CINCINNATI, OH – Tri-State Audio-Visual Company installed MIPRO ACT 2400 Series wireless microphones inside the Queen City Metro Conference Center

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Queen City Metro Conference Center Thrives
with MIPRO ACT 2400 Series Wireless Mic System 2.4 GHz system utilizes 20 Channels

 

 

Cincinnati, OH – April 2017… Operated by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transportation Authority (SORTA), the Queen City Metro Conference Center serves as SORTA’s boardroom / meeting space. With seating for approximately 150 people, the facility recently underwent a sound reinforcement system upgrade to ensure better audio quality. A significant part of the new sound system includes 20 channels of 2.4 GHz wireless microphones—a surprisingly high channel count in that frequency band —all drawn from the MIPRO ACT 2400 Series catalog, which is distributed throughout North America by Avlex Corporation of Kansas City, MO.

Cincinnati-based Tri-State Audio-Visual Company, an AV design / build firm actively involved in the education, commercial, and government markets, was contracted to design and deploy the new sound system at the Queen City Metro Conference Center. Bruce Bock, the company’s president, handles both sales and system design for his company. After consulting with SORTA management to determine the requirements of the project, Bock deployed twenty channels of MIPRO wireless microphones—utilizing ACT-24TC 2.4GHz Digital Bodypack Transmitters and BC-100 Wireless Boundary Mics, used in conjunction with MM-202B gooseneck microphones on the transmitting side of the equation. On the receiving end, Bock and his team deployed five MIPRO ACT-2414A 2.4GHz Quad-Channel Receiver systems plus a MIPRO AT-24 2.4GHz Receiving Antenna placed above the room’s drop ceiling to aid with signal reception. He discussed the project.

“We were called to replace 12 existing wired gooseneck microphones,” Bock explained. “Originally, we were going to go use just the BC-100 boundary mics, but the facility’s HVAC system and the way it was configured made it really unfriendly to boundary mics. This forced us to re-evaluate the choice of equipment and, with help from the Avlex team, we came up with a solution that incorporated both the ACT-24TC 2.4GHz Digital Transmitters and BC-100 Wireless Boundary while adding the MIPRO MM-202B gooseneck mics.”

MIPRO’s BC-100 boundary mic is designed to house the ACT-24TC 2.4GHz Digital Bodypack Transmitter—thus creating a wireless boundary microphone. With the addition of the MIPRO MM-202B gooseneck microphone, the system transforms into a wireless gooseneck microphone system, making it an excellent choice for boardrooms, conference centers, schools, government facilities, houses of worship, and other installed sound applications. This is the solution that Bock and his team deployed at the Queen City Metro Conference Center.

“We installed the goosenecks and it all worked perfectly,” Bock reports. “After hearing and seeing how well the MIPRO equipment worked, the CEO then asked if we could add another 8 mics. I checked with Avlex and was told about the other available frequency sets that could be used. We took another receiver to the location, tried it and it worked perfectly. We were initially concerned about the high channel count and RF interference because the conference center is located across the street from the Federal Building, which has all sorts of wireless equipment in use. Even with all the RF frequencies in the immediate area, the 20 channels of MIPRO equipment performed beautifully—free from any interference at all!”

With the plethora of 2.4 GHz wireless technologies in use today, the possibility of RF interference is a common challenge when deploying wireless microphone equipment—particularly high channel density applications in metropolitan areas that must contend with routers, WAP’s, radio, shortwave, cell service, and a multitude of additional wireless technologies. Because of this, questions routinely arise during installation of wireless systems. Hence, quality customer and technical support services are crucial. In this regard, Bock rates Avlex’ support services best in class. “When we were asked to add the additional mics, I was concerned about the possibility of RF interference, so I contacted Todd White, our Avlex / MIPRO distributor. He, in turn, went to Fred Canning at Avlex who took the question to MIPRO engineering. They came back with the answers within 48 hours, telling us how to configure the various settings. I was very pleased with the way our concerns were addressed.”

The Queen City Metro Conference Center’s new sound system was installed during March 2018 and was placed into service immediately. Since that time, Bock reports his client is very pleased. “There was a major Board meeting recently that used all the microphones. Our customer called and said everything went perfectly. Everyone was pleased with the quality of the sound and the system’s ease of operation. I chose the MIPRO product because the customer was looking for a solution at a price point that wasn’t prohibitive. The acid test was the day we installed and turned everything on. The customer was in the room when we made all the mics hot for the first test. Everything worked—no interference, no crackle, and no buzz. The equipment just came on and worked flawlessly!”

To learn more about Tri-State Audio-Visual Company, visit the company’s website at www.tristateav.com.

MIPRO adds Dante® Options and Expands 8 Series Product Line with New ACT-848 Receivers

MIPRO 8 Series Dante Digital Wireless

ACT 7 and 8 Series gain audio networking feature in Dual and Quad variants

Kansas City, MO – November 2017… Avlex Corporation, the North American distributor of MIPRO products and the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, is pleased to announce that Dante audio networking capability has been added to select MIPRO wireless products. This new feature is available on two ACT 7 Series wireless receivers as well as the dual channel variant of the company’s ACT 8 Series product line. Additionally, the MIPRO ACT 8 Series product line has been expanded with the introduction of the new ACT 848 Digital Wideband Encryption-Capable Quad Channel Receiver—available in both standard and Dante-equipped versions.

In the ACT 7 Series product line, the ACT-72 Dante Enabled UHF Dual-Channel Wideband Wireless Receiver and ACT-74 Dante Enabled UHF Quad-Channel Wideband Wireless Receiver join the existing 7 Series UHF wireless receiver systems. MIPRO’s ACT 7 Series are premium analog wireless systems that operate across 72 MHz of bandwidth and offer 2,881 selectable frequencies with presets that allow up to 48 channel simultaneous operation. The choice of either rechargeable or AA powered transmitters is available for these models.

The MIPRO ACT 8 Digital Series wireless systems now also offer customers a Dante capable version of the ACT-828 Dual Channel Receiver. Another addition to the MIPRO ACT 8 Series is the ACT-848 Digital Quad Channel Receiver, which is also available in a Dante version. In addition to the availability of Dante audio networking functionality, the ACT-848 Quad Channel Receivers are true digital wireless receivers offering Digital Diversity Receiving Technology with available 256-bit encryption. MIPRO’s Digital Diversity Receiving Technology utilizes two receivers in each wireless channel, each tied to its own antenna. Unlike competing wireless systems that use multiplexing between the A and B antennas, depending which one has the best overall average signal, the ACT 8 Series uses antenna summing, creating a mix of the best parts of both antennas in real time, which results in the most saturated signal available.

Like the ACT-828 dual channel wireless receivers, the ACT-848 operates across 64 MHz of bandwidth while offering 2,561 selectable frequencies. Both the Dante-equipped and standard ACT-8 Series systems offer 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz frequency response and a dynamic range > 115 dB. Both systems utilize a full-color vacuum fluorescent display for crystal clear visual feedback of the various system parameters. All 8 Series wireless systems feature rechargeable transmitters and smart charging cradles.

Fred Canning, National Sales Manager for Avlex Corporation, commented on the addition of Dante audio networking to the various MIPRO ACT Series products and the introduction of the ACT-848 receivers, “Dante has proven itself to be one of the most beneficial audio technologies of recent years, as it enables vast amounts of material to be transmitted over a single wire, thus eliminating the cable clutter so common to large venue audio projects. With the addition of Dante to the MIPRO ACT 7 and 8 Series receivers, audio professionals now have the choice of analog or true digital wireless systems that greatly minimize the number of cables feeding mixing consoles and other equipment. The new ACT-848 Dante-equipped receiver adds 4-channel capability to the 8 Series line, so audio pros now have a solid range of choices. I’m confident these Dante-equipped receivers will be well received.”

MSRP pricing for the Dante-equipped MIPRO ACT-72 Dual-Channel and ACT-74 Quad-Channel UHF wireless receiver systems is $900.00 and $1,520.00. MSRP for the MIPRO ACT-828 Dante Digital Encryption-Capable Dual Channel Wideband Wireless Receiver is $985. MSRP for the ACT-848 Dante Digital Wideband Encryption-Capable Quad Channel Receiver is $1,640.00. All products are available now.

 

TM58′s are here !

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The greatly anticipated Superlux TM58′s are here ! 

The TM58 is a dynamic vocal microphone at an exceptional value which provides the dependable performance needed for stage, recording, and installed sound environments. These are available to our dealers and contractors in single piece as well as case quantities and are individually packaged for re-sale just in time for the holidays ! 

600MHz FCC Update

The FCC has set a date for discontinuation of 600MHz usage for all of us:

This Consumer Disclosure requirement is set forth in Sections 74.851(l) and 15.37(k) of the Commission’s rules. It is applicable to persons who manufacture, sell, lease, or offer for sale or lease, wireless microphone or video assist devices — either (a) wireless microphones or other low power auxiliary stations (“wireless microphones”) or video assist devices, authorized pursuant to Part 74, Subpart H of the Commission’s rules, or (b) unlicensed wireless microphones authorized pursuant to Section 15.236 – to the extent that these devices are capable of operating in the 600 MHz service band (617-652 MHz / 663-698 MHz). This disclosure informs consumers that wireless microphone users must cease any wireless microphone operations in the 600 MHz service band no later than July 13, 2020. In addition, in many instances they may be required to cease use of these devices earlier if their use has the potential to cause harmful interference to 600 MHz service licensees’ wireless operations in the band.

The full update can be found here.

What does this mean for all of us in the audio industry?  The 600-band is gone as of July 13, 2020.  And depending upon your install and usage locations, you may experience issues due to T-Mobile’s purchase (as well as other wireless providers) of a large portion of the 600-band for cell phone usage before the July 2020 date. 

Don’t get caught by surprise!  The change is coming!      

Introducing the MIPRO TA-80 Plug-In Transmitter

TA-80Compatible with all 8-Series receivers, the TA-80 turns your favorite handheld microphone into a true digital wireless system and produces the full frequency response and natural sound of any premium wired microphone surpassing the traditional characteristics of analogue systems.

The TA-80 has a flat and wide frequency response, ultra-low THD and noise floor, fast transient response, strong anti-interference, and high S/N ratio. The TA-80 also features 8 gain levels and is switchable between 12 and 48 V, up to 10 mA current load, to provide phantom power for condenser microphones. The phantom power can be switched off for dynamic microphones.  

These transmitters are rechargeable with a single charge lasting 5 – 8 hours.  Each includes a 1CR18500 lithium battery and full system purchases will include an MP-80 charging station.

The TA-80 and 8-Series receivers are in stock and shipping now!  

Cirque Italia, MIPRO 7-Series and a Whole Lot of Water

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Introduced in June 2016, our rechargeable transmitters for 7-Series have been steadily making waves in the A/V community and our friends at Sound Concepts, Inc have utilized them in an unexpected application:  Cirque Italia’s traveling water circus!

Cedar Rapids, IA – April 2017… As the first traveling water circus in the US, Cirque Italia’s stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid which lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing water to fall like rain from above as fountains dazzle below. This incredible show takes place under a majestic white and blue big top tent. With clowns and a laser show among the numerous performances, there is plenty to see in this captivating show. Wireless microphones are an integral component of Cirque Italia and, to ensure the best possible wireless audio performance, the show relies upon the state-of-the-art capabilities of wireless transmitters drawn from the MIPRO 7 Series catalog—distributed throughout North America by Avlex Corporation.

Sound Concepts, Inc, a leader in sound, video, and lighting installation, design production, and rental services, was recently contracted to outfit Cirque Italia with several new wireless microphone systems. After speaking with Cirque Italia management to determine their requisites, Marvin Smejkal, Sound Concept’s owner and system designer, decided to outfit the organization with a MIPRO ACT-70HC Wireless Rechargeable Handheld Microphone and three MIPRO ACT-70TC Wireless Rechargeable Bodypack Transmitters for use with earset microphones plus an ACT-74 UHF Quad-Channel Wireless Receiver.

“With water seemingly everywhere on this show, it was crucial that the wireless systems not only exhibit rugged build quality, but robust transmission capabilities as well,” Smejkal explained. “Equally important, the beltpack transmitters had to be small so as not to interfere with the performers’ ability to move freely. Yvinsön Acerö, who serves as a clown, uses the MIPRO ACT-70HC handheld transmitter while other performers use the ACT-70TC bodypack transmitters with earset mics.”

“All of the performers have a lot of active moments during the show,” Smejkal added. “They are often swinging, spinning, bouncing, or hanging upside down while talking or singing. The MIPRO ACT-70TC bodypack transmitter is very compact—making it ideal to fit into the costumes. Equally important, the transmitter’s extreme durability is critical, given the demanding environment they are in. The rechargeable batteries deliver very impressive longevity. These transmitters are used an average of eight shows a week. It’s also worth noting that the mute buttons on the transmitters get a good workout since the show runs with very few technicians behind the scenes, so the performers are constantly operating these as they pass the systems from one performer to another.”

Due to the non-stop action on stage and the various fountains and other aspects of the show, the ability to ensure robust wireless signal transmission was a major concern during the design phase of the Cirque Italia’s new wireless system. Smejkal described the setup using the MIPRO ACT-74 UHF Quad-Channel Wireless Receiver, “Because of the size of the tent and the large aluminum structures everywhere, we decided to augment the ACT-74 UHF receiver’s two standard whip antennas kept at the mix position with two additional whip antennas, which are positioned on stands closer to the action. This approach ensures that signal remains strong regardless of where the actual mic transmitter happens to be. This system has over 400 selectable preset frequencies in 15 groups across an ultra-wide bandwidth over 72MHz, so finding and locking in clear, open frequencies—no matter where Cirque Italia may happen to be performing—is quite easy.”

Given the sophistication of today’s wireless microphone systems, questions inevitably arise. In this regard, Smejkal was very impressed with the customer and technical support services of Avlex Corporation. “Avlex has always had great customer support,” he said. “On the rare occasion when we have operational questions, they are always quick to respond. The fact that they are centrally located in Kansas City, Missouri for quick shipping just about anywhere is another benefit and the staff is both knowledgeable and efficient.”

Cirque Italia’s new MIPRO wireless system has been operational since February and Smejkal reports that the equipment has been working really well, “The system has proven to work very well for our client. The ease of using the mute function has proven very beneficial. Having the performers control their own mutes saves the multitasking technician responsible for lights, sound, sound effects, and live show announcements from having to keep track of them. The system’s long battery life, seamless operation, and easy adjustment of squelch and gain keeps the show running smoothly all the time. It’s been a win-win for all.”

To learn more about Cirque Italia, visit http://cirqueitalia.com/. For information about Sound Concepts Inc., go to http://soundconceptsinc.com/.

2016: It was actually a very good year!

2016 was an odd one.  It seemed to be far more dramatic, painful and full of loss than the typical calendar year and I would imagine that you, like me, are ready for 2016 to get lost.  But behind all the garbage (and pending FCC changes) that filled our lives this year, your favorite audio manufacturers have been churning along and producing some GREAT, innovative gear for the retail and contractor markets.  

Here’s a recap of what Avlex released in 2016:

 

Rechargeable Transmitters for MIPRO ACT 7-Series and ACT 8-Series

You asked for them, MIPRO provided.  These transmitters use field-replaceable Lithium 18500 rechargeable batteries and utilize the innovative MP-80 charging station!  On a full charge, these transmitters will run for 13 hours or more and can be recharged with the MP-80 in 4 hours!  While we have stock, we’re providing free MP-80 charging stations with the purchase of complete 7-Series and 8-Series systems – contact us (or your friendly sales rep) for details!

MP-80 Charging Options

 

MIPRO 2400-Series Digital Wireless

The 500-band is saturated and the FCC isn’t going to make it any easier on all of us.  So we now offer the alternative of MIPRO’s latest wireless series:  The 2400-Series.  Want to know how it works and why it’s not your standard 2.4GHz wireless?  Check out our blog post where we explain the how/why/what.  

The 2400-Series is conveniently packaged in retail-ready packaging as complete systems including receivers, transmitters and lapel mics (where applicable).  They’re available in single and dual-channel configurations and this series also uses the MIPRO MP-80 charging station.  These are also included with each system!

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Tour Guide, Language Interpretation and Assisted Listening Systems

This is a series that you need to be aware that we have.  Every contractor in the US has that one worship install that requires an assisted listening system and many of you who do highly specialized installs come across applications that require a tour guide system, a language interpretation system or an assisted listening system as well.  We have them.

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These systems can be customized to suit your needs.  Are you running walking tours?  We have wireless transmitters that are compact, lightweight and easy for your guides to use.  Are you providing hearing assistance for parishioners?  The MTS-100 stationary transmitter combined with either our AA-powered or rechargeable transmitters (and headsets or earbuds) can provide clear audio for anyone who needs it.

My favorite part of these systems are the cases.  These cases not only store your tour guide gear but they sync and recharge all of it.  And they look pretty hot.  We offer a 12-slot and a 28-slot version (as well as a 4-slot station); just load it in, set it up and go!  

Winter NAMM is coming and we will be showing off new product, as always.  Check in with us in the next couple weeks for our new NAMM offerings!

Thanks to all of our Dealers, Contractors, end users and Reps for a fantastic 2016!  Let’s hope 2017 is a lot brighter, less chaotic and we can all focus on what we do best:  Audio.

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Why choose MIPRO’s 2.4GHz wireless?

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The short answer:  It’s better.  This isn’t your typical 2.4GHz wireless.

The long answer:  The MIPRO half-rack single and dual-channel digital receivers employ a Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology utilizing 4 frequencies for each channel in an adaptive tracking algorithm that avoids interference from 2.4 GHz products on channels 1, 6, and 11.  These systems also employ dual-tuner true digital diversity reception and deliver 12 compatible simultaneous channel operations at receiving distances up to 100 meters (330 ft.) with no signal dropouts.

What does all of that mean?  We have some handy charts for the visual learners:

2.4GHZ Freq Diag

The 2.4 GHz band is a band of frequencies like any other RF band.  It covers frequencies from 2.4 to 2.473 GHz.  This band is divided up into channels that are 22MHz each. 

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You will notice that all of the channels except 1, 6 & 11 overlap each other.  

As we all know, users don’t need a license to operate in the 2.4GHZ range; it’s free to use which makes it very attractive to gadget-makers. So as a result there is a TON of stuff out there operating in this band.

Think: Routers WAPs, microwaves cordless phones, remote thermometers, wheel alignment machines, baby monitors, wireless comm sets, Bluetooth devices, car alarms, video devices, ZigBee devices and sensors, Wireless USB, remote digital thermometers, garage door openers… You get the idea right?

And… all of these gadgets operate on channels 1, 6 & 11.  So a large percentage of all the interference out there is found on channels 1, 6 & 11!  MIPRO’s system is the only 2.4 GHz product that can operate high channel counts in heavy 2.4 interference areas.  MIPRO’s adaptive tracking algorithm and 4 frequency spread spectrum technology delivers the range, signal stability, and channel density in a reliable and economical true digital wireless solution.

MIPRO’s 2.4GHz wireless systems are available in single and dual-channel configurations featuring rechargeable handheld, bodypack and guitar transmitters. Charging stations are included with each system!  

It’s the best 2.4 GHz wireless on the market today!