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I have to admit that I don’t really get it. I suppose the smaller size would be nice for on-camera hosts or the like. 
 

Will this be able to tune to different modes? I could see this functionality be nice for a utility wiring off at the campers. If one were able to tune talent Tx directly, and have these frequencies saved for immediate recall, it would be a nice extension of the R1a. 

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I think I've had my R1a's set to the same frequency for probably 5 years now so not having a screen has never been a problem.  Maybe the headphone output is hot enough to be used as a decent hop / change out the battery at lunch?  I just hope they keep making the R1a's as I can have those things last all day on rechargeable lithium 9v and clients have never complained about the size.

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Real question is: how do they sound?  Lots of people have been using other solutions to the R1a such as a Sennheiser IEM. If these sound better, then I’m interested. 

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Greg - apparent beta testers on the Lectro FB forum say they sound great- but it seems to be comparable with the old R1a receivers with a slightly better noise floor.  

Wyatt - only compatibility mode is IFB.

I usually use my R1a receivers for at least a couple channels of receiving on the shows I do.  I also travel frequently so the more frequency spectrum of the M2R is attractive when used in analog IFB mode.  Both M2R and R1b could use some preset features or feature additions IMHO.  Personally I think I may just ride out my B24 R1as until the FCC deadline here in the US (which shouldn't be hard given the current lull in shooting).

My current questions would be about the potential update of preset features and also how the VHF versions do with distance given the transmitters can only do 50mW max?  If they released a multichannel analog IFB transmitter that would help sway me as well.

 

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If they could receive digital hybrid mode that would be a great upgrade. But it seems that they don’t. So unless the wideband is really useful for you I don’t really get it. 

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I’ll expand for the folks at Lectro. 
 

The small footprint is a nice upgrade. Wideband also nice. Unless they can go a full day without changing batteries they’re not a competitor to comtek. I don’t want to use lithium’s in r1a’s so that’s a no go as well. Rechargeable’s in r1a’s you’d have to swap at lunch. I am looking for a full day on a rechargeable battery. If you made a slightly larger version that fit two LB-50 I’d be interested!
 

Give me a reason to shift from comtek! 

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Being that the majority of my work is commercials where I continually put out 20+ comteks per shoot day the last thing I want to think about is replacing batteries on receivers half way through the day so this new IFB certainly doesn't fit the bill for me regardless of how it sounds. 

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