Friday, 26 January 2007
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Seems like this box might be the ticket for those Dingwallers looking for a wireless system. This is a digital wireless system that can handle the full range of a 5 string bass. X-wire was one of the systems I auditioned a while back, and I felt it was almost an equal to a cable. However back then, the device was rackmounted and pricey, of course it promptly went out of production Now its back---as a stompbox and has a street price of $499.00USD The name has changed from X-wire to X2, but it appears to be the same device http://www.x2digitalwireless.com/ [img:ws3ui8xu]http://www.x2digitalwireless.com/images/home_image_02.jpg[/img:ws3ui8xu] Heres a thread on talkbass discussing it http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=285787
14 years ago
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I tried them at NAMM. They do sound very good. Avoids all that compander crap. Did roll off low end just a little but really best thing out there.
14 years ago
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I was looking for the Samson AirLine Bass (cheaper) It doesn't need any big emitter on the belt, it's just a "Big Jack plug" with a battery in it. The receiver is a stomp box that can be placed at the beginning of the effects chain. Has anybody tried it ?
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14 years ago
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Hel- look at the specs, I don't believe this unit covered the full bass spectrum down to a low B
14 years ago
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OK i just saw the specs... This Samson won't even catch the E How can they sell this for bass ? Sorry for the pollution.
14 years ago
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Well, what we hear anyway is mostly harmonics, so it should catch the E ok... but definitely, if you can buy something better like the X2 unit then go for it. That's what I'm most probably buying - just waiting for a few more reviews...
14 years ago
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[quote="Helcarauco":3cddxhyx]I was looking for the Samson AirLine Bass (cheaper) It doesn't need any big emitter on the belt, it's just a "Big Jack plug" with a battery in it. The receiver is a stomp box that can be placed at the beginning of the effects chain. Has anybody tried it ?[/quote:3cddxhyx] I've had a couple of cheaper Sampson wireless units in the past, but not the new one you mentioned. However, I do know that you have to spend the money for a higher priced wireless system if you want hassle-free performance and decent frequency response. The cheap ones just don't cut it, IMO/IME. Mark
14 years ago
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I used that Samson Airline wireless setup, and I liked it for a short while until I got to some venues with less than great wiring and it picked up all sorts of noise, and once shot so much noise through my amp when I accidentally left my cell phone too close to the receiver I was amazed the drivers were intact. I used a Shure SLX now and I love it, but the X2 looks interesting.
14 years ago
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I'm wondering how this measures up to the Gen2 Sennheiser 172 wireless system. I just went to the local Guitar Center and got quoted around $500 for the entire G2 system including rackmount gear and front-mount antennae package. I'd be curious if this system makes up in fidelity for the obvious price difference. I mean, buy a stompbox unit or the industry standard rackmount wireless unit for the same price? Plus the Sennheiser has a digital readout of frequencies and level meter. I just dunno. What do these things sound like? And more importantly, has anybody A/Bd them with a cable on real pro gear to find the actual frequency response? Inquiring minds want to know.
14 years ago
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Steel- if you go to the link I placed in the 1st post, you'll find a thread to talkbass. In that thread a few people who bought these devices have tried them out, and provided their experiences. So far- now base this on a few reviews:) the X2 system sounds pretty darn good (read the write ups). The x-wire system which is the predecessor to this device, was a home run ball for a 5 string bass wireless system. problem was by the time i found it, it cost a fortune and was out of production.
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[quote="SteelandBassPicker":sqs86lqi]I'm wondering how this measures up to the Gen2 Sennheiser 172 wireless system. I just went to the local Guitar Center and got quoted around $500 for the entire G2 system including rackmount gear and front-mount antennae package. I'd be curious if this system makes up in fidelity for the obvious price difference. I mean, buy a stompbox unit or the industry standard rackmount wireless unit for the same price? Plus the Sennheiser has a digital readout of frequencies and level meter. I just dunno. What do these things sound like? And more importantly, has anybody A/Bd them with a cable on real pro gear to find the actual frequency response? Inquiring minds want to know.[/quote:sqs86lqi] I believe that the 'real' street price on this unit is around 350, not 500. It lists for around 5. I've seen it on a few of the internet retail sites for roughly 350.
14 years ago
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+1, $350 is the X2's street price.
14 years ago
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That changes things, I guess I hadn't figured for the street price. So it's about $100 cheaper than just the standalone Sennheiser unit. I just wonder if they would publish a graphic frequency response.
14 years ago
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You could email them about any technical info, I emailed them to ask about the housing of the unit and got a detailed answer pretty fast.
14 years ago
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Dragonlord came around over the weekend and he brought the X2 wireless with him. We tested it against couple of cables that were around. The basses we tried it with were the First Ever Artist Prima 6str and the Prima 5str. The set up consisted of the EA iAmp800 with the (upgraded) Goliath III cab & EBS 615 sub. IMHO the X2 is great and easy to use with a bass. No noticable deterioration of the sound. Cons: there is a "limiting" effect on the B string. It's quieter that the rest , when compared with the cable, but not dramatically so. With the use of light compression and in a live situation noone would care. Great value for money. For me I'm still tied with a chord to my amp. It's one of the side effects of Dingwall-itis. When I have a sound so nice and pure, I obstain from any coloration (unless intentional for a specific purpose and only for a short while)
14 years ago
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Hey all, I've played 4 wireless units over the past 10 years. The first was a Samson and a piece of crap. The 2nd was a Samson Airline (like mentioned above) and it wasn't much better. Cheap plastic parts, terrible sound, I was not impressed. I went out and spent a few hundred more and ended up with a mid-level Shure unit, but the bass bottomed it out quite easily and I had some noise problems with it. I went wired for about a year and a half and finally purchased an original X-Wire unit on ebay. The thing is the REAL DEAL and the Dingwall sounds great through it (I have an AB1-5 string). The range of the X handles the low B no problem. I have also checked out the X2 and a friend of mine is using one for his guitar setup and loves it (although he would prefer a rack-mount solution instead of a stomp box). Nicer materials than the Samson and pretty much the same guts as the original X-Wire. Yes, there are differences which I can probably dig up for you, but they're minimal. Just a summary of my experiences, hope this helps. Rob H
14 years ago
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The rackmount version of the X2 is now available. Also the map (street) price of the stompbox version has been reduced to $299. I recommend it highly.
14 years ago
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Cool deal. I just found the link: [url:24wryt9c]http://www.x2digitalwireless.com/product_xdr95.htm[/url:24wryt9c] Rob
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