Sony Professional Unveils Three Hi-Resolution Microphones and 3rd generation DWX Wireless Series Now with Dante

October 27 2017, 04:00
At the 143rd AES International Convention, Sony Electronics’ Pro Audio Division introduced prototypes of three new Hi-Resolution microphones. Designed for professional studio and home recording applications, the new Hi-Res microphones are capable of extended frequency response to 50kHz. At the show, Sony also previewed its next the generation of DWX Digital Wireless systems, improving on latency, bandwidth and multi-channel density and adding Dante connectivity.

The three new microphones build on Sony’s legendary studio microphone heritage and continue its recent development of Hi-Res audio products. The side address mic, C-100 is optimized for vocal use, while the two end address models, the ECM-100U cardioid, and the ECM-100N omnidirectional, are ideal for instruments. With a body structure that prevents acoustic vibration, a high frequency response up to 50kHz and high sensitivity, the new microphones offer superior sound.

The new Sony C-100 Hi-Res Mic is a side address design, optimized for vocal applications in an ultra-compact package. The two-way structure incorporates newly developed capsules with variable directivity that deliver a wide frequency response of 20Hz to 50kHz with selectable pick-up patterns - Omnidirectional/Unidirectional/Bidirectional - supporting a wide variety of recording applications. The two-part metallic body structure succeeded the design from the popular Sony C-800G microphone, preventing acoustic vibration and resulting in lower noise and improved sound. A low-cut filter eliminates low-frequency noise and proximity effect, while a -10dB pad switch provides added headroom.
The new pencil-shaped Sony ECM-100U and ECM-100N Hi-Res microphones are solutions optimized for instrument applications, providing an ultra-compact design for uni-directional (ECM-100U) or omni-directional (ECM-100N) situations. Both models offer a flat and wide frequency response, from 20Hz to 50kHz, and are ideally suited for high-resolution recordings. As with the C-100 model, a low-cut filter eliminates low-frequency noise and proximity effect, and -10dB pad switch provides added headroom.
These new products complement Sony’s full line of professional audio technologies including the MDR Series of headphones, wireless microphone systems, and portable field recorders. 

New Components to DWX Wireless Mic Series
Continuing to improve and expand its professional range of digital wireless solutions, Sony Electronics’ Pro Audio Division also previewed its next the generation of DWX Digital Wireless, designed for theater, broadcast or other live applications. The 3rd generation of Sony's DWX series delivers ultra-low audio latency of 1.2ms with extended bandwidth and high-density multi-channel operation.

A high dynamic range RF circuit and 4 diversity antenna configuration ensures reliable operation, and the system now supports Dante audio over IP network connectivity. The new DWX components include the smaller and lightweight DWT-B03R digital wireless bodypack transmitter, the DWR-R03D digital wireless rackmount receiver, the BC-DWX1 battery charger and the ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone.
The DWT-B03R is a remarkably small, lightweight and sweat-proof bodypack transmitter, ideal for theatre, drama and movie production. It offers 148MHz wideband operation, and uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery for extended operation. 

The DWR-R03D 1U ultra-wideband 2-channel rack-mount receiver (244MHz) is equipped with Dante networking technology. Two Dante Ports provide network redundancy, and headphone monitoring with loop-thru capability. Additionally both analog and AES/EBU outputs are provided as well as AES 256bit encryption. A high dynamic range RF circuit provides enhanced performance, and 4 diversity antenna operation ensures stable reception. The included Wireless Studio software is compatible with the DWR-R03D and BC-DWX1 and provides system control and monitoring of all vital functions while the front panel equipped with two OLED displays provides direct access to menus via simplified controls.
The BC-DWX1 is a battery charger for DWT-B03R bodypacks and NP-BX1 batteries, equipped with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Users can monitor the charging status via PC software, and can also charge up to two bodypacks or two batteries at one time. The BC-DWX1 includes an interlocking mechanism which allows easy integration for storage and transportation.

Finally, the new addition Sony ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone now uses the small 3-pin connector. It provides a wide frequency response, high sensitivity, and low-noise characteristics.
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