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About karlw

  • Birthday 10/28/1966

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    Music, good books, astronomy, audio.
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    VP of sales & marketing at Lectrosonics, Inc., classical musician, family man.
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  1. Kasey knows his stuff, too - you're in good hands. -Karl
  2. Please contact our Parts & Repair dept. and ask for Gerald. I've prepped him with your question. 800-821-1121 It seems that E01 (Europe) firmware is loaded on this unit. Yours, a domestic unit, should be loaded with one of the first four firmware versions on this page: https://lectrosonics.com/firmware/category/174-smwb-series-firmware.html There are details on that page of how to know which version you need, but if you are uncomfortable with any of that, give us a call and chat with Gerald.
  3. Yes, Vector Diversity is used when you can combine two of the channels. You can do that with each pair (channels 1 & 2, and channels 3 & 4). Thus, you could have a 3-channel receiver with one Vector pair and two channels using antenna phase switching (like our UCR411a, Venue 2, etc.) We plan to work with Aaton to make the Hydra compatible with the DSR4, yes.
  4. Yes, the DSR4 has an IP3 of +15 dBm whereas on the SRc it is +5 or so. In the scenario you described, the DSR4 (like the DCR822) should hold up better than the SRC does.
  5. New answer! The Superslot spec has the same pins carrying two balanced analog channels, and two AES 3 channel pairs. So, with the DSR4 receiver, channels 1 & 2 would be on balanced pair pins 1 (gnd), 2(+) and 3(-) and then channels 3 & 4 would be on pins 1 (gnd),, 18(+) and 19(-). This means the Octopack, and similar analog distro/slot units can support 4 channels per slot, if the receivers are set to AES outputs.
  6. The backplates for the DSR4 will be the same size as the older ones (for the SR Series) and in fact the older ones will fit on the new 4-channel receiver. They will even power it and you can get channels 1 & 2 out of them. However, for the full functionality with the new receiver (4 audio channels out via analog or AES3 on the DSR4EXT, or two AES pairs via DB25), you'll need the new plates. No provisition for direct headphone out on this unit - just nowhere to put that. No other remote control in this receiver.
  7. The question is (or should be) what's the cost per channel? $4,500/4 puts it near the lowest cost per channel available in a self-contained portable receiver. The antenna phase switched diversity (for 4-channel operation) is similar to what we've used in the UCR411A, Venue 2, etc. but revised specifically for this model. It works very well.
  8. karlw


    We have B1 units in stock at the HQ, C1 units are slightly backordered and should be caught up within a short time. Any Lectrosonics authorized dealer in Europe has access to the IFBlue units and can order them for you. Also JBK in France has IFBlue units in stock, in the A1, B1, and C1 bands. https://jbkaudioshop.com/en/search?q=ifblue
  9. Congratulations to Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett for their Oscar win for best Sound! And congratulations to all the nominees for their fine work on Belfast, No Time to Die, West Side Story, and The Power of the Dog. For all the details: https://abc.com/shows/oscars/news/winners/oscars-2022-nominations-sound
  10. There are a few operational reasons why the receiver doesn't recognize pilot tone: 1. The compat mode has changed. Make sure the same compat mode is selected in the transmitter and receiver. The default for standard US product would be "NU Hybrid". 2. If your system is in the A1 frequency band, there may be a mismatch of pilot tone frequencies if you are operating on a frequency between 486.400 and 495.600 MHz. This frequency range is common to both Block 470 and Block 19, so both the transmitter and receiver have to be on the same frequency AND the same block. 3. If your transmitter audio gain is set far too low, the receiver can squelch (mute audio) even at normal distances. Your audio gain should be set on the transmitter so that peaks in the audio trigger the -20 modulation LED to blink red briefly.
  11. The Wireless Guide from Lectrosonics mentioned above is a booklet. You may also want to watch this series of videos "Wireless Side Chats" starting with the basics and getting into advanced topics:
  12. Different genre but one of the most amazing performances of anything ever is this one of Tchaikovsky's sextet "Souvenir de Florence". Just incredible, virtuosic playing, ensemble work, and musicianship all around. Very well recorded, too - clean, clear and dynamic. Looks like it might just be the two Schoeps omnis.
  13. The V2 hardware update in the DSQD has been in place since the December 2020/January 2021 production runs. Part of the reason for the change was that we had to design out any AKM parts since their factory (for A/D and D/A converters) burned down in fall of 2020. The difference in performance between Vector Diversity in the V2 version, and Ratio Diversity in the V1 version are very subtle and will not be noticed by most users. This is because the DSQD platform wasn't designed from the ground up for Vector, the way the DCR822 was. So, getting Vector Diversity shouldn’t be reason alone for someone to upgrade their units (a $1,500 cost to replace both boards, by the way). The way to tell if a unit is V1 or V2 is by looking at the firmware either during bootup or looking at the "About" screen in the Tools & Settings menu. If the unit is running firmware v1.xx.xx then it is a V1 version. If running 2.xx.xx then it is V2. And, if you go to update a unit using Wireless Designer, it will know which version you have an install the correct update.
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