IBC: Sony shows new digital wireless microphone system

Sony has announced the latest evolution of the DWX Series digital wireless microphone system: the DWX-N Series.

The new system promises higher quality sound, shorter audio latency, and more reliable transmission than ever before, providing a solution that brings UHF wireless microphone technology into the digital domain.

Building on its predecessor – and fully compatible with all DWX products – the DWX-N series has been developed following feedback from customers. The new range is designed to provide high quality, flexible, and robust audio for live, studio, installation, and broadcast applications alike. The series includes the DWR-R02DN receiver, DWT-B01N belt-pack, and the DWM-02N wireless microphone.

“The DWX-N Series is our most advanced digital wireless microphone system to date,” commented James Leach, product marketing manager at Sony Professional Europe. “Developed in close consultation with our customers, we’ve not only continued the exceptional audio clarity of our previous solutions, we’ve also improved the reliability of the audio transmission. Crucially, we’ve developed a system that will easily integrate with existing live and studio workflows, making the DWX-N series ideal for multiple different applications.”

Developed from scratch for DWX products, the WiDIF-HP codec ensures natural sound is preserved while being passed through a digital system, delivering audio at a 96 KHz signal flow for high resolution audio.

A newly developed ENG-specific codec is featured for more reliable RF transmission, preventing signal drop out by interference and helping to deliver reliable transmission and provide additional error correction.

Short Audio Latency provides almost no signal delay – as low as 1.5 milliseconds from microphone input to analogue output.

Operating with a wide bandwidth from 470 MHz to 710 MHz (depending on region) the DWR-R02DN receiver is able to operate across 34 countries in Europe where this range is covered. The series also works in the USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand among others.

The DWX-N Series is on show at IBC 2015 on the Sony stand in Hall 12 (Elicium Hall) at the RAI in Amsterdam.