How to protect yourself from sound problems, get high-quality sound, and not spend too much time setting up a wireless lapel system? Many models are not able to offer everything at once, and the user has to make compromises. However, anything is possible.
For example, G4 Sennheiser EW 112P Omni-directional Wireless Lavaliere System is useful to everyone. I suggest those interested to talk about it and understand why this ratio of qualities is possible, and what disadvantages the system still has.
I will say right away: this is a solution that focuses on shooting video. For example, journalists can use the system to record interviews. The device can be adapted for other tasks, but here the kit feels best. This is understandable by default, but still it is better to immediately indicate the scope.
The main idea is that the sound should match the video quality. During the video recording process, it often happens that the “picture” gets all the attention. But what’s the point in a quality image if the sound does not match the quality? The viewer will not compromise when every sound has to be caught, breaking through a curtain of outside noises.
Imagine a stand-up performance by a star, like Dylan Moran or Louis C.K., and the whole place of people who speak and shout. You see the star perfectly, but the comedy’s magic is broken. Here’s the same.
The problem is especially important in the era of online streams somewhere on the street. And the question of price arises. Budget counterparts of this model cost ridiculous money, but the sound quality is always mediocre.
I checked a lot of options, and I know what I’m talking about. I always try to find the best budget solutions in any category. Therefore, it is better to pay a little more but get a decent quality. And here the Sennheiser EW 112P G4 is simply good.
It is worth noting that Sennheiser sells several modifications of the system with almost identical names. This should be considered so as not to be confused. Always pay attention to the equipment.
Sennheiser EW 112P G3/G4-B omni-directional EW system
In this case, the user will get a transmitter, a receiver, and a clip microphone:
- SK 100 G4;
- EK 100 G4;
- ME 2-II, respectively.
The devices are made of plastic, but the impact resistance is high. This is a reliable solution for regular and active use.
SK 100 G4 has a screw-type connector and the ability to quickly mute the sound using the “quick” button on the case. Protection against the accidental shutdown of the device is implemented in a simple but elegant way. The switch is located in a closed battery compartment (AA). The range is 100 meters with 8 hours of uninterrupted operation on one set of batteries.
The EK 100 G4 also has accessories for convenience: a belt loop and an adapter for cold shoes on the camcorder. TRS and XLR connectors are available. Frequency Range is 516-558 MHz.
Both devices are equipped with displays for basic operating information. Both have a red low battery indicator. Green indicators are also available: RF signal strength / incoming audio volume, respectively. That is, the appearance of the receiver and transmitter is almost identical at first glance.
But let’s move on to my practical notes.
What can you say right away about the features of using the kit?
Automatic connection is almost instant and easy. Additional configuration is not required at the same time, and the user can start work out of the box without preparation. However, other situations are possible. The user must be prepared for an overestimated default sound level, and it can be flexibly adjusted on a scale.
In general, the devices have a very flexible configuration, and any beginner will be able to achieve high quality and accuracy of sound from scratch. Professionals will also be happy, although here you do not dig deeper into the technical component. All for simplicity and practicality at the level of expert level needs: I would give such a slogan to the Sennheiser EW 112P G4.
I recorded in several rooms with outside noise. Of course, I’m talking about the natural background and not the jet engine on takeoff. The sound of speech is very clear, and it is not clouded by third-party interference. What you need in the context of the stated objectives of this set.
The distance range in theory works to the full declared length, but the dynamics of the workflow can create problems. In a reasonable state, everything works for sure.
Subsequently, it also became clear that the microphones from the configuration are capable of automatic gain normalization.
In general, this is a successful product at a price that may turn out to be a little expensive at first glance. In practice, everything will pay off.
Sennheiser EW 112P G4 Specifications & Features
- Reporting and live stream device
- Receiver, transmitter and lapel microphone included
- Reliable and durable assembly of all elements of the kit
- Flexible sound volume adjustment
- Easy setup, including automatic setup options
- 100 m current wireless range
- Powered by AA batteries up to 8 hours of continuous operation
- Intelligent design to prevent accidental shutdowns
- Convenient screens on the receiver and transmitter to indicate basic operating information