Upon opening the package, you’re met with very well packaged equipment of incredible build quality. I found the wireless system to be very user friendly. I had it setup and had a very good understanding of the hardware and most of its elements after ten to fifteen music. With a little bit of tinkering, it can make a drastic improvement to your guitars sound. I was very happy with the amount of clarity it added to my heavily distorted guitar tone. I decided to test the range of the wireless setup out in my practice room. I was blown away as I went down 3 floors on an elevator and was even able to leave the building before the sound cut out.
I felt confident enough with the setup that I was able to use it playing live two days after receiving it and it worked flawlessly. It allowed me to step out into the crowd, even into the pit area with no difficulties. I felt it allowed us to put on a much better show and allow for a much wider area of stage presence, which is the most important element to me.
I would highly recommend this system to anyone who enjoys movement on stage, be it crowd interaction or simply moving positions on the stage a lot. For the price, you will not find a better wireless guitar system.
We are a church in Amsterdam. And as our church is growing our services become more extensive. As a result equipment on stage is expanding, and so more cables are running back and forth on stage. This gives us less movement freedom and makes it look less neat or rather messy.
Also as more people walk on stage, the risk of cables getting damaged increases. To prevent this we could invest in cable protections or we can invest in wireless applications.
In our case we prefer the latter, as it gives us a lot of movement freedom and it seems a more viable investment for the future as the amount of equipment on stage increases.
The picture below shows how the current situation looks like. With the wireless ME 2 clip-on microphone the situation already improved, as the presenter can use his/her hands freely during the talk thus providing a more natural way of presenting compared to holding a mic during the entire presentation.
However as can be seen in the picture there are still a lot of wires on stage, which is mainly because we still use a lot of wired microphones. We hope to improve this set-up in the future by using more wireless devices.
First of all thank you for selecting us to become a tester of the ME 2 clip-on microphone. We received the test package enthusiastically, and we weren’t disappointed.
The ME 2 clip-on microphone arrived in a neat suitcase, with compartments cut-out for all the components. The set-up was quite straightforward so it was up and running within a few minutes. We connected the EM-D1 receiver with our current sound mixer (Yamaha MG16/4) without any compatibility problems, so the ME 2 clip-on mic was quickly integrated in our existing set-up.
With the provided batteries we tested the ME 2 clip-on microphone during 4 presentations, which were about 2 hours each session. Both the receiver and the wireless mic shows a battery indicator which helps us and reminds us of replacing the batteries in time. The clip-on function makes the ME 2 microphone easy to attach to the clothing of varies presenters.
The only complain we heard was that the presenters didn’t know what to do with the excess amount of cable, since the cable from the SK-D1 bodypack to the ME 2 microphone is quite long. Some presenters like to reel up the cables (around the SKD1 bodypack), but we aren’t sure if that would damage the cables on the long run. Perhaps it would be better to make this cable length adjustable.
In conclusion, we tried the ME 2 clip-on microphone during 4 presentations and we experienced a clear sound with our existing set-up. The set-up was straightforward and we didn’t experience any incompatibilities. In our case we would suggest an improvement in handling the cable length between the SK-D1 bodypack and the ME 2 clip-on microphone, which would make this device perfect for any presenter in our application.
Mi experiencia con el D1
Tuve mucha expectativa acerca de este equipo cuando llegó a mis manos. El tema de los sistemas inalámbricos, las caídas en la señal, las desconexiones y problemas en el set up siempre dan temor. Así que la promesa de un sistema digital que fuera fácil de usar y confiable siempre suena bien.
Desde que abrí el set me encontré con un sistema presentado de manera impecable, con un estuche que asegura su cuidado y transporte. Para mi eso es muy importante pues me muevo y viajo a diferentes lugares. Todo estaba tan claramente ordenado que ni siquiera tuve necesidad de tomar el manual. (Recomiendo siempre leer el manual) fue muy fácil el poner las antenas, el accesorio para el toma corriente adecuado e incluso las baterías que vienen incluidas. Una vez armadas las piezas la conexión al sistema fue igual de fácil y la conexión inmediata, no hubo que buscar frecuencias, o probar nada. El sistema hace todo solo y de inmediato estaba escuchando la voz salir por los parlantes. El set que estoy probando es el de vincha pues me dedico a dar conferencias y clases. Es fácil de colocar y cómodo, al poco tiempo de estar dando la conferencia olvide que lo llevaba puesto y solo lo recordé cuando me puse mis lentes de lectura, pero fácilmente se adaptaron. El trasmisor tiene el tamaño adecuado y fue fácil acostumbrarme a encontrar los controles de mute y apagado. Mi sonidista no encontró problemas en darle la ecualización correcta, el micro es muy bueno y se deja trabajar. En ningún momento tuvimos perdida de señal que suele pasar con otros sistemas. Para alguien que descansa en que cada palabra se entienda claramente el no tener caídas en la señal es muy importante!
Definitivamente pienso seguir usándolo en las clases, presentaciones y conferencias que me toca dar y probarlo en diferentes escenarios.
I was fortunate enough to have the chance to test out the instrumental version of Sennheiser’s new wireless system, the D1. The system allowed me and my electric guitar to go wireless, something that I had never tried or even considered the possibility of trying before. Achieving great tone is every guitarist’s goal, and there are several factors that can either take away from or contribute to that. Guitarists will do anything to preserve their tone, whether it’s keeping guitar cable length at a minimum or sticking exclusively to guitar pedals with true bypass. So I was beyond curious to hear how my guitar sounded through the D1 wireless system, and I must say, I was truly impressed.
Getting started with the D1 was quick and simple, which was certainly surprising. The system was well-protected in its slick, sturdy and well padded carrying case. Setting up the system and linking the transmitter to the receiver took only a couple of minutes after taking it out of the case. The quick guide booklet that comes with the system illustrates everything in a simplistic and yet effective manner, allowing you to jump right into exploring the capabilities of the D1.
Testing out the D1 for the first time in my band’s rehearsal space, I could barely hear the difference in sound between using the system and using a cable. As I played my guitar and moved around the room (an area of 27 square meters) there were no noticeable dips in quality. I use several pedals in my guitar setup so I had to find a way to accommodate the D1 into it. The receiver is about the size of a twin pedal, so it was easy to mount it on my pedal board and to route a cable from the unbalanced out on the receiver to the tuner at the start of my pedal chain. To free up some space on my board, I am now even considering attaching the unit to the underside of the board (as one could do with a pedal power block), which is possible due to the flat and rectangular shape of the receiver.
There are several effects and audio settings built into the D1, but the one I saw most use in was the 7-band graphic equalizer. For the longest time I had been considering getting an EQ guitar pedal, so I was pleased to discover that the D1 had adjustable EQ settings onboard. The EQ presets weren’t too useful for me, as the majority are aimed at vocals or acoustic guitar, so I spent plenty of time customizing my own. The scroll and click nature of the menu interface perhaps isn’t the most efficient way of adjusting equalisation settings, but it did the job. I’m looking forward to the release of the D1 companion app for iOS, which I believe will provide a way to remotely navigate the menu on the D1 and adjust settings in a more efficient and convenient manner.
Overall, my experience with the D1 was extremely satisfying. I haven’t run into any problems with the system so far, my only concern being the rate at which the transmitter uses up batteries (which could probably be solved by investing in the li-on rechargeable battery pack). With the D1, there is no cable tying me down to my pedal board any longer. It essentially eliminated any movement restrictions without sacrificing sound quality, which opens up a range of opportunities when it comes to performance and developing an active presence on stage.
Sennheiser bietet mit der evolution wireless D1 (ewD1) Serie ein im „erstzunehmenden Einsteigersegment“ platzierte Wireless-Sets an. Für einen Test stand mir die Instrumentenversion mit dem Sender für Gitarre/Bass zur Verfügung.
Das Instrumentenkit kommt in einem Koffer, ähnlich einem Bohrmaschinenkoffer, guter Start. Und nach dem Auspacken geht es gleich los: beigelegte Batterien in den Sender einsetzen, den Sender an den Gitarrengurt und mit beigelegtem und verschraubbaren Klinkenkabel an die Gitarre angeschlossen, den Empfänger mit Strom versorgen und an den Verstärker anschliessen. Sender und Empfänger sind bereits werkseitig gepaart.
Sehr angenehm ist das grosse, leicht ablesbare Display des Empfängers. Dieses lässt das schwer ablesbare „Notdisplay“ im Sender verschmerzen. Alle wichtigen Informationen werden klar und deutlich dargestellt. Die Bedienung ist sehr einfach und übersichtlich. Der Empfänger bietet noch weitere Funktionen: EQ, Autogain Control und De-Esser. Interessiert mich eigentlich nicht, da ich so ein Set nur als Kabelersatz betrachte. Zwei Sachen sind mir bei den drahtlosen Systemen extrem wichtig:
• Unverfälschter Sound
• Garantierte Empfangsqualität
Bei diesem System kommt eine dritte Komponente hinzu:
Systeme im professionellen Bereich setzen auf eine Technologie wie ein Radiosender, wo es im Übertragungsweg keine Verzögerung hat. Bei digitaler Übertragung muss das analoge Signal jedoch im Sender digitalisiert werden und im Empfänger dann wieder in ein analoges Signal umgewandelt werden. Und das kostet Zeit und sorgt für eine Verzögerung.
Sennheiser beziffert die Latenz für das D1 System mit 3.9ms. Und ich muss bestätigen, dass zumindest ich diese Latenz nicht wahrgenommen habe.
Nun funkt das D1 im vollbesetzten 2.4GHz Band, welches durch WLAN, Bluetooth und sonstigen funkenden Geräten vollgestopft ist. Sennheiser rät, von anderen funkenden Geräten einen Sicherheitsabstand von 30cm zu halten. Das kann je nach Rackbestückung schon mal knapp werden. Und Sender und Empfänger sollten mindestens zwei Meter voneinander entfernt sein. In meinem mehrtägigen Test gab es an einem Tag bei zu knapper Entfernung unschöne Geräusche. Jedoch konnte ich das später nicht mehr reproduzieren.
Entfernungen in die Weite sind definitiv nicht vergleichbar mit einem ‚normal’ funkendem Gerät. Solange Sichtkontakt besteht, ist alles gut. Bei schon nur einer Wand dazwischen kann es schon zu Störungen kommen. Zum Beispiel, wenn man bereits spielend von hinter einer Wand auf die Bühne kommen möchte, kann dieses das Ausschlusskriterium für das D1 bedeuten.
Der direkte Soundvergleich zwischen Kabel und Sender/Empfänger hat mich überrascht. Zuerst einmal sind, ohne dass ich etwas angepasst habe, die Lautstärke in beiden Fällen fast gleich! Und die nächste Überraschung ist, dass der Sound auch fast gleich ist. Kabel klingt ein wenig direkter und transparenter. Der Unterschied ist sehr gering. Bei stark übersteuerten Amps verrät sich das D1 allerdings durch das Rauschen. Das Rauschen verhält sich im Vergleich z.B. zu einem Sennheiser ew100 (analoge Funkübertragung) im gleichen Rahmen.
Überraschend war auch, dass ich bei meinem fünfsaitigen Bass beim tiefen B keinen Lautstärkeverlust empfand.
Sennheiser überrascht mich mit der Gesamtqualität dieses Sets. Optisch sieht es toll aus. Funktionell ist es top. Latenz ist für mich absolut zufriedenstellend. Einzig fehlt mir der extrem sichere Empfang meiner analogen Sendeanlage. Fast Profi-tauglich.
I was extremely lucky to have been chosen as a tester for this brand new wireless system by Sennheiser. The kit arrived to me on Christmas Eve (perfect timing or what!) and it has been an absolute pleasure to test in the weeks since.
At first glance, the Sennheiser D1 comes packaged in a beautiful black hard case so that not only can you carry your system around with ease, but also in style. The inner layer of the briefcase is coated in a very professional padding to ensure that your system is kept safe and protected at all times.
My first real thorough test of the kit was in my band’s rehearsal space. I play in a relatively small up-and-coming rock band and unfortunately because of the scene in our area it is very difficult to afford the high quality microphones, amplifiers and equipment that we need to thrive – making this tester kit from Sennheiser an absolute godsend! We were all in awe at how the D1 compared to the previous system we had been using. It is very quick and easy to setup, and from the get-go the sound quality is absolutely superb. To my surprise I learned that the head of the microphone could be interchanged with others in the series, although unfortunately they do not come included with the set. I was especially impressed with the array of EQs and effects available on the receiver, all of which proved to be very efficient in a live setting. One of my favourite things about the D1 is the automatic gain control, which allows for the utmost clarity whether you’re singing your heart out or whispering.
As a fun test I decided to walk around the building with the microphone and I have to say the signal range truly is something else. It wasn’t until I got into an elevator that the signal cut out, which is completely understandable. The only thing about the D1 that didn’t impress me was its battery life. The batteries provided with the system died after only a few practice sessions, which I was quite disappointed by, however this could be partially my own fault for leaving the microphone turned on while we were taking a breather.
Overall an excellent wireless system and well worth the money! I’ll be breaking it out at our gig later this week and you can be sure I’ll be telling everyone all about it. Thank you Sennheiser
When I received news that I would be reviewing a set of the Sennheiser D1 835 vocal mic I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait! Little did I know that the wait was key to receiving the set and the anticipation as expectations were mountain high due to the many reviews I have been reading up to this point about this set. At last it did reach my hands and I must say it didn’t disappoint. I will attempt to write as briefly as possible about what I think are the key features that were relevant to me and my music rather than talking about the many information you can get out of the other reviews.
I’m a worship pastor and this set has become something I can’t live without! Travelling to different venues, it has always been difficult to get the setup and sound right even if you bring your own rig. The D1’s basic features have been really helpful in this aspect. I think Sennheiser hit it on the nail by focusing on the needs of the consumer and here is a quick summary of the features I love:
- The Weight
The first time I held the mic the weight surprised me. The older Sennheisers and other wireless professional mics were pretty hefty. Some of the newer mics feel lighter but cheap. This mic however felt remarkably light but sturdy. It certainly didn’t feel cheap and plasticky. This makes it so much more practical when in use. It almost feels like there is no mic in my hand even after hours on stage singing/preaching.
- Walk Test
The Walk Test! Magic! This function while simple or meaningless to some situations, is an absolute necessity for me. Setting up is just a few simple pushes and a stroll around the stage to see if the reception is adequate. Bam, you’re done! Everything is displayed clearly on the mic. It has never been so easy to make sure of this all by myself.
While the D1 runs on the 2.4Ghz frequency and that causes concern due to the congestion on this free bandwidth, the technology behind the mic that seems to choose the best frequency works flawlessly. Perhaps it’s because I was using one set at a time but still, it works for me! I go to a different venue, turn it on and it does the work of choosing the right frequency for me. I was worried about issues but it hasn’t caused a single issue even in places loaded with wireless devices. This is however limited to my testing of the set in small to medium size venues thus far.
It is also difficult when I am by myself to ensure that I get the best sound from my mic. The diversity in how equipped these venues are makes it impossible to ensure a good sound even with a great mic. The D1 gives me such ease in making sure I have a great sound with the simple 7 band EQ on board. So even if I’m in a situation where the desk has no EQ, I can isolate problematic frequencies or enhance the sound. The EQ presets also has a quick and easy way to work out something great quickly or I can customize things myself. One feature I wish the D1 had was more custom EQs. If I am constantly moving between familiar halls, I could just recall my custom EQs for various halls rather than just one.
- The Sound
In the end you get a mic not because of its functions but because it sounds great. And the 835 is such a balanced all-rounder that it’s hard to not be satisfied with it. I mean how bad can you go with Sennheiser’s legendary sound?!! It complements my vocals not just in speech but singing and has this tiny shimmer on the top end that is at the right spot for me. The idea that I can always upgrade/diversify by changing the capsule later on is splendid. While on the high side in terms of latency, there really wasn’t any issue in most live situations.
Other noteworthy features include the effects. In the event that I don’t have a great sound engineer at hand, the effects setup is easy with either a hard or soft compression, the de-esser and low cut filter.
In summary, I love where Sennheiser went with the D1. With the possibility of updates, it is also hopeful that if they are serious about the consumer, there is much possibility that features we already come to love will only get better with the feedback of users.
I consider this set as a consumer driven set that would satisfy any professional in terms of function and quality. I love having no need to go to the manual to understand how to use it. It’s that simple and easy. I was worried about issues like interference, latency, and some others but they all seemed rather frivolous compared to the fact that this is overall a great functioning, sounding and designed mic that seems to blow away any competition it has right now.
Overall, I am just so happy how this set has made my life so easy as a worship pastor in having great professional sound and function with little hassle.
- Possibility of purchasing other mics (instrument, lavalier, headset) not just the pack to pair with the receiver.
- More custom EQs.
- Option for manual frequency selection.
- The Weight
Unboxing and getting started:
The D1 system comes in a plastic suitcase with all components well protected. Time consumption and ease of use is always important when working with music. So the good people who wrote the user manual have to forgive me – I started off without any reading.
Everything worked out extremely easy. The LED displays on both microphone and receiver offered instructions of every step needed. I was up and running in about a minute.
With the EQ flat on the PA this immediately sounded familiar – the Sennheiser sound. Well balanced, rich and without any unpleasant peaks in the frequency register.
The hand noise is present, but at a very low level – a treat when non-professional, nervous users might get their hands around it. The mic also seems very resistant to situations where feedback might occur. For this test period it proved very good in three different scenes:
- classroom (both talking and live singing with a band)
- cabaret show with 10 other wireless systems running simultaneously (used for monologues and singing, both men and female performers)
- jam session at a small pub (different performers placed almost everywhere on stage and always in presence of other sound sources, monitors and main speakers)
In every situation the D1 felt reliable and good.
The communication between the mic and the receiver was never a point of concern.
All the venues had environments where you might get spooked by other sources of communications. For example the school with four different wireless nets running simultaneously plus all the 1200 cell phone- and laptop users never interrupted the communication between the DI and the receiver. No noise/interference, and no breach in connection. Shoulders down!
Built in EQ etc:
I´m always skeptical to built-in effects of any kind in instruments and gadgets, but had to give it a try! First of all the menu system on the receiver is bulletproof when it comes to use- very simple and intuitive. The features I particularly liked was the low cut function and the EQ. The possibility to save these settings is what makes it so great- you might not be the only user of the system, and by saving say the low cut function as “on”, you can help your next user without doing anything. (The next user might be someone who doesn´t have these things under his skin.) The EQ section has some built-in presets, but I prefer to know what´s going on. The custom EQ is actually good! 5 bands of EQ goes a long way if you´re hooking up to a classroom sound system or a simple PA-system. And things actually happens sonically when you alter it a bit. Good!
This wireless microphone seems to me as a reliable, intuitive and affordable option.
Sound quality is good as expected, and when you add the good menu, ease of use, reliability and built in features you end up with a very good product! I would recommend it to both professional and amateur users for a hassle-free performance.
Ved oppkobling av Sennheiser D1 for gitar gikk dette veldig greit. Jeg oppdaget ingen vanskelige punkter hverken på hoved enheten eller på tilkoblings enheten som man plugger gitaren til. Jeg har testet D1 enheten oppkoblet via Fender deluxe rørforsterker med og uten effekt pedal tilkoblet. Her måtte jeg stille inn flere parametere i Audi settings menyen.
Mid Cut, Auto Gain Control og Equalizer Kunne tenke meg en auto settings både for amps and PA.
Jeg har også testet enheten tilkoblet rett i Miksebordet i PA anlegget.Dette fungerte veldig bra, med en nydelig dynamikk i lyden.
Ved meny valget kunne jeg ønsket meg en start meny med 2 valg
Deretter kunne menyen for det man har valgt komme opp mer spesialisert for det man har bruk for til mikrofon eller gitar.
Under Gitar som jeg benytter, kunne jeg ønsket meg et valg mellom Akustisk eller Elektrisk gitar
Jeg var veldig glad for at det var innstillinger for lydbildet under Audio setting spesielt Equalizer.
Jeg fikk et veldig godt og dynamisk lydbilde ut av gitaren min. Spesielt om jeg ønsket å spille clean lyd, så var jeg veldig fornøyd med disse presets
- Acoustic guitar 1
- Acoustic guitar 2
Det ble litt mer trykking og justering for å spille elektrisk gitar med vreng!
Kunne tenke meg at man hadde noen ferdige presets som:
- Electric guitar 1
- Electric guitar 2
Kanskje valg mellom å koble gitar rett i forsterker eller i et miksebord i et PA anlegg
- Output to Amplifier
- Output to PA
Rent teknisk og med ref. til dynamikk og lydbilde, så er jeg fornøyd med dette produktet. Kun noen små justeringer i meny og en forenkling i oppkobling til forskjellige typer gitarer. Jeg har ikke testet oppkobling til Nettverk!
Noen få negative ting som ikke har noe med selve enheten å gjøre, men med utstyret som fulgte med eller burde vært med!
- Kabelen mellom gitar og tilkoblingsenheten var av en kvalitet jeg ville ha vurdert å oppgradere til en bedre kvalitet!
- Når man leverer enheten beregnet for å benytte sammen med en gitar, burde det ha fulgt med en veske til å feste tilkoblingsenheten til
gitar reimen i settet. Dette er et viktig punkt, da jeg slet litt med å få tak i en veske som passet!
På et produkt som dette burde det være en selvfølge at dette er på plass!
Håper at disse punktene kan være til hjelp, når man skal oppgradere enhetens SW og HW.
Jeg nøler ikke med å anbefale produktet på det varmeste til mine venner, kollegaer og andre musikk interesserte!
Recently, I have had the pleasure of testing your new product, the Sennheiser D1 Wireless Handheld Vocal Microphone. I have tested this product both in my recording studio, and live on stage at gigs. Upon receiving the package, I immediately unboxed the system and plugged it into my Universal Audio interface, and tested the microphone on my Mac computer. I have to say, it was difficult to tell the difference between your new wireless handheld microphone, and some of the expensive studio condenser microphones I use for vocals in my studio. I was pleasantly surprised by the natural frequency and response of the Sennheiser D1. The microphone seems to have a natural love of singing vocal frequencies, without pushing the presence too much so that the vocals lose their tone in favor of vocal clarity. A fine balance has been struck between vocal presence and tone and I was instantly a fan. I also enjoyed investigating the presets on the unit. Their sound quality was true to their description; however, I would most likely use my rack EQ to dial in the frequencies offered on the units memory.
In the live environment test, the microphone performed exceptionally well. The desirable tones that I noticed in my recording studio were again present in the live environment and the microphone seemed to send my voice dancing through the venue. The microphone was quickly and easily paired with its unit and there was not a single instance of “drop” throughout the entire night. Thank you so much for allowing me for this opportunity; I have certainly found my new live go to vocal microphone. If I were to improve the microphone and unit in any way, I would suggest that the power cord for the unit would be at least 15 feet, and that the microphone’s antenna tale would be better protected. The antenna tale is plastic and due to its location, I am worried that any drops or mishaps may cause damage to the microphone. Obviously, it is not my intention to drop or damage this microphone in any way, but I have been a musician long enough to know that accidents happen. Overall, I cannot wait to share my reviews with my friend and music community. As a gigging musician and a wedding musician and DJ, I am constantly looking for reliable gear to better enable me to perform. My friends and I often talk about new products and gear and I look forward to sharing my positive reviews with them. Thank you so very much for this microphone and the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Sennheiser brand by using this microphone for all of my future gigs. I look forward to seeing the continued success of your company.
P.S. Thank you for creating the e609. It has been my go to microphone for guitar amps, snare drums and cajons for the last few years.
Thank you very much Sennheiser. It was really a great honor and privilege to be chosen as one of the Sennheiser D1 testers worldwide. It was a dream come true to try, test and hopefully own the Sennheiser D1 wireless microphone unit I super like the Sennheiser D1 with e835 capsule compared to my other wireless microphones. Brilliant and superb sound quality with a very well articulated mids and high’s that emphasizes the vocal presence of the performer or speaker.
It is really a perfect wireless solution for all my gigs. All of my performers who had tried the Sennheiser D1 prefer to use it, they even struggle and compete with each other on who’s the first one to get the Sennheiser D1 whenever I have a gig – it is pretty amazing and funny, but sorry guys, I only have one D1 yet. This wireless microphone consumes power faster than the other wireless mics that I have but it’s not a big deal because I am using a rechargeable AA (2300mHA) battery so its not an issue. Other than that, all I could say is this microphone is perfect. It’s the best in terms of
(1) Sound quality (superb and brilliant),
(2) Reliability (dropout is not an issue unless there is an obstruction between the transmitter and receiver or if you’re quite far from the receiver and transmitter’s range), and
(3) Ease of use – plug and play (with all the enhancement that’s just right at the receiver’s box)
This is my new standard of wireless microphone from now on. D1 and only Sennheiser. D best.
Here is a video of my regular performer/singer using the Sennheiser D1 Wireless Microphone. She is Ms. Jenifer Ann Talisic Ariate. After her first use of the D1 microphone, she doesn’t like to use my other wireless microphones anymore.
First of all, I’m singing drummer who plays with a group that does 4 and 5 voice harmonies. This means that I need a mic that is always accessible for singing and that clearly translate my voice to the main board and, ultimately, the mix. For those reasons, I’ve been using a top of the line hardwired headset mic from another brand for around 15 years. I’m very pleased with the clear sound I get from the that mic, so my first stage of testing the D1 Headset, was comparing both mics side by side.
Before the initial test, I proceeded to make all the connections of the D1, as well as pairing the bodypack to the receiver. Pairing was a breath, just press the pair button of the bodypack, and it pairs automatically with the receiver. I also went through the receiver function menus with great ease. Without reading the user manual, I was able to understand what the functions were, due to the clear labeling of each function, as well as the corresponding sub-levels. The face of the receiver only has 3 well labeled buttons (power, menu navigation knob, and escape), which in my is a plus, since I don’t feel like I have to learn video game power moves to change a single setting on the receiver. Last, but definitely not least, the bodypack mute button is located on top of it, and knurled, which means easy access and operation.
For the initial testing, I connected both the D1 and the other brand mic (as a reference point) to my 6 channel mixer, leaving all EQ’s flat and listening through a pair of 3 driver armature and 26 db sound isolation in ear monitors. Even though the D1 has a couple of preset EQ’s set on the receiver, I kept it with no preset applied and proceeded to A/B test both mics. The initial result was basically the same sound from both. Even with the physical difference in mic placement (the mic element of the hardwired headset sits right in front of the mouth, while de D1 sit to the side of the mouth), there was no coloring noticeable from the D1. It was as clear and sharp as the other headset. Next, I decided to apply the “Vocal” preset EQ’s from the D1, getting a better and sharper sound from the D1.
After the initial test, done in my house, I took the D1 to a couple of gigs, the check for bleeding of the drum sound. As expected, the D1 sounded great of both gigs (different brands mixers were used) while balancing the voice levels (no drums being played). Once I started playing, I noticed that the headset felt more comfortable and secure than the other headset. As for drum bleeding, I couldn’t detect any bleeding on my monitor mix (no gates used). The voice sounded crystal clear, even during heavy playing. After I finished playing, I asked the sound guy how it sounded on FOH and if there was any bleeding. The sound guy told me that the D1 sounded way better than the other headset, that it was easier to EQ and presented no bleeding from the drums and/or cymbals, even with loud hits, giving him more gain headroom to give my voice more presence within the group, before getting some drums and cymbal hits through, as happened before with the other headset.
All in all, the D1 Headset Mic is a great, easy to use product. From the well thought function menus, the less-is-more approach of the buttons of the receiver and the comfortable headset, to the crystal clear sound, the D1 has it all and more. I would definitely use and recommend the D1 Headset mic to my colleagues.
D1 de Sennheiser… Un gran aliado.
Es un gran privilegio para mí el poder ser parte de este grupo selecto de personas que tiene la oportunidad de probar estos magníficos equipos.
En ocasión de mi profesión y sobre todo de lo que me ocupa en esta etapa de carrera como lo es el coaching sobre 2.0 y la humanización de las redes sociales, el poder contar con el D1 Set Lavalier ha sido de mucha utilidad.
Quiero comenzar por lo práctico y sencillo que es tenerlo, configurarlo y utilizarlo, sobre todo para quienes no somos tan diestros en los tecnicismos de sonidos y nos enfocamos más en el uso de la tecnología para proyectar un mensaje.
Lo liviano del equipo me ha permitido desplazarme tranquilamente mientras dicto mis talleres, además que su propiedad inalámbrica me ayuda a enfocarme en la tarea de dirigir al público en lo que deseo transmitirle y no en si voy a tropezarme con algún cable, la manera en que el transmisor y el receptor pueden parearse tan rápidamente, además el hecho de poder configurar de modo automático los distintos ajustes de ecualización me han sido de gran ayuda con mi voz.
El cambiar las baterías se hace una tarea muy fácil y de solo un minuto, el equipo, la herramienta de ajuste de nivel y su calidad de sonido me permiten no forzar en lo absoluto la voz, dándome resultados efectivos, además la capacidad de poder dictar dos o tres talleres sin sentirme agotada vocalmente.
Otra de las funciones que me ha maravillado es el walktest, porque a través de ella he podido hacer pruebas de sonido y conocer los límites de desplazamiento en el auditorio antes de comenzar el evento y así mantener una relación cercana con los participantes y poder hacer una actividad mucho más práctica y dinámica.
Algo que me llamo la atención fue lo delicado del cable del micrófono en el área que conecta con el trasmisor, sería oportuno algo más robusto, algún tipo de protección o refuerzo, porque es el área más expuesta, con tendencia a engancharse y podría dañarse con mayor facilidad.
El arte de comunicar no solo tiene que ver con la voz, sino también con la forma en la puedes conectarte con el público, el Set Lavalier me da la oportunidad de tener libertad en mis manos para gesticular, explicar mis presentaciones e interactuar mejor con las personas.
Lo recomiendo a mis colegas y a todos los que como yo estén en el ámbito de las comunicaciones, la locución y el coaching, como mencioné al principio es el aliado perfecto de un comunicador, puesto que ofrece practicidad, calidad de sonido y permite expresarte libremente sin sentir la atadura de un micrófono o de cables.
Gracias por haberme elegido para probar el magnífico D1.
Luego de haberlo probado en varios eventos en vivo, les puedo comentar que ha sido una maravillosa experiencia, su gran calidad sonora ha dado total comodidad a quienes lo usaron, su definición en las frecuencias altas da una sensación de fidelidad con la que me he ganado las felicitaciones del caso. Nunca hubo un corte de señal por interferencias, y su alcance es excelente.
Las opciones de ecualización, auto gain, y de esser, son de gran ayuda en especial cuando no se cuanta con una gran consola o un equipo de procesamiento.
Varios cantantes me han solicitado información sobre el D1, pues piensan adquirirlo para el uso en sus presentaciones.
Su estructura se ve muy resistente, y sobre todo muy cómoda de peso adecuado, lo que le permite ser muy manejable.
Su base tiene una fantástica interface que muestra toda la información necesaria y sobre todo muy bien iluminada, increíble la verdad; sus antenas de material muy resistente y de tamaño ideal.
En definitiva un increíble producto.
Lo negativo o lo que puedo criticar de este micrófono, es el consumo de baterías, no he usado baterías recargables si no unas nuevas en cada evento (no las que vienen con el micrófono, las quiero conservar como recuerdo jeje), y en el transcurso de algo más de dos horas se han agotado, echo que preocupa un poquito por que toca estar pendiente y monitoreando el nivel de carga de las baterías.
Otra situación que no me agrada es el botón de muting, produce un fuerte chasquido, ruido o como quieran llamarlo, que molesta un poco, me hubiese gustado que use un botón para presionar, de caucho, que no produzca este sonido que lo hace el interruptor plástico de muting al accionarlo.
Además recomendaría que la pantalla del micrófono D1 sea iluminada para poder observar de mejor manera la situación de señal, conexión y nivel de batería en la noche o en los escenarios poco iluminados, aunque de pronto esto traería más problemas por el consumo de baterías.
Les estoy muy agradecido por haberme tomado en cuenta para realizar este test sobre este excelente producto como lo es el D1, Muchas bendiciones y éxitos para esta gran empresa SENNHEISER.
ROLANDO CEVALLOS A.
GERENTE RADIO SOL 96.5 FM
I have received my Sennheiser D1 Vocal Set with E935 capsule right after Christmas and I want to thank the organizers for this amazing gift. I was impressed from the start: the microphone and the receiver came in a beautiful, resistant case which had my name written on it. Also, the package contained a support that helps you to fix the mic on the stand and a power adapter for the receiver.
There are only a few things which I didn’t like about the package: the case has a distinct smell which might be annoying at the beginning, but you get used to it, the cable from the power adapter Is quite short so you must have this in mind when you set your product, the mic doesn’t have a pause button, which might be useful in many situations, so make sure you buy the version that has it, if you feel that this is important for you.
There were many things which I did like about the product, as it is one of great quality. I truly appreciate the fact that it came in it’s own case, so you don’t have to buy one extra. Also, I like that it is lightweight and easy to set up. The sound is impressive: it sounds just as good as the cable version of the E935, if not better. You can choose from many possible settings, if needed, and the signal is strong.
Overall I enjoy having this product, as it is great, especially in live performances. I appreciate the quality and the professionalism that Sennheiser offers with every product and I am glad that I could test this particular one.
I’m part of a large church musician’s group based in Melbourne. We have about 80 musicians in rotation, playing 2 or more services a week. The setup is usually drums, bass, 2 guitars, keyboards and 3 or 4 singers. We have an excellent sound-system and tech support. I’m testing the ew D1 as part of a system that can be used by whoever is playing on a night. So it has to be robust and simple to use.
The ew D1 package finally arrived, all the way from Germany! Thoughtfully the system comes supplied in a robust carrying case, excellent for transporting to gigs. Instructions provided are minimal, as is increasingly the case with high-tech gear, consisting of simple diagrams. Technical data is also provided, should you (or your sound person) need it.
Minimal instructions are no problem, as with all the best gear, after inserting batteries and connecting it up, it simply works first time, no problems at all! The receiver sits neatly on top of the guitar or bass amplifier.
The small, neat and reassuringly rugged transmitter has an excellent belt/strap clip, that stayed firmly in place, even after 2 hours of playing, and I dance around a lot! Sound is indistinguishable from a guitar cable, as it should be, and free from interference, including fr om the multiple wireless microphones used by our singers and speakers. At home, I tested the range by taking a walk along the street with my guitar. I got a long way before my son listening reported any breakup of the signal, and certainly a lot further than our church’s large stage.
The receiver unit contains some basic effects: low-cut, graphic equalizer and so on. For the bass that I did most of my testing with I just left them off, for acoustic electric the low-cut was useful for cutting down on rumble whilst not affecting the overall sound very much. The menu for editing the settings is very straightforward.
Battery (2 AA’s) life is reasonable, lasting a few home practice sessions and into the middle of our rehearsal, so I’d recommend using fresh or fully-charged ones at the start of your playing session. This is where I think Sennheiser could have been more up-to-date. A cell phone-like internal rechargeable USB plug in feature would have been so much better, saving on expensive batteries or having to manage my rechargables. Could a spare rechargeable battery-pack could be a replacement accessory, if long sessions are envisaged?
In conclusion, not having a cable tethering me to the spot, tripping me over, getting stepped on and being able to walk around freely is just awesome! The ew D1 is excellent in almost every way, once I was playing I forgot about it, just enjoying the freedom. And because it’s plug in, turn on and go, it’s perfect for the multiple-musician situation we have.
The D1 headset wireless microphone is one sturdy piece of equipment. I used several other wireless headests (by other companies, none of them were Sennheiser though) and this one stands out as really the most “solid”, both when you wear it and when you don’t. It really stands in its place and you never have to worry about it moving while you’re singing. It helps to add that I didn’t even have to use the rubber lace (provided) to fix it better on your head. It just stands there and it feels great. Maybe I’m just lucky to have the right “shape” of my head, but I feel it very comfortable without the excessive “constriction” of many other headsets.
I also really appreciate the fact that the small sponge on the microphone itself doesn’t fall off like in other products, I actually doubt is it possible to change it, should the need for such operation arise.
I tested the microphone both for recording sessions (home studio) and live performances, the latter being its best environment, after all it’s made to keep your hands free.
I tried it both as solo and backing vocalist (while playing piano or cajon, thus the need for a hands free system). While I’ll have to admit that the stages I tried it in were not very loud (acoustic bands), I felt very comfortable with my monitors, because despite my movements in proximity of the speaker I never had any lousy feedbacks, like it so often happens with other systems. I always found myself needing to lower the volume of my monitors because of feedbacks with headset microphones: not in this case.
Only once I experienced a tiny feedback from the speaker but I just had to move it a bit and it was all set. If you play piano and have monitors on your side I recommend placing it on your left, because of the positioning of the microphone, makes it less likely to give you any unwanted feedback.
The regulations on the receiver are very good and you can really delve into the customization of your sound. I must admit I haven’t been very thorough in exploring these options, I’m no sound engineer myself, but I bet that given to the right technician, he can really help you set it properly for any stage and any usage.
Personally I find the D1 headset wireless microphone more suitable for backing vocals usage than solo singers, not for its faults but simply because you can’t really manage the distance between your mouth and the microphone like you would do with a regular microphone. Still, if you use good compressor and use it well, you can perfectly cope with this “problem”.
The sound of the voice is absolutely full ranged and perfect, I really think I will be using the D1 for a long time, thank you Sennheiser for this wonderful product and the possibility to test it.
We thoroughly tested the Sennheiser’s evolution wireless D1 Vocal Set (EM D1 receiver w/ SKM-S D1 handheld transmitter) in the church and in other events for four weeks and it simply exceeded our expectations! Sennheiser is really upping the ante when it comes to wireless communications.
I found the Sennheiser’s evolution wireless D1 to be :
S – Simple.
E – Efficient.
N – No Hissing sound.
C – Cool.
A – Automatic.
N – No need for labels.
Simple. The moment you turn it on, it just works perfectly. No more additional set up necessary, everything is automatic. The sound quality is superb! It sounds great without so much adjustment. If you want to fiddle around with it, it has a Low- cut filter, Equalizer, Automatic gain control, and de-esser. Moreover, the over-all design is simple yet fully functional.
Efficient. It saves you from battery cost versus the traditional 9Vdc battery. Normally we use several brands of Wireless microphones & they are all running in 9Vdc. After an hour or two, the battery is gone. We tried to use a rechargeable batteries but it didn’t last long. A fresh set should be present in every event. With D1, all you need is a 2pc “AA” on its sled and you’re up on the stage. Hooray! The power consumption is very low, If you are close by & the spectrum is clear, the receiver will tell the transmitter to power down a bit to preserve battery life, typically it generates around 10mW of power. But, if the local RF environment is dense, it will pump out a maximum of 100mW. Typically the operating time is around 6hrs of continuous use. It is easier & convenient to buy a fresh pack of “AA” batteries, However, if you need a rechargeable battery pack, the “ACCUPACK” is available as an option. It is a Lithium Ion battery with a docking module for ease of use or via USB charging device (very clever design).
No more Hissing sound when battery is low (as compared to other brands). We tried other brands and everytime the battery is getting low,a hissing sound is heard. It works the same way when you are going out of range from the receiver.
Cool. The heads of the Microphone can be interchanged. This feature separates D1 from the entry-level systems. You can just simply unscrew those capsules and exchange them for any of the evolution series condenser capsules all the way up to the exquisite e965. Another cool idea is the mute switch. Switching back and forth, you wouldn’t hear a thing it is indeed very silent. The display on both the transmitter & receiver will let you know if the mute is engaged.
Automatic. No more tuning needed. It becomes a thing of the past, Pairing is the new tuning. All you need to do is to press the Pair button on the Transmitter and a long press on Pair at the receiver links you up. It is as simple as connecting a bluetooth speaker/headphone to your mobile phone. D1 operates in the 2.4GHz band, meaning it is a license free spectrum, Great choice! The downside is most devices are playing in here, from Wi-fi routers, bluetooth gadgets & etc. So how this revolutionary microphone cope with all these hazards…D1 continuosly scans for available frequency and seamlessly hop to another if any interference is detected. The system always runs a redundant back-up channel, and fast switching antenna diversity further safeguards signal intensity. Brilliant idea!
No need for labels. The display on both receiver & transmitter can be set. Simply press the jog dial and turn up to “Name”, select the character you want and select save and you are done!
“With these great features, surely SENnheiser CAN surpass the levels of competition in Wireless Systems”
Sennheiser has other great D1 products to offer aside from a handheld microphones, It has a Headmic set, Lavalier set and Instrument set. Rack mounting hardware is also available as an option. Complete details can be found on their site (http://en-sg.sennheiser.com/wireless-microphone-vocal-stage-live-evolution-d1).
– Excellent Sound
– Plug and play
– Innovation at its finest
– I just hope that I am not bias on this review, so far I can’t find any!
I would like to thank Sennheiser for the opportunity you had given me. Right now we are taking into consideration to acquire other D1 sets for our expansion. It should be D1 and only choice in Wireless systems. Thank you very much and more sales to come. God bless!
Relox, Jayson B.
Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Music Ministry Member, PH
I gleefully received my Sennheiser D1 instrumental set tester kit and plugged it in to see if it worked.
I didn’t take any time to work on setting any settings except to see that the transmitter was syncing with the receiver. I took the set to my next show and plugged in my DPA d:vote 4099 which I had used with a Sennheiser 500 series set, and also with my Shure ULXD series set. I was apprehensive about the auto gain setting, but after playing a few notes on my sax, everything seemed just fine.
Set up was extremely simple, and it went off without a hitch. The pre-amp in the transmitter sound a little more harsh than the Shure on my tenor sax, but it added a nice spice to my alto! The configuration was a breeze, the latency was fine, and the range was pretty good too! Overall it was a little less smooth sounding than then Shure wireless. I went to rack it up with my Sennheiser IEM and I discovered the rack hardware was different. The bottom plate that is used to connect 2 Sennheiser 1/2 rack units was the same but the side rack ear had holes in a different place and the rack hardware was not included in my box.
With my 500 series, and the IEMs, all rack hardware was included, so this was a surprise to me. Initially, I drilled some holes in the rack hardware parts I had laying around and used that until the rack kit I purchased arrived. I like the idea of having an iPad app to monitor and control the transmitter and receiver, however it has not yet been released so I could not test it, and the Sennheiser Wireless System Manager software wasn’t working with the unit at the time of my test. Although I really like the simplicity auto-gain for the transmitter, I really felt like I would like to set my gain and not have to worry about compression or other dynamic processing, and I would have liked to have been able to see the level somehow of all the phases of gain staging.
I must say I am impressed with D1, so on the first try I use it on a live TV performance, the vocal audio that produced from the mic is amazing, clear and does not sound muffy at all.
Secondly, now I am always using D1 for every rehearsal, I can hear myself better and fix my technique right away. and last but not least, it boost up my confidence of performing. knowing the quality that I could produce with D1.
Here is the link of the Live TV performance using D1: https://youtu.be/po_Z_9_Wdyg
If you’re looking for a quality stage ready wireless microphone system straight out of the box, then LOOK NO FURTHER because this is “D1″ for YOU!!! From the moment I opened the professional yet futuristic James Bond-esque style hard case, I knew I was dealing with a quality product from a superior company with an acute attention to detail. This was not only my first foray into the “Wonderful World Of Wireless”, but it’s ALSO my first introduction to legendary line of Sennheiser microphones. Up until this point in my relatively short 3 year musical journey, I had been a “DIE-HARD” Shure SM-58 desciple, but boy have I now “Seen The Light” and been converted to the crisp, clear and clean sounding Sennheiser way!
Not only have “I” noticed a difference in what is coming through my stage monitor but I’ve had a couple “Fans” comment on how they can really understand my voice better, even when I’m talking in between songs it sounds much clearer than the Shure SM-58. I look forward to also upgrading my Sennheiser mic capsule to an E-935 very soon. I was thoroughly impressed with the long battery life of the D1 system. A fresh set of batteries lasted through an entire 6 hour jam session at a house party with no problem at all and the range of the wireless D1 system is awesome too.
I went to all 4 corners of a rather sizable venue that we played at recently and I never lost the signal once. Which brings me to the other obvious benefit of having a wireless D1 system, “IT’S WIRELESS!!!!” I’m now free to venture forth from my stagely confines and roam the venue and sing together with everyone in the crowd! One Love One Life!!!
I am a music and performing arts technology teacher. The D1 is a fantastic introduction for students getting into wireless audio equipment. The simple design and operation of the D1 system makes it very student friendly whilst still feeling and sounding as a professional unit should. I feel incredibly comfortable with leaving students to operate and setup the D1 series.
Both the EM-D1 and the SK-D1 are robust units, they have a very solid feel and while the SK-D1 is light, it feels sturdy. The small antennas don’t feel flimsy and easily screw onto the back of the receiver. The initial setup couldn’t be easier. Paring was simple and took seconds. The bright screen on the EM-D1 receiver is fantastic, easy to see and crisp. Setting up the name of the receiver was simple. Using the jog dial makes this process painless. I was very pleasantly surprised when the SK-D1 belt-pack automatically updated its name to match the EM-D1.
I tested the D1 unit with a bass guitar. I found the low end to be present and punchy. There was no difference in audio quality between directly cabling into the amp or going through the D1 unit. After playing for a while I forgot that I was using a wireless unit altogether, the sound was completely natural and authentic. I had no issues with dropped sound or quality degradation. In testing I ranged from being a few meters away fro the unit to approx. 30 meters away and it only ever dropped down to 3 bars of reception. Battery life has been fantastic, The battery has gone from full bars to halfway over the course of about 6 hours of playing, so more than capable of handling a long gig.
The EMD1 takes a few seconds to boot up so if you turn on the belt pack first, even when the receiver is turned on at the same time it will not connect. Once the receiver has booted up (approx. 10 seconds) it connects automatically. At first this was concerning, but once you get into the habit of turning the EMD1 on and waiting a few seconds before turning the SK-D1 on you don’t notice anything.
Its a fantastic bit of kit and will be used heavily by myself and students.
Teniendo oportunidad de hacer el test sobre el SENNHEISER DIGITAL WIRELESS HEADMIC SET que fue el que yo solicite, de primera impresión me parece una maravilla de equipo! Su diseño compacto y a la vez robusto con un muy buen acabado, no dan a pensar la cantidad de funciones y beneficios que nos permite a nosotros los músico y a la vez técnicos de sonido encierran en sí.
Empezando por la sencillez que representa el parear el MODULO EWD1 DIGITAL es muy fácil de hacer, tuve oportunidad de probarlo con el micrófono ME 3-III CARDIOIDE y la calidad de audio es sencillamente sensacional, en mi caso como compositor y arreglista, me es de gran utilidad al tenerlo colocado de esa forma sobre mi cabeza, ya que me permite mantener mis manos libres para ejecutar al piano sin necesidad de estar pendiente de si estoy muy cerca o lejos el micrófono. Aparte que para grabar las maquetas es sumamente útil porque me permite hacer mi grabación en forma multitrack separando las pistas del piano y la voz de una vez.
También tuve oportunidad de testearlo junto a mi teclado YAMAHA MOXF 6, y conectarlo a la línea de entrada del mismo, y pensando que de esa forma y para toques en vivo, es una excelente opción si en realidad no se dispone de grandes números de equipos de audio.
El MODULO EWD1 DIGITAL es de muy fácil uso como dije anteriormente, su menú tiene un acceso súper fácil aparte que es muy agradable navegar entre el, las configuraciones necesarias se consiguen de manera rápida y fácil, la opción de ajustar los db para la respectiva salida así como el intercambio entre línea/micrófono se hace de manera muy cómoda que cualquier principiante con tan solo poco tiempo de encender el equipo ya seria capaz de poder controlar todas sus funciones.
Me gusta mucho la parte de efectos incorporados, también la parte de Low Cut en la configuración de audio, el Equilizer es muy bueno sobre todo con los efectos que se pueden usar sobre el (en mi caso me gustaría que al colocar cualquier efecto se pudiera hacer como un preview del efecto que se prueba antes de tener que seleccionarlo para saber como quedaría el sonido en realidad), también es muy útil la parte de Auto Gain Control, que permite olvidarte en parte de si el ajuste de db se encuentra muy alto o muy bajo.
También pude probar la configuración a través de Network Settings y me gusto el que con una configuración rápida y sencilla se pueda tener acceso a dicho modulo a través de una aplicación para IOS.
Me atreví también a usar el MODULO EWD1 DIGITAL no solo con el micrófono, si no conectado a una guitarra usando sus pedaleras de efectos y funciono a las mil maravillas, de verdad que este módulo tiene muchas opciones que benefician a cualquier músico.
El alcance es excelente, la calidad de audio es muy superior, y como dije anteriormente, no pareciera que algo tan compacto tenga tantas funciones disponibles al alcance de nosotros los músicos y técnicos de sonido, a pesar que recomiendan que se conecte a más de 10 metros de distancia de cualquier fuente de WIFI, yo lo use a menos de un metro con mi router, y no me causo ningún tipo de interferencia.
Resumiendo, el SENNHEISER DIGITAL WIRELESS HEADMIC SET es un excelente módulo de conexión inalámbrica que recomiendo a cualquier músico y técnico de sonido, desde amateur hasta profesionales, su relación precio/valor lo considero muy acorde a la calidad y cualidad que él representa, de muy fácil conexión y en mi caso, de un gran provecho para el tipo de trabajo que yo ejecuto como músico y técnico de audio.
Let’s start with the suitcase containing the microphone: rigid at the right point, maybe a little too heavy but the microphone inside is well protected. In addition to the microphone it includes: the receiving base, the adapter to fix the microphone to an auction, 2 AA batteries marked Sennheiser, 2 receiving antennas, the power supply for the receiving base and a multilingual handbook. All accessories are easy to remove.
As to the microphone, it is bigger than I expected and once inserted the batteries it becomes quite heavy. One has to get used to it. Its colour is an impersonal grey (I would have preferred it black).
For the rest it has a great invoice, it presents the power button on the front (lower part near the antenna) while on top (immediately below the capsule) is the display with indication of the charge state of the battery and the signal strength and just below the “mute” button (useful). The capsule is instead the e835 interchangeable type: simply to unscrew, it can be replaced with other capsules (e845, E945, etc.). That will produce different sonic characteristics. Led is placed at the power button and it can act in 3 different colors: red power up or when it is out of range, green during operation and orange when it is mute. The same colors of LEDs can be found on the receiving base.
The microphone is powered by n. 2 AA batteries AA (supplied) easily replaceable: the duration is excellent: in 2 hours of continuous use, it consumes only one of five notches on the display so it is
assumed a total duration of 10 hours with a kit of 2 batteries. The receiving base is the component that I liked more, being light and elegant. On the front panel it has a display at the center, on the left a knob for setting, the Esc key and the power button, while on the right is the Pair key that allows the pairing.
All functions are available through the wheel, and the Esc key to return. The display is well visible in all light conditions and has the adjustable contrast.
On the rear panel are the connectors for the antennas (it is possible the installation of other antennas than those supplied), audio output through a balanced XLR-type socket (marked Neutrik) and a kind of jack unbalanced. There is also a power outlet and LAN input for external power supply of 12 V and 350 mA.
The audio controls are manifold: Gain (0 to 20 dB), equalization, de-being, presence boost, low cut, auto gain control and many others.
As for the range indoors: at a distance of 15 meters with 3 interposed walls the signal has been kept perfectly (it only lost 2 notches).
I must first say that expectations were high, considering the price range of the product. Evidence in fact did not disappoint the expectations: both the spoken voice and the singing are
faithfully reproduced with great clarity, brilliance and body. Testing voice and guitar has proved equally balanced even if the ideal position is not immediate, especially to prevent the sound of the guitar triggers unwanted feedback. I found particularly useful the de-being function that is essential in some cases, especially with female voices
The final judgment is absolutely positive, also taking into account the observations made earlier. It is a product intended for professional use and I believe it will find appreciation among the “purists” of sound for live performances and where it is necessary freedom of movement without sacrificing the quality of the result.
Last but not least, I am really grateful to Sennheiser: thank you very much for the opportunity I have been given.
D1 And only
Hi there, Tom here from West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.
After putting the D1 Lavalier set through its paces I’m not quite sure where to start with another seamless Sennheiser product.
Why not start with the packaging! The carry case is a thing of beauty. Sleek, Black and rugged. The Laser cut interior holds all the elements of the system snugly.
This solid and well manufactured feel carries over in to the product itself. Picking up the SK D1 transmitter, I am shocked at how light it feels but strong enough to survive the day to day realities of being sat on and thrown around by performers. The solid, stubby antenna nicely replaces wired versions on transmitters of old which inevitably become bent and tired looking. The whole thing is smaller than a G3 and is easily concealed. The removable battery compartment has a solid yet useable release mechanism much like the indestructible SK3063, which makes for quick battery swaps. Again the mute switch is well designed, easy to operate but low profile enough to not get accidently knocked. The only minor thing that bugs me is the lack of a back lit screen, which is also a little small but does the job. The Automatic Gain control is a neat feature. Nothing’s more frustrating than having to worry about gain on mic transmitters!
Moving on to the EM-D1 receiver… Initially I notice the sleek looks and bright, clear screen. The Jog wheel feels solid and east to use. Navigating to all the features is simple. The audio functions such as the output level and EQ setting feel very responsive, you can really feel what each setting is doing. The extended display option gives you all the info you could need without having to dig through menus again, saving time in high pressure situations.
Other Incredibly useful functions are the identify feature, so you can quickly match the transmitter to the receiver. The RF walk test worked nicely, and is great to ensure you don’t have mics dropping out in the middle of gigs!
The ME2 microphone that comes with the set is small but robust and the connector locks nicely in to the receiver. I used the kit for a cabaret event where the performers were in front of the sound system. The feedback rejection was fantastic and the vocal clarity was great with minimal EQ needed! You would never guess there was digital processing going on anywhere.
It’s great to be able to access a new band of frequencies and not have to worry about interfering with any of the other radio systems in the theatre.
All this topped off with fantastic software control, connectivity and even the app makes it look set to be another great Sennheiser workhorse. I’d love a full rack of these!
If you want sound quality, durability and ease of use, you really need the all new EW D1 wireless hd microphone! it has a great sound quality that surpass other brands in the market right now. For professional singers on stage or just for personal use like karaoke or giving a presentation on an event it’s the best in every aspect. Easy to set up, easy to control. Very durable with its high end materials that will ensure it for a very long time of use. it also has different built in EQ for your own personal preference or style like singing in different genre, it keeps up to your needs. It’s the best and always be the best in the market right now!
Déballage et qualité de fabrication (4/5)
Premièrement, le coffret parait très solide et fait très pro, bien qu’un peu trop imposant (ca prend de la place dans le coffre). A l’intérieur, on découvre de grosses mousses relativement denses enveloppant fermement chaque élément du kit, ce qui laisse présager d’une excellente protection.
Le récepteur et l’émetteur, avec leur aspect métal, respirent la solidité. Petit bémol toutefois pour les deux antennes du récepteur qui ont l’air plus fragile. Néanmoins, elles se vissent parfaitement aux endroits prévues, et gros bon point, on peut ranger le récepteur dans la mallette sans les dévisser à chaque fois.
L’adaptateur secteur du récepteur parait de bonne facture, mais à voir la durée de vie du câble dans le temps.
Au final, la seule chose qui m’inspire peu est le câble jack mini-jack qui doit servir à relier l’émetteur et la guitare, qui parait un peu cheap, au regard des Sommer que j’utilise habituellement. La encore, à voir dans la durée.
Alors là, impressionnant de facilité. On branche le récepteur, on le relit à l’ampli par la sortie « unbalanced » via un jack habituel, on met les piles dans l’émetteur, on connecte la guitare grâce au jack fourni (à noter que la connexion du mini jack avec l’émetteur est « sécurisée » par une vis, ce qui constitue pour moi un énorme avantage, aucune peur de débrancher l’émetteur en cours de jeu), on allume le tout, et les deux éléments se connectent quasi-instantanément. Au pire, on appuie sur le bouton Pair et il y a une reconnexion rapide.
Je glisse l’émetteur dans ma poche arrière droite, je le cale avec l’attache en métal prévue (qui serre très bien, plus aucun mouvement de l’émetteur, même en cas de saut), et je branche la guitare (une BreedLove Atlas). Le jack est un peu long dans cette configuration, et je dois faire quelques « boucles » autour de la sangle afin d’avoir quelque chose d’un peu plus esthétique. Puis je commence à jouer. Le panneau d’affichage du récepteur est très lisible, avec entre autre le nom de mon instrument, la qualité de la réception sans fil et le volume entrant. Je peux me déplacer n’importe où, le son reste le même. Après plusieurs utilisations sur plusieurs scènes différentes, je n’ai eu jamais eu aucun problème de réception, même à plus de 20 mètres du récepteur. Je suis vraiment libre d’aller où je veux, comme je veux, le son est là.
Le manuel d’utilisation est très simple, et l’interface de l’appareil relativement facile à prendre en main. Les différentes équalisations et options sonores proposées s’avèrent très pratique, notamment en cas de connexion en direct à une table de mixage via la sortie XLR.
Point négatif, il est plus difficile de poser momentanément la guitare, ou d’en changer en cours de set, de par la boucle que je réalise autour de la sangle, le jack étant trop long autrement à mon gout. Il faut que je me penche sur la question pour trouver une solution à cela. Heureusement, l’émetteur est équipé d’un bouton « mute » très pratique, qui me permet de garder la guitare avec moi ou de débrancher le jack sans risquer d’émettre un signal intempestif. Autre point négatif, j’ai un peu peur de casser l’antenne de l’émetteur en m’asseyant, puisque je place celui-ci dans ma poche arrière droite.
Il est (très) bon ! Que dire d’autres ? En ce qui me concerne, aucun parasite, aucune interférence, mon signal est respecté, le caractère de chacune de mes guitares (LesPaul Custom, Telecaster Cabronita et BreedLove Atlas) bien retransmis. Je n’ai tout simplement pu noter aucune différence sonore vis-à-vis des jack Sommer ou Fender que j’utilise habituellement. Si ca sonne mal, c’est juste la faute de mes doigts, comme toujours…
Vraiment génial ! Un produit très bien pensé et abouti, qui respire la qualité (à l’exception peut être du jack mini jack reliant l’instrument à l’émetteur, à voir dans le temps), qui respecte le signal de l’instrument, et qui procure un impressionnant sentiment de liberté, dont j’aurais du mal à me passer désormais. Merci Sennheinser !
It’s my first time working with a wireless microphone such as the Sennheiser D1. I plugged it into a digital mixer with an iPad control and everything worked perfectly. Initial setup of the mic took a minute. It was a very smooth installation for someone who hasn’t had experience with wireless mics. The interface on the receiver was extremely user-friendly and straight to the point with intuitive menus laid out for effects commonly found on a channel strip such as an equalizer with different presets like “vocals, acoustic, loudspeaker, etc.”, a de-esser with broad and selective hiss removal, and an automatic gain control feature or what we commonly know as a compressor (I love that the D1 receiver has this!) with a soft or hard knee option. Lastly, a hi-pass filter is also available for toggling on and off. I did not need to modify the other available menus related to networking because the microphone already worked right-off-the-bat.
At a Christmas event at the mall I work in, I made the emcee and lead vocalist of the girl pop band use the D1. The sound of the Sennheiser was amazing. It’s what you’d expect from a professional dynamic vocal microphone. Virtually no dropouts were experienced during the event, despite having countless wireless networks in the vicinity, including the mall-wide wifi hotspot. No signal interference from either cellphones or speaker feedback were also present throughout the D1’s use. Using the microphone intermittently for two hours didn’t reduce the batteries at all (The bar on the microphone display indicating battery power was completely full.)
I also tested the distance needed for the D1 to dropout of range. On the first floor of the mall, with a lot of stalls in between, I was able to get a clear audio signal from the microphone at 38 meters. While on the second floor, with the receiver located on the first floor, the engineer was able to get clear signals on the mixer from 38 meters away. There was no degredation in signal quality (again, with multiple wifi networks in the area) according to the engineer who manned the digital console where the Sennheiser D1 was connected.
In a situation where no mixer or console is a available, I am able to use the unbalanced output to plug in the wireless receiver. This makes the vocal microphone set usable in scenarios where no hi-end sound system is present, such as at speaking events where a midrange amplifier is used. All-in-all, speaking from a beginner viewpoint when it comes to wireless live performance technology, I find using the D1 a very pleasant experience, even easier than setting up a wifi router and connecting a laptop to it.
I love the sound quality of the e835 microphone on vocals and how durable it feels. The Sennheiser D1 is an amazing wireless system for live events, and super user-friendly for seasoned sound engineers and those looking to invest in their very first wireless microphone.
Maybe it would be better if the microphone had a dedicated on and off switch, or a clearer mechanism that switches it off. I wasn’t sure if placing the switch to mute would automatically power off the microphone after a while. So, I removed the battery attachment just to be sure.
I tested the Evolution Wireless D1 vocal set in a highly difficult church scenario. The church has no acoustic roof installed and the roof top spans easily about 50 feet high. In addition, the PA system is over 30 years old and speakers are not a perfect match with it. But this is the best we have to date. Any wireless voice systems tried to date have had trouble with these settings: awful feedbacks, signal interruption and sound clarity is always missing.
With the D1 vocal set I found the signal interruption totally disappeared. No matter where I stood within the building, the signal was received with a powerful brilliance and clarity. I moved outside to building to approximately 100 feet from the receiver and I could still hear myself with the volume control at 6!!: very impressive.
Battery life has an unbelievable 6 to 7 hours performance on 2 “AA” alkaline batteries. This is a relieve compared to using 9 volt in other vocals making my battery inventory less expensive.
The receiver box is pretty sturdy and the menus allow me to preset equalization for certain effects I can use in different presentations. This I liked a lot! Maybe adding additional control buttons to make the menu less complicated to access could be a suggestion for an upgrade.
The balance and unbalanced outputs is also a great feature I find quite useful specially using an old PA system which lack certain commodities. The ability to add the outputs from it to a LAN is a dream coming true.
The microphone itself is very elegant and resistant which allows manageability which confidence. Found its on/off button a bit complicated at first not knowing instinctively how to use it but can see the advantage of the ingenious design. Maybe the transmitting portion could be shorter or integrated as part of the body adding a cooler presentation to the piece, but certainly not a serious need.
Probably the only discouragement I can think of is system price. For a single vocal microphone at $700+ retail, I couldn’t have afforded it otherwise. My church is a small congregation with limited income and our board would definitely think about purchasing it with other priorities on hand. Other than that, I loved it and hope to be able to use it for years to come.
My product, ewD1 was in a portable, durable plastic container which houses all the components securely. The things that got to my mind about reviewing this product, ewD1 was, is it compact? Will it be user friendly? Can anyone be able to operate it at any given time? How far can it transmit? Will it be compatible to any available amplifier in the area? The quality of the voice it produces?
Is it compact?
Yes it is. It is small enough to carry in your regular sized bags if you consider the protective case as to bulky (the case adds to the overall weight of the product). The actual body pack is compact. The transmitter is small, easily clipped on to your pants or any other clothes you are wearing, together with the clip-on mic, that is able to pick-up any voice at breast level. It is wireless so “tangle free”, you’ll be able to inter-act with your audience.
Will it be user friendly?
Yes it is! No worries about the plug not compatible with your wall socket or any extension cords if you are outdoors, it comes with a variety of interchangeable male plug. And you can power it up to any power voltage in your area; it has 100v-240v range! Just plug it directly to your socket. It also comes with the option on how you hook it to your amplifier. You can choose from a 6.3mm audio jack outlet or a XLR jack outlet. That’s versatility for me. Unfortunately, I was not able to use it other feature were you can hook it up on your router and use an Android/IOS app to control the unit remotely because there is no available router to hook it up on my tests.
Can anyone operate it at any given time?
Another yes! As it is a User-Friendly unit, anyone can operate it. It is like any other units where you just hook it to your amp, plug it into your power source and your unit is ready as you are.
How far can it transmit?
I have tested it from 10m, 15m, and 25m. And it does transmit at those ranges. I have even tested at an elevation, the body pack was around 7m from the ground, with the range of about 10m, it was during our flag ceremony at our municipality here in Capiz, Philippines, and it does great. Amazingly this unit has a great range (including angle of elevation) without compromising voice quality.
Will it be Compatible to any available amplifiers in the area?
Yes, it is very much compatible to any amplifiers. As I have said, you can have the option on how you can hook it up to any amplifiers there is. It is a very versatile product, ewD1. I am lucky to be one of the many to test it first before it even sold to the market.
The quality of voice it produces?
The voice quality it produces depends on the amplifier it is hook on, to the speakers you are using, and the area you are using it. Because my area is not as well-off as other parts of my country, Philippines, and other parts of the world, I have hooked it up to may not so well-off amps, so does the speaker but regardless of this short comings, the product, ewD1, never meet my expectations but surpasses then. It works wonderfully. The voices of the users without the ewD1 and with it during meeting and other activities was astonishingly similar. Every pitch, diction, ect., you can say that the user is talking to you directly. The venue can also affect the quality of the voice it produces, so be very wary of that.
Overall, this product is amazing. It is compact, versatile and has great range. You can use it indoors, and outdoors; on conferences, meetings, and others that might need a power microphone without the hassle of holding a big microphone, you can use both your hands to interact with the audiences, it is wireless, so worries on the tangled wires. If you can make some adjustments on the weight and the size of the protective case, it would be great but not a major issue.
RHIEL F. BELENCION, The Philippines
Ok, this is my review of the Sennheiser D1 digital wireless instrument set.
The set is packaged in its own plastic hard case which is essential for any gigging musician. Set up could not be simpler. After securing the batteries, attaching the aerials and plugging it in you are pretty much ready to go. It synched up on its own and was ready to go instantly.
The receiver unit feels very sturdy and looks like it can take a knock or two which will inevitably happen in a live environment.
The transmitter sits comfortably on the guitar strap and is not noticeable due to its size and weight. I haven’t slung it around yet but feels quite secure with its clip. Maybe a locking system would give me a little more confidence with a more boisterous and energetic performance.
From the box , the sound quality seems very good. No loss of tone and seems to replicate my original sound. There are a couple of handy eq settings built in with hi and low pass options. I feel that this is more a ‘nice to have’ rather than a compulsive feature.
The design is simple and sleek and the push button and twist works well. The menus are easy to navigate but once you have the desired eq I suppose it’s just nice to be able to plug in and play.
The range on this unit seems ok but did notice a bit of latency at what I thought weren’t a great distance. Small to medium venues should be fine as there is no loss of sound quality evident.
Overall I think this is a great little unit that has very little drawbacks. Size and design are great and the added features are a bonus.
Wireless instrument systems can be so hit and miss in terms of their reliability, ease of use, and sound. I stopped using them about 20 years ago because I could never count on them acting just right. With the ewD1, Sennheiser has gotten me past my hesitation to go wireless. Set up was incredibly simple—when they say “plug and play,” they mean it! I’ve been using the system in environments where there are a lot of other wireless signals—phones, wi-fi, Bluetooth, you name it. I have not yet had one incident of the signal dropping or even degrading. Also, I do not feel that my guitar sound has lost any punch or tone quality because it is being transmitted wirelessly. Most importantly, using the ewD1 does not make me feel any differently about playing. My Les Paul still feels like it is plugged directly into a tube amp.
My one critique of the device has to do with the design of the body pack. I’ve found that the controls on the device are very small. The power button is hard to push unless you go at it from just the right angle. I also found the connection of the 1/8” cable to the body pack to be a little difficult in terms of space and feedback to know when to stop tightening.
Other than those little issues, you’ve built a winner!
Since I received my D1 Kit I’ve had the opportunity to test it in a wide range of conditions and environments in both my personal and professional life, and so far I’ve been very impressed. From using lapel microphones in lectures, to attaching instruments and electronic devices to it and diving into the crowd at a show, never once did I notice any signal interference or drops in the quality of sound.
In my opinion the D1 is the most stable wireless kit I have used so far and comes highly recommended by myself. Not only is it a reliable system it’s incredibly easy to use with a wide range of features, the UI is simple and it can be rapidly deployed.
All of this is very important in my work environment at a University, where important lectures and events have sometimes suffered due to interference on our previous/current wireless systems, with the D1 we had no such issue, it’s constant monitoring of frequencies and the fact it can be controlled via an App meant I never had to worry about sound levels or quality.
What I’ve already mentioned also proved to make using the D1 Kit in my personal life a lot easier and more enjoyable. I’m involved in and perform at a range of events and live shows where having a high quality, reliable wireless system can not only make the show more interesting, but a lot more intimate for the crowd when the performer can be free to travel instead of being chained to the stage without any worries of signal and sound quality loss.
All of this is very important in my work environment at a University, where important lectures and events have sometimes suffered due to interference on our previous/current wireless systems, with the D1 we had no such issue, it’s constant monitoring of frequencies and the fact it can be controlled via an App means I should never have to worry about sound levels or quality.
Overall I am extremely pleased with the D1 and will be looking into purchasing more in the future.
Mir wurde von Sennheiser die D1 Funkstrecke im Set mit dem Handsender zum Praxistest zugeschickt. Auf dem Handsender ist die Kapsel e935 montiert. Im Folgenden möchte ich meine Eindrücke schildern, die ich während der 30-tägigen Testphase dieses Funkmikrofons gewonnen habe.
Ich bin selbstständiger Live-Tontechniker und arbeite mit verschiedensten Bands und Künstlern sowie für eine Vielzahl an Industrie-Kunden bei Konzerten, Tagungen, Kabarett-Aufführungen und Messen.
Das Mikrofon kommt zusammen mit dem Receiver, passenden Antennen und Netzteil, sowie zwei Batterien in einem der bekannten, schwarzen Sennheiser-Koffer mit passender Schaumstoff-Formeinlage. Alles hat seinen Platz, nichts fliegt herum und der Koffer macht einen recht langlebigen Eindruck.
Die Verarbeitung des Mikrofons an sich ist sehr hochwertig, nur das herausnehmbare und gegen einen Akku austauschbare Batteriefach macht keinen extrem robusten Eindruck, sollte normalen Belastungen aber locker standhalten.
Die Verarbeitung des Empfängers ist über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Schick gemacht mit einer Hochglanz-Front und dem OLED-Display, das in weiß auf schwarz Auskunft über den Betriebszustand gibt.
Auf der Rückseite ist alles wie aus der ew-Serie gewohnt; Anschlüsse in XLR- und Klinkenformat, zwei Antennenbuchsen mit Gewinde, Netzteilbuchse mit Kabelsicherungs-Öse. Dazu ein Netzwerkanschluss für Firmware-Updates. In dieser Preiskategorie bleiben da keine Wünsche offen.
Um zu Testen, wie intuitiv sich die Bedienung gestaltet, habe ich das Manual erst mal links liegen lassen. Denn diese Serie ist aus meiner Sicht in erster Linie für Musiker entwickelt worden und wer will sich schon damit aufhalten, erst Handbücher lesen zu müssen bevor man loslegt? Außerdem möchte ich in Fällen, wo ich ein bereits aufgebautes Setup von einem Techniker-Kollegen übernehme (z.B. bei Tagungen, Konferenzen) nicht unnötig herumsuchen müssen, um an bestimmte Funktionen zu kommen.
Das Menu ist wie von Sennheiser gewohnt aufgebaut, ungewohnt war zunächst nur das Fehlen jeglicher Einstellmöglichkeiten bzgl. Funkfrequenz, Squelch und dergleichen – ist aber auch klar, macht die Strecke ja alles selber. Alle anderen Funktionen sind logisch strukturiert und einfach zu finden.
Beim Ausschalten des Handsender ist ein leichter Knackser zu hören, andere Systeme – auch von Sennheiser – geben hier komplett Ruhe.
Dann also auf zum ersten Soundcheck.
Dank automatischem Frequenzmanagement und Sync ist die Strecke wenige Sekunden nach dem Einschalten direkt spielbereit – das war einfach! Also Kopfhörer auf und mal hören, was die Audio-Effekte so können. Der HPF greift gut und beseitigt Griffgeräusche und tieffrequentes Mumpfen, die EQ-Presets für Sprache schienen mir sinnvoll eingestellt, im Custom-EQ hätte ich mir vielleicht eher eine parametrische Klangregelung als eine grafische gewünscht, aber so ist das natürlich für den technisch eher unbedarften Anwender wesentlich leichter zu managen.
Der De-Esser macht einen erstaunlich guten Job, vor allem im Selective-Modus, die AGC passt den Ausgangspegel an, ohne dabei unnötig hektisch auf kurze Spitzen zu reagieren. All diese Features sind meines Erachtens vor allem dann sehr nützlich, wenn man das Mikrofon mit einem Mischpult mit nur begrenzten Klangbearbeitungsmöglichkeiten kombiniert oder direkt in einen Aktivlautsprecher geht. Hier lassen sich doch deutlich bessere Resultate erzielen, als mit den Mischpult-Reglern allein.
Der Sound der e935-Kapsel ist mir bestens bekannt. Ich benutze die kabelgebundene Version gern für Männer-Stimmen in allen mögliche Szenarien und habe damit eigentlich immer gute Ergebnisse erzielt. Ein kurzer AB-Vergleich zwischen D1- und Kabel-Variante ergab keine nennenswerten klanglichen Unterschiede, lediglich das Grundrauschen ist bei der Funkstrecke etwas höher, liegt aber in einem völlig unkritischen Bereich.
Auf zum Konzert
Der erste Einsatz in der echten Welt fand bei einem Gig einer Funk- und Soulband statt, die ich seit vielen Jahren als FOH-Mischer begleite. An diesem Abend spielten wir im Festsaal im Künstlerhaus München. Die Regie war auf dem Balkon gegenüber der Bühne aufgebaut (ca. 25m entfernt), weswegen ich mich dazu entschied, den Empfänger auf der Bühne zu belassen.
Das Mikrofon wurde sowohl von der Lead-Sängerin, also auch für eine Ansprache der Gastgeber verwendet und funktionierte ohne jegliche Probleme. Auch die Batterielaufzeit konnte überzeugen, über den gesamten Abend hinweg war kein Wechsel notwendig.
Auch die Sängerin war mit dem Handling und der Klang sehr zufrieden. Insgesamt also ein durchwegs positiver Eindruck!
Nach einer weiteren Show mit der gleichen Band ein paar Tage später, die ebenfalls reibungslos verlief, habe ich die Strecke bei einer kleineren Industrie-Veranstaltung eingesetzt. Dabei konnte sie sich gegen ihre Brüder aus der analogen ew300G3-Serie behaupten. Frequenztechnisch besteht hier ja ohnehin kein Konflikt und die unterschiedlichen Strecken haben klaglos ihren Dienst getan. Eine Kleinigkeit, die mir hierbei noch aufgefallen ist: Die On-Off-LED am D1-Handsender ist ziemlich hell und damit auch aus einiger Entfernung gut abzulesen. Die ew300 ist in diese Hinsicht optisch dezenter, dafür sieht man bei der D1 auch von Mischpult aus, ob der Handsender nicht versehentlich ausgeschaltet wurde – es gibt ja immer diese Spezialisten… Dafür macht es einem das unbeleuchtete und sehr tief im Gehäuse versenkte Display am D1-Handsender nicht leicht, in dunkler Umgebung etwas darauf zu lesen. Ein OLED wie am Empfänger wäre hier natürlich sehr schick gewesen. Und da ich gerade beim Display bin: Als äußerst nützlich habe ich die Anzeige der Empfangsstärke auf dem D1-Handsender empfunden. Gerade wenn man als Techniker allein unterwegs ist kann man so ganz easy den Saal mit dem Mikro in der Hand ablaufen und sieht direkt, wie gut die Signalstärke ist. Sehr sehr praktisch!
Es folgten noch einige weitere Veranstaltungen, bei denen die D1 ebenfalls einen einwandfreien Job gemacht hat. Ich kann also nur eine Empfehlung für diese Serie aussprechen. Sicherlich sind für komplexere Shows mit vielen Drahtlos-Kanälen andere Systeme die erste Wahl, aber das ist auch nicht das Marktsegment der D1. Wenn es dagegen um einfache Bedienung, Plug-and-play-Spielbereitschaft, sowie um guten Sound geht, ist die D1 auf jeden Fall eine Überlegung und einen persönlichen Test wert!
Jakob Ströher, Tontechniker
Over the past 2 weeks, I had the opportunity and the pleasure to deeply test the new SENNHEISER EVOLUTION WIRELESS D1 kit with the ME-2 omnidirectional microphone capsule.
As an audio engineer, I work a lot on Films and TV productions, and even on Theatre productions, where wireless lavalier microphones are very useful. The main advantage of those microphones are their portability. But difficulties comes when you have multiple wireless mics on a gig. It really gets frustrating to set each wireless systems on different and available frequencies. And you have to constantly monitor the frequencies and your signal, to see if you won’t get any interferences. It gets even more complicated when you are touring. Each countries have their own laws about radio transmisson and their own dedicated frequency range. With that in mind, we need a lot of training and experience to make a good job, on big sets with wireless systems. But Sennheiser has just recently gone a little bit further to make our job a lot easier.
The main feature about the D1 system is that it automatically change frequencies, to keep the best signal at every time, and avoid any interferences. The system is continuously tracking the best frequency at each time, and is constantly re-calibrating automatically with its transmitter. Also the system works on a 2.4G Hz frequency range, which is the same as Wi-Fi Networks. The advantage is that it’s an international range dedicated to short-range High Frequency transmission and is free of use pretty much all around the world. We may think that having a 2.4GHz frequency range for a wireless mic could be a little bit dangerous, because of all the common tools we use that connects over Wi-Fi, and could interfere with your mic. But it actually won’t. The reason is that the D1 has its own MAC address, just like everybodies home Wi-Fi router, which allows each system to identify itself in the frequency range. That is the same reason why you are not bothered by your neighbor’s Wi-Fi even if you are using the same channel as they are.
I actually did the test. I rigged myself with the D1 transmitter and the ME-2 capsule, as well as a traditional RF wireless mic from another “S” brand. And I went walking around a large office, where they were a lot of equipment operating over Wi-Fi : multiple internet routers, wireless keyboards, and wireless trackpads, I kept my phone on (I even got a phone call during the test) and I compared later the two recordings. Here are the results.
With the traditional RF mic : I lost the signal at least 3 times for as long as 1 second, because of distance, walls, and radio interferences. I am used to work with this mic and I think it did a great job considering the conditions of the test.
With the D1 kit : I didn’t loose the signal once, while I was still in range. Even during the phone call, I didn’t get any interference on the recording. I had the “Walktest” function engage, so at one point, I had a warning triangle screening on the body pack, telling me I was getting out of range of the receiver. At that point the challenger mic was already lost without giving me any warning.
Whereas the D1 kept working for a couple of meters before starting to be interfered. The Evolution D1 receiver also has some cool features like Low Cuts, Eqs, De-esser, and other filters, but I prefer not to use them because I think it’s better to handle this during mixing. It also have an Ethernet port on the back to control over WLAN network. And the D1 system can also be controlled via an Android or IOS App that is not yet available.
The Evolution D1 wireless system is in my opinion a really professional solution for wireless audio installations. It is a solid product built for professional use but is incredibly easy to operate.
You really don’t need to know much about audio to make it work, because it basically works by itself. It is an inteligent technology and it allows professionals to work faster. I had a lot of fun testing it and I am know curious to ear the other products of the D1 series.
»Having extensively tested the Sennheiser D1 Mic Set in live performance environments across the UAE, I can solemnly say I am incredibly impressed with its features and high quality sound.
Firstly, the battery life was excellent and long-lasting, considering I sang for seven hours in a live setting and only one bar of battery was lost. Usually, I find that battery for wireless mics can be incredibly fast to drain so this was a pleasant surprise.
The screen on the mic itself was clear and concise, displaying both the power left and also the range/signal strength. This was very helpful to monitor both how much battery remained and also how far I could distance myself from the mains/ Rack-mount receiver.
I was in no way prohibited by the range and distance I could put between myself and the receiver and this was comforting to my confidence whilst performing, as I felt I could move amongst the audience as freely as I’d liked even in a larger venue setting.
In comparison to my regular mics, (Shure’s and Beta’s) I found the sound quality exceptionally pleasing mainly due to the EQ and automatic gain control that was easily adjustable on the receiver. It was a great way to manage my live vocal sound and I found the frequencies of my voice were very balanced and rich tonally.
The one and only criticism I have of the set- although not a deal breaker- is that the on/off button on the mic itself was difficult to press and a little awkwardly positioned. I also thought that perhaps the battery pack at the bottom could have been included within the mic so as not to be so bulky, however, this absolutely does not put me off the product and I was very happy with the results of the wireless set overall.
As a full-time vocalist and regular ‘gigger’ I will absolutely be using this mic for all my upcoming gigs, the sound it expelled highlighted my vocal qualities and techniques and showed off my voice extremely well due to its automatic functions and live adjustments. I am also happy that via XLR cable I can still use it in conjunction with my TC Helicon vocal effects and other vocal accessories.
Thank you Sennheiser- very impressed!«
Professional Vocalist/Commercial Model
3 x sets of the legendary HD 25
DJ headphones. Ideal for the studio/stage
5 x MK 4
home recording microphones
10 x e835
brilliant vocal microphones for live gigs