Tag: Battery Powered

Make a Statement with Handlebar Speakers for Bikes

MC300

Enjoying your music on-the-go is becoming easier and easier today. One tough predicament was allowing users of motorcycles and bicycles to get an easy way to put speakers on their bikes. With the Handlebar and Tower Speakers found at Sonic Electronix, there is now an easy way to put an affordable set of speakers on your bike without having to hack into your wires.

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The Pyle PLBKA60BK Waterproof Handlebar Speakers have clear output and can be used wherever you like!

There are a couple of different solutions available on the market that allow for this simple addition to your bike. Pyle’s PLBKA60BK is a great speaker set that can mount to your handlebars with included brackets. This 150W speaker set does not require to be connected to a dedicated power source. How can they handle 150W without a 12v wired connection you ask? Well, Pyle’s new design is geared towards using battery sourced amplification . A rechargeable battery pack allows for minimizing your installation work, and for keeping the speakers separate from the bike. You can even detach the system and put it onto a different ride if you’d like. The speakers have a USB input, and can support MP3 and WMA file types. This allows for your entire digital collection to be easily played back on the speakers. A charger is included to allow you to charge the speakers when they’re not in use.

Similar, more permanent solutions are on the market as well. The Boss MC300 is a great speaker set which is also designed for the handlebars of a motorcycle. Instead of using battery sourced amplification, this system has amplification built-in, but must be connected to a 12v power and ground. These speakers, with their dedicated installation, means that they’re a little less portable than the Pyle alternative, but great for those who want to put this on one application and keep it there.

Keep your music with you wherever you go! These speakers are a great way to keep the tunes rolling no matter where the road takes you.

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The Zoom H4n and Your DSLR

Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n handy recorder is the most popular field audio recorder on the market. This handy little device is revolutionizing the way we look at the deployment of field audio recording for DSLR video as well as the recording of live music, podcasting, post production sound effects, and many broadcast applications.
H4n on a DSLR

With the onset popularity of the new go anywhere portability of DSLR cameras in professional production it is imperative to equip comparably portable peripheral equipment. The Zoom H4n is perfect for these applications. Typically in order for a production to have the best audio possible there is a technician present on set with his or her own kit of dedicated gear. This kit includes a slew of audio equipment including very complex field audio recorders, mixers, wireless lav mics, transmitters, receivers, boom poles, blimps, shotgun mics, and a coffin case full of cables and connectors, as well as all the necessary equipment to sync up with the cameras. This poses a problem for videographers working on smaller productions or documentary pieces with limited budgets. In the best case scenario the more responsibility that can be placed in the hands of capable professionals the better your results will be; however, in some cases videographers simply cannot afford to hire a technician to operate all of the conventional audio equipment needed for great sound. The Zoom H4n is the perfect solution for such applications. In today’s “run and gun” video production industry indie film makers wear many hats including the sound guy.

The Zoom H4n is equipped with a coincident pair of condenser microphones set in an x/y pattern for binaural stereo imaging at either 90° or 120°. In addition to the onboard mics the H4n sports two XLR ¼ combo connectors with a phantom power supply and the ability to record all four tracks at once. This means that you can have a boom mic and lavaliere on your talent  or you can record ambient sound with the onboard stereo mics all to discrete tracks on the H4n. As you can imagine that makes the H4n a very powerful recording tool for taping live shows or record anywhere it isn’t practical to bring more complex recording equipment.

There RC4 for H4nis also an available remote control (RC-4) with standard transport controls and track arming, a very handy feature since the H4n has a ¼ 20 tripod mount as well as a mic stand adaptor. Just a bit larger than an iPhone and weighing just over 2lbs, the H4n has no trouble being mounted to a fish pole or camera shoe.

Zoom really hit the nail on the head with this device and now they are introducing the Q3HD which incorporates the same x/y stereo mics, preamps, and encoders as the H4n with a 1080i digital camera, comparable to the popular Flip cams. This sort of professional quality equipment designed for ease of use and the quick turnaround of production makes me very excited to see what’s next from Zoom.

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