the more fragile parts, but that's also true of the 4098. The 4080 is suspended inside the foam windscreen, which, in turn, is isolated by the thin rubber struts. The foam windscreens -- available in packs of five -- are easily replaceable. The 4080 clip assembly allows the mic to swivel also.
  4. I wish DPA would make a flat response version of the 4080. It has hi sensitivity @ 20mV/Pa, a cardioid pickup pattern, and an acoustically well-isolated clip mount. Unfortunately, the 4080 has a severe low end rolloff. It's designed as a chest-worn lav, and the rolloff is designed to compensate for the proximity effect that close micing gives with a cardioid. I find these more flexible in mounting and positioning than the 4098, better isolated, and the clip is easier to hide than an attached gooseneck. I would specify a cardioid over the supercardioid as they typically have less of a rear lobe (at speed, car roofs can transmit a lot of wind roar) and a bit wider pickup pattern.
  5. Chris - Thanks for such a detailed review. Well done.
  6. Brent, Next time this happens, when you have a down moment, you might turn off the bag transmitter(s) and see if, and, or how, that affects your incoming range on each system.
  7. Even though this is a sound mixer forum intended for working professionals, we seem to get an inordinate number of questions along the line of "What gear should I buy to be a sound mixer?" Time for a bit of tough love... If you don't have enough experience to know what mic you need, you're not ready to buy one. If you don't know what gear you need to configure a bag, you're not ready to assemble one. If you don't know what you need on a sound cart, you're not ready to build one. Buying gear grants you neither knowledge nor experience. If you're serious about learning this trade, apprentice with someone accomplished. Keep your mouth shut and your mind open. Rather than asking what you need to buy to be a pro, learn to listen like one.
  8. Based solely on tech specs: When new, and if both are accurately rated, if a 520 gets eight hours, a 700 should get about ten-and-three-quarter hours.
  9. Of course. Sorry, I forgot that academia isn't that invested in the real world. Source: citation, and reference.
  10. If you're really serious about learning this stuff, spend more time doing. What did you discover when you tried different methods and materials in different rooms, deployed in different ways? Talking about sound is one thing; listening to sound is yet another. Train your brain by learning to listen. It takes years to be really good at it, but the more time spent in actual practice, the better those years will serve you.
  11. Contained within the archives of this forum there's a wealth, and depth, of information on all of the aspects of our profession that you're asking about. Many accomplished working professionals have gracefully shared in-depth knowledge gained over an entire career. You will also find misinformation added by "instant experts" who simply regurgitate things gleaned from superficial perusal of miscellaneous internet offerings. With that caveat, dive into the site and you'll find a great deal of the perspective you're after.
  12. You seem to be confusing RF with modulation schemes. The Micplexer is an RF distribution amp and it has nothing to do with what modulation is being used. As far as mixing and matching modulation schemes, just make sure each transmitter and receiver pair are set for the same modulation.
  13. If you go to NAB this year, take the connector with you and see what the Neutrik folks say. I wonder if it's possible when that particular insert was fabricated it met with more heat than it should have.
  14. Where have you seen these mentions? You may be misinterpreting the need for frequency separation.
  15. The connector can be at the large end by running a shielded cable from the front connection. Note Jason's DYI photos prior to the one Rachel posted.