Gear — Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series For Live Productions

The Sennheiser SK 6000, part of the Digital 6000 Series for handheld microphone for live events and productions

Employing the same long-range capabilities and the same advanced Digital Audio Codec as the top-of-the-line Digital 9000 Series, Sennheiser’s new Digital 6000 Series is also compatible with the Digital 9000 for building larger networks at less cost with up to eight daisy-chained units. With a two-channel receiver system that is available in either rack-mountable 19” charging unit or body pack that can be worn with handheld transmitter, the Digital 6000 Series will be available as of March 2017. Keep your eye on HDVP, no doubt we’ll see it firsthand at NAB 2017!

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The Digital 6000 Series RF audio receiver and charger for live event and productions
The Digital 6000 Series RF audio receiver and charger for live event and productions

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Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series PRESS RELEASE

Sennheiser announces the Digital 6000 Series – an advanced wireless microphone system that excels in demanding productions

Old Lyme, Conn., November 16, 2016 – Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced a new addition to its Professional Wireless Range: The upcoming Digital 6000 Series of radio microphones will bring outstanding audio quality and rock-solid RF wireless transmission to demanding live productions. The series uses the same long-range mode and proprietary Sennheiser Digital Audio Codec as the Digital 9000, Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless series. Comprising a two-channel receiver in two different versions, a bodypack and a handheld transmitter as well as a rack-mount 19” charging unit, the Digital 6000 Series will be available from March 2017.

“With Digital 6000, we have brought the key benefits of our benchmark Digital 9000 system to a two-channel receiver and associated handheld and bodypack transmitters. The series is an ideal choice for touring and rental companies, theatre and musical productions, broadcasting, houses of worship and for high-profile corporate customers,” said Tom Vollmers, product manager at Sennheiser.

Verbose rear inputs on the Digital 6000 Series RF audio receiver and charger for live event and productions
Verbose rear inputs on the Digital 6000 Series RF audio receiver and charger for live event and productions

The digital two-channel receiver works across a switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470 to 714 MHz), which is covered by three transmitter versions (470 – 558 MHz, 550 – 638 MHz, and 630 – 718 MHz). For larger systems, up to eight receiver units can simply be daisy-chained without the need for an additional antenna splitter; the multi-channel system will work with a single pair of antennas. The system latency is 3 milliseconds.
Superior reception, reliable audio
Reliability has always been a hallmark of Sennheiser wireless systems, and Digital 6000 fulfils this promise by employing true bit diversity, transmission error correction and additional intelligent error concealment.

True bit diversity ensures a far better reception quality than would be possible with other diversity techniques. While switching diversity and true diversity use the RF signal of a single antenna or the audio signal of a single reception path, respectively, true bit diversity uses both reception paths and combines their information content, thus creating the optimum signal.

The Digital 6000 receivers are fitted with a Link Quality Indicator that ensures that issues get seen before any drop-outs occur. If, as in difficult RF environments, the signal should get temporarily corrupted to such an extent that the transmission error correction can no longer repair it, the intelligent error concealment of Digital 6000 sets in. It employs intelligent learning algorithms to replace the corrupted signal, enabling Digital 6000 to still transmit flawlessly where other digital systems fail.

For data security, a feature that is particularly important for conference and corporate use, Digital 6000 features switchable AES 256 encryption.

Ease of use for the sound engineer and RF manager
A familiar user interface modelled on the EM 3732 receiver ensures simple, reliable operation for the sound engineer. Meanwhile, the Digital 6000’s automatic frequency set-up function and the Wireless Systems Manager (WSM) control and monitoring software makes the job of the monitor engineer or dedicated RF engineer much easier.

The front of the AEM 6000 Receiver from the Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series
The front of the AEM 6000 Receiver from the Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series

The Digital 6000 receiver is fitted with an eye-friendly white OLED display, which gives a quick overview of the RF signal, link quality, audio signal, battery status, frequency and encryption. Several home screens provide easy access to further information, without the user having to navigate through submenues. Critical operating conditions and error messages are directly indicated on the display.

Ready for use with existing infrastructures and equipment
Digital 6000 works with standard active and passive UHF antennas, as the frequency-selective antenna filters are contained in the EM 6000 receiver. Therefore, existing antenna infrastructures can continue to be used.

The Digital 6000 transmitters use the same high-performance rechargeable accupacks as the Digital 9000 units. The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter is fitted with Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface and can therefore be combined with all the classic microphone heads from the evolution wireless Series, the 2000 Series, and also the special 9000 Series heads.

The SK 6000 bodypack excels as a high-end solution for wireless instruments such as guitar and bass – or is ready for use with the Sennheiser clip-on microphones MKE 1 (omni-directional) as well as the digital-transmission versions of the MKE 2 (omni) and MKE 40 (cardioid).

The SK 6000 body pack transmitter for the Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series
The SK 6000 body pack transmitter for the Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series

Smart charging solution
The L 6000 charger is a 19”/1U device that can be fitted with up to four charging modules, each of which recharges two bodypack or two handheld batteries, respectively. Three-coloured LEDs on the front panel give a quick overview of the charging process. More detailed information as well as additional parameters such as battery runtime, charging cycles and remaining capacity can be accessed via the Wireless Systems Manager.

As the 6000 Series transmitters are compatible with the Digital 9000 transmitters, the L 6000 charging unit can also be used for Digital 9000.

Seamless workflows
Digital 6000 integrates seamlessly into digital or analogue system infrastructures. The EM 6000 receiver is fitted with a digital AES-3 output, high-quality transformer-balanced analogue XLR-3 outputs and ¼” (6.3 mm) jack outputs. The Dante version of the receiver offers an additional Amphenol RJ-45 connector for integration into a Dante network.

The Digital 6000 Series is compatible with Digital 9000 in long-range mode; also, the 6000 Series transmitters can be used with the EK 6042 camera receiver.

Image 1: Sennheiser’s forthcoming Digital 6000 wireless microphone series targets the rental and touring market, theatres and musical venues, houses of worship, broadcasters, and high-profile corporate customers

Image 2: Both EM 6000 versions feature a digital AES-3 output, transformer-balanced XLR-3 outputs and ¼” (6.3 mm) jack outputs. The EM 6000 Dante is additionally fitted with a high-quality Amphenol RJ-45 socket for integrating the receiver into a Dante network

Image 3: The SK 6000 bodypack transmitter

Image 4: The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter can be used with all evolution wireless, 2000 Series, and special 9000 Series microphone heads

Image 5: Conveniently positioned within the receiver rack, the modular L 6000 charging unit recharges up to eight transmitter batteries. The four modules can be chosen according to the required battery type – BA 60 for the handhelds and BA 61 for the bodypacks

About Sennheiser
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totaling €682 million.