Sennheiser and Neumann unite at PL+S23 March 2012
At Prolight + Sound 2012, for the first time Neumann is presenting the capsule heads KK 204 (cardioid) and KK 205 (supercardioid) for the Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless system.
Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of Neumann, explains: “Neumann capsules have already been used in combination with the Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter for the past 10 years on some of the largest stages of the world, where the highest demands are placed on a high-resolution sound and transmission reliability. With the development of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads, the Neumann sound is now also available for the Sennheiser 2000 Series. The synergies between the key areas of expertise of Sennheiser handheld transmitters and Neumann capsule sound permit us to offer our customers a wireless system of absolutely uncompromising quality, even for the most demanding live applications.” The acoustic features of the KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads are derived from the wired Neumann stage microphones KMS 104 and KMS 105. The KK 204, with a cardioid directional characteristic, ensures the best possible suppression of sound originating from 180° to the rear, while the supercardioid KK 205 has greater directivity, and maximises incident sound from the front as compared to sound from the rear. Due to the single polar pattern design, the polar patterns are very uniform over the entire frequency range, thus providing the basis for excellent resistance to feedback. In the development, particular importance was placed on the effective damping of pop sounds and handling noise, as well as on an extremely low level of self-noise. The KK 204 and KK 205 capsule heads thus have a wide dynamic range. In addition, they are designed to be easy to service. The design is adapted to the construction of the SKM 2000 handheld transmitter. The capsules, and also of course the transmitter unit, are available in both nickel and black. Included with the capsule heads is a large nylon bag, which can hold not only the capsule but also the handheld transmitter, battery packs and additional accessories.