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Lee Buckalew

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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 09:59:24 pm »

Are you sure about that? I was under the impression the the 100 and 300 series EW had the capsules hard mounted on the transmitters, i.e. they could not be removed.


All G3 handhelds have swappable capsules.  We have 20 100-series G3 systems; I have swapped between e865 and e835 capsules periodically on some units.  They're interchangeable with everything up to the 2000 series; my understanding is that the big-time stuff (3000/5000 series) is different though.

All capsules that can be used on the 2000 series can also be used on the 500, 300 & 100 G3 series.  LE can not do this.  The Neumann capsules can not be used on the 500, 300 or 100 G3 without an aftermarket (do it yourself) mod.  They will work on all, as I understand it from folks at Sennheisser.

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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2011, 02:31:56 pm »

I am looking to invest in a wireless system and was about to purchase a G3 , but I thought I was going to have to go with the 500  because that was the only one that would accept the e900 series capsules. So you are saying that if I went with the 100 series I could use a e945 capsule with it ?
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2011, 03:13:07 pm »

I am looking to invest in a wireless system and was about to purchase a G3 , but I thought I was going to have to go with the 500  because that was the only one that would accept the e900 series capsules. So you are saying that if I went with the 100 series I could use a e945 capsule with it ?

yes, you could use an e945 capsule with a 100 series G3.  There are many reasons that I would not suggest going below a 300 series.  Among these would be; better sound quality, the ability to link to a computer n.etwork and use software to program the systems and monitor other wireless use in the area.

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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2011, 03:56:21 pm »

yes, you could use an e945 capsule with a 100 series G3.  There are many reasons that I would not suggest going below a 300 series.  Among these would be; better sound quality, the ability to link to a computer n.etwork and use software to program the systems and monitor other wireless use in the area.

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so there is a difference in sound quality between the 300 and 100 series ? how about the 500 and 300 series ? same audio quality ? what other features can I expect the 500 to have over the 300 series ?
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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2011, 06:46:26 pm »

yes, you could use an e945 capsule with a 100 series G3.  There are many reasons that I would not suggest going below a 300 series.  Among these would be; better sound quality, the ability to link to a computer n.etwork and use software to program the systems and monitor other wireless use in the area.

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so there is a difference in sound quality between the 300 and 100 series ? how about the 500 and 300 series ? same audio quality ? what other features can I expect the 500 to have over the 300 series ?
thanks for your help

We don't own any G3, so I can't comment on audible differences between 100-300-500, but in G1 the differences were features.  The audio and RF were identical.
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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2011, 09:14:16 am »


so there is a difference in sound quality between the 300 and 100 series ? how about the 500 and 300 series ? same audio quality ? what other features can I expect the 500 to have over the 300 series ?
thanks for your help


We don't own any G3, so I can't comment on audible differences between 100-300-500, but in G1 the differences were features.  The audio and RF were identical.

I am on vacation and am not at my laptop to access my information so am going from memory on this.

In each generation of the evolution series, there have been differences in both audio quality and features.  The main audible audio quality difference is better signal to noise as you move to the next model up.  This can be a significant factor if you are using many mics at once or are in a very quiet environment.  Since all models are cross compatible they feature the same companding and the same front end for RF. 

Features sets are significantly different.
Current generation, G3;
The number of presets that can be stored in each unit varies by series.  NOt a huge deal if you keep everything pre-tuned but, if you travel it can be very handy to have a larger selection.  Also, if you use them in different locales around a facility, having the whole facilities' frequency set, per range, pre-set can be a huge time saver.
All series are IR programmable so that each receiver can be used to program it's associated belt pack.  All settings are stored and transfered.
As mentioned, the 300 series and up offer network connection and control capabilities (this was also true of the first and second generation too, but it required an interface to interconnect the receivers and the network).
The 300 series offers a remote mute switch for the belt packs and an on/off switch on the side of the handheld.  This is programmable for different operation.  The 300 series is also available in contractor pack sets with both handheld and belt pack transmitters at a cost savings over buying them separately.
The 500 series offers a package with the belt pack and an MKE2 that are very cost effective.
All, 100, 300 and 500 series G3 offer rechargeable battery options that track properly with the battery meters and can be charged in the transmitters in the same chargers whether handheld or belt pack.
Two of the series, I think 100 and 500, offer guitar cable emulation (variable high impedance emulation) for wireless instrument cable use.


There is a very long list of differences but, again, I am not able to access all of my notes right now.

Unless cost is the driving factor I would choose/recommend nothing below the 300 series simply for the ability to connect to a network and utilize remote software.

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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2011, 10:48:23 am »

Hey Everyone,
Lee has pretty much summed up most of the features/benefits. (Thanks Lee!)  I just wanted to add that the S/N ration on EW 100G3 is >110 dB (A), and on EW500 G3 is >115dB (A).  (It's up to you if this is significant or not.)

Also, Neumann capsules are currently only available for our 3000/5000 products.  Neumann capsules for 2000 Series will be shipping in a few months.

You can certainly use the 900 Series capsules with EW100G3 Series, although the last time I did the math on the cost difference of purchasing an EW100 Series with an extra capsule versus purchasing an EW500 Series with the same capsule, the difference in price IMHO was worth the extra $ to upgrade to the EW500 system.

With EW300G3, EW500G3, 2000 Series, and 3000/5000 Series you have networkability and control options via our "WSM" program and a computer (free download on the www.sennheiser.com (The German site)). Incidently, we just released a firmware update that will allow these systems to network with each other via CAT5 (and switch) and will allow a "master" unit to send all scan information to all other units for easy frequency coordination without the use of a computer and WSM.

I hope this helps clarify some of the questions.

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Re: Best Wireless Handheld Systems
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