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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.


    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.

  • Sennheiser Tourguide Hearing System

    A Tour guide audio system is designed to allow a presenter to talk directly to a group of listeners. Tourguide systems are usually portable wireless radio systems that allow the presenter and listeners the freedom to move around and still transmit/receive audio. They are commonly used in situations where it is hard for everyone to hear what is going on by just unaided speech alone or in environments where other people (not part of the group) are not wanting to be disturbed. At EAV Pro Audio, we are keen users and sellers of the Sennheiser 2020 Tourguide system and have sold it in to many different environments such as museums, universities, conference centres and other tourist attractions. The beauty of the Sennheiser Tourguide 2020-D system is that it is designed for ease of use and also allows for an undisturbed listening experience for up to 6 different groups simultaneously. You have multiple options at both the transmitter and receiver end. For the listeners, you can choose the HDE 2020-D-II stephoset receiver that allows for a comfy receiver with built in headphones. If you would prefer to use standard headphones, the EK 2020-D-II has a mini-jack input for use with any MP3 player headphones. When it comes to transmitting audio, your SKM 2020-D Handheld mic offers the presenter the familiar feel of a vocal microphone in hand. The SK2020-D belt pack transmitter allows you to plug in a headset or use a lapel mic to deliver a hands free tour in that manner. There is also the SR2020-D transmitter which is a compact ‘high tech’ unit. It allows for events to be interpreted simultaneously in up to 8 languages. You can also connect other audio content such as CDs, DVDs or things from your IT network. You can also connect a microphone to the unit for announcements. All the transmitters and receivers can be charged using the portable 20-way charger or the larger 40-way charger. This makes sure that you are always running on full juice and nobody misses a word. 2020d If you wish to discuss your needs or would like a quote for a Sennheiser Tourguide hearing system, just give us a call on 0845 125 9409 or email us at sales@e-av.co.uk Our team are happy to help and work closely with Sennheiser to make sure the system is right for you. We can offer a full demonstration or even an installation service of a tour guide hearing system if you would like however, these units are designed for ease of use and you may find that you will be up and running straight of the box.

  • 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

  • New XSW Wireless Microphone Systems from Sennheiser

    Sennheiser have launched a new range of wireless microphones that bridge the gap between the EW100 series and the low end Freeport systems. The new XSW wireless range provides you with the quality and reliability you expect from a Sennheiser system but at a price point over £200 less than an EW100. Within the range are all the usual suspects. The Sennheiser XSW-35 is a dynamic handheld systems that encorporates the E835 microphone capsule. The Sennheiser XSW-12 is the lapel system that has the ME2 lapel microphone. The Sennheiser XSW-65 is the condenser handheld microphone systems. The Sennheiser XSW72 is the instrument system and the Sennheiser XSW-52 is the headset wireless system. Take a look at the systems above and you will see that Sennheiser have finally given us a quality system at a budget that suits most people. These systems are currently available to pre-order from EAV pro Audio and ordering now will get you one off the first UK shipment. This has an ETA of March 2012.

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