Chiayo unveils Challenger 1000 on 40th anniversary
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, Taiwanese manufacturer Chiayo has unveiled a number of new products, including the Challenger 1000 portable wireless sound system.
The 10-inch speaker system comes with a 120W RMS BTL digital amplifier powered by two 24V DC batteries, which can be fully charged within 10 hours. Although the Challenger 1000 can operate via mains power, its battery power allows it to operate for between six (music) and 10 (speech) hours. The 500 x 350 x 300mm unit weighs in 21.0kg. A CD/USB player can be remotely operated from the both the front and rear of the Challenger 1000, and a maximum of four UHF PLL diversity wireless microphone receivers can also be fed into the unit. The aluminium enclosure can be mounted on a speaker stand, and comes with an LED charging indicator plus XLR and jack combo connectors for wired microphone inputs.
The GMW-216 desktop gooseneck microphone can be powered either by two AA batteries for up to 12 hours or 6V phantom power. The cardioid model has an antenna integrated within the design and comes with push-to-talk and locked-to-talk functions. The 645g die cast zinc base is finished in a non-glare matt black and comes with an LCD screen. It has been designed to operate with other Chiayo UHF 16-channel wireless receivers and modules within a 600-900MHz UHF frequency range.
The IWR-320 infrared wireless microphone system is both license and interference-free. Designed primarily for classrooms and conference applications, its versatility is enhanced by a noise mode switch, which allows the system to maximize its operation according to the size of the room it is being used in. A wide-angled IR receiving sensor array has been built into the IWR-320, although the reception can be extended by adding external sensors. A variety of hand held (IWH-201, 301,401), belt pack (IWM-202, 302) and pendant (IWM-402) transmitters can be used in conjunction with the IWR-320.
Designed for use with the IWR-320, the IWH-401 is an infrared handheld/pendant two-channel transmitter, which integrates a multiple emitter array of infrared emission LEDs for its IR transmission. A dual colour LED indicates power-on and battery low status, whilst a unidirectional condenser cartridge minimises handling noise and maximisies feedback rejection. The 115g microphone can be hung around the neck of the user in the same fashion as a lanyard and can operate for up to seven hours via a single 1.2V NiMH battery.
The IWM-402 infrared pendant transmitter comes with an in-built condenser microphone. An input jack allows it to be used with an external headset mic and there is also a mini phone jack for audio input for remote volume control. Like the 401, there is a dual colour LED indicating power-on and battery low status which is illuminated towards the end of its seven-hour lifespan prior to recharging from an HC-40 unit.
The QR-2000 is a modular UHF PLL dual channel wireless microphone and transporter system, which comes with 100 factory presets and 16 user-selectable UHF frequencies. The transporter system, which constitutes single receiver and transmitter modules (RP-6100m and RP-6016m), can extend the operating distance of the system. The half rack unit height metal enclosure comes with an integrated UHF wideband antenna divider, and can be used with the SDR-6200m, SDR-6216m and SDR-6116m true diversity receiver modules, providing no dropouts. A seven-segment LED display depicts the selected frequency.
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