Sennheiser has debuted the EK 6042 slot-in camera receiver, which was previewed earlier in the year at IBC. The true-diversity, two-channel EK 6042 can work with analog and digital Sennheiser transmitters or a mix thereof, across a bandwidth of 184 MHz. It is designed to partner with Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 series and all analog transmitters that feature HiDyn plus or HDX companders. And, the EK 6042 auto-configures for these transmitters via IR.
The EK 6042 will work with any current Sennheiser series from Digital 9000 in long-range mode, to the 5000/3000, and even the 2000 and evolution wireless G3, automatically identifying the transmitter via an IR link. The camera receiver will choose its own operating mode accordingly, and automatically select the appropriate bandwidth and frequency in the UHF range between 470 and 654 MHz. Even older series transmitters such as the venerable SK 50 and SK 250 can be used, all that needs to be done is to enter the fixed transmitter frequencies via the receiver’s web interface.
Two separately available adaptors (15-pin and 25-pin) ensure compatibility with all common camera brands. For example, the EK 6042 receiver is SuperSlot-compatible and works seamlessly with Sound Devices equipment. The same goes for ARRI, Panasonic (both Unislot) and Sony cameras.
For camcorders without an audio receiver slot, the EK 6042 can be camera mounted using a special backpanel adaptor, which is available as an accessory. If the camera does not supply power to the receiver, a “piggyback” power adaptor can be attached to this housing and fitted with two hot-swappable BA 61 battery packs that allow an exact read-out of the remaining operating time.