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Mixing wireless brands
Old 6th August 2014
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Mixing wireless brands

Hi,

I use IEMs and have an audio technica M3 system. When I looked at getting a second receiver I was blown by the price. Audio Technica say you can't even use the M2 reciever (way cheaper) but is this just a selling piont.

Is it possible to use a different brand?

If you buy another receiver and set it to the same frequency, shouldn't it pick up whats being braodcast at that frequency?

Or is there some kind of coding manufacturers use to stop this?

Thanks,
Old 6th August 2014
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If you're in the US, I think you'll find more problems than just price. The "M" frequency band won't be legal or usable much longer with the FCC selling off bandwidth for data and telecom.
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I'm in NZ, yes its the M band which over here has been cleared and we can legally use it till 2020. But reguations and frequencies aside, we are assuming both receiver and transmitter of differing brands are set to the same frequency.
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Different manufacturers MAY use different modulation and companding methods. You have to check specific models.

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Old 7th August 2014
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And when you say check different models, actually get my hands on them and see if they work? ... as opposed to being able to read the specifications on model info.

So is there anyone out there that has tried and succeeded of failed on certain models?
Old 7th August 2014
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Probably not. Manufacturers usually use different pilot tones and compounding schemes that are proprietary. Don't even count on mixing models within a brand as it won't always work.

Your best bet you be to consult with the manufacturer.

Last edited by dboomer; 7th August 2014 at 06:08 PM.. Reason: sorry ... read the question wrong :)
Old 7th August 2014
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Unless you know what you are looking for the published specs probably won't help. Different systems may use different companding chips, have different transmission power, the list goes on. Doesn't mean it can't be done by any means but it's certainly not as simple as you might believe. Very rarely do I hear of someone mixing wireless components successfully
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I wouldn't count on being able to do this. I don't use AT wireless though so I couldn't tell you for sure
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