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Harley Benton AirBorne 2.4Ghz Instrument

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2.4 GHz Wireless System

  • Set includes a Plug-N-Play transmitter and receiver
  • Integrated rechargeable 750 mAh lithium battery
  • Has a range up to 30 m
  • Latency < 5 ms
  • 2.4 GHz Band
  • 24-Bit/48 kHz
  • Impedance input (transmitter B1): Approx. 1 MOhm
  • Impedance output (receiver): Approx. 2 kOhm
  • 4 Channels
  • Auto Sleep / Wake Up function
  • Battery life approx. 6 hours (depending on the operating situation)
  • Battery indicator with LED display
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Adjustable 220° plug angle
  • Compact click system for safe storage
  • Dimensions: 73 x 40 x 15 mm
  • Includes a duo pin USB charging cable

Note: Not compatible with active pickup systems.

Guitar Channels 1
Transmission Format Digital
Frequency 2400 MHz
Transmitter Type Guitarbug
Receiver Type Mobile
Mountable Antenna No
Charging System No
Internal Battery Yes
available since December 2017
Item number 425040
Frequency from 2400 MHz
Frequency to 2400 MHz
Battery Status Display 1
Transmitter with Accu Yes
Output 6,3 mm Jack unbal.
Receiver Width in mm 73 mm
Receiver Height in mm 40 mm
Receiver Depth in mm 15 mm
Rackkit No
Receiver Weight in kg 0,1 kg
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Wireless freedom

The AirBorne Instrument is a digital wireless system that frees guitarists and bassists from the restrictions of using a cable and, with a radius of up to 30 metres, allows them to move freely to even the farthest corners of the stage. The rechargeable 750 mAh lithium batteries provide around six hours of playing time, and of course this astonishingly affordable system conforms to the latest 2.4 GHz standard. The AirBorne Instrument is supplied as a complete set for instrumentalists that comprises a rechargeable transmitter and receiver as well as the corresponding USB charging cable.

Digital wireless on a budget

The AirBorne Instrument is a wireless transmitter/receiver system for guitar, bass, and other instruments that offers a selection of four transmission frequencies in the 2.4 GHz range. Transmission takes place digitally across the whole frequency range with a 24-bit/48 kHz resolution and with less than 5 ms latency. The transmitter and receiver both operate without a power supply, and both are housed in a compact casing with swivel-mounted 6.3 mm (1/4”) jack plugs that can be securely folded away. Thanks to its 750 mAh lithium batteries, the AirBorne Instrument system provides up to six hours of playing time, which is maximised by both an “Auto-Sleep” and a “Wake Up” function. What is more, the USB charging cable has a double connector, which allows the transmitter and receiver to be charged at the same time.

Nothing to hold you back

The AirBorne Instrument is a plug-and-play set aimed at guitarists and bassists who regularly perform on stage or in other live environments, and it covers a range of around 30 metres in any room, thus unchaining the player from the confines of a cable. Simply plug the transmitter in and away you go. The selection of four frequencies gives each player in the band their own channel without crosstalk, and the 2.4 GHz band transmits the entire frequency range with a 24-bit resolution and a minimal latency of below 5 ms. The transmitter and receiver both feature an LED battery indicator, so you will always know exactly when it is time for a recharge.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

The stage is yours

The AirBorne Instrument is tailor-made to be used on stage: It means you are no longer tied to your amp or pedalboard and thus have the freedom to move anywhere on the stage. Dance, jump, spin, do whatever you want – without tangled cables or tripping hazards for anyone else in the band. In other words: This digital wireless system allows you to interact with your audience better than ever before while still enjoying excellent sound quality. Eliminating cables is beneficial in other situations too, of course, like in the rehearsal room and whenever cables are not visually desirable, e.g. in the field of performance art.

Information on the supported frequency ranges

Here you can see which frequencies are supported by this wireless system and the countries in which these frequencies are allowed in the future for wireless applications.

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Fantastic
TonyOr 07.05.2021
I guess I have an abundance of riches and shouldn't complain, but I still do. I have a small home studio with half a dozen guitars, 3 amps, a multi-effects pedal and an audio interface for recording. I am fed up with trailing cables all over the room, tripping over them and having to coil them all up and put them away when I am done.

The Airborne almost completely solves the problem and my little studio is now clutter-free.

It just works! Choose guitar and an amp, plug the transmitter into one and the receiver into the other, turn them both on and off you go. It is fantastic to be free of cables.

The Airborne looks quite big compared to the Line6 or Boss equivalent but in practice it plugs conveniently into every piece of kit I own and does not get in the way whilst playing. The only thing that is less than perfect is when plugging it into my Tonemaster Deluxe, with the amp's control panel on the front, the Airborne has to be plugged in with its back panel facing out. It's a purely aesthetic problem.

I have had no problem connecting any piece of kit. The sound quality is the same as using a cable. I have two electro-acoustic guitars with pre-amps, and they both work fine. I don't know if they count as active pickups. The first time I used the Airborne I had a couple of glitches when playing, literally for a second or two each time, but have had nothing since. The wifi router is in studio and I have experienced no drop outs so far.

I can't comment on the battery life or charging time yet but the two-way USB charging cable is quite convenient. A docking station would have been nice but I can build a simple substitute - a block of wood with two holes in it.

I highly recommend the Airborne. It does everything I need and is a fraction of the price of the Line6 and Boss alternatives.
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Broke after 3 months of home use
MC MC 01.05.2020
Pros:
This is a very compact, easy to use unit. It's not feature heavy, but wireless units with numerous bells and whistles tend to cost several times this price.

I had no problems with the buffer that's built into the system altering my tone in a noticeable way.

The range is decent, and more than what most people will need. If you need more, you're playing big enough venues that you should already have a higher-end unit.

Cons:
It definitely cuts in and out during play. It tends to be brief, but it happens enough that I wouldn't want to gig with it.

The real dealbreaker for me, though, was that it stopped working after 3 months. I never left home with it, because I wouldn't play live with something that cuts in and out like this unit does. I live alone, so I know nothing happened to it. I used it one day, then put it away, and when I went back the next day to use it again, I couldn't get a signal. It's fully charged, lights flashing, transmitter / receiver are paired, but – no sound.

I've contacted Thomann; hopefully they can help.
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Great for a home studio environment
tomtomssi 04.06.2019
I use this at my home studio between my guitars and amp heads.

The range is nice and it works even through walls. I usually play in a pretty small room next to a lot of gear and electronics but I have not noticed any interference.

The sound quality is clear and I have not noticed any difference compared to a regular cable.

The build quality is okay. This is not flimsy but its still plastic so I would not want to drop these on a hard surface. After a few months I started to hear some rattling inside like something had come loose but these still work.

The on/off switch could use a re-design. Its too similar to the channel switch and quite often I accidentally use the wrong switch.

The transmitter runs out of battery a lot faster than the receiver. The description tells you this has up to 6 hours of battery life but I don't feel like the transmitter can last for 6 hours of constant play.

Overall, this thing is great. It has given me a lot of mobility inside a rather small studio where cords can get tangled quite easily.
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Freedom!!!
Panos! 27.05.2021
Its amazing the sense of freedom with these! I'm new in the world of wireless guitar systems, and I feel truly liberated from the strains of cables! 'Til now I only use them at home, no rehearsals and of course no Live use because of Covid-19. But I will surely try them as soon as possible! Sometimes the sound has fluctuations, like hiccups (or tiny interruptions), specially when the home wifi is on, but changing a channel or two and the problem always disappears. The tone for me is great, and when I plug straight in the amp or on my pedalboard and play, I find it magnificent. But for a tone "purist" it may be a problem, cause when I A/B them with a quality cable, then I can very slightly hear but more importantly I can feel a small degredation of my tone. Is it enough to put me off? Not in a million years! Would I use them to record an important piece? No, never! Will I use them on my next rehearsals and - hopefully soon - try them also on a Live situation with my band? Definitely yes!
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