Q5X and Shure unveil their specialised Axient® Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters

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Wireless microphone developer Q5X and Shure announced a collaboration to combine their expertise to provide “superior sound quality” and “security” that today’s sports broadcasts require. Together, Q5X and Shure have developed specialised Axient® Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters, that deliver the “latest wireless digital technology” with “unparalleled RF stability”, encryption, and spectral efficiency, according to the press release.

“With the combination of Q5X and Shure, this is really the best of both worlds,” said Jens Rothenburger, Director of Pro Audio Marketing at Shure. “The new Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters provide sound engineers and the sports industry with a complete solution in a superior, already-established form factor.”

“Q5X prides itself on developing transmitters to solve difficult wireless audio problems for our customers,” says Paul Johnson, CEO of Q5X. “Now, we have a proven digital technology that can be placed in literally any form factor.” 

Q5X has established form factors for players, coaches, and officials at all sporting levels in different sports. And now, three form factor models feature the latest Axient Digital technology, including the CoachMic™, PlayerMic®, and AquaMic™.

The new CoachMic “securely and unobtrusively” captures the coach’s audio for post-production, while giving the coach the opportunity to mute the mic for game strategy or other sensitive discussions. During the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago in February, coaches from both teams were miked with the wireless CoachMic transmitter, which aired during the live national broadcast. The transmitters used Shure Axient Digital to transmit audio to the engineers mixing for TNT Sports. The mics could also be remotely muted by the audio engineers, via Q5X MicCommander™, as the coaches entered the locker rooms at halftime.

The PlayerMic is designed to be worn by the players. PlayerMic’s design protects players from injury if they fall on it or take a direct hit. This version of the Q5X PlayerMic bodypack transmitter has been co-developed with Shure to be compatible with Axient Digital wireless receivers. Furthermore, the AquaMic is fully submersible, so it is ideal for challenging environmental situations like those in reality television, film, and sports broadcasting. Rechargeable batteries provide 4-16 hours of life.

The MicCommander enables users to control all aspects of the bodypack transmitters remotely, including set up and monitoring: on/off, frequency, mic offset, RF power, groups, and battery level. The handheld remote control and transmitters take advantage of the RCAS (Remote Control Audio System) communication scheme for simple and complex adjustments.

The combined sports mic and technology expertise from Q5X and Shure will enable audio designers to capture sound “without compromising the safety or comfort of the weare”r. The Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters will benefit sports leagues, broadcasters, and production companies “resulting in an enhanced audience experience”.

The Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters will be available this summer 2020.

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