BELGIUM: The purchase of Europe's first EM 2000 series wireless system increases Belgium's rental house's bandwidth capacity, writes Marc Maes.
The bulk of RF Transmission's activities (90%) is in the rental business, catering for international tours and events where the company provides both a massive inventory of wireless equipment (Sennheiser, Shure and DPA microphones, Sennheiser and Shure transmitters, in-ears and beltpacks) and a thorough knowledge of international frequency plans. "We have about 400 channels for wireless microphones available," explains Bernard Scyeur, who launched RF Transmission in 1995. "What we do is follow the (increasing) demand for wireless applications. The main issue here is the connector compatibility with the 3000 & 5000 series and the switching band these systems operate on: we're compelled to have an extensive stock of channels to deal with the different switching bands."
"And that's where the Sennheiser EM 2050 twin receiver is bound to play a role," continues Scyeur (pictured here, right, with colleague Hans de Hertogh), "With the 3532 series we had a maximum switching bandwidth of 36MHz - the new 2000 range goes up to a 75MHz bandwidth. Frequency management is made easier and the transmitter's compatibility is a great bonus. The big advantage is the broad switching band, avoiding frequency shortage problems."
Scyeur is convinced that the new equipment will have its effects on rental rates. "The 2000 series will reduce handling and programming time considerably," he says.
RF Transmission have took delivery of the Sennheiser 2000 Series on 29 May. The equipment is being flown to Algeria for the Pan African Games opening and closing ceremonies.