News: Maximum Compatibility - the Sennheiser EK 6042 Two-Channel Camera Receiver
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 19, 2016) NAB 2016 marks the US launch of Sennheiser’s [booth N5729] brand-new EK 6042 slot-in camera receiver, which was previewed earlier at IBC. The true-diversity, two-channel EK 6042 can work with analogue and digital Sennheiser transmitters or – a world first – a mix thereof, across a bandwidth of 184 MHz. It is an ideal partner to Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 series and all analogue transmitters that feature HiDyn plus or HDX companders. The EK 6042 auto-configures for these transmitters via IR, saving set-up time and hassle for broadcast and filming crews who place a high value on sound quality and wireless reliability.
(EK 6042, top view): A true all-rounder for professional camera sound, the EK 6042 two-channel receiver works with Sennheiser analogue and digital transmitters, as well as in mixed operation
“The EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver is an extremely versatile and frequency-agile tool – a “one for all” receiver that will be the go-to solution for Sennheiser wireless users,” said Tobias von Allwörden, product manager, Sennheiser Broadcast and Media. “A further asset is its exceptional ease-of-use, including the auto-configuration feature and the option of conveniently programming the camera receiver via a web interface. As a true-diversity receiver with four separate receiver circuits, the EK 6042 is extra-reliable, even in difficult RF environments.”
For use with digital and analogue Sennheiser transmitters
The EK 6042 will work with any current Sennheiser series from Digital 9000 in long-range mode, to the 5000/3000, and even the 2000 and evolution wireless G3, automatically identifying the transmitter via an IR link. The camera receiver will choose its own operating mode accordingly, and automatically select the appropriate bandwidth and frequency in the UHF range between 470 and 654 MHz. Even older series transmitters such as the venerable SK 50 and SK 250 can be used, all that needs to be done is to enter the fixed transmitter frequencies via the receiver’s web interface.
The EK 6042 true-diversity receiver inserted into the backpanel adaptor
Convenient programming via a web interface
Via its USB connector, the EK 6042 can be connected to PC or Mac platforms and configured via the browser. There is no need to install any software. For example, users can enter transmitter profiles and lists of managed or licensed frequencies, and also import or export data.
Two separately available adaptors (15-pin and 25-pin) ensure compatibility with all common camera brands. For example, the EK 6042 receiver is SuperSlot-compatible and works seamlessly with Sound Devices equipment. The same goes for ARRI, Panasonic (both Unislot) and Sony cameras.
For camcorders without an audio receiver slot, the EK 6042 can be camera mounted using a special backpanel adaptor, which is available as an accessory. If the camera does not supply power to the receiver, a “piggyback” power adaptor can be attached to this housing and fitted with two hot-swappable BA 61 battery packs that allow an exact read-out of the remaining operating time.
The EK 6042 also features an auxiliary output on its top, which can be used for feeding audio externally to Sony cameras or for splitting the audio to any other device.
The new EK 6042 camera receiver will be available from June 2016.
Visit Sennheiser and Neumann at NAB, Booth No. N5729
Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc. Sound Devices and SuperSlot are trademarks of Sound Devices, LLC. Sony is a trademark of Sony Corporation. ARRI is a trademark of Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG. Panasonic is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation. Unislot is a trademark of Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd.
EK 6042 technical data (excerpt)
Receiver principle: super-heterodyne with digital demodulation
Diversity: true diversity (2 x 2 receivers)
Receiving channels: two
Receiver compatibility: digital modulation: Digital 9000, long-range mode wideband FM: HiDyn plus, HDX
Frequency range: 470 to 654 MHz
Switching bandwidth: 184 MHz, in steps of 5 kHz
Sensitivity: -90 dBm (digital modulation) at first audio dist. -94 dBm (wideband FM) at 52 dB audio SNR
Adjacent channel rejection: typ. 70 dB
Audio frequency response: 40 to 20,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
Dynamics: typ. 110 dB (A)
THD: typ. 0.03% (digital modulation) typ. 0.2% (wideband FM)
Latency: 3.0 ms (AES3, digital modulation) 1.5 ms (AES3, wideband FM)
Audio outputs: 5-pin mini-XLR-M, balanced MAIN 1 and 2, digital: 0 dBFs, AES3, 48 kHz, 24 bit MAIN 1 and 2, analogue: -22 dBu to +8 dBu (adjustable) AUX 1 and 2, analogue: -22 dBu to +8 dBu (adjustable)
Configuration port: micro-USB socket, type B
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,700 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. In 2014, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €635 million.
Finally, a receiver that can handle two transmitters.
So baffling that it took this long. How much dialog takes place with only one person in the scene? I'm guessing a tiny minority.