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  1. Have you tried brand new AA batteries? As rechargeable AA batteries do deteriorate over the years. (however for them to go that bad in just 2yrs is outrageously fast!! But then again, not totally outside the realms of possibilities if they are low quality ones that have been heavily used??)
  2. Yup, and the same for the A20-Mini could be a game changer in terms of making the transmitter battery life unbearable or "workable". Hopefully Zaxcom hasn't patented this....
  3. Quite predictable that a Mini TX was announced! That was the biggest complaint about the A10 wireless (with #2 being some complaints about their range with whips). The only surprise is that it took so long? Perhaps the acquisition slowed down development due to the transition period. Yes, I'd also strongly suspect an A20-RX is coming? ("when" is any guess! Been slow development lately from Audio Ltd, but perhaps things are now smoothed out and underway and we can expect a flurry of announcements? Fingers crossed) But it would have to be a quad receiver to tempt me, otherwise I feel that Shure Axient Digital is seeming more attractive right now. Nearly half a grand more expensive than the Lectrosonics DBSMD. However, it is three hundred dollars cheaper than the Shure Axient Digital ADX1M. Not a third. As the A20-Mini uses 3x AAA batteries. And an AAA is smaller capacity than an AA. That's my feeling too, the run time is a deal breaker. (then the smaller minor issues like yet another new battery type, is just mere icing on the cake) Not unless that remote sleeping capability to save battery life can be totally automated (thus each time I put my 833 into stop/record, it would do the same for the A20-Mini. That would be good for scripted drama where you spend more time waiting around than you spend rolling. You'd be able to squeak out the battery life until lunch time. No good for reality tv or docos though where you spend much longer stretches rolling all the time). This A20-Mini announcement is perfect for people already in the A10 system, they've got now a TX to help solve tricky costume problems. Makes sense for them to pick up one or two A20-Mini. I'd love this announcement if I was in their shoes! For the rest of us? It's tough to see the argument to transition over to a new system with what's on offer. Maybe the A20-RX (if a quad receiver) and A20-TX (if it is only a little bigger than an A20-Mini while still being a bit smaller than the old bulky A10-TX, yet somehow gives us a lot more battery life than an A20-Mini???) will both together build up a stronger case to switch over to Audio Ltd wireless? Time will tell, am interested to see what Sound Devices / Audio Ltd will release next. No buttons, switches, or LCD display on the unit itself to set up with! I think that everyone who uses the A20-Micro will have to bring to set an iPod Touch (or similar), not just for an emergency when your phone goes flat, but even worse... if your phone (or the app) randomly updates and reveals some new incompatibility! (thus the iPod Touch at hand, which you will always keep offline, so you don't get any unwanted random software updates) I bet they will! Eventually. Probably a bodypack style receiver, just like their existing analogue prosumer G4 wireless. Shure should beat them to the punch and bring out a Shure SLXD5 bodypack receiver. They'll grab a huge chunk of the prosumer market.
  4. oh for sure, the 833 is indeed more capable than the Maxx
  5. It's definitely one of the very few areas I prefer my Zaxcom Maxx over the Sound Devices 833, it is like night & day in terms of barely using power compared to my 833 instead.
  6. What Trey said is bang on. You don't need powered antennas (although if you're going to remote them far away, it is handy) Even if using Lectrosonics SNA600a dipoles, just simply getting them up high will improve performance a lot! But even better (depending on purpose, of course) is getting shark fins.
  7. As Trey said, your only option is a Sound Devices CL12, unless you go old school and use an analogue board (such as the PSC Solice Mini). I think a better path is to instead get a Sound Devices 833 (if you can still find it in stock somewhere, as Sound Devices has paused making the 833) with an iCon Platform M+ (with the D2 display), which is what I do myself.
  8. Doubt many, if any, people are buying a brand new Nomad these days.
  9. Fair enough, there are also other reasons to go for the 833 other than just price: is lighter, more compact, and uses less power. BTW, if you haven't got the 833 yet, do it sooner rather than later! As Sound Devices has (for now) stopped making the 833, due to supply chain issues. What is the new wireless going to be? I'll be checking out the new Shure ADX5D in person today.
  10. You can record the standard 1 through to 8 ISOs as per normal (with anything you like being sent to them), but the 9th & 10th "ISOs" are via recording Bus 1 & 2 (I've taken this approach numerous times, to squeeze the max out of my 833). Thus you can't include these last two "ISOs" in your standard mix (just bring up on the fader the next nearest physical source for a rough-ish mix). As for how you physically get 10 inputs into your 833, I do that via the additional AES inputs I gain from using an XL-AES attached to my 833. But using an SL-2 is definitely another approach you can take as well.
  11. Ah yes, the ADX5D has nearly double the power consumption vs a Lectro SRc: 2.2W vs 4.2W Yup, am definitely thinking about it.
  12. Raycom has their video up now, this is the most in depth one I've seen so far (early days though!): Trew Audio also has a very brief video up: Here it is looking pretty matched with a Sound Devices Scorpio in an SL2:
  13. It is live! The new Shure ADX5D Superslot receiver for their Axient Digital series. https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/wireless-systems/axient_digital/adx5d Seems like there are a few asterisks listed here * Country-Specific Functionality Restrictions: Interference avoidance is only available in Manual mode when using DB15 or DB25 backplates with United States models ShowLink is not available when ADX5D is used with 3rd party control devices in the United States. Zaxcom patent lawyers are having a chilling effect?? Or thus perhaps Shure is just being extra overly cautious. Don't quite understand though why what would be totally fine for their rack based products, wouldn't be ok to then be in a Superslot form factor instead? I like how there is a headphone output, you could for instance have a Sound Utility bring this along and listen themselves to how the lav wiring sounds immediately after it has been done. Also helps for troubleshooting, if for instance I cease hearing any audio, it gives another point which I can check in to as to where in the signal chain the issue might be.
  14. I do the same, it's so much easier to quickly unclip from your boom when you've already got the connector hanging six inches out of your bag, rather than needing reach into the bag itself and fumble around finding the connection point to unclip the XLR cable.
  15. Pat, I'd always thought that way as well! But now I'm starting to drift in the direction of seeing benefits of going wireless.... don't think either approach is "wrong", just a matter of personal preferences. However, if I am going to go wireless, I'll want the very best. For me, that has meant for my boom ops running a Sound Devices MM1 in front of a Lectrosonics transmitter. But am thinking my next step should be a Shure AD3? No decisions made yet, still pondering it, no rush. Anybody used the Shure AD3 a lot? Guessing not too many have? As the AD3 is a very new release as well.
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