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Sounds like a smart plan Daniel. The gear only gets better as time goes bye. All gear is important, but experience (booming or mixing) is what everyone needs more of. In a couple of months I'll be 40

I think it's fine. Daniel, you came for some advice and opinions, and you got some advice and opinions. Ultimately you have to decide which pieces of gear fit your budget, requirements and workflow. I read this forum because there's people here who have a lot more experience than I do and can share what works for them and what doesn't. I value their opinions and advice.

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Exactly, get the best you can afford at the time you need it.  Bigger projects will have bigger budgets that should pay you enough to either rent what is needed or rent it themselves and have you run it...  By the way, I picked up a Maxx in mint condition with transmitter for about $2400 used.  I think they seem to be out there because people get them then realize they want the Nomad with zaxnet and such and sell these...woo hoo for me!

Interesting, I was doing a live streaming event where the client wanted 5 people mic'd.  I happen to have rodelinks, but upgraded mics to DPA 4060's, so had the opportunity to rent two extra Lectro 411 kits I needed, and made the mistake of running them off of batteries (they didn't have the power supplies), anyway on batteries they only last about 1.5 hours, so during the stream the CEO's mic cut out, so very quickly I swapped him out for a Rodelink.  The Rodelinks last over 8 hours on 2 AA's, and I can't hear anything in the lectros that sounded better, granted I do use better lapel mics on the Rodelinks, but they performed flawlessly in a 70 floor office building in the middle of the day (WIFI Central).  So I'll probably pickup a couple more Rodelinks for those gigs since they have never let me down.  So sure, in tough conditions would the rodelinks survive?  I don't know.  The lectros are definitely proven, but for those who don't have the power distribution to run them, the run times were problematic for my prior lack of experience with them.

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Rodelink: sounds good (like a wire :-) and the rest of the performance matches the price - bulky, only 8 channels, slow round corners, limited range and control - but for the price, pretty good. I use the Newsshooter plug-on on the occasions i need a plug-on and have line of site or for a scratch track to camera. The plug-on TX has the very nice feature of a HP minijack meaning a boom op can at least hear what they are doing with the mic. The HP o/p might even be explored as way of making a recording direct from the TX (as opposed to a recorder like the Tascam DR series with an o/p for a radio mic), happy days - although i'm not sure a TX with an o/p for potentially a recorder = a recorder with an o/p potentially for a TX.

 

 

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