University of Salford invests in the next generation by upgrading to Sony Digital Wireless

Busy TV production studios offer students and industry clients state-of-the-art facilities, featuring our DWX Gen3 digital wireless audio system.

How we helped

The Challenge

• TV studios needed professional-quality wireless digital audio solution for students and commercial clients

• Requirement for excellent audio performance plus reliable, rugged design

• Wide range of studio-based audio applications

The Solution

• Sony DWX Gen3 wireless audio system installed in three studios

• Tough, compact beltpack transmitters plus high-quality receivers 

• High density grouping allows up to 21 channels per 8-MHz band

The Outcome

• Superb audio with no more hiss or drop-outs 

• Robust transmitters and wireless receivers withstand daily handling by hundreds of students every year

• Future-proof solution will deliver high-quality sound for years to come

Sony DWX was something that we felt was needed for the studio—not just as a new microphone system, but for the network capabilities, robustness, and quality.

Ash Tidball
TV Studio Manager, The University of Salford

Class-leading TV studios upgrade

The University of Salford in Greater Manchester boasts some of the most advanced and best-equipped educational TV production facilities in Europe. As well as catering for hundreds of students every year, the UK studios also attract commercial clients including the BBC, Sky, and ITV. In a recent upgrade of its audio equipment, the University sought a top-flight wireless system with the quality and reliability to meet the needs of students and professional users alike.

The tough, dependable performer

After extensive research and evaluation, TV Studio Manager Ash Tidball and team opted to install Sony’s DWX Gen3 wireless system “Looking at DWX was something that we felt was needed for the studio—not just as a new microphone system, but for the network capabilities. It was also needed for the robustness and the quality.” The compact DWX beltpack transmitter features a tough magnesium alloy casing that’s resistant to rain, spray, and sweat. Weighing under 3.53 oz, it’s ideal for round-the-clock use across a wide variety of applications at the busy Salford studios.

Best sound in every studio situation

Since switching to Sony, Ash and team have been extremely happy with the performance of DWX. Drawing on 60 years of pro audio experience, the third-generation system features Sony’s best-ever sounding Mode 4 codec, alongside new features such as high-density channel grouping that allows up to 21 channels per 8 MHz TV band. “We replaced another audio manufacturer and have got away from things like drop outs, disconnects, and white-out noise” says Ash. “Our DWX Series transmitters and receivers are extremely versatile, high fidelity, and future-proof and keeping our students in mind, they’re robust. With hundreds of studio users a year, we needed a system that was reliable. The quality has surpassed our old system, delivering clarity in every studio situation. This will see us for many years to come with bright, reliable audio recordings.”

As featured in Canford’s Source Material Magazine | Technical Support by Karno Sound