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AVX Wireless - Sennheiser Review

AVX Wireless - Sennheiser Review


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Sennheiser is a German-based company well known for its high-quality audio equipment. I have several microphones from Sennheiser and now this new digital wireless Lavalier mic solution. 

Sennheiser AVX: The wireless solution for capturing video sound designed to make a videographer’s life easier. As a one-person crew, juggling both video and audio can be challenging. The AVX system handles the audio part seamlessly, allowing you to focus on creating great visuals.

Here are some key features of the Sennheiser AVX system:

  1. Dynamic Range: The AVX ensures perfectly leveled sound, whether it’s quiet or loud. It automatically matches the camera’s input sensitivity, eliminating the need for manual adjustments on the microphone.

  2. Plug and Record: The AVX directly plugs into the XLR audio input and uses phantom power. It turns on and off automatically with the camera, ready to record instantly and to conserve battery power when it is off.

  3. Link Protection: The AVX operates faster than the human ear. It selects the best operating frequency and switches to a clean channel before interference becomes audible. Reliable audio transmission between the microphone and the camera is guaranteed.

AVX Sets:

  • AVX-ME2 SET: Includes the ME2 Lavalier microphone and plug-on receiver.
  • AVX-835 SET: Ideal for film projects, with a compact receiver that fits directly into your camera’s XLR audio input.
  • AVX-COMBO SET: A versatile combination of handheld microphone, plug-on receiver, and bodypack transmitter with lavalier mic for use on camcorders and DSLR cameras

Whether you capture interviews, documentaries, or creative projects, the Sennheiser AVX ensures reliable, high-quality video audio. 

So, what is an AVX system?  It is Sennheiser's newest wireless mic featuring a tiny mic, transmitter, and receiver. This system digitally operates on the 1.9 gigahertz frequency range. With a digital system, you get the best audio from your recorder while adding privacy via AES encryption. 

The AVX can be purchased in several configurations. At least three options are available, depending on how you count them. Lavalier mic options: the default is the MEK2 or the MKE2 +. If you need a handheld mic, Sennheiser also makes a package with an SKM AVX-835 handheld mic.

Quality: It is digital, with no pops, hiss, or noise. Use the MEK2 AMD 835 microphones. Both are the best in wireless class, with great coverage and sound quality.

Range: I have not experienced any drops at 40 feet and closer. Videos are showing 100+ feet. Range depends on the environment mostly.

Set-Up: On initial setup, you charge the devices and pair them. Pairing takes about 1 minute and remains paired even between battery changes. This means you turn them on and use them for future uses.  Another setting is an attenuator for volume, and the AVX 835 has a mute switch. The setup is simple; there is no manual to dig through - turn it on and go.

Battery Life: To my surprise, the emitter runs for about 8 hours, while the receiver runs for about 3 hours.  I suggest incorporating battery changes on the low side of the "expectations:.  Also, the charging system is a normal USB built into each battery, allowing depleted battery to come off and go to the charger. At the same time, you keep recording using recharged batteries. No, there are no AA or AAA-type battery adapters for this.  I recommend you purchase two spares each.

Durability:  These are solid. No worries about breaking the plastic. Made for professional use.

In a Nutshell: The Sennheiser AVX wireless ME2 is an omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone that provides sharp and clean sound.  The ME2 is discreet and powerful and screws into the rechargeable AVX body pack; this setup provides you with a convenient and great-sounding option.  This combo offers the Sennheiser SKM AVX-835 handheld microphone, providing excellent performance, dependability, and easy wireless operation. It has a very low handling noise and rugged construction. The SKM AVX-835 is a dependable wireless hand-held mic for shooting on-the-street interviews or doing a mic pass technique. The one great thing is the mics automatically match your input sensitivity without you having to do any level adjustments onboard the camera or the microphone itself. Yes, it is that simple to get great audio, even when a dedicated audio person isn't available or affordable.  Now, you can get GREAT audio with a simple, dependable setup.

The AVX receiver can be plugged directly into your XLR inputs and rotated to accommodate other equipment if I have not mentioned it. It also comes with adapters for mounting on DSLR flash shoes.

Here are some facts you may want to know:

  • You can not have two mics simultaneously, i.e., paired with the same receiver.
  • No need for a license - this operates at 1.9 gigahertz
  • This is digital and provides encryption.
  • It is XLR-based with one 3.5mm to XLR adapter included.
  • Phantom power aware - turns on and off automatically (but is not powered by phantom power)
  • It is smaller, compact, and more rugged than previous versions.
  • Super fast setup - you're ready to go in two minutes.

Bottom Line: If you need a high-quality wireless mic system, this is well worth your look and consideration; however, these are expensive, almost twice the cost of a similar brand. I consider this a must-have if you're into audio and need professional-level results.

Note: the photos illustrate using the AVX with an Olympus LS100 - the LS100 is not part of the AVX wireless system.


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