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Walter Wright

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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2008, 10:00:07 pm »

Bob Leonard wrote on Fri, 12 December 2008 00:16


On the 19th my band puts on our annual christmas party. We rent a hall, invite the people, provide the food, and have a great time. This year we introduce our new vocalist and if I get hold of an X2 in time I'll use it then.

That will be the acid test simply because the room will be full of club owners, musicians, family and friends who will let me know if my tone has gone south. We'll see, but I am being led to believe the X2 can do what I want, and if it can it will be the only wireless unit I have ever tried that has been able to do the job without tone lost.

so how does this story end? were you able to wrangle one in time?
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2008, 01:11:58 am »

Walter Wright wrote on Thu, 25 December 2008 22:00

Bob Leonard wrote on Fri, 12 December 2008 00:16


On the 19th my band puts on our annual christmas party. We rent a hall, invite the people, provide the food, and have a great time. This year we introduce our new vocalist and if I get hold of an X2 in time I'll use it then.

That will be the acid test simply because the room will be full of club owners, musicians, family and friends who will let me know if my tone has gone south. We'll see, but I am being led to believe the X2 can do what I want, and if it can it will be the only wireless unit I have ever tried that has been able to do the job without tone lost.

so how does this story end? were you able to wrangle one in time?



I have one on the way. I thought it might be here by now, so I'll send the source an email. Once I get the unit and test I'll post the review. On the other hand, the weather put an end top the gig and it has been re-cscheduled to January 9th. Maybe I'll have it by then.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2008, 08:09:37 am »

Hey Bob,

I've been looking for a better wireless and have been reading up on the X2 myself.  I've read a lot of online reviews on the X2 and a lot of people say things like "it sounds the same as a short cord" which makes me want one.

However, I've also read about some issues.  The ones I saw mentioned were:
1) Short battery life in the transmitter - 3 hours max
2) In the cheaper model - the one that goes for 299 - people are saying range may be as short as 30-35' even though the specs say 150'
3) A number of people mentioned that the 1/8" plug that plugs into the transmitter does not seat well and can become intermittent.

If you could comment on these areas when you try it out, I'd really appreciate it!  Thanks!
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2008, 09:37:56 am »

Steve Hurt wrote on Mon, 29 December 2008 08:09

Hey Bob,

I've been looking for a better wireless and have been reading up on the X2 myself.  I've read a lot of online reviews on the X2 and a lot of people say things like "it sounds the same as a short cord" which makes me want one.

However, I've also read about some issues.  The ones I saw mentioned were:
1) Short battery life in the transmitter - 3 hours max
2) In the cheaper model - the one that goes for 299 - people are saying range may be as short as 30-35' even though the specs say 150'
3) A number of people mentioned that the 1/8" plug that plugs into the transmitter does not seat well and can become intermittent.

If you could comment on these areas when you try it out, I'd really appreciate it!  Thanks!



Steve,
I'm opting for the better unit, and as soon as it comes in I'll write the review. Normally I go over cables and replace those that may be marginal or would cause problems with cables I make myself. I'll also check the distance at a gig I do on the 9th if I get the unit by then. This particular gig might well be the smallest I do all year, but the room should cause problems with any wireless not up to par.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2008, 12:26:07 pm »

Steve Hurt wrote on Mon, 29 December 2008 08:09

Hey Bob,

I've been looking for a better wireless and have been reading up on the X2 myself.  I've read a lot of online reviews on the X2 and a lot of people say things like "it sounds the same as a short cord" which makes me want one.

However, I've also read about some issues.  The ones I saw mentioned were:
1) Short battery life in the transmitter - 3 hours max
2) In the cheaper model - the one that goes for 299 - people are saying range may be as short as 30-35' even though the specs say 150'
3) A number of people mentioned that the 1/8" plug that plugs into the transmitter does not seat well and can become intermittent.

If you could comment on these areas when you try it out, I'd really appreciate it!  Thanks!




I've got the middle one mounted on my pedal board.
Finally noticed what they call the line of sight drop out by walking around some  trees that were about 75 feet away from the stage - lots of people in the way too.  The battery was on it's last light increment too if that means anything.  Yes they eat batteries but I've always heard that about all wireless units.

On the plus side...
Yes they sound just like a good wire.  Until trying this one I had never heard any wireless that felt or sounded just like a wire.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2008, 11:53:38 pm »

I received the unit today and will post a review somewhere around the 10th or 11th.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2009, 12:45:48 am »

Steve Hurt wrote on Mon, 29 December 2008 13:09

Hey Bob,

I've been looking for a better wireless and have been reading up on the X2 myself.  I've read a lot of online reviews on the X2 and a lot of people say things like "it sounds the same as a short cord" which makes me want one.

However, I've also read about some issues.  The ones I saw mentioned were:
1) Short battery life in the transmitter - 3 hours max
2) In the cheaper model - the one that goes for 299 - people are saying range may be as short as 30-35' even though the specs say 150'
3) A number of people mentioned that the 1/8" plug that plugs into the transmitter does not seat well and can become intermittent.

If you could comment on these areas when you try it out, I'd really appreciate it!  Thanks!



I got the XDSPLUS for my wife as a Christmas present to replace a problematic Guitar Bug for her bass guitar. So far she has only used it for a couple of practices and their New Years Eve gig, but she is already complaining about battery life in the transmitter. On the plus side, we both love the sound of it so the additional battery cost looks to be worth the better performance. At first impression it sounds like a cord, which her Guitar Bug never did even when it worked.
As to range, at the first practice she wasn't 100% happy with it's sound until she remembered to attach the antennas..... Rolling Eyes  It worked, but the response wasn't very clean.  I'm not too worried about range on the stages we play.

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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2009, 08:51:53 am »

This System sounds like it would be a good candidate for a high capacity 9 volt rechargeable battery. Something like this http://cgi.ebay.com/TWO-325mAh-9-VOLT-9V-9-V-RECHARGEABLE-BA TTERY-Charger_W0QQitemZ110332358003QQihZ001QQcategoryZ50603Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
or this
http://cgi.ebay.com/Smart-Parts-Lithium-Ion-9-Volt-Rechargea ble-Battery_W0QQitemZ130278997956QQihZ003QQcategoryZ36285QQs sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2009, 11:02:33 am »

David Kaiser wrote on Fri, 02 January 2009 08:51

This System sounds like it would be a good candidate for a high capacity 9 volt rechargeable battery. Something like this  http://cgi.ebay.com/TWO-325mAh-9-VOLT-9V-9-V-RECHARGEABLE-BA  TTERY-Charger_W0QQitemZ110332358003QQihZ001QQcategoryZ50603Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
or this
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Just got some rechargeable batteries and it will be interesting to see how long they last - how many times they can be used and whether I can remember to recharge them as needed.
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Re: Wireless instrument / guitar system
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2009, 05:51:52 pm »

I was told by X2 that the rechargeables don't work well with the transmitter. I'm getting 4+ hours out of each Duracell procell that I use. Not bad IMO. I'd prefer the rechargables environmentally so let me know how they work for you. The receiver really eats batteries and I use a plug for that.

Why they don't make a wireless transmitter with a place to plug in a power cord I'll never know.  Embarassed  Laughing
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