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    Freelance location mixer since 1992, a few staff years at various places before that. Very happy that a resource such as jwsound exists for us all, a wealth of great information to be shared.
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  1. I call the 72mhz plug in crystal ones Gen1, had these and audio quality horrible, range not great. Model I upgraded to (late 90's / early 2000's?) was same housing but fixed freq (mine comtek 12-6 band from memory, 203Mhz..?) and colour of Rx's was grey. These have been brilliant, much better "hifi" audio quality and very good range. (I call these the Gen 2's) Not sure the actual model numbers, still use them but they locked away in truck at studio and no access while in lock down. Have a current model 216 system as well but had interference issues using it in conjunction with Zaxnet, never had that prob with the "gen 2" model. Have discovered faulty antenna connection on 216 Tx tho so need to retest after that fixed as that could be letting in the RF interference.
  2. Have 3 generations of comtek, zaxcom erx and an R1a system but currently moving to the Sennheiser IEM system. I have a block 28 lectro system with 11 rx's that I can no longer use freq wise and the cost / time of re blocking them made it not worth it. Have been using a Senn G4 IEM system for sound crew for the last few jobs as a test and they perform well so going to replace my whole system with them. The one cart based Tx can send 2 mono signals on the one freq also which is very useful also. I do really like the quality of the zaxcom system and with an amp range is ok but the with the proliferation of 2.4ghz stuff on set now I want a system that is clear of 2.4 also. Still love my generation 2 fixed freq comteks which sound pretty good (a lot better than the original gen 1 comteks) but 1 by 1 the Rx's get lost and they're not replaceable.
  3. Hi, any more recent user reviews of rfof? RF venue optix 3 etc? Thanks, Chris.
  4. Have 2 of these and after not much use the PTT switches are intermittent, they seem impossible to remove / replace / clean, any other user reviews / fixes out there..? Thanks, Chris.
  5. Good to know, maybe a faulty antenna or cable connection letting RF in. Makes sense as even with no zaxnet range wasn’t as good as old system.
  6. I have only tried a 216 system while using cart rig with 1W zaxnet amp, that sounded pretty horrendous so didn’t test nomad bag mode option. My old original 216 fixed freq comtek system works no prob with all zaxnet power options including the amp so I thought the newer 216 stuff would be at least as good.
  7. Yes would very much like to know how they improved the zaxnet range and also improved the zaxnet 2k whine / rf spray so you can now use comtek 216 Tx etc. Presume / hope they will release a new stand alone zaxnet IFB Tx with these improvements also?
  8. Got a few mozegear Qbits on a recent job when the arrri mini's latest firmware decided it didn't want to play with the zax erx TC, they were cheap and available in the time window I required, they worked, held sync and are tiny but were sometimes hard to jam and the charging led's weren't super reliable so I'd prob go another way next time.
  9. If I replace my QRX100IFB with a QRX235 will the 235's bandwidth (block20) start at 512mhz like the QRX200 or is it still at 518mhz like the qrx100? Zax specs say its 518 mhz but after a user conformation in case it is a typo..? Thanks, Chris.
  10. Is audio being sent to monitors via embedded SDI? If so a work around maybe a headphone out of the dir's hand held rig. The SDI cables are worth a dbl check, even tho vid says they all good they may not be or one may have a termination issue etc, if it's unbranded cable it may well be lacking in RF insulation. Good luck! C.
  11. A collaborative costume dept is the main tool to get the best of situations like these, plus a cast member who is open to some experimentation of mic placement in order to capture their performance as best as possible. Whenever possible try and get an early look at the costumes so you can get a jump on anything that might be a problem, in the calm of offset and less pressured time other depts will be much more open and negotiable to sorting such things.
  12. cjh

    2 person sound crew

    to coin a new old phrase: Two's company, three's a crew.
  13. cjh

    2 person sound crew

    The slower on set pace a 2 person crew work at is only half the argument, to me a 3 person crew is as much about what that 3rd person can also offer as a fast deploy 2nd boom and onset problem solver which has a direct effect on the end result of the quality and usability of the production audio. My aim is to get the best audio possible and that is always my main discussion point when negotiating a 3rd or 4th person, on set work flow speed is also a valid argument but I use it as a secondary point, fair to say that is often the clincher in terms of production saying yes. It's all project and budget specific of course and sometimes a 2 person crew is acceptable but the project mentioned in this thread is definitely not one of those.
  14. cjh

    2 person sound crew

    With that cast every single mixer who gets offered that job should turn it down until a 2AS is confirmed.
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