Ever since the release of the Rode Filmmaker Kit, many of us have been waiting in anticipation for a handheld-accessible version. Now available is the Newsshooter. It comes equipped with the same legendary RX-CAM receiver as the Filmmaker Kit, but also includes the TX-XLR transmitter. The transmitter is built like a tank with tons of features. It has a locking XLR jack with phantom power accessibility, a four-stage gain selection, a bright LED screen and a headphone output for direct monitoring. There are also many ways to power this transmitter. Out of the box, it has a battery compartment that holds two AA batteries. If that compartment is removed, a Sony NP battery can be inserted for the same amount of power. This is especially useful for many reporters and techs on the road as this is a battery commonly found and used in many other rigs. A third power option is plugging in a power bank via the micro USB port on the side of the unit. This is great for connecting the transmitter to a Rode Blimp. You not only can lock on your shotgun microphone cable without worry, but also constantly provide power if you don't have batteries. Synchronizing the transmitter with the receiver is a very user-friendly process. Just press the two arrow buttons on the side of the TX-XLR and the red button on the RX. You are then free to choose your channel and start filming. After the two are linked, they use the 2.4 GHz range to simultaneously send audio on two channels. The RX automatically uses the strongest signal, ensuring you have cable-like connections in the busiest of 2.4GHz areas while having the advantages of a wireless connection. The Newsshooter Kit can do this up to 328 feet! Twenty years ago, Rode started a revolution in home recording with the NT1 and other quality, yet affordable microphones. They continue their legacy today with the Newsshooter Kit for only $499! If you already have a RodeLink RX from the Filmmaker Kit, you can just purchase the TX-XLR and add it to your system seamlessly. As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474, or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton! Don't forget to check out our other articles about the latest gear and audio news here.