The Shure range of wireless in-ear monitoring systems extends from the entry-level PSM 200 series, through the PSM 300 and PSM 900 series, to the flagship PSM 1000 series for large scale events. They are offered set for several frequency ranges
Channel 38 (606 - 614 MHz) is the range for licensed radio microphones and in-ear monitors in the UK. A licence is required to operate this equipment in channel 38. The de-regulated and licence-free TV channel 70 (863-865MHz) is still available for radio microphone or IEM use. No licence is required - however there is no guarantee of protection from possible interference sources. Up to date information should be available at www.jfmg.co.uk.
Giving 'entry to professional in-ear personal monitoring from Shure', the PSM 200 is a 'frequency-agile', in-ear monitor system for use in a wide variety of applications. The transmitter incorporates a two-channel mixer and transmits in mono to a belt-pack receiver. Up to four systems may be used together, depending on the frequency band and local interference conditions.
The PSM 200 System includes SE112 earphones, 1x P2R receiver, 1x P2T transmixer, and accessories as described below.
The P2T is both a transmitter and mixer. The user can connect two line-level or microphone level inputs directly into the transmitter and mix them independently. Microphones or instruments may be connected directly to the inputs or line outputs from a mixing console may be used. The transmitter has built-in audio limiting. The half-width case may be rack-mounted either singly, or with another transmitter, in a 19 inch rack, using the rack-mounting kit supplied.
The front panel has two combination XLR and 6.35mm 3-pole jack sockets for the two balanced inputs, which may be fed with microphone or line level signals. These connectors are provided with split-out XLR connectors on the rear, to pass the signal on to another transmitter or a mixing console. Phantom power supplied by the console will be passed through. Two rotary controls set the level of the two signals in the mono mix. Tri-colour LEDs are provided to indicate each audio signal is present, at nominal level or limiting. A single press-button sets the channel in conjunction with a numeric display. The antenna is permanently mounted.
The rear has the two split-out XLR connectors and a coaxial inlet for DC power from the included power supply.
Inputs: -25 dBu nominal, with volume control at 50%. RF output power: 10 - 30 mW, country dependant. Power source: 12-18V DC from supplied AC adapter, 170 mA maximum. Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 40 (w x d x h) mm. Weight: 370g.
Included accessories: AC Adapter, 230V AC, 50/60Hz input, rack mounting bracketry.
The P2R dual-function (hybrid) receiver can operate as a wired body pack, a wireless body pack (used with a P2T Transmixer) or both simultaneously. A 'mix-in' socket is provided for a local wired input. A scan mode provides a means of finding an unused channel.
The upper surface has a rotary control for on/off and volume, and a fixed whip antenna. Three LEDs indicate power status, limiting and RF present.
The side has a 2-pole 6.35mm jack socket for the local wired input, an associated gain switch and a 3.5mm stereo jack socket for the earphones.
The other side has button to select frequency and a display to show the channel number.
There is a belt clip on the rear and a battery compartment on the bottom.
RF sensitivity: -109dBm typical. Local input: +0dBu/10 dBu, low/high gain, 1M ohms. Response: 30Hz to 20kHz +/- 3 dB. Load impedance: 8 ohms minimum. Power source: 9V alkaline battery, PP3 size. Dimensions: 122 x 73 x 32 (h x w x d) mm. Weight: 100g, less battery. Battery life: 6 hours wired, 4 hours wireless.
Included accessories: Jack to jack cable, battery, carrying bag.
A step up from the PSM 200, the transmitter of this system sends two mono channels of 24-bit digital audio (or one stereo signal) wirelessly up to 90m to a belt-pack/body-pack receiver. Each performer can use a MixMode control on the receiver to control their own mix between channels one and two.
There are three PSM 300 systems available;
74-5994 includes 1x P3R receiver, 1x P3T transmitter, and 1x SE112 earphones.
74-5995 includes 1x P3RA receiver, 1x P3T transmitter, and 1x SE215 earphones.
74-5996 includes 2x P3RA receiver, 1x P3T transmitter, and 2x SE215 earphones.
This half-width rackmount transmitter is included in all PSM 300 systems and has dual, electronically balanced, 6.35mm 3-pole jack inputs and loop outputs of the same specification.
All connections are on the rear panel as well as a 'StereoMX/Mono' switch, which can be set to send either a two-channel stereo mix or summed audio mix to the P3R/P3RA receiver and a 'Line/Aux' switch switches the input sensitivity between -10dBv (Aux) and +4dBu (line) to suit the source device. There is a single BNC connector for use with removable antenna, and a power adapter input for the included PSU.
The front panel has an LCD display to show current status and settings menu, a 'Sync' button to allow synchronised setup via infrared, group and channel buttons, power on/off switch, and a rotary control to adjust the audio input level.
Nominal input level: +4dBu/-10dBv, switchable. RF output power: 10/20/30 mW, country dependant. Power source: 12-15V DC, 260 mA maximum. Dimensions: 198 x 172 x 43 (w x d x h) mm. Weight: 783g.
Included accessories: AC Adapter, quarter wave antenna, rack mounting kit, user guide.
This belt-pack receiver is included in the 74-5994 system and is manufactured from moulded ABS to result in a lightweight and cost effective solution.
A fixed antenna is positioned on the top panel alongside a rotary volume control/power control, 3.5mm stereo jack headphone output and LEDs to indicate power and RF activity.
The MixMode rotary control is positioned on the side of the unit.
All other controls and displays are hidden behind the battery compartment door. Here there are buttons to adjust the channel, group and perform a scan, along with a single-digit display to show the current setting.
On the rear of the unit there is belt clip.
RF sensitivity: 2.2uV at 20dB SINAD dBm, for 12cV SINAD, typical. Audio output power: 40mW. Load impedance: 4ohms minimum. Power source: 2x AA alkaline cells. Dimensions: 110 x 64 x 21 (h x w x d) mm. Weight: 98g, less battery. Battery life: 7 hours.
This has the functionality of the P3R but is housed within a smaller metal body for a more robust and compact solution. Additional features of the P3RA include 2-band shelving EQ, battery display in hours and minutes, an LCD screen with menu based setting adjustment and compatibility with the SB900-A battery.
RF sensitivity: 2.2uV at 20dB SINAD dBm, for 12cV SINAD, typical. Audio output power: 80mW. Load impedance: 16 ohms minimum. Power source: 2x AA alkaline cells or SB900-A. Dimensions: 110 x 64 x 21 (h x w x d) mm. Weight: 196g, less battery. Battery life: 7 hours.
PSM 900 and PSM 1000 Series
Shure PSM 900 and PSM 1000 series are similar, both offering the facilities required in professional applications but with the PSM 1000 series offering an increased number of compatible frequencies, diversity reception and software control over a network.
All PSM 900 and PSM 1000 components are audio and frequency-sync compatible among each other (depending on tuning bandwidth). The transmitters are also compatible with the UHF-R series of radiomic receivers, so can be used for point-to point links. The two receivers use AA cells or optional SB900-A battery pack, and may be charged in the SBC200 or SBC800 charger, without removing the battery from the receiver.
Using the 'Scan and Sync' facility, a user can use a receiver to scan the RF environment and assign an identified group and channel to a system over a wireless IR link. This single receiver can be used to transfer the settings to multiple transmitters, one by one. A single receiver in 'CueMode' can be used to monitor up to twenty different mixes at the touch of a button, so an operator can hear what the performers hear. 'MixMode' offers the user the facility to adjust his own mix using controls on the belt pack.
RF mute switches on the transmitters enable or disable RF transmission, allowing setup operation without disrupting the RF environment - useful for festivals and multi-venue events.
RF filtering 'significantly reduces RF interference for a cleaner, stronger RF signal, fewer dropouts, and less audible artifacts'. The linearity of the transmitters 'vastly reduce frequency intermodulation', allowing up to 20 compatible channels for the P9T and 40 compatible channels for the P10T to operate simultaneously in one frequency band. Active RF gain control avoids RF signal overload which can cause dropouts if the receiver comes too close to the transmitting antenna.
Major differences between the two systems are outlined in the following table:
PSM 900 Wireless Personal Monitoring System
This package contains 1x P9T transmitter, 1x P9RA Receiver, and accessories. For suitable earphones see Shure In Ear Monitors - Earphones.
P9T Transmitter - PSM 900 Series
This has a half rack-width enclosure. The interactive menu system allows the setting of RF group, channel, frequency, RF power, stereo/mono/point-to-point (to a UHF-R receiver, which requires pilot tone) transmission, +4dBu/-10dBV input level. Utility settings include: Name of transmission (uploaded to body pack with Sync), display format and contrast, four control locking options. Sent to body pack with Sync: Body pack lock, volume limiter, stereo/mono, mixed mode/stereo mode, high frequency boost.
Front panel: Input level control; up/down buttons, LED bargraphs, clip LED. Status display and menu operation; LCD display, enter and exit buttons, menu wheel. Synchronisation; IR sensor window and sync switch. Headphone monitoring; 3.5mm stereo jack socket, rotary volume control. RF switch. Power button.
Rear panel: Coaxial power inlet for DC. Two balanced audio input connectors, combination XLR and 6.35mm jack. Two balanced loop out connectors, 6.35mm jack. Antenna connector, BNC.
Inputs: +4dBu or -10dBV, 70k ohms, nominal; +29dBu or +12 dBu maximum. Audio outputs: connected directly to inputs. Power source: 15V DC, 415mA, typical, RF on, 100 mW power mode, no audio. Dimensions: 197 x 166 x 42 mm. Weight: 850g.
Included accessories: Antenna. Rack-mounting kit for one or two similar units. This is punched at each side for the included antenna extension lead to front mount the antenna. Hole plugs are included. Power supply.
P9RA Receiver - PSM900 Series
This is a body-pack or belt-pack receiver, with an external whip antenna and a belt clip. The interactive menu system allows the setting of RF group, channel, and frequency. Stereo/Mixmode audio, HF audio boost, level limit value. Utility settings include: CueMode on off, display format and contrast, panel lock. CueMode mixes can be replaced or deleted.
The upper panel houses a power switch/volume rotary control, 3.5mm stereo jack earphone socket, blue RF received and tri-coloured battery indicators and antenna with SMA connector.
The front panel has an LCD display to show status and menu operation, as well as up/down navigation buttons.
Inside the battery compartment there are enter and exit buttons, sync IR window, scan button and space for 2x AA batteries or battery pack.
A belt clip is positioned on the rear of the receiver.
Audio output: 100mW per output, 32 ohms, 1kHz, less than 1% distortion. Minimum load: 9.5 ohms. High boost: +2dB, +4dB, 10kHz. RF sensitivity: 2.2 uV, 20 dB SINAD. Adjacent channel rejection: Greater than 70dB. Power source: 2x AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or Li-Ion; SB900-A battery pack. Dimensions: 83 x 65 x 22mm. Weight: 200g, with batteries. Battery life: 4-6 hrs, alkaline; 6-8 hours, Li-ion
Included accessories: 2x AA batteries, whip antenna.
This package contains 1x P10T dual transmitter, 2x P10R receivers, and accessories. For suitable earphones see Shure In Ear Monitors - Earphones.
P10T Transmitter - PSM 1000 Series - Dual transmitter.
Containing two transmitters, the P10T takes up the full width of a 19 inch rack, and is supplied ready for rack mounting. The rack ears are punched to take extension cables when front mounting the antenna. The interactive menu system allows the setting of RF group, channel, frequency, RF power, stereo/mono/point-to-point (with a UHF-R receiver, which requires pilot tone) transmission, +4dBu/-10dBV input level. Utility settings include: Name of transmission (uploaded to body pack with Sync), display format, brightness and contrast, control locking options, network set up. Sent to body pack with Sync: Body pack lock, volume limiter, stereo/mono, mixed mode/stereo mode, high frequency boost.
An Ethernet connection may be used to connect the P10T transmitter to a standard Ethernet network using switches and either DHCP or fixed manual IP addresses; the second Ethernet connection is effectively the second output of an Ethernet hub, so may be used to loop out to the Ethernet connection of the next P10T. The Wireless Workbench software-based tool for advanced set-up, control, and monitoring may be downloaded freely from www.shure.com. The transmitter may be controlled by an AMX or Crestron system over Ethernet.
The front panel has two sets of: Input level control; up/down buttons, LED bargraphs, clip LED. Status display and menu operation; LCD display with navigation buttons. RF switch. RF LED. In addition there are shared enter and exit buttons and menu wheel. Synchronisation; an IR sensor window. Headphone monitoring; 3.5mm stereo jack socket, rotary volume control with push function to switch between transmitters. Power button.
Rear panel: Powering; AC primary power switch, IEC inlet, IEC loop-out outlet. For each of the two transmitters: Two balanced audio input connectors, combination XLR and 6.35mm jack; two balanced loop out connectors, 6.35mm jack; 1x antenna connector, BNC. In addition there are two RJ45 Ethernet network connectors.
Inputs: +4dBu or -10dBV, 70k ohms, nominal; +29dBu or +12 dBu maximum. Audio outputs: connected directly to inputs. Power source: 100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.5A maximum. Loop out: 5A maximum, un-switched. Dimensions: 483 x 343 x 44 mm, 1U rack mounting. Weight: 4.7kg.
Included accessories: 2x antenna. Rack-mounting screws, antenna hole plugs. IEC power cable, IEC-IEC link cable. Ethernet cable. 2x antenna extension cables for mounting the antennae on the front.
P10R Receiver - PSM 1000 Series - Diversity
The P10R body-pack or belt-pack receiver has two external whip antennas and a belt clip. The interactive menu system allows the setting of functions including RF group, channel, frequency, squelch, Stereo/Mixmode audio, HF audio boost, and level limit value. Utility settings include: CueMode on off, display format and contrast, panel lock.
The P10R offers three types of frequency scan; 'Channel scan' finds the first available channel; 'Group scan' finds the group with the largest number of available channels; and 'Full scan' performs a spectrum scan and displays the results in a graphical interface.
Upper panel: Power switch/volume rotary control, two SMA antenna connectors, a 3.5mm stereo jack earphone socket, and LED indicators for battery power and RF received.
Front panel: LCD display to show current status and menu operation, and up/down buttons.
Inside battery compartment are enter and exit buttons, sync IR window and scan button. Space for 2x AA batteries or battery pack.
Rear: Belt clip
Audio output: 100mW peak per output, 32 ohms, 1kHz, less than 1% distortion. Minimum load: 9.5 ohms. High boost: +2dB, +4dB, 10kHz. RF sensitivity: 2.2 uV, 20 dB SINAD. Adjacent channel rejection: Greater than 70dB. Power source: 2x AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or Li-Ion; SB900-A battery pack. Dimensions: 99 x 66 x 23mm. Weight: 196g, with batteries. Battery life: 6 hours typical, alkaline; 8.45 hours, Li-Ion.
Included accessories: 2x AA batteries, 2x whip antennae.
Earphones: For suitable earphones see Shure In Ear Monitors - Earphones.
Shure SB900-A batteries have advanced lithium-ion chemistry that provides P9RA, P10R, UR5 receivers and ULXD2, ULXD1 transmitters with extended battery life and reporting battery-life metering in hours and minutes accurate to within 15 minutes. They also enable detailed visibility to critical battery parameters such as health, charge status, temperature and cycle count. SB900-A cells exhibit zero-memory effect, so may be 'top up' charged at any time with no requirement for periodic conditioning. Tested to have a working life of over 1000 recharge cycles. They may be charged in SBC200 or SBC800 docking stations.
SBC200 Dual docking recharging station
This compact and portable unit will fully recharge two SB900-A battery packs in three hours, whether they are installed in the equipment or removed. Up to four SBC200 chargers can be chained together to run off one power supply. The PS45 power supply, required, will power up to four SBC200 chargers. Battery packs not included.
SBC800 Battery charger
Like the SBC200 however the SBC800 cradle charger holds up to eight SB900-A batteries, and is designed to fit into a rack-mounted drawer. It requires a PS45 power supply. Battery packs not included.
For cables, attenuators, antennae, antenna accessories and hardware, see Shure Personal Monitor Systems - Accessories.