NAB 2019: Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set wins Best Mic award

Congratulations to Sennheiser for winning Videomaker’s Best Microphone award at NAB 2019 with their XS wireless digital lavalier set.

The new wireless series from Sennheiser, dubbed the XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set, includes entry-level mic sets for DSLR and DSLM cameras. The mics in this line work in the 2.4 GHz frequency range and include a transmitter and receiver. The Lavalier Set that’s receiving this award includes an ME2-II lavalier as well as an additional transmitter for another handheld dynamic mic.

Other sets include Interview and ENG sets, as well as a Base package.

The XS wireless digital lavalier set works well with DSLR and DSLM cameras
The Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set works well with DSLR and DSLM cameras. Image courtesy

Simple setup

As you can see in the pictures, the units are fairly compact. They have a similar form factor to the higher-end AVX systems. How so? The receivers have their plugs built-in, so there aren’t any extra wires needed. The only set up you have to do is plugging the receiver into your camera.

Plus, a receiver can be paired to multiple transmitters simultaneously. Once paired, you can switch between the transmitters. You’ll save time this way compared with having to pair each time you are recording someone speaking. All you have to do it pair the one time and switch the channel whenever you need to record someone else.

No issues going worldwide

As said above, the Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set operates on the 02.4 GHz open spectrum, so you shouldn’t have any issues if you are using the mics worldwide. Distance-wise, they can operate up to 250 feet away.

For $349, the Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set is a great kit for videographers and it is deserving of the title Best Mic at NAB 2019. Congratulations once again to Sennheiser.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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