Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Lectrosonics debuts Octopack receiver dock/antenna coupler
At the recent NAB Show, Lectrosonics introduced the Octopack receiver dock and antenna coupling system. Designed for use in applications such as film/TV production and ENG, the new Octopack accepts up to four Lectrosonics two-channel SRA or SRA5P digital hybrid wireless receivers, offering up to eight wireless audio channels in a compact, portable configuration that’s ideal for use in a production bag, on a cart or in a vehicle.
The front panel of the new Octopack accepts the SRA or SRA5P receivers and has BNC jacks for mounting whip antennas or coaxial cable for remote antennas. Eight individual RF cables with SMA connectors mate to the receivers, maintaining diversity reception for all four. The master power switch and indicator lamp are also located on the front panel, along with a switch for antenna powering when using remote RF boosters. Eight balanced mini-XLR audio outputs are on the left panel.
Lectrosonics’ new Octopack can be powered by external DC of 6-18V or by using two optional M- or L-style rechargeable battery packs, which can attach and lock onto the rear of the unit. Pricing for the Lectrosonics Octopack has not yet been determined; the system is expected to be available in June of 2009.