Shure Wireless Systems Deliver Clarity and Detail at Marburg University, Germany

The Philipp University in Marburg, Germany was founded in 1527 by  Landgrave Philipp I of Hesse, known to history as Philip The Noble or  Philip The Magnanimous. Philip was one of Europe’s first Protestant  rulers and founded the university as Germany’s second ever Protestant  school of further learning (after Liegnitz, which only remained open for  four years). Today, as it approaches the 500th anniversary of its  founding, the university has no official religious affiliation, but has  long been one of Germany’s most renowned institutions of further  education, with around 26,500 students distributed across 16 faculties.  Recently, the university installed new wireless microphone systems,  choosing Shure’s ULX-D and QLX-D systems to guarantee optimal clarity  and intelliigibility in its lecture theatres.

 

A total of 30 channels of Shure ULX-D and 14 channels of QLX-D  wireless are now being used in the Philipp University’s many lecture  theatres. In addition, a further 70 channels of Shure’s analogue SLX  wireless microphone system are still installed at the university, most  of which will be replaced by QLX-D systems in the course of the German  government’s forthcoming further redistribution of RF spectrum licences,  known as Digital Dividend II.

"We bought our first channels of ULX-D right after the Prolight +  Sound show in 2012; we were one of the first customers in Germany to  choose the ULX-D system," recalls Jan Klages from the Distributed  Systems department at the university’s Computing & Technical  Services centre, which looks after the installation, maintenance and  repair of all of the audio-visual technology on the campus. "We were  looking for a wireless microphone system with reliable rechargeable  battery performance, and ULX-D’s intelligent technology scored highly  with us in that respect. In the past, we have often had to improvise  sound reinforcement solutions in our main auditorium, where most of our  large-scale events take place, because the battery packs on our wireless  microphones have run out in the middle of a function — so better  battery life and management were key requirements in this upgrade."

Both ULX-D and QLX-D were designed with modern, efficient energy  usage in mind. The rechargeable Shure SB900 Lithium Ion battery used in  both systems has no memory effect and offers a long running time and a  very precise indication of the remaining charge at any given time.

"The performance of the rechargeable batteries is amazing. So far we  haven’t had a single failure of either our QLX-D or ULX-D systems, and  we’ve been using them daily for eight to ten hours continuously at  times," explains Klages. "The accuracy of the remaining charge indicator  has also been remarkable. I’ve been able to continue using them until  there’s only three minutes of life left without any problems. That’s a  very important feature for us."

The sound quality of the Shure wireless systems has also been a  persuasive factor, as Klages continues. "To start with, we installed  four channels of ULX-D in our main auditorium, and then four in our  largest lecture theatre, where SLX systems were still installed. That  allowed us to carry out a direct comparison — and ULX-D came out the  clear winner."

The university technical staff at Marburg left nothing to chance,  even when choosing the precise types of microphone for each lecture  theatre. "Every lecture room was fitted with two wireless channels, a  handheld microphone with an SM86 head and a bodypack with a Beta 53  headset," explains Klages.

The 2016 summer term saw the opening of a new purpose-built  linguistics research centre on the Marburg campus for Deutscher  Sprachatlas, a long-standing national institution dedicated to the study  of the many and complex dialects of the German language. "Given the  purpose of the research centre, the audio quality requirements in the  main auditorium were particularly demanding," Klages reveals. "So much  so, in fact, that [respected German acoustics consultant and technical journalist]  Anselm Görtz was brought in for expert advice, to ensure that the  acoustics and sound reinforcement in the chamber met the high  expectations. QLX-D systems were used here to ensure the best possible  intelligibility for amplified speech in the chamber."

The compatibility of the ULX-D and QLX-D receivers with  Ethernet-based network technology allows the use of Shure’s Wireless  Workbench wireless management utility (WWB6), which Jan Klages has found  extremely useful in day-to-day operations. "We are going to be using  Workbench a lot in future to give us an overview of what’s going on in  the individual lecture theatres, and to access that remotely," comments  Klages on the advantages of Wireless Workbench. "We work with a lot of  interlinked, dependent networks here, and this kind of monitoring is a  big advantage for that kind of setup."

Aside from sound quality, the rechargeable battery techology and the  benefits of Wireless Workbench, Jan Klages feels there are a couple of  other important aspects. He concludes:  "The bottom line is, Shure’s  wireless systems are easy to use and built to last. That’s important for  our professors and lecturers, who need to work with wireless  transmitters that they can use without any problems."

Gear List
Model Number Quantity Description
QLX-D Sistema sem fio digital com controle em rede, encriptação AES-256 e configuração simples para eventos de médio porte, igrejas e instalações.
ULX-D Sistema sem fio digital comdesempenho de RF extremamente eficiente, controle em rede Dante™ e encriptação AES-256, ideal para shows ao vivo e aplicações de reforço sonoro.