Best of both
Unveiled as the successor to beyerdynamic’s Opus 600 series, the German microphone and headphone manufacturer has introduced a new mid-range model to its Tour Guide series, the TG 500. The model is intended to bridge the gap between its entry-level TG 100 and flagship TG 1000 wireless systems, while also providing the best value for money. Crucially, the TG 500 can be used licence-free almost all over the world depending on the frequency band selected. ‘We are now the second or third manufacturer covering this frequency range,’ stated Thomas Baier from the manufacturer’s Audio Systems business unit. ‘That’s very cool and was one of the main ideas of the system, to cover licence-free area all over the world. Therefore we also have a special frequency versions for Korea, Japan and Australia, to cover the licence-free areas there’.
TG 500 comes with two kinds of handheld transmitters, a dynamic microphone capsule or electret condenser version using the same capsules that are used in the wired models. Following customer feedback, the design and operation of the device is very similar to that of the TG 1000, however charging contacts have been have been included on the handhelds to aid with installed use. The handhelds also feature the same illuminated button as on the TG 100 to tell directly whether the battery is empty or not and can use either rechargeable or normal alkaline batteries for power. The display on the handheld shows the battery status as well as the frequency being used
Compared to the TG 1000 handhelds, the TG 500 models offer a mute button at the thumb position. The button is programmable and can be turned off if wanted. ‘We’ve tried to make control very intuitive, and almost everything can be controlled via three knobs – transmitter name, channel, frequency in 25kHz steps, perform a quick scan to find a free channel, adjust the output gain, selectable RF power (10mW and 50mW),’ added Mr Baier.
The TG 500 receiver is a durable metal half-width enclosure housing a balanced XLR ouput and analogue jack audio ports, as well as an integrated power supply and antenna splitter. The dual receiver supplies the antenna phantom power required for using remote antennas, while the diversity antenna operation aims to guarantee optimum reception for all the receivers. The two audio channels of the dual receiver can be relayed via a common output if desired, without the need for an external mixing console.
Using one receiver per transmitter, the system is available in five sets, each of which contains an individual receiver and two removable antennas. The TG 550 Vocal Set is supplied with the dynamic TG 500H-D handheld transmitter with a TG V50 capsule and is intended for singing, whereas the TG 556 Vocal Set comes with a TG 500H-C handheld transmitter with a TG V56 capsule, better suited to speech. There are matching microphone clamps for both handheld transmitters. The TG L58 clip-on microphone from the TG 558 Presenter Set can be worn in an inconspicuous position during presentations, while the TG 534 Headworn Set with a TG H34 neckworn microphone is better suited to theatre productions. Electric and bass guitars can be miked using the WA-CGI instrument cable (6.35mm mono jack), which is part of the TG 510 Instrument Set.