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  1. I have some KentLi PH5 Lithium rechargeables. The label says 3000mAh @ 1.5 volts. They have 3.7v cells and a stepdown that provides 1.5 volts until they die. I found that they run for about the same time as Eneloop Pros. I have a number and they last quite well - my first one died after about 175 charges. You can get a nifty 16 battery charger for them. You can also measure the voltage of the cell separately from the 1.5 volt output. They usually charge up to about 4.15 volts and shut down at about 3.2 volts. They main advantage over Eneloop Pro is the weight - they only weight 21 grams compared to Eneloop Pro 30 grams. Makes a difference if you are carry a lot.
  2. I've just completed (mostly) my conversion from Sound Devices/Lectrosonics to Zaxcom. I broke even on the change over after selling on EBay, but ended up with a little less gear! I do almost all bag work and the Sound Devices offerings were simply getting too heavy and too power hungry. I had an 833 and a Scorpio (and I had some Audio Ltd A10s). Lectrosonics was just collateral damage - I had no problem there. I now use the Zaxcom NOVA and I've got eight wireless channels (even with the Scorpio, that was difficult) in a tiny package. I've bought Simon Bellemare's skeleton 'bag' and I've adapted it to take a Hawk-Woods battery cup and I use Hawk-Woods 50Wh NP1 batteries which I already had. This system doesn't consume much power! I now get eight channels of wireless (I rarely use plugged analogue) and IFB transmission in a package that weighs less than 2.7kg. The equivalent weight from the Sound Devices offerings is around 12kg, so for me it is a sensible change. For those coming from Sound Devices, there are a couple of downsides with NOVA. I found having no top hooks to be a negative and that is the main reason I got Simon Bellamare's device. It also takes a lot of brain power to move from the relatively simple Sound Devices ecosystem to the more complex Zaxcom system, but it helps keep dementia at bay.
  3. Thanks Jim, on the basis of your post, I got Transcriptive to work inside Premiere Pro. I had previously used Dragon but it was only 50-60% acurate. Transcriptive works as advertised and is indeed over 95% accurate, even for the non-US language we use in Australia! Thanks again.
  4. I use both Audio Ltd and Lectro in bag work. I prefer Audio Ltd for sound and functionality but talent likes the size of Lectro SM single battery. I have to assume that Audio Ltd/Sound devices are working on a four channel receiver to go into their SL-2 and smaller TX. If they do come out with them, I'll be in the queue.
  5. I thought it was time for a review of my KentLi Li-Polymer batteries after three years of use. The average usage has been twice a week for three years or around 300 times each. Of the 48 batteries I have, the first two have failed, one cell failure and one regulater failure. The remaining batteries seem to still be in good condition. I like the KentLi batteries because I can measure both the voltage of the cell and the regulated 1.5 volts. They have three accessible terminals, one negative and two positive. I haven't experienced the high-pitched sound mentioned elsewhere and overall I'm happy with these batteries. On the other hand, I would guess that NiMh Eneloop Pro's would perform equally well.
  6. Variable for Amazon and unusual for Ebay.
  7. Neither Amazon nor Ebay ship to Australia. Can you fix this?
  8. Can't find it on EBay, and Amazon won't ship oseas. Can you give the EBay link please?
  9. KRF

    Camera Hops

    Timely question. Drama shoot using two Alexas. They want timecode and scratch audio on both for the rushes. I'm using Ambient nanolockits, Ambient slate and Masterlockit on SD688 also for sound report. Audio is two Lectro IFBT4 (one boom, one lavs) to SRbs on cameras. Making special cable 2xTA3 to 5 pin XLR for the Alexas.
  10. I have been using KentLi lithium ion AA batteries for approaching 18 months now. They give me three hours in SMVs at 100 with around half an hour extra. This is the same as I was getting with Eneloop black.
  11. About the same as eneloop pro. Somewhere around 120 minutes with one phantom power channel.
  12. I use Li-ion rechargeable AA batteries (KentLi) or Sony L-mounts, depending on project length. Been using the KentLis for a year now and am very happy with them. None has failed yet.
  13. MixPre 3 setup I got the MixPre 3 for small jobs and wanted a fixed setup. An SRb with battery sled is attached to the top via the 1/4 inch MixPre3 screw. The leads have Remote Audio right angle XLRs going into the MixPre 3 inputs 1 and 3 and Lectro Ratpac right angle TA3s coming out of the SRb. Input 2 is used for boom or other wired mic. An Ambient NanoLockit is velcroed next to the SRb. The whole thing fits neatly into a ThinkTank Wireless bag that fits on my belt. Works pretty well on a couple of jobs I have done.
  14. I have been using the KentLi PH5 AA batteries for about 6 months now. I get a minimum of 3hrs out of SMv @100mW. The beauty of them is that you can measure the unregulated voltage with a multimeter - the positive end has two terminals, one regulated and one unregulated. None has failed yet, so I am happy with these.
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