In Heil Sound’s view, it’s never too late or too early to improve and upgrade successful products. Just in time for the 2019 Hamvention, being held Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, the company has announced changes to two products.
The Pro Set Elite, a long-time favorite of ham radio customers, is getting a new and improved finish to its exterior as well as new ear pads for increased comfort. Additional tweaks to increase durability and strength have also been added.
The Heil Pro Set Elite is designed for amateur radio operators using the Heil HC 6 wide response microphone element. The technology in the Heil HC 6 is designed for full range communication or can be adjusted (with radio adjustment) for bright, articulate audio to cut through amateur radio noise and signal pileups. The Pro Set Elite offers dual side, highly efficient speakers mounted in acoustically tuned chambers which has high rejection of outside noise. The exclusive Heil Phase Reversal feature allows the user to move the signal acoustically, which creates a spatial widening of the sound field that makes it easier to ‘see’ a signal inside a pileup while removing listener fatigue during prolonged use. The headphone’s speakers fold up for easy transportation and storage.
The newest member of the Heil Sound product family, the Parametric Receive Audio System (PRAS) is also getting an upgrade in the form of an option to purchase the PRAS EQ main control unit and the HPS-5 powered speaker components separately. This change is in response to customer requests that the PRAS components be sold separately. Many users wish to use the EQ unit as a stand-alone piece with headsets. Similarly, other users wish to use additional speakers daisy chained to their PRAS system. The PRAS EQ will have a retail price of $249 and the HPS-5 will have a retail price of $199. These items will start shipping in July 2019, but pre-orders are being taken now.
The PRAS is a state-of-the-art audio system that enhances the internal audio systems of amateur radio, shortwave, commercial, and CB receivers. It allows radio operators to modify, shape, and improve the audio output of their receivers using three separate equalization controls.
HPS-5 powered speaker, which comes with the system, consists of a 24-watt, two-way, low-distortion amplifier using a titanium midrange tweeter and a 5” low-frequency speaker. The HPS-5, in combination with the PRAS, provides superb audio balance without distortion.