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Jamin Lynch

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Re: Wireless podium mic, always a bad idea
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2012, 03:38:18 pm »

If the podium does not move, running a hidden cable under the floor will be cheaper in the short term, way cheaper in the long term, and way more reliable, and way more environmentally friendly. Wireless podiums are only a viable alternative if the podium has to move on and off stage in front of the audience.

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The podium is movable. They use this space for various small events.
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Re: Wireless podium mic, always a bad idea
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2012, 03:54:22 pm »

The podium is movable. They use this space for various small events.

Does it move in front of the audience, or during set up? If in front of the audience, an argument can be made for wireless, if not there is no reason for wireless. The upkeep on the wireless system is much more technically involved than unplugging a couple of XLRs if they are worried about technical skills.

Just because a client who doesn't understand all the implications of their desires wants something doesn't mean they shouldn't be talked out of it by someone looking out for their best interests.

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Re: Wireless podium mic
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2012, 04:49:24 pm »

They have no tech person at all. I explained the pit falls of anything wireless....batteries, batteries, batteries. He said they would rather deal with batteries than have visable wires. There's a mic input  box 10ft from the podium. Oh well, I tried. I can see some call out fees in the near future. ;)
You've warned them, but I bet their view changes the first time they have a big important presenter and the mic doesn't work.

When UPS moved their headquarters here there was some press regarding conference rooms where they used all wireless mics, it may even have been the Shure units.  There was not as much press when they apparently replaced those with wired microphones within a year.
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Re: Wireless podium mic
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2012, 07:47:08 pm »

Take a look at the Spectra Pulse from Audio Technica.  The placement of antennas is important, probably one on either side of the area.  There is no rf frequency to worry about, up to 14 mics can be on one system and there are no controls except the mic on off button which can be set for push on/off, momentary or defeated.  Battery is good for 5 hours and can use rechargeable batteries the gooseneck version can use the A/T mic or a lot of others and provides phantom power.  It is available in lavalier and soon handheld versions as well. 

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wls_systems/e7dd603ca6147a97/index.html
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