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Suited for installed sound applications and working bands, Shure's new SLX Wireless Systems offer Shure's patented Audio Reference Companding technology, along with a setup complete with automatic synchronization, SLX supports up to 20 compatible systems (area dependent). The new system, which sits in between Shure's Performance Gear Wireless and ULX Wireless lines, is a logical choice for houses of worship, corporate boardrooms, lecture halls, and portable road cases.

The system's sound is founded on Shure's patented Audio Reference Companding, a technology which brings more transmission clarity and dynamic range to wireless systems. Unlike traditional wireless companding schemes that are restricted by a fixed compression ratio, this technology utilizes a variable compression ratio. The result is the elimination of wireless artifacts during quiet passages and superior dynamic range says Shure.

On an operational level, the system employs features that make setup almost effortless. Utilizing Auto Frequency Selection and Auto Transmitter Setup, the system scans the wireless landscape and identifies a clear channel instantly. Then, guided by an infrared link, at the touch of a button the transmitter automatically syncs with the receiver. With over 960 operating frequencies across 24 MHz of UHF bandwidth, users should be able to quickly and easily set up up to 20 systems in a given location (area dependent).

Each rugged metal SLX Wireless receiver utilizes diversity technology to improve reception and minimize dropouts. The receiver is outfitted with rack-mount hardware, detachable 1/4-wave antennas, a backlit LCD display, 1/4-inch and XLR output connectors, frequency and power lockouts, an In Line power supply, and a rear-panel volume control. Finally, the multi-function LCD displays group, channel, frequency, transmitter battery strength, and locked/unlocked status.

SLX's handheld and bodypack transmitters both present users with a choice of Shure's legendary microphones, a timed backlit LCD, frequency and power lockouts, 300 ft. (100m) of operating range, and operate on two AA batteries for eight hours of continuous use. The bodypack transmitter works with headworn, lavalier, and instrument microphones and cables. Handheld transmitters are offered with SM58, SM86, Beta 58A, Beta 87A, and Beta 87C capsules.

Due to ship in March of 2004, SLX Wireless will be available exclusively from authorized Shure dealers. Suggested retail prices for a turnkey SLX system begin at $599 USD.

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