Hey guys. New to posting, but not to reading these. This is a long one...but I've spent a lot of money on these things so I would LOVE some insight.
I have an unusual situation with the XDV-75's. I have 8 of them.
Doing audio for a musical that I produce. Midtown NYC. Small 80 sq foot room.
7 actors on stage at a time. 1 system for backup.
Have been running RF-1 with daisy chained antenna's (4 and 4). Still getting at least 8 or so dropouts within the 75 minute show, on a good day. Sometimes one of the channels just drops out for minutes at a time. Sometimes a channel is completely red when right next to receiver.
Just tried RF-2 tonight with no better luck.
SO I bought the XD-AD8 antenna distributor. It's a LITTLE better, but still getting drop-outs. There isn't a WI-FI router in the room by the way.
Some channels are solid for the whole show, some just aren't.
1. Is this normal, and the best I can get in Midtown Manhattan? OR should I get the p180 for a stronger signal? I am well within the 300 foot range (50 feet max from actors to receivers). Does the p-180 just give a better, stronger signal that will benefit me, even if I don't actually need the increased range?
2. Does the XD-AD8 make that much of a difference? It's 550 bucks - and I still get dropouts
3. Can I even use the p-180's WITHOUT the AD8? Will the normal xd-75 receiver power the paddle antenna, and then allow me to daisy chain it to the other 7 systems?
I know I can do better things like putting mics on belts, instead of in pockets - like some of the men have them in now. Does that make a huge difference?
Also, the antennas are front mounted - facing me - but the tips of them are over the rack - line of sight to actors.
Thank you SO MUCH for any help