Glensound GS-FW021

Four wire box for use with headsets

Intercoms using 4-wire topography are often used in broadcast environments, particularly in outside broadcasting, where the simplicity of the wiring simplifies the connection of an ad-hoc or semi-permanent system to communicate between personnel and, with IFB, provide cue to operators and presenters. The models in this selection are all designed to inter operate with equipment using standard broadcast operating levels and connectors. They range from a single-circuit belt-pack for use with headphones to six circuit, rack-mounting intercoms, with integrated loudspeaker and talkback microphone

Terminology
4 Wire Circuit – 4W circuit

This is a term used here to describe communication between units using two separate balanced audio circuits; one to each unit, one from each unit.
Unless otherwise described, a ‘4-wire circuit’ means a balanced input using a 3-pole female XLR connector and a balanced output using a 3-pole male XLR, both at nominally 0dB.

2-Wire

A balanced audio circuit, containing a mix of both send and receive signals.

IFB

An acronym for interruptible or interrupted feedback or foldback, sometimes also known as ‘programme cue interrupt’, ‘switched talkback’ and ‘interrupt for broadcast’.

Unless otherwise described, it is used here to mean a facility to receive an audio signal – commonly a feed of the programme, possibly interrupted by an upstream talkback unit to inject voice communications – and to send that signal out on the 4-wire output, interrupted by a local talkback microphone when a talkback button is operated.

Headphone socket

Unless otherwise described, this is used here to mean a 6.35mm, 3-pole jack socket providing an output to headphones with an impedance of 200 ohms or higher. Unless otherwise stated there is an associated volume control, which, in desktop and rack mounting designs will be shared with a panel loudspeaker.

Microphone input

Here this means a female 3-pole XLR connector feeding an input suitable for a dynamic microphone of 200 ohms or greater impedance. There is an associated gain control. If phantom power is available, it may be used with condenser or electret types with appropriate powering requirements.

Panel microphone

Rack mounting and desktop designs have a stub microphone, unless otherwise described, mounted on the panel facing the user. This is accompanied by a 3-pole female XLR socket; an alternative microphone input selected by a switch.

Panel loudspeaker

Rack mounting and desktop designs have a loudspeaker, unless otherwise described, mounted on the panel facing the user, with a volume control shared by a headphone socket, which deactivates the speaker when a jack is inserted. The speaker is dimmed when a talk key is operated.

‘Talk’ switch

This used here to mean a switch which is operated when the user wishes to talk to units fed from the 4-wire output. Several types are used by these designs.

Three position talk switch – ‘3-way talk switch’

This locks in the ‘up’ and centre positions. Pressure must be maintained on the switch to hold it in the ‘down’ position. In ‘up’ and ‘down’ positions, the local talkback microphone is sent to the 4-wire output. In the centre position nothing is sent to the 4-wire output unless the unit has an IFB facility.

Momentary talk button – ‘PTT switch’

Pressure must be maintained on the switch to hold it in the ‘on’ position, sending local talkback to the 4-wire output. When released, no talkback is sent to the 4-wire output unlesss the unit has an IFB node, in which case the incoming 4-wire signal can be sent to the 4-wire output.

XLR input

This is used here to mean a balanced, line-level, input using a female 3-pole XLR socket.

XLR output

This is used here to mean a balanced, line-level, output using a male 3-pole XLR socket.

Belt Pack types

These are rugged designs intended for the rigours of outside broadcasts. The aluminium cases have overhang protection of the front controls and belt clip.

GS-FW008 – Single 4W circuit – IFB, 1x stereo cue in

This has a microphone input, with 12V phantom power, which may be switched to suit a line level signal, a 3-way talk switch and a headphone socket. A stereo programme input, 6.35mm jack socket, 47k ohms, may be switched to feed the 4-wire output interrupted by the talk switch or to a stereo auxiliary output again a 6.35mm jack. Power: 1x PP3 or external 12-20V DC.

GS-FW021 – Single 4W circuit – IFB – 1x auxiliary input – 2-wire mode compatible

This has a microphone input without gain control and mono headphone output, both sharing a 6.35mm 3-pole jack socket. PTT switch; the 4-wire output can be fed with the incoming 4-wire signal when the PTT switch is not pressed. A 2-pole 3.5mm jack socket provides an auxiliary input to feed the headphones. Power: 1x PP3.

Rack Mounting Models

All these are 1U high.
All have a panel microphone and a panel loudspeaker.
On the rear are the 4-wire circuits and an IEC inlet for power: 230V AC nominal.

GS-FW018 – Single 4W circuit – IFB, 1x cue in

This has a single 3-way talk switch. A rear-mounted XLR input provides a programme input. Two switches next to the talk switch select the programme and 4-wire inputs to feed the 4-wire output when the talk switch is in the centre position. Two controls set the level of the two inputs heard in the speaker and headphones.

GS-FW024 – 4x 4W circuits – IFB, 1x cue in

This has four 3-way talk switches. A rear-mounted XLR input provides a programme input. Two switches next to each talk switch select whether the programme input or the 4-wire input or nothing is sent to the 4-wire output when the talk switch is in the centre position. Controls next to each talk switch set the level of the incoming 4-wire signals heard in the speaker and headphones; a further control sets the level of the programme.

Desk Top Types

These are consoles, used on a work surface, with a sloping upper panel.

All have a panel loudspeaker and panel microphone unless otherwise stated.
On the rear are the 4-wire circuits and an IEC inlet for power: 230V AC nominal.

GS-FW023 – Single 4w circuit – IFB, 1x cue in

This has a single 3-way talk switch. A rear-mounted XLR input provides a programme input. Two controls set the level of the programme and 4-wire inputs heard in the speaker and headphones. Two slide switches select whether the programme input or the 4-wire input or nothing is sent to the 4-wire output when the talk switch is in the centre position. A further switch cuts the selected signal when the talk key is operated, or mixes the signal with talkback.

GS-FW005 – 2x 4W circuits – 1x 4-wire to 2-wire converter

This has two PTT switches, a microphone input, and a loudspeaker; no headphone socket. An XLR output on the rear panel provides a 2-wire connection, selected by a switch.

GS-FW022 – 2x 4W circuits – IFB, 1x cue in

This has two 3-way talk switches. A rear-mounted XLR input provides a programme input. Three controls set the level of the programme and 4-wire inputs heard in the speaker and headphones. Two slide switches select whether the programme input or the 4-wire input or nothing is sent to the 4-wire output when the talk switch is in the centre position. Two further switches cut the selected signal when the talk key is operated, or mixes the signal with talkback.

GS-FW012 – 4x 4W circuits – IFB, 1x cue in

This has four 3-way talk switches. A rear-mounted XLR input provides a programme input. Five controls set the level of the programme and 4-wire inputs heard in the speaker and headphones. Four slide switches select whether the programme input or the 4-wire input or nothing is sent to the 4-wire output when the talk switch is in the centre position.

GS-FW027 – 4x 4W circuits – Vox

This is an upright, desk mounting design. It has four PTT switches, a 5-pin female XLR provides a headset socket, there is no loudspeaker. 12V phantom power is available for the microphone. There is a volume control for the earpieces. Four controls set the level of the 4-wire incoming signals heard in the headset; each signal can be set to feed left, right or both ears. Each PPT switch has a VOX circuit: when an associated switch is selected, the signal from the headset microphone is sent to the 4-wire output when it reaches a threshold set by a rotary trimmer. 4-wire connections are on the rear; each 4-wire circuit is connected by means of a 5-pin female XLR socket. Power: External supply, 10-30V DC.

4-wire to 2-wire converters

These take a a number of 4-wire circuits, and derive a 2-wire feed from them, which can be used to feed other systems such as third-party intercoms.

GS-FW004 – Single 4-wire circuit – Passive, free-standing

This has a single 4-wire connection which must be connected to equipment with low source impedance, 50 ohms or less, and high input impedance, 10k ohms or greater. It provides a 2-wire output, presented on both male and female 3-pole XLR connectors, wired in parallel. The 2-wire connection must be terminated in 600 ohms.

GS-FW006 – 3x 4W circuits – Rack mounting

This is contained in a 1U rack mounting case, and has three primary 4-wire circuits on the rear. Each primary circuit has an associated 2-wire connection and a secondary 4-wire circuit on the rear. Three switches on the front panel route the primary 4-wire circuit to either the secondary 4-wire circuit or the 2 wire connection. Power: 230V AC nominal, rear IEC inlet.

Other Models

All Glensound products are available from Transmitters ‘R’ Us. If the model required is not in this selection, please contact Sales for assistance.

  • Battery powered from 9volt PP3
  • Long battery life (in excess of 100 hours)
  • Power on switch
  • Power on LED
  • Low battery indication
  • 3 user selectable modes: 4 wire (for standard connection to other broadcast eqpt) Interrupt loop through (IFB) for monitoring & adding talkback over incoming audio 2 wire conference mode for connecting multiple GS-FW021 together 2 wire mode compatible with prospect C1B
  • Headset connection on 3 pole 6.35mm (A/B gauge)
  • Push to talk button for mic input
  • Limiter circuit for mic input
  • Headphone volume control
  • Auxiliary audio input (on 3.5mm jack) fed to headphone circuit
  • Transformer balanced 4 wire input/ output
  • Maximum dimensions just 152 x 42 x 72mm (l x w x d)
  • Includes belt clip (not pictured)

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