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    Anyone heard of or tried wireless tracking headphones? All of the wireless headphones I've seen lately are bluetooth. That's not going to work. I prefer to monitor back directly from the audio interface in order to minimize latency. Therefore what I'm looking for would need to have a transmitter that could plug into the 1/4 headphone jack of interface.

    Primary applications would be recording vocals and acoustic guitars.

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    Sennheiser G3 300 series IEM system and plug the headphones of your choice into the receiver.

    Stereo, analogue and no latency.

    Most cordless headphones nowadays are digital which introduce latency.

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    John is correct that a good wireless IEM system like the Sennheiser G3 would be suitable for what you want--but there's an old saying that you can spend hundreds or even thousands on a wireless system that's almost as good as a $20 cable. It's probably worth considering why you really need it to be wireless--there's various things you can do on wired systems (for example a "coily" cable to add range and avoid tangles) that might give you a cheaper solution.
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    Thanks. I had thought about something like the Sennheiser. Expensive though. The reason is that I just dislike tracking with headphones, guitars especially. I find it confining and uncomfortable. I get around it with electric guitar by locating the amp or speaker cabinet in a different room while I monitor through my studio monitors. That solution is more efficient and lets me monitor more accurately than headphones but won't work for acoustic.

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    I like the idea. Not stepping on over' around cords etc. But wonder why you can get a cheap Line 6 wireless that rates "4ms, but wireless headphones seem to be in the '40ms ranges -which would suck ... well real bad.
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    The best digital wireless mics are the Audio Limited 1010 range with a latency of just 2ms.

    But - looking at your problem from a different angle.....

    If it's your studio and you are mainly in the same place - how about wiring the headphone socket to the ceiling and using a cable of the correct length.

    Then the headphone cable would never get in the way.

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    OT but I'm happy to hear that Audio Ltd are still in operation.

    Back in the 1980s I bought 4 of their VHF portable units for use with our crews in London. They worked long and well but eventually we replaced them with some UHF stuff (Sony--designed to work on our Sony cameras) and I gifted the Audio Ltd stuff to a local Amdram group. I haven't heard for a few years but as recently as 2009 they were still working perfectly right down to the original Tram microphones. I have no reason to believe they're not still in use.

    That's what I call longevity!

    Back on topic, I'd do something like what John suggests before moving to wireless in a studio situation.
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    Thanks all. I figured if there were a lot of good, inexpensive options, I would have heard of them already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbsy View Post
    OT but I'm happy to hear that Audio Ltd are still in operation.

    Back in the 1980s I bought 4 of their VHF portable units for use with our crews in London. They worked long and well but eventually we replaced them with some UHF stuff (Sony--designed to work on our Sony cameras) and I gifted the Audio Ltd stuff to a local Amdram group. I haven't heard for a few years but as recently as 2009 they were still working perfectly right down to the original Tram microphones. I have no reason to believe they're not still in use.

    That's what I call longevity!

    Back on topic, I'd do something like what John suggests before moving to wireless in a studio situation.
    Ya know, I'd thought of that. Kind'a odd, but perhaps viable
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    Direct Sound (Extreme Isolation) is supposed to be coming out with wireless iso headphones at some point, but I don't know how close they are to release. I watched a video about them from Winter NAMM, and they looked cool. But I've yet to see any hit the market.

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