Sennheiser launches Digital 6000 series

Sennheiser has made a new addition to its Professional Wireless Range with the Digital 6000 series of radio microphones.

The series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the Digital 9000.

Comprising a two-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack and a handheld transmitter as well as a rack-mount 19in charging unit, the Digital 6000 series will be available from March 2017.

The digital two-channel receiver works across a switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470 to 714 MHz), which is covered by three transmitter versions (470 – 558 MHz, 550 – 638 MHz, and 630 – 718 MHz). For larger systems, up to eight receiver units can simply be daisy-chained without the need for an additional antenna splitter; the multi-channel system will work with a single pair of antennas.

While switching diversity and true diversity use the RF signal of a single antenna or the audio signal of a single reception path respectively, true bit diversity uses both reception paths and combines their information content, thus creating the optimum signal.

The Digital 6000 receivers are fitted with a Link Quality Indicator that ensures that issues get seen before any drop-outs occur. If, as in difficult RF environments, the signal should get temporarily corrupted to such an extent that the transmission error correction can no longer repair it, the intelligent error concealment of Digital 6000 sets in. It employs intelligent learning algorithms to replace the corrupted signal, enabling Digital 6000 to continue transmitting.

A familiar user interface modelled on the EM 3732 receiver ensures reliable operation for the sound engineer. Meanwhile, the Digital 6000’s automatic frequency set-up function and the Wireless Systems Manager (WSM) control and monitoring software makes the job of the monitor engineer or dedicated RF engineer much easier.

For data security, a feature that is particularly important for conference and corporate use, Digital 6000 features switchable AES 256 encryption.

Digital 6000 is ready for use with existing infrastructures and equipment. Its transmitters use the same rechargeable accupacks as the Digital 9000 units and the SKM 6000 handheld transmitter is fitted with the company’s standard capsule interface. The SK 6000 bodypack can be used as a high-end solution for wireless instruments such as guitar and bass, or is ready for use with the Sennheiser clip-on microphones.

Digital 6000 integrates seamlessly into digital or analogue system infrastructures. The EM 6000 receiver is fitted with a digital AES-3 output, high-quality transformer-balanced analogue XLR-3 outputs and 1/4in (6.3 mm) jack outputs. The Dante version of the receiver offers an additional Amphenol RJ-45 connector for integration into a Dante network.

“With Digital 6000, we have brought the key benefits of our benchmark Digital 9000 system to a two-channel receiver and associated handheld and bodypack transmitters,” said Tom Vollmers, product manager at Sennheiser. “The series is an ideal choice for touring and rental companies, theatre and musical productions, broadcasting, houses of worship and for high-profile corporate customers.”