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Scott Mullane

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Shure Axient
« on: June 10, 2018, 06:42:51 am »

I am considering Shure Axient wireless systems to replace my Sennheiser EW2000 and wanting to ask for anyone who has had serious experience with Axient for their impressions of the system. It seems to really have some great and unique features which interest me.

As some additional information, I am very happy with my Sennheiser EW2000 systems but am interested in the Axient features and Axient seems well supported by several console manufacturers. I have used Shure ULX-D, UR etc pretty extensively as well as all the Sennheiser systems up to EW2000 so can relate to any advice with these as benchmarks. Pros & cons...spit it all out.  ;)
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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 10:55:38 am »

I am considering Shure Axient wireless systems to replace my Sennheiser EW2000 and wanting to ask for anyone who has had serious experience with Axient for their impressions of the system. It seems to really have some great and unique features which interest me.

As some additional information, I am very happy with my Sennheiser EW2000 systems but am interested in the Axient features and Axient seems well supported by several console manufacturers. I have used Shure ULX-D, UR etc pretty extensively as well as all the Sennheiser systems up to EW2000 so can relate to any advice with these as benchmarks. Pros & cons...spit it all out.  ;)

I assume you mean Axient Digital.  I love it.  the quad receiver is amazing.  Little unhappy with the QOS display since it can be wildly uninformative.  RF can be high with low QOS.  RF can be low with high QOS.  RF low with bad QOS but lock lights are both blue.  either needs more info or better algorithm.  quad antenna mode terrific.  low power high density saved me a couple of times in high RF cities being able to stack the freqs 150 kHz apart.
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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 03:58:26 pm »

My experience with six channels and a mix of other Shure products (psm1000s and a couple of UHFR) has been flawless. Being able to scan the entire usable spectrum within workbench is great. Syncing without opening the battery compartment is really neat. The battery compartment seems a bit flimsy though and I have to run my paddles with the pad in or they complain repeatedly. Overall, great product.


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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 07:38:36 am »

Pete and David pretty much hit the nail on the head.  My only gripe is with the dual receiver, and that there is no quadversity.  The antenna inputs are still labeled like there is, and there's nothing in the manual about it, but it's only on the quad receiver. 
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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 09:05:36 am »

I am considering Shure Axient wireless systems to replace my Sennheiser EW2000 and wanting to ask for anyone who has had serious experience with Axient for their impressions of the system. It seems to really have some great and unique features which interest me.

As some additional information, I am very happy with my Sennheiser EW2000 systems but am interested in the Axient features and Axient seems well supported by several console manufacturers. I have used Shure ULX-D, UR etc pretty extensively as well as all the Sennheiser systems up to EW2000 so can relate to any advice with these as benchmarks. Pros & cons...spit it all out.  ;)
I just wrapped up CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium, where we had 16ch of AD in the production rig and dozens of channels of it in artists' rigs each day. Its performance was flawless in our high RF noise environment, with 10mW TX settings easily covering the entire end zone stage and playing field out past the 50 yard line.

A constant intermittent barrage of splatter from an errant high power PLMR repeater nearby caused frequent RX interference warnings and RF compression warnings, but the Q meters showed varying readings of 4 to 5 and their audio output was consistently pristine.

A+ grade, IMHO.

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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 09:34:55 am »

I'm also considering purchasing about 16 channels of the Axient Digital system, however I'm waiting until Shure releases the ADX transmitters before I buy.


Can someone tell me, why would anyone purchase the AD transmitters when the ADX transmitters seem to offer some important advatages?


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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 09:36:29 am »

I have a quad unit, and can only add to what was stated before.  It has performed flawlessly, although warnings do appear, there has been no drop-outs and audio has been pristine.    I am planning on adding more to my system.
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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 09:47:28 am »

I'm also considering purchasing about 16 channels of the Axient Digital system, however I'm waiting until Shure releases the ADX transmitters before I buy.


Can someone tell me, why would anyone purchase the AD transmitters when the ADX transmitters seem to offer some important advatages?


Tom
1. The spectrum repack is already happening and UHF-R is officially obsolete.

2. AD is far less expensive than ADX will be, and does a superb job as-is.

3. ADX is only part of a top-tier system that requires additional components and user skill to fully function. The vast majority of users don't require those functions.

4. Large, expensive productions that can afford ADX are often frequency coordinated events, where automatic scanning and frequency switching for intereference avoidance is prohibited.

I could go on...

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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 03:18:25 pm »

According to the Norwegian National Touring Theatre, Shure Axient is the only wireless system that works when the US or Russian navy passes by with their radar systems on.

It might or might not be important to you depending on your location.
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Re: Shure Axient
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 06:48:14 pm »

1. The spectrum repack is already happening and UHF-R is officially obsolete.

2. AD is far less expensive than ADX will be, and does a superb job as-is.

3. ADX is only part of a top-tier system that requires additional components and user skill to fully function. The vast majority of users don't require those functions.

4. Large, expensive productions that can afford ADX are often frequency coordinated events, where automatic scanning and frequency switching for intereference avoidance is prohibited.

I could go on...

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+1 I've got 20 channels of ADX in use on my current tour, along with about 54 channels of other UHF systems, and I've been quite happy with it. I also used it on several shows earlier this year and loved it as well.
The only "issue" that I've encountered is that with a large multi-zone antenna set up, you want to be sure that the zones are set up so the ADX is very clear on what zone it is operating in at any given time. Otherwise, if it is seeing multiple "A" antennas and multiple "B" antennas, it can get a bit confused and have a few drop outs. This is, of course, true for any system but the AD seems particularly susceptible to it. If you are just using a pair of antennas, or even two zones of two, as I was on the earlier shows, this is definitely not an issue.
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