I have been tasked to look for higher end wireless intercom systems for a local community theater group. They have the financial means to make this level of investment. I am quite familiar with the Telex BTR-200 (and 300) series units that operate in the VHF range.
They are not interested in that option since they currently have a BTR-300 that does not work well but particularly is subject to RF interference from somebody at the rental facility across the street. It seems that "some karaoke DJ" has a VHF unit and when he is there, it blasts through the BTR-300. There is not way to know when that will happen so the group's solution is to replace the BTR-300 with a 2.4 GHz (or such) spread spectrum style unit. I have told them of other possibilities but at this point, they are not interested. I have been tasked to look for units to consider and get pricing
Am aware of the other Telex units and units made by ClearCom. Have surfed their sites but not sure which specific products are best. Would appreciate comments about experiences with specific models by by these manufacturers
A couple of the requirements are:
- interconnection with the existing cable ClearCom system
- interchangeability of standard headset - some systemd use a wireless headset - rather have a traditional 4 pin XLR headset with belt pack so the same headset can be used on the cabled system.
- 4 wireless units / no need for a matrix / multi-channel system
Not sure what other requirements I should be considering.
Not sure of other manufacturers. Who else should I be considering?
Have heard some concerns about spread spectrum technology and noise. The group feels that 2.4 Ghz / spread spectrum technology will cure what ails them. If that is not correct, would like to make sure expectations are in check. The theater's location is in suburban Boston near an US Air Force based and other high tech / defense contractors so may be in an "active" RF area. Use will primarily be nighttime and weekends.
Also, am interested referrals to local (Boston area) vendors that sell these units.
Am new to SoundForums.net - if there is an archive that answers these questions that I should have read first, please point me to it.