Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Andrew Jones to another episode of Vault Talk. Andrew Jones works for Deity Microphones, and came by to show off the new Deity Connect Wireless System. This Vault Talk was a very in depth premiere of the new system. We took the time to answer questions from the audience as well as demo the system live on air.
To say the least, Andrew is an incredible talent to our community with this system being one of his biggest achievements to date. So, wait no longer! Let’s talk about the Deity Connect Wireless System and break down some of it’s features.
A FIRST LOOK
When it comes to the lower end spectrum of wireless systems, this unit will absolutely take the prize when it comes to build quality. The BP-TX (Body Pack Transmitter) is made out of CNC aluminum, yet extremely lightweight. Andrew assured me that they have done many tests of dropping the unit on concrete. I would believe this statement by the looks and feel of it. It is sturdy and fits nicely in the hand. Size of the unit is smaller than a Sennheiser G4, but larger than an Lectrosonics SSM or Zaxcom ZMT.
There is a welcomed SMA antenna connector (which will help keep your units from being serviced for new antennas every year or when they get busted), a 1/4â€³ 20 mounting point for the belt clip, and a locking 3.5mm standard microphone input. It has a nice bright OLED display which seems to work great in the sun and has a fast refresh rate to see the audio levels in real time.
When it comes to RF Output Power, most people get it wrong. It’s not about how strong the signal is, it’s about how well the receiver can receive the signal. The Deity Connect Wireless has multiple power settings, (100mw / 50mw / 25mw / 10mw/) as well as a new AUTO Setting. When you set the BP-TX to AUTO RF Power the DUO-RX will transmit a pulse to the BP-TX (if the signal drops below the threshold), telling the BP-TX to increase its RF power output to help prevent a loss of signal. Using AUTO RF Power will also increase your battery life because you will never use more power than the system actually needs.This is revolutionary for this type of system and spectrum.
The DUO-RX (Dual Receiver) is a little larger than the BP-TX, which may not please everyone who was used to the size of the body pack Sennheiser receivers that they are used to. The reason why it is a little bigger is they were able to fit two receiver modules inside one chassis. One receiver gives you two separate signals from two talent. The screen, buttons, and antenna all face up on the unit, so when it is in a sound bag, the operator does not need to remove it.
POWERING the DEITY CONNECT
Powering the Duo-RX couldn’t be simpler. Since the power ports are all USB-C, you can head over to amazon and purchase any battery supply with multiple outputs and power all your receivers in the bag without needing huge batteries and distribution systems that just weigh down a bag. I am really excited to see how this whole ecosystem powers up when there are 3 of these receivers in one bag. Andrew Jones has promised that when he gets more systems in, we will be doing this again! If you charge a BP-TX for 1 hour, it will be fully charged and ready for 10 full hours of use.
All settings on the BP-TX can be over written in the menu of the DUO-RX. Now you no longer have to walk over to an actor to change a simple setting. You can adjust all your transmitter settings with the DUO-RX. Changing settings is easy in the Deity Connect System and has only been incorporated in other high end systems costing five times as much.
UHF vs 2.4 GHz
Most manufacturers utilize the UHF spectrum when creating professional wireless systems for Sound Mixers. The Deity Connect ecosystem uses a proprietary protocol engineered to ensure a strong audio link. It can do this while at the same time co-existing peacefully with other 2.4Ghz devices using the same frequency band. It does not work like a normal wireless system. Is uses adaptive frequency hopping to hop to a new channel before RF interference even happens. It is always scanning and mapping out the whole 2.4Ghz frequency band, coordinating and planning the its next hop.
Listen Before Talk
The Deity Connect system is the king of redundancy. Deity Connect has a feature called Listen-Before-Talk. This feature can virtually eliminate dropouts completely. The DUO-RX will add that extra audio back into the stream as if the dropout never existed. This will result in an uninterrupted stream of audio. Deity Connect uses the natural latency in the system as a buffer allowing it to absorb wireless hits. Do you remember your old Sony CD player with Skip Protection? It’s like that.