Sennheiser XSW new wireless system

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bb

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I heard from another DJ they have this new system. Any users here, what ya' think. I'm debating on gettting a Line 6 or one of these, your input is welcomed.
 

Sam Whitman

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The Line 6 is awesome new technology that people rely on and I have heard great things about it. However, I own the XSW series and I love it. You get the same quality as the EW series because it's the same capsule, you just lose the channels. I have never had an issue with my mic, it's very clear and I have never had it drop out on me. Also, the mute button and bright indicator on the hand held is great.
 

bb

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What is the range, not mfg claim, but real world how far can you take it before dropout kicks in. Would you say it's a step up or a step below a Shure PGX, SLX or an AT 3000 3141b system.

The price seems attractive.
 

Sam Whitman

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I couldn't tell you real world because I have never had a drop out and I used it once in an arena. Didn't have an issue. It's definitely a step up from the PGX (what I upgraded from). AT 3000's are really nice I have used their 2000 stuff and like it but not extensive enough to tell you. 3000 is great I like it but again not enough experience.

The way I see it is Shure is good stuff but very muffled, I feel like if I talk to loud it muffles, AT I could scream into and it picks me up no matter what but I always worry about feedback (never had any though, I jus get nervous). This Sennheiser is the happy medium.
 

bb

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Do you use the XSW35 or XSW65?

I wonder if the condenser version is better when giving it out for speeches, the toast, and singers, and does the mixing board have to have phathom power for the 65 to work? I don't mind paying $50 more if the value and better useability is there.
 

dboomer

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What is the range, not mfg claim, but real world how far can you take it before dropout kicks in.
Manufacturers always have to rate their system outdoors and with zero interference as it is the only thing that is repeatable. Once you go indoors you get reflections that will change from room to room. In many ways this is like your speakers sounding different in different rooms so manufacturers always spec frequency response in anechoic conditions (which never happen in the real world).

Pro's generally cut the range number in half to provide a margin of safety but sometimes that isn't enough. It all depends. So when you directly compare two brands or models you also need to take into account that if they are operating on different frequencies that the geometry in the room is not giving you an "apples to apples" comparison. The brand that works best in room A may not in room B.
 

bb

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Good input. Guess I'll need to buy one of every system ever built so I can remain the professional I desire to be and never have sound issues at events. Insert smile.
All bases our covered this way.

Seriously though, the Sennheiser XSW35 is probably going to be on my order list soon unless I start hearing negatives about it or others say get this instead or be happier. Trying to stay under $500 per wireless system and will eventually get 6 of them once I find the one I feel great about. PGX is good but I vfeel I can do better for similar money spent.
 
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DJSTEVEZ

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What is the range, not mfg claim, but real world how far can you take it before dropout kicks in. Would you say it's a step up or a step below a Shure PGX, SLX or an AT 3000 3141b system. The price seems attractive.
I have both the Line 6 XD-V30 and the Line 6 XD-V70... I have personally taken the XD-V30 (rated for 100 feet performance distance) OVER 550 feet! ;)
The Line 6 mics I have, (XD-V30 Hand Held) have been great! The range on them is amazing! (they are rated for 100 ft., I've had mine at a measured 555 ft. without dropping out). Don Boomer has been amazing as well, offering honest advice and clarifications on the latest FCC changes applicable to anyone using anything wireless. ;)
okay... I apologize...

I blame in-head math...I re-figured my distance from the other day...it's 320 feet, (which is still amazing for a unit rated for 100 feet).

Today I set it all up outside and ran out of real estate before the mic failed to work... 555 feet!

:shocked!:



NO drop-outs, NO static, NO problems!
Ryan -I'm using both a Line 6 XD-V70 handheld with the EV settings "ON" and also an XD-V70HS headset with std settings. I've written a full report of my experiences with these mics .... which are fabulous and highly recommended by me. It's here ---> http://www.djnickyb.com/Line_6_XD-V70_Evaluation.htm I also must mention that Don Boomer has been absolutely wonderful on these boards and has provided a wealth of great and very useful information about wireless systems in general and not just pushing Line 6.
http://start.mobilebeat.com/showthread.php?53687-Line-6-Mics
 
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DJSTEVEZ

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Best price - sennheiser xsw wireless sys

Best street price I've found for The XSW 35 MODEL (Vocal Set - Handheld Wireless Microphone System, Includes e835 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter and Diversity Receiver) is $319.10, AND $361.19 for the XSW 65 Model.
 

bb

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Steve, I think you are saying the XSW35 is a better choice than a PGX but not as good as any of the Line 6 units. I think the V30 doesn't have visible anttenas but it still has great range without dropout?
 

DJSTEVEZ

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Yes, the XSW35 seems to be a better choice than the PGX.

I can't comment on the Sennheiser units other than to say I'm a big fan of Sennheiser. If it were me I would seriously check into the no-antenna thing on the XSW line. In addition to the Line 6 units being digital (a big plus in my book) the XD-V70/5 (not sure about the 30) units feature the 5 settings where each one duplicates the sound of other famous mics out there...including Sennheiser. It also comes with Line 6's own setting.

With Line 6, you have excellent feedback from peers here on the forum that have tested the distance range under real DJ world conditions as well as the sound quality. The XSW is a new line which features no antenna...about which there is little in the way of reviews, especially given any real world event applications. It may work great with no line of sight obstructions, but as you well know, a DJ seems to always face serious line of sight obstructions. If it were me, I'd be going with the Line 6.

You could always buy one of each and then just ebay the one you like the least.
 
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bb

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Actually it's the Line 6 V30 that has no visible antennas per what the up North GC guy told me over the phone. The XSW does have removable antennas. I wonder why would a DJ want a mic that does various head sounds. Perhaps an eq would come close to doing the same with any system.
 
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