In what’s set to be a world-first, Phonic this year will release no less than five Bluetooth-enabled professional audio products. Phonic’s new Bluetooth receiver technology allows for direct connection to any modern cell phone, tablet or laptop that has Bluetooth capabilities onboard. The technology will, in essence, allow for audio to be sent from remote Bluetooth devices to the Phonic receiver.
Phonic’s new Bluetooth receiver modules are simple to use, with a single on/off button functionality. As previously mentioned, any modern Bluetooth-enabled device can be used; just find the Phonic Bluetooth receiver in your list of available Bluetooth devices and you’re done. Playback audio directly from your device and it will be sent wirelessly to your Phonic product – with no delay and no signal loss.
The first product to receive the Bluetooth technology is the AM440W. This analog mixing console features 4 mono mic/line channels in addition to 4 stereo line channels, ideal for small-format live and studio mixing. The stereo audio received directly from the Bluetooth receiver is sent directly into channels 11 and 12.
Next up is the Powerpod 740W, an 880 Watt powered mixer with 4 mono mic/line channels and 3 stereo mic/line channels. Each power channel features 440 Watts of peak power at 4 ohms, which is bridgeable into a single 880 Watt, 8 ohm channel. In this instance, the Bluetooth signal is routed directly into the final stereo channel of the mixer.
The Safari 3000 will be released later this year with the addition of this module. This all-in-one mobile PA system is designed to be highly portable, shock-resistant and irresistibly attractive. With a number of great features already onboard – 3 channel mixers, and optional CD players, USB recorders and UHF wireless microphones – the Safari 3000 is set to be even more of a must-have with the inclusion of the Bluetooth receiver.
Just announced this year is the Phonic Safari 2000 portable audio system. While the Safari 3000 features a 10” woofer and 1” tweeter, the Safari 2000 features an 8” woofer with a 1” tweeter. Despite its compact design, the Safari 2000 doesn’t pull punches when it comes to features. A 2 channel mixer is onboard accepting XLR, ¼” and RCA connections – verses the Safari 3000’s 3-channel mixer. That’s where the differences stop, however. Both units feature the same roadworthiness, the same microphone storage slots and the same optional components. The Safari 2000 – like the 3000 – also features the Bluetooth receiver function as standard.
Finally, the icing on the cake: the BTM-10 and BTM-20 wireless Bluetooth microphones. The BTM-10 is a single Bluetooth microphone with USB Bluetooth receiver, while the BTM-20 is a dual microphone system – compatible with all modern Windows and Mac based computers. These plug-and-play devices can allow for recording of speech or vocal audio directly to a computer with no hassle. And best of all, they’re 100% compatible with all of the aforementioned products. Whether you have the AM400W, Powerpod 740W, Safari 3000 or Safari 2000, you can use up to two BTM wireless microphones with their wireless receiver modules.
Bluetooth technology has made its way into a good number of products over the past few years but until now nobody had thought to ingrain this fantastic, noiseless method of audio transmission into professional audio products. Phonic’s new line of Bluetooth-enabled devices will prove that it should have been done a long time ago. With many great new products set for release in the coming months, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting time for pro audio enthusiasts.