NAMM 2018: Sony Highlights Latest Microphones

At Winter NAMM 2018 (booth #10720), Sony’s pro audio group is showcasing its latest developments in microphone technology – from the third generation of the DWX wireless series to the latest high-resolution microphones. Designed for professional studio and home recording applications, Sony’s three new ultra-compact High-Resolution microphones build on Sony’s legendary studio microphone heritage and continue its recent development of Hi-Res audio products. 

The new Hi-Res models include a side address mic, C-100, optimized for vocal use, and two end address “pencil” models (one cardioid: ECM-100U and one omnidirectional: ECM-100N), both ideal for instruments.  With a body structure that prevents acoustic vibration, a high-frequency response up to 50kHz and high sensitivity, the new microphones are designed to offer unrivaled sound quality.

C-100 Hi-Res Mic (Side Address) – for Vocal Applications

  • Supports Hi-Res recording (~50kHz) in an ultra-compact package
  • Two-way structure incorporates newly developed capsules with variable directivity that deliver a wide frequency response of 20Hz to 50kHz
  • Selectable pick-up pattern (Omni/Uni/Bi) supports a wide variety of recording applications
  • Two-part metallic body structure succeeded from the C-800G microphone prevents acoustic vibration resulting in low noise and clear sound
  • Low-cut filter eliminates low-frequency noise and proximity effect
  • -10dB pad switch provides added headroom

ECM-100U and ECM-100N Hi-Res Mic (End Address) – for Instrument Applications

  • Ultra-compact with a choice of two models: Uni-directional (ECM-100U) or Omni-directional (ECM-100N)
  • Flat and wide frequency response (20Hz to 50kHz) ideally suited for Hi-Res recording
  • Low-cut filter eliminates low-frequency noise and proximity effect
  • -10dB pad switch provides added headroom

Sony’s Third-Generation DWX Wireless Mic Series
Suited for theater, broadcast or other live applications, Sony’s 3rd generation DWX series delivers ultra-low audio latency of 1.2ms with extended bandwidth and high-density multi-channel operation.

A high dynamic range RF circuit and 4 diversity antenna configuration ensures reliable operation, and the system supports Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. The new DWX components include the smaller and lightweight DWT-B03R digital wireless bodypack transmitter, the DWR-R03D digital wireless rackmount receiver, the BC-DWX1 battery charger and the ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone.

The small, lightweight and sweat-proof DWT-B03R bodypack transmitter is ideal for theater, drama and movie production. It offers ultra-low audio latency of 1.2ms, with 148MHz wideband operation, and uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery for extended operation.

The 1U ultra-wideband 2-channel DWR-R03D rack-mount receiver (244MHz) is equipped with two Dante Ports, which provide network redundancy, and headphone monitoring with loop-thru capability. Additionally, both Analog and AES/EBU outputs are provided as well as AES 256bit encryption. A high dynamic range RF circuit provides enhanced performance, and 4 diversity antenna operation ensures stable reception. The included Wireless Studio software is compatible with the DWR-R03D and BC-DWX1 and provides system control and monitoring of all vital functions while the front panel equipped with two OLED displays provides direct access to menus via simplified controls.

The BC-DWX1 battery charger for DWT-B03R and NP-BX1 is equipped with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Users can monitor the charging status via PC software, and can also charge up to two bodypacks or two batteries at one time. The BC-DWX1 includes an interlocking mechanism which allows easy integration for storage and transportation.

The new addition ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone now uses the small 3-pin connector. It provides a wide frequency response, high sensitivity and low-noise characteristics.

These new products complement Sony’s full line of professional audio technologies including the MDR Series of headphones, wireless microphone systems, and portable field recorders.

Pricing and Availability

The following are planned availability and suggested list pricing for the new microphone technologies:

  • C-100 List is $1,699, March 2018
  • ECM-100U List is $1,099, March 2018
  • ECM-100N List is $1,199, March 2018
  • DWX 3rd Generation – Spring 2018

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