Anyone know if there will be any issues using the above mic instead of the one shipped with the XDV 35L?
Here is the mic,
Is it just a case of using a minijack to jack adapter and away we go?
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:24 AM
...Is it just a case of using a mini jack to jack adapter and away we go?
In theory, it would be, Standpoint...
...the screw-on "skirt" of Sennheiser's "G Series" mini TRS jack often prevents the connection via such adapters from making it "all the way", giving rise to horrible "splatting" and intermittency.
In any case, many have found that the extra leverage on the beltpack's jack socket caused by the additional length of such adapter arrangements can actually bend connections inside the beltpack itself, often to the point of destroying them.
So the best way would be to directly re-terminate your Sennheiser ME2's cable with a high quality "full size" 6.5mm (1/4") TRS jack plug.
You will need to correctly re-wire (solder) what were the mini-jack's cables onto the larger TRS jack's contacts, which entails connecting the inner wire (which provides both + volts to the mic capsule and carries signal "hot" from it) to both the "tip" and "ring" of the new larger plug and connecting the outer "old shield" sleeve to the new plug's "shield" sleeve.
It's also worth bearing in mind that the ME2 is an omnidirectional mic, (with its consequent propensity for feedback in reinforcement applications) whereas the supplied Line 6 lavalier is a directional type that many of us find actually works far better "on the road".
Edited by RonMarton, 17 September 2013 - 04:21 PM.
Corrected ME 2 wiring instructions, following AndySonic's helpful post.
Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:17 AM
Thanks Ron, soldering a full size jack shouldn't be a problem so I'll do that when the mic is purchased. I got two of the XDV35L's and a XDV35 for a job in France recently (we do video production, mostly corporate) because of the unrestricted nature of the transmitter and receiver, but the quality of the mics really lets the system down. They are generally used for interviews or for capturing the speakers at conferences and very rarely being used for reinforcement purposes.
Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:26 PM
Given that your lavalier/s are intended for...
...interviews or for capturing the speakers at conferences and very rarely being used for reinforcement purposes.
...and that you're happy to perform simple continuity checks and correctly re-terminate cabling to a full size TRS jack plug, I would HEARTILY recommend you invest just 17 more Euro for this mic http://europe.beyerd...GL55c_EN_A2.pdf, which will prove to not only be far more durable in your application, (and more resistant to "clothing rustle") but also capable of actually being concealed beneath lighter t-shirts and blouses in some instances.
It's far more compact and has a more "bend-friendly" cable, which you should test in order to re-connect as follows:
Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:42 PM
Hi Standpoint - we've just gone through the same situation; we have existing Sennheiser ME2 mics from Evolution series EW100 systems and want to use them with the XD-V35L system.
Sadly neither using a direct 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter, *nor* wiring them like-for-like will work.
Best to remove the original 3.5mm locking connector and re-wire to a new plug.
The ME2 is a 2-wire system with positive bias - using a balanced 1/4" jack for the input to the XD-V35 (and I strongly recommend a right-angle jack to reduce strain on the belt-pack) wire the ME2 screen to the 1/4" sleeve, and the signal (white) to both tip and ring.
That'll work nicely :-]
I'm sure the suggestion to try the BeyerDynamic TG-L55c is a good one - and I'll check it out myself, but if you already have the ME2, it'll be fine.
That said... does anyone have direct experience of wiring (and using) the Sennheiser MKE2 with the V35?
Posted 17 September 2013 - 04:47 PM
...does anyone have direct experience of wiring (and using) the Sennheiser MKE2 with the V35?
Thanks for that great post, Andy...
Don and I were under the misapprehension that the ME 2 was a three wire mic.
(Indeed, I do seem to remember earlier three wire releases of it, but they probably came wired to the Lemo connectors of Sennheiser's older "Microport" beltpacks...)
Which brings us to that last query in which you're asking about Sennheiser's rugged and fine sounding MKE 2, which definitely has a separate wire for its polarising voltage ...and the confusion caused by not only the plethora of its colour coding schemes, but also the different sensitivities that have characterised its various releases over past decades.
I've neither tried myself, nor have I seen reports from others who may have tried, an MKE 2 with Line 6's TRS jack input TBP06 beltpacks.
However, I'm hoping that (should you be considering some experimentation) this old "archived" conversation about MKE 2 models and wiring schemes (and some links within it) may assist.
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