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Username: h82w8

Post Number: 14
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

Does anybody use wireless with a 5 string? If so what model and does it fall off below a certain frequncy or note?
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 70
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 1:11 pm:   Edit Post

I have looked at wireless units and have wondered the same thing. The only ones that I have seen that will (allegedly) deal with the low B string's frequency are the digital ones; I believe it's a Line 6 X2 wireless. The models range from $299 - $499 at M.F.
Intermediate Member
Username: drjenney

Post Number: 117
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Be sure to avoid the ones broadcasting only in the 700 MHz band, as the FCC has now sold that frequency to others.
Intermediate Member
Username: oggydoggy

Post Number: 185
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post

The X2 Digital wireless works great with my 5er. Solid true reproduction of my Alembic.
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 146
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 2:39 pm:   Edit Post

I'm using a Shure ULXS-14. You can start by checking the published frequency response, but many systems don't show that info. In my experience, those systems have a limited bandwidth and are only usable for guitar. If the system is listed as being flat down to at least 30Hz (preferably 20Hz), then it should work. I used a signal generator and oscilloscope to verify the response on mine.

(Message edited by lmiwa on January 27, 2009)
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Username: briant

Post Number: 262
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 7:16 pm:   Edit Post

I use the X2 which is now owned by Line 6. The X2 is the same technology as the original X-Wire system. I had an X-Wire still when the X2 came out. I bought the X2 and A/B'd the two - they sounded identical. Which is to say both sounded like a high quality cable and not a wireless. No compression or other unwanted sound altering. Both have a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz so they can easily handle a 5 string.

I sold the X-Wire on ebay shortly after doing the A/B test and got a fairly ridiculous sum of money for it. :-)

I've heard that some people complain about the range on the XDS95 version. Not sure what they are talking about as I've used mine for years now and never had any problems. I play on some fairly large stages quite regularly.
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 2164
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

did some looking around the web last night
seems that melody music has the older x wireless for 175 incl shipping

the price for a base system line6x2 is app 200 incl shipping.
so based on what briant says you can save 25 bucks
Username: bassman4

Post Number: 8
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 11:06 pm:   Edit Post

Just Purchased my third XDR-95 rackmount. Specs are 10 Hz to 20 kHz, so B strings sing out full and well rounded with all subharmonics intact. Very clean sound with zero "coloration" of tone. Studio quality wireless! Can you believe it?

Each of these babies has five distinct and compatiable channels, so you can use up to five of them on stage simultaeously without "cross-talk"...

I have one for eack bass rig; and plan to use the third with a pretty cool wireless sennheiser headworn mike.
I was totally amazed at how well these units reproduce even my passive basses and guitars. The other amazing thing is that they handle even five finger chords on the bass very well.
I have not seen any better performing unit out there yet; but please buy one of the upgraded screw lock instrument cables 'cause their plastic covered standard model is "touchy" a bit.

Also look into the neotek pouches to attach the transmitter to your strap! Much more secure than the wire clips!

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