‘An Instant Connection’
The Sennheisser XSW-D is a portable and simple wireless audio system designed for DSLR camera systems, ENG broadcasts, and live performances.
Originally released in January of 2019 at National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, CA, the XSW-D wireless system compliments multiple uses, “Roam free with a range of four systems to choose from, or select à la carte from individual components”(1).
Sennheiser senior product manager, Tobias von Allwörden, shares his excitement about the new XSW-D system,
“With XS Wireless Digital we are adding exciting entry-level digital wireless microphones to our portfolio…The series is ideal for first-time wireless users – be it a guitarist who wants to move on stage freely, or a content creator who wants to take his or her video projects to the next level with wireless audio” (1).
Sennheiser’s XSW-D uses the license-free 2.4 GHz spectrum for audio transmission, ‘XSW-D works in the globally available 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum and allows for up to 75 m (250 ft) of range’ (1).
Featuring antenna diversity and the acclaimed aptX® Live codec, the transmitters and receivers work redundantly, ‘Transmitting all data packages twice to ensure reliable transmission. In case of interference, the transmitter and receiver will seamlessly hop to a free frequency’ (1).
Audio latency is below 4 milliseconds and five XSW-D systems can be used simultaneously; the internal battery is charged via the included USB-C cable and run for up to five hours.
Operation is made easy with a single-button, ‘Pressing the buttons on both the transmitter and the receiver will power up and automatically link the units, clicking either button on the receiver or transmitter will mute the audio signal and pressing and holding both buttons again will power the system down’ (1).
MI sets with/for handheld microphones:
XSW-D Vocal Set: XS 1 dynamic cardioid microphone, mic transmitter (XLR-3F), receiver (XLR-3M), mic clip, charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
XSW-D XLR Base Set: transmitter for dynamic microphones (XLR-3F), receiver (XLR-3M), charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
MI sets with/for lavalier microphones:
XSW-D Lavalier Set: ME 2-II clip-on microphone, transmitter (3.5 mm [1/8”] mini-jack), receiver (XLR-3M), belt clip, charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
XSW-D Presentation Base Set: transmitter (3.5 mm [1/8”] mini-jack), receiver (XLR-3M), belt clip, charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
MI sets for instruments:
XSW-D Instrument Base Set: instrument transmitter (6.3 mm [1/4”] jack), receiver (XLR-M), belt clip, extension cable (6.3 mm [1/4”] jack), charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
XSW-D Pedalboard Set: instrument transmitter (6.3 mm [1/4”] jack), pedalboard receiver, belt clip, extension cable (6.3 mm [1/4”] jack), charging cable (USB-A to USB-C) and receiver power supply
Touzeau, Jeff. “An Instant Connection.” Sennheiser Nordic A/S Finland – Pressroom, 24 Jan. 2019, sennheiser.prezly.com/an-instant-connection.