Magazine article Guitar Player

Sony DWZ-B30GB Wireless System

Magazine article Guitar Player

Sony DWZ-B30GB Wireless System

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SONY'S DWZ-B30GB ($399 STREET) offers some very guitarist- and bassist-friendly features that show the Sony design team definitely considered the tonal, practical, durability, and budgetary needs of gigging musicians. The wireless system consists of a strap or belt-pack transmitter, a compact receiver, a guitar cable, and an AC adapter. Nothing revolutionary there, but the glory is in the details.


For example, acknowledging that club guitarists often need to do rapid-fire stage breakdowns, and toss gear roughly into gig bags and cases, the transmitter has a sturdy metal shell, rather than the typical ABS plastic. In addition, a three-level attenuation switch optimizes the pack to the output level of your guitar pickups, and a locking ring holds the guitar-to-transmitter cable securely.


Even cooler, the receiver is about the same size as a stompbox, and can therefore be easily integrated into your pedalboard. The receiver can be powered with the supplied 12V power supply, a 9V pedalboard supply, or a 9V battery. Three outputs are provided: an unbalanced 1/4" for your amp and effects, an unbalanced 1/4" for your tuner (which stays active for silent tuning when the belt pack's mute switch is initiated), and a balanced XLR for routing a dry signal to a mixing board.


For some players, wireless hasn't been an option because they associate the capacitance imposed upon the signal by long guitar cables--and the resulting reduction of high frequencies--to be a benefit. When these same guitarists use a wireless system, the unimpeded high end typically produces a sound they perceive as too bright, too clean, and too harsh. The DWZ-B30GB addresses this issue with a rotary Cable Tone knob that simulates the sound of cables at varying lengths between one and 25 meters. …

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