How to get rid of the static noise on your 2 way radio?

Essentially, radio static during a call on is an indication the signal strength is degrading (or that there’s no sound coming through in any way). When signal power degrades amply, the static resonance emerges. 

When there’s no communication coming through, it is a complete different narrative. A walkie talkie has what’s renowned as a ‘squelch’ regulate circuit that maintains tabs on the signal strength. The squelch circuit will quiet the speaker the moment it realizes that there’s no signal coming through to the radio. That is, essentially, the exact same purpose as your TV has when it cuts off an unavailable channel after a preset time. Though, within the moments before your two way radio ‘squelches’ the signal, you will hear static, or ‘white noise’ as it is also called.  Continue reading How to get rid of the static noise on your 2 way radio?

Ice hockey coach ought to be coaching basketball with a lob like that!

Update – The rumor goes a Canadian ice hockey assistant manager was developing hassle with his earpiece, so he decided to take the piece from his ear a throw it across his shoulder, across the glass barrier that retains the public away from the match, amazingly the earpiece lands in someones drink. Other editions of this story have circled the web that it was smelling salts, but he is obviously seen taking the earpiece out and something flies over his shoulder into the crowd. we will let you make your mind up if it in fact is his earpiece or something else. Continue reading Ice hockey coach ought to be coaching basketball with a lob like that!

Customized moulded earphones created by logitech

All walkie talkie end users would love their earpiece to be moulded to the ear, perfect sound, flawlessly fitted to your ear. This comes at a price and is generally saved for musicians and superstars. This informative article previews a US service for moulded earplugs to suit 2 way radio earpieces, noise cancelling earphones or audio feeds. If you are taken with custom moulds there are plenty of businesses around, which can build a mould of the ear and return it back to fix on to the radio which are required it for. 

First things first: This review is for a pair of $999 (direct) custom-molded earphones aimed squarely at musicians. Unlike most custom pairs in this pricing stratosphere, the Logitech Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors, as the name suggest, are designed with vocalists in mind. The lowest and highest frequencies are decreased drastically, so that the focus is squarely on the mid-range frequencies that vocals inhabit. As you’d expect from a high-end earphone pair that’s custom-molded to your ear canals, there’s no distortion to speak of, but it bears repeating: The UE Vocal Reference Monitorsare a fantastic musical tool, but not designed for typical music listening.

Visually, there are only so many directions you can go with custom in-canal earphones. When they’re in your ears, the outside, flat panel will make it look as if your ears have been filled with a plastic substance. The earpieces themselves are offered in a wide variety of transparent and solid colors. It’s also possible to customize your earpieces with artwork, for a higher price.

As for fit, if you’ve never worn a pair of custom-moulded earphones, you’re in for a treat. Not only do they fit comfortably and securely for hours on end, they also block out ambient noise more effectively than even active noise cancelling headphones can.

A triple-braided, removable audio cable connects to each earpiece, terminating in a 3.5mm connection. There are no inline remotes or microphones to speak of—these earphones are intended for onstage and in-studio use. A gold, screw-on ¼-inch adapter ships with the Vocal Reference Monitors, as well as an earwax cleaning tool and a very sturdy hard case with your name engraved on it.

The fit of the earpieces will have everything to do with the audiologist you choose. The impression process is safe, quick, painless (though it can be uncomfortable for some), and, typically, the audiologist will then send your impressions to Logitech. Turnaround time will vary, but my earphones took about three weeks to arrive after my appointment. The cost for these appointments will also vary, especially if you have medical insurance that might cover your visit, but expect to add on roughly $50 to the price of the earphones.

Performance
Discussing the earphones from an audio standpoint is tricky. Someone who typically likes rich or heavy low-end will hate them, but that’s not the point. The earphones act almost like a filter for singers, turning down lower and higher frequencies that can cause listening fatigue over time and compete with the midrange frequencies the vocalist needs to concentrate on.

From a performance standpoint, the Vocal Reference Monitors do not distort on tracks with seriously deep bass, even at maximum, painfully loud volumes. So, these earphones will always deliver clean audio, but remarking upon their sound signature, beyond saying that they’re quite light on bass or sparkling, bright highs, is kind of pointless.

Instead of discussing our typical testing suite, I decided to test the earphones in my home recording studio, laying down some vocals over instrumental tracks I had been recording. Lucky for you, you don’t have to hear the tracks or my vocals, but I tested using some studio-level gear (a Lomo 19A-9 microphone into an Ampex 351 mic pre, with some very minimal compression via a Shadow Hills Optograph and into Pro Tools, for the recording-gear geeks who want to know the signal chain). So, hopefully, this can at least be seen as comparable with a studio or live set-up, though the gear is far less similar to typical live gear, and it’s safe to say my signal chain is not transparent. But that’s not the point—the point is: Did the tuning of the Vocal Reference Monitors make it easier for me to lay down vocals?

One of the more difficult aspects of recording or performing vocals while wearing in-canal monitors is not being able to hear your actual voice much, if at all—you hear only what’s coming through the earpiece itself, really, and it can be disconcerting at first. It’s common to see a vocalist in studio, singing with one headphone ear cup off—many vocalists prefer to hear a blend of the mix and their actual voice occurring in a real acoustic space.

This fact, combined with the very premise of the Vocal Reference Monitors—that they rid the vocalist of unnecessary frequencies—had me approaching testing with a healthy amount of skepticism. A common studio adage is that most musicians want to hear more of themselves in their monitors; the best musicians ask to hear more of the other musicians. Granted, vocals are different because the sound is literally coming from within, but I wasn’t sure, prior to testing, if I agreed with the concept that hearing less of the bass and higher frequencies would necessarily help a vocalist perform better.

In practice, I can say the Vocal Reference Monitors perform as advertised—I felt that my vocals were almost boosted in the mix, although this was not the case. Instead, many of the frequencies they normally compete with were simply not as loud, and thus my vocals, while recording, seemed louder to me. Admittedly, my first reaction was to turn my vocal fader down, so that I felt that the vocals blended a bit more with the overall mix. This was mainly to help my own performance (trust me, I need tons of help).

The pleasant surprise upon turning the fader down? I could still hear my vocals crisply and clearly within the mix—the volume had been lowered, but they still stood out and were intelligible and clear. The lower-mids, and lows, and well as high frequencies, that might have begun to push them down in the mix at that level were not really part of the equation. Basically, no matter whether I had the vocal fader high in the mix, or relatively even with the rest of the tracks, I could always hear my part, and the vocals always sounded crisp.

Again, the earphones were used in a studio, not during a live performance onstage, so the testing does have its limitations. But the earphones block out so much outside noise, it seems likely that what you hear through them will not be competing much with any PA systems, even—they’re as effective as earplugs, if not more so. The mic and mic pre I used are not likely to be found in any live setting, but the point is the Vocal Reference Monitor helped the vocals stand out against a busy mix by lowering the frequency ranges that tend to make them more difficult to hear. It’s hard to see how this would not translate to better clarity in a live scenario as well.

Some vocalists may still prefer to have the full mix in their ears when performing, or having the engineer customize their mix by carving out the ranges that bug them, but the UE Vocal Reference Monitors do a solid job of bringing vocal clarity to the forefront on its own. Personal monitoring preference in both live and studio scenarios will dictate whether this is a necessary tool or not, but these custom monitors inarguably perform a task that many vocalists will find useful.

Comparing the Vocal Reference Monitors with regular stereo earphones seems a bit pointless, given their unique purpose, although we have reviewed other custom in-ear pairs in the past. Some favorites include the $1,150 JH Audio JH16 Pro, brought to you by Jerry Harvey, the founder of Ultimate Ears before it was sold to Logitech, and the $1,350 Logitech UE 18 Pro, another solid option with a far beefier sound signature than the Vocal Reference Monitor. If these are way out of your range, and you’re looking for a simple, effective pair of home studio headphones, the circumaural (over-ear) Sennheiser HD 280 Pro$99.95 at Sweetwater may not be a custom-molded in-canal earphone pair, but it’s comfortable, accurate, and powerful—three necessary characteristics for studio gear.

For the $1,000 (and audiologist visit), the Logitech Ultimate Ears Vocal Reference Monitors will prove an effective tool for vocalists who often struggle to hear their own performance in monitors over booming bass or crashing cymbals. If this sounds like you, the UE Vocal Reference Monitor may just be the solution you’re looking for.

Source – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417720,00.asp

Motorola cp040 two way radio review

We at this site spend a lot of time reviewing the best and most well designed radios on offer today. Some of these products are specially made for specific functions and can fetch intimidating prices for smaller companies that nonetheless are eager to compete. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at one of Motorola’s cheaper models and see how it compares with the big boys.

THE SPECS

With a utilitarian, somewhat pedestrian design, the Motorola CP040 is a million miles removed from the sleek, sexy contours of the MotoTRBO SL4000, or even the rugged, hardwearing face of the Motorola DP3400. The design is perfunctory, modest and unambitious, but looks can be deceiving.

A sturdy, capable model, this is a great choice for warehousing and agriculture (as pointed out on the Motorola site).

It only makes use of four channels, but is incredibly easy to use as a result, very much a ‘press and play’ radio. It also keeps contact over a surprisingly large range.

19 hours of battery life shows good durability (when in battery saving ‘low’ mode, anyway), while the ability to switch between broadcasting to multiple users or a single one is a very welcome function indeed.

Although clearly designed as a budget model, the CP040 has a lot of functions that we have come to expect from far-more pricey radios.

THE PRICE

Believe it or not (and we even had to read it twice!), the CP040 is available at less than £100. OK, at £99 it’s not a lot less, but it still beats the better models by half (and then some). Indeed, there is a feeling that Motorola could actually charge a little bit more for this device and easily get away with it.

THE PERFORMANCE

Making great use of Motorola’s much-vaunted ‘X-Pand’ technology, the CP040 provides excellent audio quality with every message, so there’s no real loss in sound quality (unless you obsessively compare the CP040 with the really high-end models and we aren’t going to do that here).

In terms of use, the CP040 is easy and efficient, operating with the usual dependability that we’ve come to expect from Motorola radios.

The belt clip (an optional extra) holds the radio in well and everything is generally sturdy and nicely made.

The CP040 may be lacking some of the more fancy features and extras that some of its peers can boast about, but as a standard, basic two-way radio, it is incredibly difficult to find fault with it.

THE VERDICT

The CP040 has been designed with mid level business use in mind, yes, it lacks the ‘boys own adventure’ ruggedness of Motorola’s outdoor models or the discreet, professional modernity of their urban, security orientated range, but it makes up for this in spades with a solid, reliable performance that won’t break the bank.

Perhaps it’s not the best product of its kind that the market can offer, but it is a very long way from being the worst and, in addition, it genuinely offers excellent value for money.

Customers may want something a little bit tougher and more overtly safety-conscious for use on building sites or battlegrounds. Perhaps they’ll also want something a little more slender and/or trendy for customer interaction, but otherwise, the CP040 suits its design-niche perfectly.

This is a great little device for basic business radio use and it’s hard to imagine it letting anybody down. Strong, reliable and high performance, the CP040 combines a thoroughly satisfying user experience with a pleasantly manageable price tag to create a wholly likeable (not to mention highly recommendable) product.

For more information on the Motorola Cp040 radio visit 2wayradionline.co.uk

Launch of this New 2 Way Radio Online Internet site Brings the Best Walkie talkies to UK Companies

Specialising in analogue and digital walkie talkies from Motorola, Kenwood, Icom and more,
2WayRadionline.co.uk brings UK businesses the best radios at the best prices.

With the launch of the new website for 2 Way Radio Online, the UK now has access to some
of the best deals on the best two-way radios on the market from Motorola, Kenwood, Hytera,
Icom and more. Bringing more than 30 years of collective experience in communication,
2WayRadionline.co.uk is the premium radio communications website specialising in analogue
and digital walkie talkies from Motorola, Kenwood, Icom and more. Continue reading Launch of this New 2 Way Radio Online Internet site Brings the Best Walkie talkies to UK Companies

The top internet based shop for two way radio Earpieces passes its 5 year Celebration

The leading UK 2 Way radio earpiece shop has been supplying police, fire, venue, and event
staff including the 2012 London Olympics with quality earpieces for five years.

Earpiece Online is proud to announce that they have reached their five-year milestone for
providing police and a broad UK base of professional event staff and security with the best
radio earpiece selection available. EarPieceOnline.co.uk is the UK’s biggest and brightest
2-way radio earpiece shop selling 2 way radio earpieces from Motorola, Kenwood, Icom
and many more.

For the past five years, Earpiece Online has provided critical communication ear pieces to
police, security and event staff covering everything from small to large events and venues.
Earpiece Online was a proud supporter of the 2012 London Olympics and provided the
earpieces for the volunteers and stewards across all the venues.

As they celebrate their five-year anniversary, they also thank their excellent and diverse
customer base. “We have come far in our five years of operation, and with the support of
security and event professionals across the UK, we are well on our way to five more,” said
Earpiece Online Manager Robin Dallaway.

Earpiece Online is the UK’s leading 2 way radio accessory online store supplying 2 way radio
accessory products from leading manufacturers like Motorola, Kenwood, Icom, Cobra, and
many more. Their range of products are proven and used by police, ambulance, fire brigade,
major venues, security companies, event and club staff across the UK.

Earpiece online carries one of the UK’s broadest selection of Motorola earpieces. Their range
of police earpieces are for the series of Motorola MTP/MTH and Sepura SRP/SRH police radios
and are approved to be used on all Motorola and Sepura radios. In addition to a broad selection
of Motorola GP340/680/344, DP3400 and DP3600 earpieces, Earpiece Online carries more
than 18 Motorola 2-pin connector earpieces that will work with a vast majority of radios.

Their selection of Kenwood 2-pin connector earpieces will work on all Kenwood radios with a
2 pin port, including the TK range of Kenwood radios, and some HYT radio. They also carry a
number of Kenwood multi-pin connector earpieces.

The Icom radios have three different connector types with the 2-pin connector, which is used
on a majority of Icom radios being the most popular. While the connector is universal, they also
supply a straight pin connector for those radios such as marine radios where the right-angled
connector obstructs the volume switch. The third type of Icom earpiece in the Earpiece Online
Icom selection is a multi-pin connector specifically for Icom multi-pin radios.

Earpiece Online has many other connectors in their online catalog from other world-class
manufacturers including those from Hytera, Maxon, Entel, Vertex and Yaesu. All of their radio
accessory products are from UK suppliers, and they even supply a specialist range of Wireless
kits. Visit them at their EarpieceOnline Facebook page to keep up with the latest products,
specials and sales. Earpiece Online takes pride in their reputation for fast, reliable service
as well as their free and next working day delivery. For more information, please visit http://
www.earpieceonline.co.uk

 

About Earpiece Online:

Earpiece Online is the UK’s biggest and brightest 2-way radio earpiece shop selling 2 way radio
earpieces for Motorola, Kenwood, Icom and many more. Their range of products are proven
and used by police, ambulance, fire brigade, major venues, security companies, event and club
staff across the UK. They feature free and next working day delivery as well as a helpful and
courteous customer support staff.

What are the best 2 way radios to use in a TV studio?

Update – If you have ever worked in television or film making, you’d be very knowledgeable about how valuable a walkie talkie system is, in a fast paced situation, communicating with all the right people at the suitable stage Is crucial. But radio channels can get full up with a variety of unrelated communication passing across each other, the new digital 2 way radio systems provide a more mobile phone type of communciation, where messages can be intended for specific walkie talkies and people, allowing for a more productive and effective communication technique. Continue reading What are the best 2 way radios to use in a TV studio?

Can the motorola SL4000 walkie talkie transform the face of 2 way radio communications?

The motorola SL4000 radio is the contemporary digital two way radio from Motorola, made for that concierge marketplace, created for people on the move and people that require a lightweight and ‘mobile phone’ style digital two way radio, to complete their work effectively and converse on the move.

This is the ideal solution matched against other cumbersome competition, such as DP3400, DP2400 as well as the kenwood nextedge 2 way radios. This contemporary lightweight radio is the first to pursue the mobile phone direction for 2 way comms. This 2 way radio actually is revolutionary, as well as lightest radio on the market and the 1st to have Bluetooth.

The Bluetooth is needed for sharing information between 2 way radios and connecting to supplementary Bluetooth devices to share information in real-time.

The SL4000 has been a huge success since its issue, but keeping the benefits of a lightweight two way radio is pointless if they have to be carried around inside the hand, The Motorola SL4000 earpiece can be a added extra that basically can make two way radio comms simple and efficient.

The connection, even though it could look like a normal mp3 jack or just like a sepura connector, it really is in actual fact completely different, and won’t work on another 2 way radio, predominantly not the sepura or the Motorola leisure two way radios.

Everyone that has used the SL4000 have been amazed that this has not previously been thought of, and with all the cell phone market such a successful section over the past 10-15 years, the tech must have passed through to the two way radio business much earlier. The real answer to this is, that digital radio has only been available in the radio business over the last 2 years, with the emergence of that Dp 3400 which has had a superb reception with every one of the 2 way radio dealers and companies, this new type of digital 2 way radio might be set to change the walkie talkie industry for the better.

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