How to Choose the Correct Technology

How to Choose the Correct
Technology
Dynamic FM for adults and teenagers
+ User cases
SmartLink+ is the product for those who want nothing less than the very best:
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In meetings
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When it is noisy
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Over distance
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At home and at work
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In the car
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In the mall
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On the cellphone
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Face to face
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Watching TV or listening to music.
SmartLink+ is the Rolls Royce of the FM industry
+ Product features
SmartLink is the ultimate wireless microphone featuring:
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Dynamic FM
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Multiple microphone settings
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Latest Bluetooth version for simple cellphone and
MP3 use (A2DP)
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SoftLanding technology
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Audio input for wireless TV and audio enjoyment
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A separate GPS Mode
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Fast-charging battery
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Hearing instrument remote control
+ Microphone settings: SuperZoom
SuperZoom for all situations featuring high noise levels, s/a:
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Noisy restaurants and parties
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In malls, and shopping centers
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Bike riding with partner
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In the car or on the train
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Making Bluetooth phone calls
SmartLink+
ZoomLink+
+ Microphone settings: Zoom
Zoom is the universal setting for medium noise levels:
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Face-to-face conversations
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Meetings and conferences
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Walking
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And many other everyday situations
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Hearing at a distance
SmartLink+
ZoomLink+
+ Microphone settings: Omni
Omni is designed for less noisy environments, as this 360°
setting picks up sound from all around the transmitter
Use Omni in situations such as:
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Round-table discussions in quiet environments
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Playing cards with friends
Situations where there is more than one talker in close
proximity
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SmartLink+
ZoomLink+
+ Antenna
SmartLink+ comes with a choice of 2 antenna options:
1. The integrated invisible antenna is another ‘world’s first’
Phonak technology and ideal for operating ranges of less
than 15 feet (2 meters)
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This antenna is an ultra-fine-tuned high-performance print
antenna that spans transmission for many short distance
use cases:
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Placed on the table
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Held in the hand, as a pointing device
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In the car
+ Antenna
2. The external lavaliere antenna can be connected for
situations requiring a wider transmitting range:
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If the SmartLink+ is worn by a partner
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Used by a speaker in an auditorium
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Bike riding with partner
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In this case, the internal antenna stays active and supports
the external lavaliere antenna
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The lavalier cord with external antenna is ideal for operating
ranges of:
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Up to 50 feet (15 meters) indoors
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170 feet (50 meters) outdoors
+ Bluetooth for mobile phone use
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SmartLink+ is also an intelligent
wireless Bluetooth hands-free
set for the hearing impaired
user
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Bluetooth is a digital short-range
communication technology that
operates in the 2.4 GHz
spectrum. SmartLink+ employs
the latest globally-used version
of this technology - Bluetooth
Version 2.0 EDR.
+ Bluetooth for Audio Streaming
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SmartLink+ is compatible with all
Bluetooth cellphones and other
Bluetooth devices that use the A2DP
profile
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A2DP is a special Bluetooth profile that
stands for Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile. It is used for sending music
(audio streams) – for example from a
Bluetooth MP3 player to the
SmartLink+ or any other A2DPcompatible Bluetooth device.
+ User cases
ZoomLink+ is the product for those who know what they want:
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Better hearing and understanding
in meetings
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When it is noisy
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Over distance
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At home and at work
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In the car and in the mall
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Watching TV or listening to music
+ User cases
ZoomLink+ brings the sound you want to hear directly
to your ears
+ Product features
A versatile wireless microphone featuring:
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Dynamic FM
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Multiple microphone settings
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SoftLanding technology
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Audio input for wireless TV and audio enjoyment
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A separate GPS Mode
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Fast-charging battery.
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NO Bluetooth
+ Microphone settings: SuperZoom, Zoom & Omni
ZoomLink+ offers three microphone settings:
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SuperZoom: Noisy restaurants, malls, car, etc.
Zoom: Face to face meetings, walking, everyday
situations
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Omni: Round table, Playing cards
SmartLink+
ZoomLink+
+ Product features
EasyLink+ is a super-simple wireless microphone with just one button
for On/Off switching.
The affordable wireless microphone featuring:
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Dynamic FM
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SoftLanding technology
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Audio input for wireless TV and audio enjoyment
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Fast-charging battery
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Hearing care professionals can reprogram EasyLink+’s exact
microphone behavior to meet the exact needs of the listener, without
challenging the user with too many choices.
EasyLink+ overcomes distance, noise and reverberation, making
any conversation so much easier to follow
ComPilot
The smart 3-in-1 accessory
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High quality audio streaming
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Remote Control functionality
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VoiceAlerts
Benchmark streaming performance
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Removable neckloop in 2 sizes
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Over 8 hours
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Improved FM, Bluetooth and audio handling
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Dual direction microphone
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External microphone
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Enhanced stereo sound quality
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Bluetooth 2.1
Benefits for hearing care professionals
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Compatible with all wireless Spice+
portfolio instruments
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Easy Plug & Play
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Backward compatible with CORE
(Streaming only!)
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Customizable to meet client needs
Benefits for Consumers
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All in one device
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Easy to Use
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Offers FM compatibility for future
TVLink S
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Acts as a charging unit
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Compatible with all Spice
products
Interaction with multiple external devices
Interaction with external devices
ComPilot & FM
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Easier to use with VoiceAlerts
Indicator light on ComPilot will be solid
yellow when streaming FM
No need to ‘lock in’ FM signal as you
needed to do with iCom
Expected Battery life of 8 hours streaming
Compatible with Mlxi or microMLxS
receiver
Summary: ComPilot + FM
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Attach FM receiver ComPilot which streams FM to hearing
instruments.
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Ideal Candidates:
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Clients who use ComPilot frequently will find adding FM easy
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Hearing instruments without telecoil or DAI (eg Audeo S series)
Pros:
•Perceived cosmetics
•Easy to use for successful
ComPilot users
Cons:
•Dynamic
Performance less
than ear-level
•May be complicated
for some users
iCom and FM
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FM streams through the EasyAudio Program of CORE wireless hearing instruments.
Summary: iCom + FM
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Attach FM receiver iCom which streams FM to hearing instruments.
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Ideal Candidates:
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Clients who use iCom frequently will find adding FM easy
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Hearing instruments without telecoil or DAI (eg. Audéo S series)
Pros:
Cons:
•Perceived cosmetics
•Dynamic Performance less
than ear-level receivers
•Easy to use for successful
iCom users
•May be complicated for some
users
•Need to ‘lock in’ FM (short
push of on/off button for
continuous use)
What about Bluetooth Microphones?
Feature
Phonak Dynamic FM
Bluetooth Systems
Range
15m indoors. Up to 50 meters
outdoors
15m (best case). Comfortable range is
8m
Adaptiveness
Dynamic FM
No
Audio Bandwidth
100 ~ 6000Hz
200 ~ 3500Hz
Delay
<10ms
46ms
SNR
Up to 24dB
12dB
Microphone
Selection
Selectable: Omni, Zoom or
Superzoom
Fixed dual microphone setup
Connectivity
Multiple receivers (ear level as well as
inductive neck loop). Compatible with
all brands of HI and CI. Audio input of
all transmitters . Bluetooth on
SmartLink+
Sends only to one receiver (body-worn
streamer)
Operating Time
10-12 hours
5 hours
Applications
Single speaker, report style,
conference
Single speaker only.
What About Digital FM Systems?
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Not Dynamic…performance is exactly the same as traditional
FM.
High Current drain (4.8 mA)
Size of receiver is more than twice MLxi
No AutoConnect…each receiver must have gain programmed
Complicated to program
Comfortable range is only 8 meters
But encryption may be useful to law enforcement
Comparison of Dynamic FM to Digital FM
Claes Moeller, University of Orebro, Sweden
Digital System
Dynamic FM and hearing instruments
Linda Thibodeau, USA
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Most extensive study by Linda Thibodeau, PhD, University of Texas
at Dallas, USA, and the Callier Centre for Communication Disorders,
Dallas
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Published as:
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Benefits of Adaptive FM Systems on Speech Recognition in Noise
for Listeners Who Use Hearing Aids. Linda Thibodeau. American
Journal 36 of Audiology • Vol. 19 • 36–45 • June 2010
Results
Dynamic FM gives 50%
better word recognition than
traditional FM in 73 dB(A)
ambient noise!
When to Pick SmartLink+
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Technically Savy patient
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Needs and can handle 3 microphone
positions
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Needs Bluetooth
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Does not have Phonak Hearing aids
therefore cannot use ComPilot (eg CI user)
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Needs the ultimate solution to help hear
speech in noise
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Needs a solution for TV and other
Multimedia
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SmartLink+ is also a remote control with
certain Phonak hearing instruments
When to Pick ZoomLink+
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Needs a solution to help hear speech in noise
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Needs a solution for TV and other multimedia
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Patient may already have a ComPilot (no need for
2X Bluetooth)
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Teens and Adults
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Clients who do not need the extra remote control
functionality of SmartLink+, but would appreciate
the different microphone selections
When to Pick EasyLink+
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Needs a solution to help hear speech in noise
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Needs a solution for TV and other multimedia
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Does not need or cannot handle Bluetooth
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Cannot handle 3 microphone positions
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Works with all manufacturer’s hearing aids
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Bottom line: for clients who want the easiest FM
solution
When to Pick a ComPilot
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Needs a solution for mobile phone
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Needs a solution for multi-media
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Needs a solution for TV (Add TV Link)
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Has moderate loss or better, therefore
does not need remote FM
microphones for hearing in
noise…directional ear-level sufficient
(possibly results from LiSN-S PGA have
confirmed that directional microphones
are sufficient)
When to pick a ComPilot + FM
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Needs a solution for mobile phone
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Needs a solution for multi-media
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Needs a solution for TV (Add TV
Link)
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Has moderate-severe loss or worse,
therefore needs remote FM
microphones for hearing in noise.
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Does not have hearing aids that can
accept ear-level FM receiver (eg
custom, HA’s with 312)
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Must be Phonak Aids
80 Year Old Female, JD
COSI for JD
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Expressed difficulty in the following situations
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Hearing spouse while being a passenger in the car
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Hearing grandchildren when babysitting
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Hearing television with spouse
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Communicating with family at gatherings (large family)
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LiSN-S PGA results also indicated that even with advanced hearing aids
and directional microphone technology, JD will have difficulty in various
situations
Equipment Options
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Hearing Aid and Receiver Options
1.
Solana MicroP with ML13i
2.
Audéo Smart with ComPilot with MLxi
Transmitter Options
1.
EasyLink+
2.
ZoomLink+
3.
SmartLink+
Audéo S Smart V, ComPilot, MLXi and ZoomLink+
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PROS
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Cosmetically appealing
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Relatively affordable
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ComPilot also helps with TV
through TVLinkS
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FM Signal is clear and it helps
in multiple situations
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Three microphone modes on
transmitter give flexibility
 CONS
 More equipment to charge
(eyesight and dexterity)
 Client needs to push button
on ComPilot to accept FM
signal (sometimes this is
confusing)
 Equipment must be worn
around neck
 Light indicators on ComPilot
were not useful to client
Solana microP, ML13i and ZoomLink+
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PROS
 CONS
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Easy to use (with EasyFM)
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Nothing around neck
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Only need to charge ZoomLink+
 Slightly more expensive
 Hearing instruments are a
little larger (longer)
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Excellent dynamic FM signal
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ComPilot will be used for TV only
through TVLinkS
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Client finds it easier to use 3
microphone modes on transmitter
(not as much other equipment to
worry about)
Homework
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