The Deity HD-TX is a plug-in transmitter for XLR microphones that has a few tricks up its sleeve, including a built-in recorder.
The unit clips into a standard XLR socket and provides 48V phantom power to the connected microphone. There’s also a 3.5mm jack socket that will provide 3V power to a connected lavalier mic. And there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, useful if you have the HD-TX on the end of a boom, for example, and want to be able to monitor directly from the unit.
The HD-TX will transmit to Deity Connect receivers on the 2.4Ghz band – it’s not compatible with other brands’ receivers.
The HD-TX’s recorder is 24-bit and can be triggered from the receiver to give you a backup audio recording for safety. Deity suggest it’s a good way to get some peace of mind if you’re operating in an area where there’s a lot of traffic on the 2.4Ghz band their kit operates in.
You should get around eight hours of record time on an 8GB microSD card.
The HD-TX has a built-in rechargeable battery that Deity say should be good for around 10 hours of use.
One small snag
Outside the US you’ll be able to record and transmit simultaneously – however due to a patent on similar technology US units will have different firmware with this feature disabled. That’s obviously a little disappointing, and isn’t likely to change unless a US court rules on whether the patent is valid.
Deity HD-TX price and availability
In the meantime though, Deity will be selling the HD-TX as an individual transmitter, and also as part of a kit with a receiver as well. The Deity HD-TX will retail for $249 US from December 3rd.
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