Harley Benton AirBorne Pro 5.8Ghz Instrument

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Digital 5.8 GHz Radio System

  • Plug-n-Play transmitter & receiver
  • Suitable for all instruments with 6,35 mm audio jack
  • 5.8 GHz band (5.729~5.820GHz)
  • 24 Bit / 48 KHz
  • 4 Channels
  • Transmission range up to 35 metres
  • Latency time 5.6 ms
  • Battery life up to 5 hours (depending on operating situation)
  • Charging time < 3.5 hours
  • Includes manual , USB cable and 9 V mains adapter

Transmitter:

  • Rotatable 220° angle 6.35 mm jack audio plug
  • Easy-to-read LCD display with battery status ID link indicator
  • Pairing LCD display
  • ID LCD display
  • Power & mute button
  • USB charging port
  • Integrated rechargeable 3.7 V / 600 mAH Li-battery
  • Dimensions: 43.4 x 28.7 x 92 mm
  • Weight: 56.4 g

Receiver:

  • Integrated chromatic tuner with easy-to-read LCD display
  • Mute switch
  • Cable tone simulator
  • Integrated magnetic charging station for the transmitter
  • 9V DC in & out for powering external 9V devices
  • Pairing & ID link LCD display
  • Battery status LCD display
  • Dimensions: 130 x 98.9 x 50.3 mm
  • Weight: 263 g
available since April 2021
Item number 482514
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Guitar Channels 1
Transmission Format Digital
Frequency 5800 MHz
Transmitter Type Guitarbug
Receiver Type Pedalboard
Mountable Antenna No
Charging System Yes
Internal Battery Yes
Usable Frequencies 4
Frequency Display 1
Automatic Frequency Search 1
Battery Status Display 1
Transmitter with Accu Yes
Output 6,3 mm Jack unbal.
Receiver Width in mm 130 mm
Receiver Height in mm 99 mm
Receiver Depth in mm 50 mm
Rackkit No
Receiver Weight in kg 0,26 kg
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Value for money - Awful battery life
ShoggyPlay 13.09.2021
I bought this Harley Benton Wireless System because it seemed like great value for the money and in most ways it actually is.
The package came with two units: The receiver and the transmitter. It's made of plastic but it felt sturdy enough and is quite a feature packed piece of kit.

It has a display on both the receiver and transmitter, cable tone, built in tuner, a cradle on the receiver to charge the transmitter and a foot switch which toggles between the tuner and also acts as a bypass switch.

I also found the sound quality to be excellent with no dropout. I didn't bother testing the distance because i only use it in my studio.

The first thing i noticed when i unboxed the system was the rather large transmitter but i said to myself, this must be a good thing because it probably has a large battery inside that should give at least five hours solid playing time.
How wrong i was. Alas, this was not to be and herein lies the downfall of this otherwise excellent unit.

The battery time (at least on my unit) is awful. I'm Lucky to get just over a couple of hours playing time out of the transmitter and it seems to take even longer time to recharge when it's flat.
The receiver is ok because i have mine plugged into the mains, so no issues there. I would give up all the extra features just to have longer battery life but unfortunately this is not the case.

Conclusion:
If you want a feature packed affordable wireless system and don't care about battery life, then the Harley Benton wireless system is something you should consider.
However, if battery life is important to you, then i cannot recommend this system.
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Great value for money
Esben S 22.05.2021
This is a fairly new product, but seems to provide a great value for the money. A more professional product would be 4-5 times the price.

The transmitter/receiver adds 5.87 ms latency - I measured it accurately. This is barely noticeable on its own, but will of course add to latency elsewhere in your chain. The transmitter seems to apply a high-pass filter with a cutoff around 45 Hz, which is certainly no problem for guitar. It also adds a little noise, but quite low and "white", so again no problem.
I've experienced no dropouts or connection issues, but have so far only used it at home.

When testing the sound quality with a guitar with an active pickup, the AirBorne was transparent if the Cable Tone filtering was set to off. Note that 'off' is all the way clockwise - opposite of what one might expect. Hence CCW = more filtering.
In an A/B setup with a strat with passive pickups and 3-6 m guitar cable the Cable Tone came in handy, in order to match the treble roll-off due to the guitar cable.
When switching between a wired and wireless connection to the same effects and amp, it's essential to compensate for the effect of the cable. Otherwise separate presets with different EQ would be required to accommodate this.

Pros:
- Great value for money
- Transparent sound quality
- Cable Tone filter useful, switching between playing wired and wireless
- Convenient built-in charger in the receiver
- Colour-coded channels, to easily see link between transmitter and receiver
- Potentially 5.8 GHz is less crowded than the 2.4 GHz band

Cons:
- Impossible to tell the difference between Power and Channel buttons (before pressing it), with the transmitter plugged in
- Counter-intuitive direction of the Cable Tone knob
- Low-battery indicator seemed to kick in just shortly before the transmitter switched off
- Might not trust the "dongle" transmitter in a live performance, but would prefer one tied to the strap.
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Wireless guitar system on the cheap
YNM666 29.12.2021
If you need a reliable wireless system but don't want to spend a ton of money for one, you've found the right product.

The battery life is pretty decent considering the cost and the latency is minimal (I don't notice any, but I'm sure pickier ears than mine will notice some)

Great system all around
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Can't keep connection, dongle flops all over the place
squierjosh 22.04.2021
I had high hopes for this. There's five different channels that you can easily click through, and the device will tell you the best connection. Super feature. However, even with all bars and the green light, if I'm more than 5 feet away, the sound gets really garbled. If I move the dongle around, it gets garbled. And you can't avoid moving the dongle around, it just flops around freely in the input jack. I think it's the weight. It's always trying to point down.

The features are great, everything the site brags about it having is nice: Powered by your normal power supply, you can put it on your pedal board, built-in tuner, charging station for the dongle. None of that matters if it won't keep a connection though. Completely useless product as it is.
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