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  • EAV Classics - 001

    EAV Classics - 001.

    Every year there are huge waves of new equipment for musicians. Each new product and idea claiming to change the way that we will make music, the way we interact with music or the way it sounds. Every now and then a product will fulfil those promises and genuinely change things but sometimes no matter how many times an idea is jazzed up and rebranded there could still be a product from decades ago that just does it better.

    In this series of blogs we want to look at a few innovations that we believe have achieved that classic status and maybe even gone on to become landmarks of design in their field. Designs that have been imitated and copied but never surpassed.

    First up in this series is something of an ugly duckling in a market saturated with flashy designs and gimmicks. A product built on simplicity, that has just one job to do and it does well... really well! The instantly recognisable Sennheiser HD25s.

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    With a design that’s now over a quarter of a century old the HD25’s went from a purely functional headset aimed at the broadcast and aerospace industry to a standard in just about any market that needed a pair of headphones for absolutely anything.

    The HD25s are everything that you need in a pair of headphones: They’re incredibly lightweight, comfortable, well designed and sound great. Their thin plastic headband may look as though it may snap if you so much as look at it the wrong way. But that’s not the case. Many HD25 owners will tell you they’ve had their set for years. Anyone who owns a pair will tell you they can be dropped, thrown, trodden on, yanked, squashed, stretched and all manor of ill treatment that would leave most headphones and broken wreck.

    They were once described as the AK-47 of headphones and that couldn’t be truer. Which brings me to another feature of the HD25s, a feature that no other set of headphones can match:

    Every single last part of them is replaceable and very easily replaceable at that. If you blow one of the cups then you can buy another one and it can be swapped out in less than a minute. If you break the cable a new one can be brought and swapped out in the blink of an eye.

    They’re close to indestructible anyway but if you should break anything there’s no need to fork out for another pair you can just replace the part.

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    But this is all well and good and all the features, build quality and reputation in the world means nothing for a pair of headphones if they don’t sound very good, does it? Well luckily for the HD25s they do sound rather good. We would class them as monitors. These don’t flatter the sound like your shiny high street headphones and there’s no fancy circuity making the music sound better or enhancing the bass or any such nonsense. But they’re not reference headphones either. For example they won’t hold their own against Sennheiser’s own, equally legendary, HD800s. But then with that in mind you wouldn’t want to throw a pair of HD800s into my rucksack in a hurry, and you wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a pair of HD800s in the rain. So the HD25s give you a solid and trustworthy reproduction of whatever sound you need to hear. If you’re listening through them for extended periods of time they won’t tire out your ears and they weigh so little they won’t leave a dent in your skull.

    They will go loud! They will go loud and they will stay clear. You have to push these headphones to a point where their volume is pretty much dangerous to get them to distort.

    But some people think they’re ugly, which is understandable when so many headphones now have shiny this and flashy that. We think that looks was never really part of their design. Adidas tried their hand at jazzing up the design with the sleek blue cable, pads and Adidas logo.

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    There was even an anniversary edition with aluminium ear cups:

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    Even British Airways thought they were good enough to install into Concorde for the passengers to listen to.

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    This will go some of the way to explaining why they’ve been so widely adopted in so many industries. They’re comfortable and trustworthy, discreet and functional which is why we chose the Sennheiser HD25 as the first part of our Classics series.

  • Wharfedale Pro Release the Isoline Compact PA System

    Wharfedale Pro are the latest pro audio supplier to bring to market a sub and column speaker combo with their new Isoline range. Following in the footsteps of the Bose L1 series, the HK Elements and the LD Systems Maui to name but a few, the Isoline joins the ranks of these compact column PA systems.

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    The Isoline currently has two models in the range. The Isoline 410 kicks out 380w rms and consists of 4 x 3” high/mid drivers in the column unit and a 10 long throw sub at the bottom. The larger Isoline 812 model has 8 x 3” high/mid drivers and a 12” long throw that together kick out 500w rms. Both are lightweight and feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity which is a nice bonus and not found on most of its competition.

    For us at EAV, we see the LD Systems Maui range as its main competition. Whilst the Bose and HK audio systems products are similar their price points are well above the Isoline and Maui range. Both Wharfedale and LD Systems offer affordable products that punch well above their price range and we are excited to see where this new Isoline is going.

    We can see these systems being great for mobile DJs, solo/duo musicians and event work. It’s possible the larger Isoline 812 could be a great lightweight solutions for a band if you double up however, I wouldn’t recommend kick drums or even bass guitars going through the system without a diligent eye on the levels. At the time of typing this we havnt had chance to play with the Isoline systems yet however, if they continue the traditions of Wharfedales Value for money philosophy, we are sure they will be a big hit.

  • Trantec S4.16 IEM Wireless System

    We have been Trantec main dealers now for many years and love their wireless microphone systems. The S4.4 & S4.16 are a great value for money systems and the S5 series offer professional features that rival their competitors and often come in a little cheaper. The one thing that always puzzled me is that a company that only make wireless microphones…….where’s the IEM system?

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    Apparently Trantec used to make an IEM system (before my time) and it was extremely popular so them not having one in their current range always confused me. Finally we now have the Trantec S4.16 IEM In Ear Monitor System and it seems to tick all the boxes. I like the fact that they introduced the unit in their S4.16 range rather than the more expensive S5 series as there is a big gap in the IEM market for a mid-range professional product. The Trantec S4.16 IEM is available on as either a free to use channel 70 system or on the licensed channel 38 band. Channel 38 lets you run up to 8 systems together whereas channel 70 fits around 3 or 4. It has mono and stereo options and designed with a rugged metal finish.

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    The Trantec IEM S4.16 is now shipping and available at EAV. It’s about time Trantec :)

  • HK Audio Price Changes

    We are pleased to announce that our HK audio range of PA speakers have recently come down in price. On top of that, we currently have a sale on most of the brand too. It really is the best time to buy.

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    The Pulsar active speakers, Premium Pro Passive and Active, Linear 5 boxes and also the Nano units have all been subject to a price drop. Buying from EAV Pro Audio mean you get full UK support when it comes to warranty issues.

    Whether you are a band looking at a 6 box monster PA system or a solo artists looking for some basic sound reinforcement, we have a HK system that is perfect for you and in a price bracket that suits most budgets.

    Take a look at the Full HK Audio range of speakers now.

  • Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless Microphones

    As of today Sennheiser are shipping the new AVX range of wireless microphones and I must say, they look pretty cool. The AVX Wireless mics are designed for people wanting to capture audio to go alongside their video. They plug straight in to the XLR audio input on your camera/sound recording device and use phantom power.

    In the UK there is the AVX-835 Handheld system which comes with Sennheiser’s legendary 835 Capsule. There’s also the AVX-ME2 Lapel system that comes with the standard ME2 Mic and then the AVX-MKE2 SET which comes with the high end MKE2 lapel mic. Click the links above to check the individual AVX systems.

    Sennheiser have spared nothing when it comes to the marketing of these systems and have produced a some nice little Hollywood style videos, take a look at the AVX 1.9GHz Wireless Microphone video belows

    The beauty of these systems is that they are Licence free in the UK and many other countries across the world. You simply turn up, tune in and off you go. Great for location recording where sound is paramount. They run on 1.9GHz which usually isn't available in the UK however, these systems work on DECT technology which means that a licence isn't required.

    If you want help selecting the right wireless microphone for you, give us a call

  • Sennheiser EW D1 2.4GHz Wireless Microphones - Ready to Transmit

    Sennheiser have finally joined the 2.4GHz race with their new EW D1 series of wireless microphones. Following in the footsteps of Line 6, AKG and Audio Technica, Sennheiser are now offering a system that looks to offer the quality you would expect from a Sennheiser wireless system on the 2.4GHz wireless range. The range will look familiar to those already accustomed to the Sennheiser wireless family. In the vocal range we have the EW D1-835 and the EW D1-845. The presenter system comes with the very popular ME2 mic and is aptly called the EW D1-ME2. The Headset system includes the clunky yet reliable ME3 headset and is called the EW D1-ME3. d1-2 It seems from their marketing that these are being aimed at the gigging musician/ bands rather than the install market. They are even running a competition aimed at bands at the time of this blog going to press. Here’s the video trailer for anyone interested….Warning, contains Chesney Hawks and much cheesiness 2.4GHz digital wireless systems offer a sound that is uncompressed and therefore should sound better than their analogue cousins. By rights, you should be able to put the EW135 and the new EW D1-835 next to each other and have better/less compressed sound from the D1. We are yet to test this but that’s the theory anyway. 2.4GHz wireless microphones also have the benefit of being licence-free in the UK. Sennheiser state that in the ‘right conditions’, you can run up to 15 systems together without a licence. Please note that the phrase ‘right conditions’ is key here and we would advise anyone looking at running multiple systems to call us or speak with Sennheiser first to see what is recommended. D1 The Sennheiser D1 2.4GHz Wireless Microphone systems have caught our attention and as wireless microphone specialists in the UK, we can’t wait to get our hands on these (a matter of days) and give them the once over. With the Freeport aside, Sennheiser have always seemed to offer high-end wireless microphone systems and we think the EW D1 systems might be the new leader in the 2.4GHz market. If you are looking at a single system or a complete racked and ready wireless microphone system, give us a call on 0845 125 9409 and we will be happy to chat. Jonathan EAV Pro Audio

  • Happy New Year - 2015

    Just a very quick one to wish you all a Happy New Year and we hope that 2015 is a great one for you. Over the next few weeks we shall be adding more products to our Winter sale and we hope you get chance to view this and grab a bargain. We shall also be adding many new products to the website over the next few weeks and increase our already big range Expect new gear from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, LD Systems, HK Audio and more. We shall also be announcing some big new additions to the wireless Microphone world soon too Keep checking the blog or give us a like on Facebook to hear about these products first   Once again, Happy New Year Jonathan - EAV Pro Audio

  • Christmas Opening and Delivery times 2014

    I cant believe it’s been a year since I was posting a similar blog. Time truly flies when you are having fun. Anyway, below is all the information you will need to know about our opening and delivery times during the Christmas break.

    Pre Christmas Delivery Times We will do our best to deliver all order placed before Monday 22th December before Christmas. If it cant be done due to stock issues, we will call you and at the very least email you with an ETA. Once an order has left us, you will receive an email with a ParcelForce tracking number on. Office Opening and delivery details over Christmas & New Year Our sales office and warehouse will be closed from Midday December 23rd and re-opening at 8:30am on January 5th 2015. Any orders placed during this time may be processed but not despatched until our return. Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Team EAV

  • Line 6 Wireless Microphone Rebate Scheme

    Its back and its bigger – The Line 6 2014 Rebate Scheme is offering up to £65 rebate on their wireless microphone systems. Last year they were offering £50 and it was a huge success and we hope that by increasing the deal, it will be as popular if not bigger. The rebate scheme includes all the XD-V systems from the baby V35, the V55 and the big daddy V75 systems. Its an offer run by Line 6 and it is Line 6 that give you the rebate when you buy a system between now and December 31st 2014. There are some conditions attached and you can check them out on the form that is downloadable below.

    Submit proof of purchase to Line 6 and they will rebate the appropriate amount. Take a look at the form here If you wish to discuss your wireless needs or the benefits of 2.4GHz wireless microphone systems, give EAV Pro Audio a call and we will be happy to help.

  • The Presonus RM16AI and RM32AI Rackmount Mixers

    With PLASA happening as we speak, many of our suppliers are showcasing new products to the eager eyes of the pro audio world. The one that has really excited us is the new mixer units from Presonus and EAV are pleased to announce the new Presonus RM-AI roackmount mixer units are now online. The Presonus RM16-AI and the Presonus RM32-AI offer the same features just in different sizes. They seem to be the first of their kind and we are very excited to get our hands on them when they land at the end of this month. Our product pages have all the info you could need but the videos below really show you what you can do with these mixers EAV Pro Audio are taking pre-orders now for the desks and will ship them once they land in the UK at the end of this month.

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