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Lectrosonics and Heil Sound Announce Partnership

FOH Staff • News • December 31, 2007

RIO RANCHO, NM – Lectrosonics, manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, and Heil Sound, creators of microphones for recording, live sound and broadcast professionals, have announce they have entered into a strategic partnership. The agreement combines two professional audio technology producers, with the result being a new handheld wireless microphone. 

The first product resulting from the combined effort is known as the Lectrosonics UTPR20. Combining the capsule from Heil Sound’s PR20 dynamic microphone with Lectrosonics UT Series Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters, the new handheld wireless microphone system integrates two technologies into a single device. The Lectrosonics UT transmitter makes the most of the PR20 capsule with its Digital Hybrid Wireless technology for compandor-free audio for wide dynamic range and neutral frequency response.

The new UTPR20 will have a distinctive look when compared to the standard UT transmitters in the Lectrosonics line. The UTPR20 employs Heil's grill basket and capsule identifier ring. At the foot of the transmitter, it features a gold-colored battery access ring to match the unit’s overall color scheme. Featuring 100 mW RF power that facilitates long-range application usage, 256 synthesized frequencies and full compatibility with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid
Wireless and analog receivers, the UTPR20 incorporates features that provides users with a wide range of possibilities for speech and vocal performance.

“I'm personally very excited about the partnership between Heil Sound and Lectrosonics,” says Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics director of business development.  “Bob Heil literally wrote the book on concert sound and has worked with everyone in the industry. The combination of the UT transmitter and the Heil PR20 capsule brings out the best in both components. This is a win-win partnership in every way.”

Bob Heil, CEO and founder of Heil Sound, echoed Winkler’s enthusiasm. “We’re very proud and honored to announce that two American companies — Lectrosonics and Heil Sound Ltd. — have collaborated on an exciting new product for the entertainment and commercial audio industries,” said Heil. “We have recognized for some time that we needed a wireless microphone offering, but we were more interested in partnering with an established player as opposed to reinventing the wheel. This past summer, Karl and I were working together on a project for American Idol, and the opportunity for collaboration presented itself. We now have a product that combines our incredible PR-20 element with Lectrosonics’ robust Digital Hybrid Wireless technology. I believe this new wireless microphone will address many wireless issues people routinely encounter, and it will provide world-class sound quality in the process.”

Lectrosonics will showcase the new UTPR20 at Winter NAMM in January 2007, and anticipates delivery of this product in February 2007. MSRP is estimated at $1695.


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