Sennheiser XSW-D microphones make it easy to get wireless audio into your cameras

Sep 25, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sep 25, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One of the biggest problems for many video shooters is getting decent audio in the camera. The in-camera mics in most cameras aren’t exactly great, and so you need to go external. Sennheiser’s XSW-D range makes getting external audio into your camera easy, and it does it wirelessly over 2.4Ghz. We spoke to Sennhesier at IBC 2019 to find out more.

The XSW-D range is designed to work as simply and quickly as possible. The “W-D” part of the name stands for “Wireless Digital”. It uses 2.4Ghz frequencies for worldwide legal operation, offering a range of up to 75 metres. You can switch between multiple transmitters from a single linked receiver with mute capability available at either the transmitter or receiver end.

As with just about any wireless mic system, a transmitter and receiver are involved. The transmitter is hooked up to the microphone and stays with the talent while the receiver is plugged into the camera. The receiver can be paired up with several transmitters, allowing you to switch between them at will, although it can only receive from one of them at a time.

These transmitters and receivers are pretty small, too. Even the XLR transmitter is rather tiny, allowing you to use them without them taking up too much space in your bags or getting in the way while shooting.

There are various sets and configuration options in the Sennheiser XSW-D range, and you can find out more about them on the Sennheiser website and buy them all here.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Sennheiser XSW-D microphones make it easy to get wireless audio into your cameras”

  1. Volker Bartheld Avatar
    Volker Bartheld

    Pity though that – at 350$ – the Sennheiser XSW-D Lavalier Set is almost 150$ more expensive than the XSW-D Portable(!) Lavalier Set. Same philosophy here in Germany, just replace $ by €. That is probably to aggressively position the product along with the competition, e. g. the Rode Wireless Go for customers in the vlogger market. “Pros” chose the XLR option and are obviously willing to pay a lot more for essentially the same thing.