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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Audio Technica System 10 2.4GHz Wireless Microphones

    Audio Technica have now entered the 2.4GHz wireless microphone market with the ‘System 10’ wireless mics and they are now live on the EAV Pro Audio website. Audio Technica have produced the System 10 wireless microphones to compete with the Line 6 XD-V 2.4GHz systems which currently dominate the 2.4GHz range.

    The range in the UK currently consists of two systems. The first is the vocal handheld system known as the Audio Technica ATW-1102 and the second is an ‘Options’ system which consists of a receiver and bodypack called the Audio Technica ATW-1101. The ‘Options’ pack allows you to use any microphone that fits an Audio Technica connection and we have added some options to our page of headsets, lapels and instrument cables.

    The 2.4GHz frequency range is a free to use band that is not affected by the recent changes in wireless frequency law nor is it affected by TV or Digital TV signals. No licence is required and you can use up to 10 of the System 10 systems together. 2.4GHz is the same frequency band that WIFI runs on so we advise you keep the receiver a few meters away from your wireless router however, Audio Technica are confident that the System 10 systems will work alongside WIFI.

    The Video below takes you through the Audio Technica System 10 Wireless Microphones. It is made by Audio Technica USA but the systems are still the same over here in the UK.

    EAV Pro Audio have been Audio Technica main dealers for many years now and are excited to have the System 10 2.4GHz wireless mics on our site. Audio Technica are confident that these systems out perform their competition and we can see the System 10 units becoming a big player in the wireless market. They are perfect for Musicians, DJ’s, Schools and Churches. If you need help choosing the right wireless microphone system for you, just give us a call on 0845 125 9409 or drop us an email at sales@e-av.co.uk

  • Sennheiser 1.8GHz Wireless Microphones now Onsite

    We have been busy expanding our range of wireless microphone systems today. The Sennheiser G3-1G8 systems are the latest editions to our wireless microphone ranges and these bad boys run on the 1.8GHz frequency range. The G3-1G8 systems are basically the exact same systems as the standard Sennheiser EW100 G3 systems but on 1.8GHz.

    Sennheiser EW G3-1G8 Wireless Microphones 1.8GHz is a slice of frequencies that are unaffected by the recent wireless frequency changes and offers user the chance to run up to 15 of the Sennheiser system together. Unlike the 2.4GHz wireless systems, there is no WIFI interference and is safe from clashing with standard wireless microphones that are way up the spectrum. The 1.8GHz Wireless spectrum does require a licence to legally operate on and this will cost you £28 ex VAT per frequency however.

    The Sennheiser G3-1G8 range of Wireless Microphones consist of all the familiar faces from the standard EW100 G3 range. The handheld systems consist of the EW135 G3-1G8, the EW145 G3-145 and the condenser EW165 G3-1G8. The Lapel mics systems are made up of the EW112 G3-1G8 and the EW122 version an d finally the EW152 G3-1G8 headset system completes the range.

    Wireless microphone users have had a rough time of late and nowing which frequency ranges are safe to use can be a minefield. With the standard channel 38, fixed site bands, 1.8GHz and 2.4GHz all being sold and talked about, it’s easy to see where the confusion comes from. EAV Pro Audio are happy to discuss your wireless microphone needs and go through all the options with you. Whether you are school looking for a new set of systems for shows, a church needing a professional system to deliver message or an individual wanting to take a wireless microphone on the road, the EAV team can help. Just call us on 0845 125 9409 or email us at sales@e-av.co.uk

  • DV247 Closure and rebirth backlash – Customers and Peers Vent online

    As many of you may now have heard White Rabbit Records, The owners of Digital Village have folded and Digital Village, Dig Vig, or DV247 have been taken over by a new company (DV247 LTD) who are owned by Music Store director Michael Sauer. Seven of the eight Digital Village stores have been closed and according to a statement from Digital Village's administrators, 31 employees have been made redundant. Since this was all announced last Friday, there has been a massive backlash from people within the industry and customers about the way everything has been handled regarding one company folding and another strangely rising within hours. One blog in particular from within the industry (The Eccentric blog) has accused Digital Village and their owners as doing a “prepack Administration”. The blog goes on to critise the morals of the head figures at Digital Village for continuing to buy in stock from suppliers and making staff work when they knew they would unable to pay them once the company folded. We can’t comment on whether this is true but it is really stirring things up online. Digital Village themselves have issued a statement which answers many points raised on this blog and that can be found on their main website. Loyal customers to Digital village have been split with their opinions and many have taken to the Dig Vig website and commented. Below are few picked from the site “So DV becomes another faceless, soulless online catalogue” “… I think you will find it very hard to regain the trust of thousands of loyal customers” “It's Thomann 2“ On 14th May, the MIA issued a statement and it seems they are questioning the whole DV247 deal. The full statement reads “This is a bad day for UK MI. There is no pleasure to be taken in the falling of what was our largest UK retailer. There are many, many staff today without a job who have given years of loyal service to the industry and I would encourage any of them to send me their CV’s so that we can act as a resource centre for the industry. We did this with Sound Control and managed to bring affected staff together with employers. Aside from the tragedy of the staff, there is, naturally, the wider issue of what this means to UK MI. The many millions that DV brought to the UK economy and industry in terms of sales would now appear to have gone offshore. Our first priority is to ensure that the due diligence applied by Grant Thornton under SIP 16 has been correctly discharged. This Code of Conduct is there to ensure that the sale of the business was achieved in the best interests of both Digital Village AND the creditors. The MIA legal team looks forward to viewing the SIP 16 report that Grant Thornton will shortly publish, accordingly. There may well be good reasons highlighted in this report, but it is a huge shame that, as far as we are aware, no UK retailers or suppliers were given the opportunity to make a counter bid for the business in order to keep it UK-owned” It’s clear that there is some smoke around regarding the way things were handled and Digital Village may well suffer from many customers losing trust in them if nothing else. We shall keep you updated of anything else we find out.

  • Digital Village has been sold and Seven Stores Close

    Digital Village, or DV247 as many of you know them, have been sold to a German firm. The news broke over the weekend and it comes as no surprise to many of us smaller dealers who have heard rumours of happenings for quite some time now. Digital Village are probably the biggest audio dealers in the UK and according to Audio Pro International, seven of its current high street stores will close. This basically leaves only the Romford Digital Village Store open. White Rabbit Records, who previously owned Digital Village has folded and a new company, DV247 Ltd has emerged. This new company is owned by Music Store director Michael Sauer. Audio Pro International have reported the following statement from DV's director John Da Costa that was leaked from a letter to their sister company, MI Pro “We started to come under pressure from the bank to reduce our borrowings, which led to us putting our freehold branches up for sale. We then had no option but to put the business up for sale or attract outside investment. Initially, we hoped this could be done through a solvent process so that we could gradually restructure, but unfortunately this has proved impossible, mainly because of the potential cost of exiting the third party logistics contract. A large German music retailer, Music Store, finally emerged as our best option. After due consideration, it was felt that White Rabbit Records Ltd should go through a 'pre pack' insolvency process in order to drop the crippling expenses that have brought the company down” The list of the stores Digital Village are closing is Barnet, Clapham, Acton, Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham and Cambridge. The website is still up and is reporting on the events as a good thing for Digital Village. I guess only time will tell if this is a good thing for the company however, with John Da Costa appointed as the other director (with Sauer) it is clear they intend to fight to keep Digital Village alive.

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