• Sennheiser launches XS Wireless IEM in-ear monitoring system

    Sennheiser launches XS Wireless IEM for musicians seeking to switch from floor wedges to wireless IEMs.

    XS Wireless IEM (or XSW IEM for short) is a complete starter set for personal monitoring and has been reportedly designed to set a new standard for simple, flexible, and reliable wireless in-ear monitoring, by enabling users to quickly establish an easy-to-manage wireless connection in the professional UHF range.

    Aligned and pre-calculated frequency presets helps get musicians started. If desired, transmission frequencies can also be selected manually.

    Backlit displays on both the receiver bodypack and the rack-mount transmitter reportedly help to clearly see settings even in poor lighting conditions. In addition, the system offers a limiter to protect user’s hearing and a high-frequency boost to increase detail and intelligibility.

    For their monitor sound, users can opt for a mono mix (one mix, and the pan control adjusts the volume for the left and right ear) or a stereo mix. The latter provides two options: With Focus mode switched off, the pan control will change the left/right volume; with Focus mode switched on, it will determine which of the two input signals will be heard louder, creating a personal mono mix tailored to the musician’s needs.

    An infrared sensor helps to easily multiple bodypack receivers to one transmitter. ​XSW IEM includes a stereo bodypack receiver with in-ears and batteries and a stereo transmitter with antenna, rack-mount kit and a power supply with various country adapters.

    When starting out, using one transmitter and any number of bodypack receivers is a cost-effective way to monitor a band’s sound. At a later point in their career, they may want to create more individual mixes, and can do so by simply adding an additional IEM transmitter.

    XSW IEM retails at $929 CAD (US MSRP) plus tax, additional receivers and transmitters at $529 CAD (US MSRP) each.

    XSW IEM is available in five UHF frequency ranges which are aligned with the XSW family of wireless microphones and instrument transmitters.

    Technical Data
    XSW IEM SR Stereo Transmitter
    ​Modulation: FM stereo
    ​Frequency ranges and max. RF power:
    ​A: 476 – 500 MHz (30 mW)
    ​B: 572 – 596 MHz (30 mW)
    ​C: 662 – 686 MHz (30 mW)
    ​E: 823.2 – 831.8 MHz (30 mW)
    ​K: 925.2 – 937.3 MHz (10 mW)
    ​Switching bandwidth: up to 24 MHz
    ​AF frequency response: 45 Hz to 15 kHz
    ​Audio inputs: 2x XLR-3 / ¼“ (6.3 mm) jack combo socket, electronically balanced

    XSW IEM EK Stereo Receiver
    ​Switching bandwidth: up to 24 MHz
    ​Signal-to-noise ratio (1 mV, peak deviation): ≥88 dB
    AF output level at 3.5 mm: 2 x 1.25 Vrms at 16 ohms
    ​High Boost (EQ): +10 dB at 13 kHz
    ​Limiter: -10 dB
    ​AF frequency response: 45 Hz to 15 kHz
    ​Power supply: 2 AA batteries, 1.5 V
    ​Operating time: approx. 6 hrs (depending on volume level)
    ​Dimensions: approx. 95 x 70 x 26 mm
    ​Weight (incl. batteries): approx. 110 g

    IE 4 In-ear Headphones
    ​Transducer: dynamic
    ​Frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz
    ​SPL (1 kHz, 1 mW): 106 dB
    ​Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
    ​Cable length: 1.4 m
    ​Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo plug, gold-plated
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