Tuner is a bit slow. Kinda pricey.
Sennheiser XSW-D Pedalboard Set
Ease of Use:
Sennheiser’s new guitar-focused wireless kit walks the line between pro-level features and weekend-warrior accessibility. Gone are the years where you couldn’t freely roam the stage unless you were on a big-time tour. Wireless systems have become more affordable, while the tech has increasingly become more reliable. With any wireless system, there are two main parts: a transmitter that plugs into your instrument and a receiver that moves the audio signal down the line. Conveniently enough, Sennheiser has packaged the receiver into a pedalboard-sized tuner that can sit comfortably on nearly any board.
Setup was a breeze. I took the transmitter and latched it into the belt clip, connected it to my guitar, and powered it up. Big points to Sennheiser for not making me jump through loads of menus and frequency bandwidths to make a connection. The transmitter sports a rechargeable battery that can be juiced up via USB through the receiver. Clarity, distance, and reliability are the standout features to me when I’m looking at a wireless unit. The XSW-D felt solid with no detectable latency—although I didn’t have an arena-sized stage at my disposal. The $400 price tag is on the higher end of the prosumer wireless scale, but the XSW-D is a rock-solid unit that will undoubtedly keep you from tripping over cables while doing Yngwie-style leg kicks.
Test gear: Schroeder Chopper TL, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV