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What HME’s do people recommend?

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I like the Eartec Ultralights - base station is built in to one of the headsets, batteries last a long time, good clear communication. Also, if I’m not remembering wrong, swinging the mouthpiece up out of the way mutes it, so you’re not listening to every conversation nearby. 

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Yeah, I'm terribly unexcited about using these things as I've traditionally held fast to the belief that the only thing I want to hear during a take are the people with SAG cards in front of me. Alas, this and my AC now being farther from the camera (something else I hate) and being forced off set to keep the numbers down while lighting are the new reality. Let's hope people follow good etiquette and be silent during the take. On that note, any HME's I use I wish to have the ability to feed the Comtek into it so I only have to deal with one device and headset.

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I would be too Chuck. But from their website it looks like it is something better suited for a fixed installation (studio) environment and not so much a quick location setup but I could be wrong.  To also respond to Alec about the ability to hear comtek audio on the HME's it is possible in several ways and I have done both.  If you have a MB300 base station (most people don't but mine does) you can wire and audio feed into the basestation (e.g. take a comtek receiver and wire out of the headphone jack to the basestation).  The other option is to do a similar thing and wire a comtek to an HME belt pack's mic input and then just cue the belt pack on anytime you want to hear that audio.  Only drawback is that everyone hears it on their HME and it takes up one of the TX slots available so it can limit the ability of some people to duplex talk on the HME headsets.  The third option is to have an audio person of a company like Comtronics make a custom splitter cable for a belt pack that would allow you to  hear both feeds in your headset.  I know my 1st AC uses a similar splitter on his walkie headset to hear the comtek audio.

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I spoke to a Bolero rep this week. There are some really cool features to their system, including the Bluetooth connectivity David Thomas mentions above, plus a nice looking display to switch between multiple channels (I've long envisioned an infrastructure where A and B cam have their own channels, the 2nds and loader have another one etc, so operators don't have to wade through the chatter). But it's really expensive and I'm not going there.

Last year I took a hard look at the Unity system which leverages phones (I would have supplied Ipod Touches) as the interface, it has many great features also (multiple channels, ability to feed in program which could be Comtek etc). Affordable and kinda slick. But sadly, the latency was too great. At least half a second and sometimes more, which is disconcerting if you can hear the other person and/or need to call out anything that has critical timing.

The search continues...

Steve, I've been trying to have an interface box made for years that can combine the comtek and walkie audio with some other specific features. There are various companies making them integrated with a surveillance headset, but I wanted to be able to use my own as I prefer a lightweight over the head with boom. Have tried a few times unsuccessfully (and have concluded that if getting custom camera parts made is as hard as custom audio parts, we'd all be screwed). Can you send your contact for the person you suggested?

 

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On 6/23/2020 at 11:21 AM, Christopher Moone said:

I am looking to buy an HME setup and am lookong for input from folks. What do you like? I’ve heard there are some less expensive ones that are good. 

I hear these are super cheap. Charles, not sure about the latency though. We'd have to test it out. 

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On 7/9/2020 at 4:07 PM, Charles Papert said:

Charles. 

Steve, I've been trying to have an interface box made for years that can combine the comtek and walkie audio with some other specific features. There are various companies making them integrated with a surveillance headset, but I wanted to be able to use my own as I prefer a lightweight over the head with boom. Have tried a few times unsuccessfully (and have concluded that if getting custom camera parts made is as hard as custom audio parts, we'd all be screwed). Can you send your contact for the person you suggested?

 

I use this one. Works great. Just turn off the comtek when not using it.

 https://www.amazon.com/Set-Headsets-FILMPRO-Surveillance-Headset/dp/B076F6Y25R/ref=sr_1_20?crid=1WWM7WH9XSWJ3&dchild=1&keywords=on+set+headsets&qid=1594571536&sprefix=on+set+%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-20

 

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Yep, I have that one too, but as I mentioned I don't like using a surveillance headset so I have that one cut apart to take advantage of their circuit in there that mutes the comtek when there is walkie transmission. Have been trying to work with that company to make a headset-agnostic version but they aren't interested.

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