|Five Panasonic HDX900s geared up with Zaxcom RX900 Stereo Receivers|
I actually already own an older Zaxcom Stereo ENG set on Block 28 (shhh, don't tell), and I've found these newer ones have a few useful added features. The transmitter is technically a transceiver, and can record the transmitted audio in its native .ZAX file format, which proves more useful when used as talent transmitters than camera hops since you're already recording a multi-track for the primary audio. Rather than a separate transmitter for mono and stereo transmission, you just add on a stereo adapter to the mono transmitter, either the STA100 or STA150, to send a stereo signal. I was kinda surprised at the robust connection of the adapter. With just two small screws, it's an extremely rigid device. The new transmitter adds numerous features over the older style. Most notable was the lack of a need for an external filter antenna. All the bugs seemed to have finally been worked out. I like the fact that the input to the transmitter is a single TA5 connection, as opposed to the older version that was two mini-Lemo connectors. There are fewer possibilities for failure with the current connections, which is extremely important in our line of work. It also has the ability to receive timecode and a return feed from the camera with the correct compatible equipment. All of this in a 100% digital transmission and you got yourself a winner. At least for this job.
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