Shure Axient Digital – a tour through the backstage area

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Ever since their introduction onto the market, Shure digital ULX-D and QLX-D wireless microphone systems have gained an enviable reputation for their ultimate reliability, the excellent audio quality, the low latency (< 3ms) and not in the least the long battery life.

Add to this the possibility of remote control and configuration through the Wireless Workbench 6 software and the reason for this high acclaim will be clear to anyone

With the new Axient Digital, Shure has climbed some steps further up the ladder of excellence. Its great looks, combined with a clear layout of all front panel controls and a tour-grade steel housing make for a system that begs to go on the road, and stay on the road. The all-new audio codec delivers ultra-transparent sound with a latency of a mere 2 milliseconds.

But, we all know that all the interesting stuff happens backstage. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Out of the box, all is there to provide seamless integration into any sound setup:

* IEC-type AC input and output sockets. An AC power cable with locking connector is part of the delivery. Optional DC input is available on request.

* A total of 4 Ethernet ports: two ports provide the possibility to integrate the unit into a Wireless Workbench 6 network. The other two ports are dedicated Dante ports allowing a redundant setup

* Analog transformer-coupled outputs on balanced XLR connectors. Each output is switchable between mic and professional line level and has its own ground lift switch

* Each analog output is also available on a ¼” transformer-coupled balanced TRS jack at 10dB below the XLR output

* AES3 digital output on XLR connectors

* AES3 wordclock in and through connectors on BNC. The Through connector provides also a 75 ohm termination switch

* 4 BNC-connectors provide antenna connectivity. The dual receiver uses connectors A and B as RF inputs (with switchable DC bias voltage) with C and D serving as RF cascading connectors. The quad receiver allows the use of C and D as quadversity RF inputs for even greater resilience against dropouts

The back panel is white with black print to assure optimum readability in low lighting conditions.

As you can see: backstage, all that is needed to throw a great signal party is available!