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Russell Ault

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Re: Sennheiser EW500 G3 static
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2020, 07:47:38 pm »

I used to suffer with similar static noises and occasional louder noise bursts when i used G2 wireless systems.     
I moved over shure but as I'm considering a change of my mics I had hoped the G3 and 4 would be better.   
Does the G4 have better reliability and fewer issues or is it a likely to be the same story if it's a small upgrade from the old technology.

That depends on what you're looking for (application, number of systems, etc.) and why you were having problems with the G2s. I generally consider Sennheiser G2 to be a very reliable wireless system (especially for their price) when properly setup, coordinated, and maintained.

From a reliability standpoint, the biggest change I can think of that started with G3 is that the beltpacks have a slightly different connector mounting (they don't tend to spin around when not locked in properly, which would eventually lead to failure in the G2 packs). I'm also under the impression that the G3 RX front ends have better selectivity than the G2s, but I've never tested that myself.

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Re: Sennheiser EW500 G3 static
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2020, 10:29:20 pm »

I used to suffer with similar static noises and occasional louder noise bursts when i used G2 wireless systems.     
I moved over shure but as I'm considering a change of my mics I had hoped the G3 and 4 would be better.   
Does the G4 have better reliability and fewer issues or is it a likely to be the same story if it's a small upgrade from the old technology.
It could depend on your squelch setting. IMHO, Sennheiser's default squelch settings are too low. If you weren't aware of this and never adjusted the squelch, the louder bursts could have been the noise floor breaking through the squelch setting.
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Re: Sennheiser EW500 G3 static
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2020, 08:40:11 pm »

It could depend on your squelch setting. IMHO, Sennheiser's default squelch settings are too low.

That's a good one! Even in Edmonton I find myself using at least "Medium" most of the time. Of course, if the signal at the RX is low enough during the performance that the squelch is kicking in (regardless of setting) then something is still not right...

As an aside about defaults, I always feel like, at this price-point, Sennheiser gives you more tools to use but then expects you to know how to use them ("Low" squelch is a reasonable factory default when assuming that it'll be set properly when used), whereas Shure tends to give you reasonable defaults for average (i.e. "normal") use but locks them out (as near as I can tell the word "squelch" doesn't even appear in the SLX manual).

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Re: Sennheiser EW500 G3 static
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2020, 09:41:13 am »

It could depend on your squelch setting. IMHO, Sennheiser's default squelch settings are too low. If you weren't aware of this and never adjusted the squelch, the louder bursts could have been the noise floor breaking through the squelch setting.

To Ikeís point. Many users donít consider that wireless mics have their squelch adjusted to match the little whip antennas that come in the box. When you connect your mics to remote antennas and a distro system the signal going to your receiver has changes and the squelch needs to be adjusted.
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Re: Sennheiser EW500 G3 static
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2020, 11:33:55 pm »

To Ikeís point. Many users donít consider that wireless mics have their squelch adjusted to match the little whip antennas that come in the box. When you connect your mics to remote antennas and a distro system the signal going to your receiver has changes and the squelch needs to be adjusted.

I think I would be concerned if a distro system I was using increased the noise floor enough that I needed to adjust RX squelch to compensate. Obviously more RF amplifier stages = more noise, but it really shouldn't be that much more noise.

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