NAB 2017: Shure debuts Axient Digital Wireless System

Shure has debuted its new Axient Digital Wireless System at the 2017 NAB Show currently taking place in Las Vegas.

Axient Digital builds on the features of the company’s UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems with high-performance RF, command and control, hardware scalability and ‘exceptional’ audio quality to create a system suited for all professional productions and situations.

The system features a receiver that is compatible with its two transmitter offerings, the AD Series and ADX Series, which incorporate ShowLink, providing real-time control of all transmitter parameters with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series also includes the first micro-bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort.

Axient Digital features Quadversity receiver technology, significantly mitigating the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause dropouts. Quadversity mode allows users to place sets of diversity antennas in different zones, or double the number of antennas in a single zone, to improve RF signal-to-noise in challenging environments. High Density mode increases the maximum simultaneous system channel count from 17 to 47 per 6-MHz TV band, from 23 to 63 per 8-MHz TV band.

Digital audio quality is maintained via Dante and AES3, along with a 20Hz to 20 kHz range with a flat frequency response and accurate transient response. It also boasts wide dynamic range, AES-256 encryption, and 2ms latency from the mic transducer to the analogue output.

Axient Digital is compatible with Wireless Workbench as well as the ShurePlus Channels App for efficient control and configuration, optimal spectrum management and frequency monitoring. Additionally, Axient Digital provides networked charging via a suite of high-performance batteries and chargers.

Its wide tuning range of up to 184 MHz for all transmitters and receivers covers an extended range of spectrum and simplifies inventory. Dual and quad receiver options, combined with a common receiver platform supporting AD and ADX transmitters, maximise user flexibility and scalability. Axient Digital is compatible with the Shure Battery Rack Charger (SBRC), which supports up to eight rechargeable batteries in a single, compact rack space. When connected to a network, Shure Wireless Workbench and ShurePlus Channels software provide remote monitoring of the SBRC to track battery status.

The AD Series will be available in late summer 2017, and the ADX Series will be available in early 2018, while visitors to the NAB Show can get more details on Axient Digital at the Shure Booth #C2218.