Lectrosonics is introducing what they claim is the smallest full-featured bodypack transmitter available – the SSM. Part of the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless Series, the SSM is fully compatible with all current Lectrosonics receivers including the UCR411A, slot-in SRB, LR and Venue, and several older models.
The SSM features a wide tuning bandwidth of three standard Lectrosonics blocks or up to about 76 MHz depending on the specific frequency range – this is much a much broader range than older Lectrosonics transmitters but still not as wide as some wide-band wireless systems from other makers. RF power is selectable at 25 or 50 mW for flexibility depending on the application – a useful choice if the greatest range is needed. Dimensions for the SSM are 64.25 x 37.6 x 14.5 mm. Weight is a mere 66 grams, including battery.
The SSM features a rugged, all-metal housing and is available on four different frequency ranges for worldwide use: A1 (470.100 – 537.575 MHz or blocks 470, 19 and 20), B1 (537.600 – 614.375 MHz or blocks 21, 22 and 23), C1 (614.400 – 691.175 MHz or blocks 24, 25 and 26) and D1 (for export only, 691.200 – 767.975 MHz or blocks 27, 28 and 29). Tuning steps of 100 or 25 kHz can be selected in the menu, allowing for up to 3,072 frequency choices. The microphone connector is the industry-standard Lemo 3. An infrared sync port on the SSM allows for quick setup with compatible receiver systems. A backlit LCD allows for ease of setup in any lighting conditions. A micro-B USB port makes it possible for firmware updates in the field as advanced features are added in the future.
The SSM will have a suggested retail price of $1,998 and should be available in the third quarter of 2015.
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