As many of the conversations around NAB 2023 have to do with hypothetical new futures of AI generation and fully remote production, it’s easy to lose sight of how far the film and video industry has already come. 

From celluloid origins and years of countless cables tripping up production sets all over the globe, the advancements made in wireless technology have been invaluable — if not a bit forgotten by today's standards.

But as we see showcased at the Sennheiser booth at NAB 2023, the legacy of wireless audio technology is still alive and rich as ever as we’re excited to check out the new 5th-generation of Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless systems for all matter filmmaking and video applications.

Let’s take a look at the new EW-DP EK receiver and the new EW-DP series to explore how the latest in wireless technology can still kick your productions up to levels above the clouds.

Sennheiser EW-DP EK receiver kitSennheiser EW-DP EK receiverCredit: Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Evolution Wireless EW-DP EK

Designed specifically for content creators, filmmakers, broadcasters, and everything in between, this new EW-DP is a fully digital UHF wireless microphone system with a brand-new portable design that should provide truly unmatched audio quality and control.

“On set time is the most valuable asset. Therefore, we designed EW-DP such that it is intuitive and fast to set up and helps you to troubleshoot your system," said Tobias von Allwörden, head of Sennheiser’s Audio for Video portfolio. "EW-DP provides the reliability and consistency that you need in stressful filming situations and time-sensitive working scenarios.”

At its core, this new EW-DP EK is a compact and smart receiver that should be easy to use for the most novice of users, as well as a powerful tool for any industry pro. The EW-DP EK is also set to feature a new innovative magnetic stacking system and will be controllable from a Smart Assist app.

Sennheiser EW-DP EK receiver in actionSennheiser EW-DP EK receiverCredit: Sennheiser

Looking at the EW-DP Series

Alongside the new stackable EW-DP EK receiver, this new Evolution Wireless series is set to include a bodypack transmitter for clip-on mics, a handheld transmitter, and a plugs-on transmitter which all will launch here in the fall.

You can also expect to find exceptionally low latency of 1.9 ms and a wide 134 dB dynamic input range in this family of products as they’ve all been designed to capture everything from the softest of whispers to the loudest of screams reliability and without distortion.

As we saw at NAB, there are actually three sets available now including an EW-DP ME 2 SET which comes with the bodypack transmitter and the ME 2 omnidirectional clip-on microphone, an EW-DP ME 4 SET which includes a cardioid clip-on mic, and an EW-EP 835 SET which includes a handheld transmitter with cardioid MMD 835 dynamic microphone head.

Additionally, all sets are set to come with a magnetic mounting plate kit, a BA 70 rechargeable battery, two standard AA batteries, a locking 3.5 mm TRS to 3.5 mm TRS cable, a locking 3.5 mm TRS to XLR cable and a USB-C charging cable as well.

Sennheiser EW-DP EK receiverSennheiser EW-DP EK receiverCredit: Sennheiser

Specs and Pricing

Simply put, with a wide bandwidth, intelligent switching diversity reception options, and Bluetooth capabilities to allow you to remote sync components and control settings, this new EW-DP EK is going to be a great option for any and all filmmaking needs.

Here are the key features and where you can purchase today:

  • Videography, filmmaking, and news-gathering

  • Compatible with EW-D transmitters

  • Single-channel, camera-mount design

  • Pro features with fast & easy setup

  • True-diversity reception

  • 56 MHz bandwidth, 2240 frequencies

  • 134 dB of dynamic range, 24-bit audio

  • Setup/Operate from phone via Bluetooth

  • 7-hour rechargeable battery + USB power

  • Expandable to 58 Mic channels/330' range

Price: $349.00


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