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Derek H

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  1. Still waiting for someone to beat the original Lectro SM… they nailed it with that one. All core functionality completely solid… range, size, durability, ease of use, battery life. Total professional piece of gear. Even Lectro can’t beat it. Seems like everyone is designing new products to impress with bonus features but fail when it comes to meeting the core functionality of the previous generation. you’re describing Zaxcom’s power roll feature to a T.
  2. That’s true. I don’t think that would add back a lot of runtime but we’ll see what they say.
  3. I read it in the user manual for the unit. None of the press releases mentioned runtime so I figured it must be abysmal.
  4. 2:50 continuous transmit runtime at 40mW… 3hrs if you use lithium AAAs
  5. I think using some sort of spacer that allows an air gap around the recorder but still lets you to snug it in tight in a bag would be best. I think trying to couple an actual heat sink to the surface of the recorder could work if you somehow manage to do a professional job attaching it but more likely the result would be to make the heat dissipation worse. Since it’s an irregular surface and not designed at all for having a heat sink applied I would not even try. Too much margin for error. Unless you take the panel to a machinist and get it ground down to a mirror like finish and then use thermal adhesive… or really if you were going down this path it would be better to have a new panel machined that has the heat sink integrated in the design. If it were really necessary Sound Devices would have done it already. I’m guessing they decided that keeping the same form factor as the previous recorder was more important for sales and user happiness than designing a box that runs a few degrees cooler. It seems like they’re designed to run hot. Even when installed in a rack with plenty of airflow all around the case is still hot to the touch. This is one area where Zaxcom deserves a nod. Somehow all of their machines seem to sip power and run cool. Wonder what the difference is.
  6. I think you’ll just have to buy a few feet of a few different kinds and try it out yourself. I like the matte durable jacket of 1804a but the shielding is not the best. But it is quad so kind of a trade off. Reel system? Now that’s interesting. Will it be spring loaded/self winding or more like a fishing rod?
  7. That cable you linked to is worth a try. It’sa more elaborate solution than what I proposed. If you have a buddy with a soldering iron just try modifying one of your existing XLR cables.
  8. Try getting a cable that has pin 1 and the shell tab grounded together at the mic end or both ends. I found that with my brand new (2019) MKH50s they needed to use cables wired this way to avoid some fluorescent light related interference on set. It didn't sound like your sample but certainly worth a try. Another idea.. make sure the 10 dB pad isn’t on. If it is maybe that’s just what the Sony adapter noise floor sounds like.
  9. Totally depends on what kind of work this person is doing. If you want just a few solid wires in a small doc bag 822 or SRc might be the best choice even if you need a couple of them. You don’t need to worry about things like antenna distribution for that kind of setup.
  10. Look at the UCR822 as well for a more advanced two channel receiver. Which transmitter really depends on a lot of things. Do you prioritize size or battery life mainly. Want to stay on the legacy analog digital hybrid system or try out their new all digital stuff?
  11. Polyfuse ratings could be a whole discussion all on it’s own. If you read the spec sheet they have a lot of grey area in regard to when they’re actually going to “trip”. For example you might choose one with a 12 amp rating and assume it’s going to trip right at 12 amps but they’re thermal devices so if the box you put it in generates heat then you need to look at the derating curve and see how that effects the current hold and trip specs.
  12. Pretty much all new digital transmitters on the market are 50mW max. Not saying it’s not a bummer but 50mW is looking like the standard going forward.
  13. Thanks for the report, John. I’m curious, did you notice any improvement in sound from lavs with a full 5V?
  14. What is the current status of the DME band in the UK? This blog post is from 2019. Still only able to license in the UK?
  15. A lot of these on Amazon are powered by USB so easy to work with 12V or AC. THEY ARE CHEAP. In all ways.
  16. Yeah this shouldn’t be hard to find something you like. I got something like this recently. https://www.amazon.com/BZBRLZ-Brightness-Adjustable-Eye-Caring-One-Button/dp/B07PKKM4B1/ref=mp_s_a_1_12?dchild=1&keywords=led+articulating+work+light&qid=1618610607&sprefix=led+artic&sr=8-12
  17. I don’t see why a new SR is needed. If Lectro could have made the 822 smaller or made it 4 channels they would have. Not a fair comparison to look at what Wisycom did with a completely analog system and expect Lectro to shoehorn their newest digital system into the same. I only have one slot mount receiver, never used it plugged into any kind of slot, and I don’t see the point anymore. I know there are a lot of convenient accessories out now for slot mount but to expect it to go on forever is very much the tail wagging the dog.
  18. 4:45 on a lithium for the single AA?
  19. I think this is a stock 80/20 part. The axle is probably custom though.. Also Google pillow block bearings.
  20. It’s pretty flexible. You can choose what source from the individual inputs or select the mix bus as the source and you can attenuate the output independently of the source or mix level.
  21. Yes this would be great. But they’ve all opted for app control which is more useful in some ways but problematic in others. you have to commend Aaton for choosing a design that doesn’t need an app to augment the display or controls.
  22. A bit of a tangent here but I don’t believe you need to be “all-in” on Zaxcom to choose to use one of their recorders. I actually think Zax would be better off if they shifted their focus away from this all in one integrated approach they’ve been pushing. I think it’s likely a big turn off for a lot of potential customers.
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