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A schoolteacher friend of mine recently asked me for advice about what sound equipment to buy for his school hall. All models supplied in the UK should operate in the licence-exempt band, which, I believe, is also unaffected by the introduction of the new digital TV channels and consequent spectrum re-allocation in the future see our feature on wireless system licensing in the September issue of SOS Live.
The four frequencies will operate simultaneously, free of intermodulation, so you can use up to four Freeport systems together you will need a separate receiver for each microphone. The Freeport is available in hand-held, belt-pack and lapel versions, and the hand-held vocal set is the one reviewed here.
It arrived well packed in a fitted cardboard carton, which is not intended to be a transit case for regular use, although it looks as if it would see you through a few gigs, or serve as a storage case if the mic were going to be kept and used at the same place. The set comprises the hand-held microphone, finished with a smooth grey non-slip surface, receiver unit, power supply and mic-stand clip.
The 9V battery inside the hand-held mic powers its transmitter. Power for its 10mW integral transmitter is provided by a 9V battery what us oldies call a PP3!
The channel numbers one to four are clearly visible around the selector. The short antenna also protrudes from the base-plate, and, although flexible, is quite chunky and looks as though it would withstand the amount of punishment it would tend to get during normal use. Although the basket assembly unscrews for simple maintenance, the dynamic capsule is not removable and is therefore not interchangeable with another capsule.
Overall, the microphone feels light and well-balanced, and seems very well built. The Squelch control, seen on the rear panel of the EM1 receiver, is very much like the threshold control offered by an audio gate.
It can be adjusted to allow through the signal from your own transmitter but to mute weaker signals that are lower than the level that has been set. The receiver is a full-diversity design, which means that it incorporates two independent receiver paths, one connected to each antenna; the receiver automatically switches to the one providing the strongest signal, thereby reducing the risk of system drop-outs and loss of signal continuity.
Power Up Having inserted a battery and checked that mic and receiver were both set to the same channel, I switched both parts on and did a few "one two"s. Photo: Mike Crofts The sound quality offered by the Freeport is absolutely fine for a range of uses, from stage vocals to conference speech and PA announcements. Speech comes over very clearly, with a nice crisp top end, good solid punch in the middle especially on louder signals and enough smoothness lower down.
Everyone who handled the mic liked the feel and balance of it. What you do get is a very nicely built, neat-looking and good-sounding system for relatively little money, which will do for me any day. So, having had a look at the Freeport system, I like it a lot — and yes, I think it could be the system you want, Gavin.
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