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    I am a Location Sound Mixer working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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  1. The hits are mot happening on the venue at the same time Larry. In fact I haven’t heard a noise like this from my Venue in Quite a long time. The Venue is flawless, but the DSQD id not. Using it as the front end, or looping the antennae threw the Venue, I get poor results. Range has not been an issue, but seems to be the antennae switching which was supposed to be addressed by the latest firmware revision.
  2. Larry, they are not ticks. They are blown out distorted audio, like snaps. The unit is still not working properly, and unfortunately it’s proven at least in my situation to be unreliable. I’m hoping to test the demo Unit that Lectrosonics Canada has to see if I get the same results. so far, very frustrating and disappointing.
  3. so far it has not solved my issue Larry. I’m very disappointed so far. I am working with Lectrosonics Canada to resolve the issue, but so far my particular Unit has been unreliable in the field. B
  4. Hey guys, I have updated the firmware through wireless designer. Last night. It’s supposed to address a bug apparently that causes the Unit to switch antennae for no particular reason. So maybe what I was hearing was an antennae switching fault. I am running the DSQD now with venue Wideband mid as the front End using the loop thru. So far so good as I am in a very RF demanding set with Star Trek Season 3 Tandem Unit. Niggles I have are the discrepancy between the battery readout. Comparing the venue and DSQD, the differences are large. One more decimal of readout would be nice, as I am used to the readouts on the venue. It would also be nice to see the External voltage displayed somewhere. Sound Quality is excellent so far, matching the Venue. More to come. Shout out to Lectrosonics Canada’s Joe Burtinski for calling down to the Mothership and talking directly with the DSQD designer. He also notified me right away about the firmware update.
  5. Hey guys, Spent the last 3 days with the DSQD in the half rack configuration, 50 feet of cable to 2 Lectrosonics ALP 620's. Very pleased for the most part, but yesterday was noticing a few things. Could have been the Ronin head, but it seamed I was getting more quick "snap" type of hits on the Booms which are Hm and HMa. The display for the RF showed no considerable loss in rf signal to indicate I should be potentially getting a hit. This happened to also the day before with a Ronin head. Day before that I had nothing to complain about, but the Ronin Head was not used. Range was on par with WB Mid Venue, if not better at times with 50 feet of cable attached to the inputs and looping into venue. I used the SMQD in a standalone configuration using two wireless booms, and two SMv's, set to 100mw. One is on the 75khz deviation, and the newer set to 50khz deviation. Display could be brighter outdoors as I'm used to the Cantar X-3's very bright and Useable screen. The battery voltage readout could be more accurate. For example, the display on Venue would read 1.45 for the AA ALK setting where the SMQD reads 1.4. In critical times I like the most information I can get from Battery readouts. It also reads the voltage lower than what the venue presents. Audio quality is the same as a Venue. I have not used the Dante in the real world but I have it connected and have tested it at home. Just waiting for the new X3's update to give it Digital gain, and Digital limiters on all Digital inputs including the Dante. I'm excited about the prospect of using Dante. Setup was a breeze and went smoothly between Cantar and DSQD. I will be spending the next week using it on some major TV productions, including the Boys, Stark Trek, and a new series called Mrs America. All very demanding productions. I hope that the "Snap" types of hits I was getting was a situational fluke, and that It can be something very reliable and robust in the field. The venue I currently own has been excellent long term, so I hope Lectrosonics is listening to this short and preliminary review. The hits I experienced, I have also experienced with My current Venue, so for now the revue is extremely positive. We also know that there is more and more lower cost wireless gear being developed for camera department, and that the set has become a RF congestion at times. Lighting has become wireless now, so this further stresses our gear. This has placed larger demands on the equipment for better range, more robust RF transmission and better reception. I'll chime in after this week, with more time with the DSQD.
  6. Thanks for all the feedback, and for such a great review. I’ll probably pick one up. When I receive it, maybe I’ll post a review also.
  7. Hey guys, looking at this 4 channel receiver for use in cart and bag. The price point is the same as buying 2 SRC’s but it has way more functionality than SRC’s. Anyone tested it? I would be using it with existing smv’s and smqv’s I would also loop thru antennas with existing venue on the cart. thoughts?
  8. Interested also in this discussion
  9. Is there a contact cleaner brand that is recommended to use on lectrosonics Transmitters? I had two of mine serviced here in Toronto by Lectrosonics and they are like brand new. What is safe to use? B
  10. My two cents as a Lectro User, and having owned a two channel hop from Zaxcom that was brilliant. It has to work. And also it boils down to this for me. Service, and Life of the equipment matter. Built quality matters to me. And also, getting a repair done fast is a must if needed. For what it's worth, I love the Lectro stuff. Sounds great It just works ALL THE TIME. I've had complaints from many many people about other manufactures who say their stuff is better because it's Digital. In the real world, no one can ever pick out what recorder, or Mic or lav has been used on a major production when simply watching, and Listening to the final product. Whether it's a Sound Devices, Zaxcom, or Cantar, or for that matter Zoom, or Lectro, Zaxcom, Audio Ltm or for that matter Sennheiser, you get really excellent quality. I really think it boils down to budget, what you like to work with on a daily basis, and what you think sounds the best or provided the best feature set for you intended use. I use Cantar X3, Lectro and Schoeps, Cos-11, B6 and DPA 4060 for the recording chain and It sound amazing. I've recorded equally great material on a Filmtech LSP4 for those who are old enough, with a Neumann KMR81 to a Betacam SP that sounded brilliant with UM200 transmitters with Cos-11. I've owned 788t which was such a solid performer. My zaxcom hop never let me down and was fantastic up until I sold it. BB king sounded just as good on a Gibson ES 335 into a Gibson Amp than say The Edge thru all those effects. If It sounds good it is good regardless of your setup. Nitpicking about khz and bandwidth is all good, because the technical aspects have to be sorted to make a great product, but it certainly is not what I would rest my case on for picking a wireless system. Two cents
  11. Good point with the contacts and the cleaning. will check
  12. I have been using the older one without issue for years. Just recently I had experience the motor boating issue. This was towards the end of the shoot day. I replaced batteries and switched from my CMIT 5u to a CMC6MK41 and solved the issue. I have to test it this weekend to find out if its an issue with the plug on or if its and issue with the CMIT 5u Other experiences with the motor boating would be welcomed
  13. I don't want to gain the HMa up anymore than I have to. It's the weakest point in the signal chain. In quiet situations you start to hear it.
  14. Cantar will most likely be the more expensive machine, but maybe not that much more.
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