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Unleash the full potential of JBL PRX800-series loudspeakers

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JBL PRX800 LoudClear V2Software

PRX800 customers spoke and JBL listened. We’re excited to tell you about a free app and firmware update that lets PRX800 customers get the sound you are looking, for faster than ever.

What’s new in the PRX800 V2 firmware update? Through customer research, JBL learned that PRX800 customers typically do two things immediately upon set up: turn up the bass EQ and input gain. The PRX800 V2 firmware update now adds two default settings that ensure optimal sound, out of the box, and the ability to revert back to the speaker’s previous default settings.

New in the PRX800 V2 Firmware Update:

Enhanced Bass Tuning (PRX812 and PRX815): This new default tuning preset features enhanced low frequencies. You will immediately notice a warmer and fuller tone and will be particularly impressed when playing bass-heavy music including pop, hip hop and EDM. (A flat tuning is also available.)

More Control over Input Gain (all models except subwoofers): Line-level inputs now include options for Hi and Lo input sensitivity settings. Lo input sensitivity is pre-set by the update, which will result in louder playback by default without having to touch the Input Gain knob. You can switch to Hi input sensitivity, the previous default setting, with a simple flip of a switch in the PRX Connect App.

This free upgrade provides a fresh way to experience the full PRX power, clarity and nuance, as well as showcase the robust capabilities of the PRX Connect App.

Availability

The PRX800-series V2 firmware update is available now in the latest versions of the PRX Connect App for Android and iOS, downloadable through Google Play and Apple App Store.

Starting March 4, HARMAN began shipping JBL PRX800-series loudspeakers with V2 firmware pre-installed. To learn more, visit www.jblpro.com/prx800

 

Countryman E6 and H6 now available for Audio Technica 3000 Series 4th Generation

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Last summer, Audio Technica released the updated 3000 Series 4th Generation wireless microphone systems that we'd been waiting on for a couple years. And the systems do not disappoint. 

The new 3000 series quickly became one of our best-selling wireless systems, but there was just one fairly major issue.  Unbeknownst to all but a select few, Audio Technica had decided to change the cable connector to something different from what it had been using for the last 10+ years, so as people switched from older systems to newer systems, we discovered that their current Countryman and DPA microphones would not work.  Audio Technica does offer an adapter for use with existing microphones, but this is a better option. 

Just this week, we received word that Countryman is shipping the E6, E6i, E6D, E6 Flex, H6 and replacement cables with the updated connector.  So if you have existing microphones from Countryman, we can swap the cable and sell you a new 3000 Series system for the first time in several months. And you can buy new microphones with cables for the new 3000 Series

In addition to best-in-class sound quality, the new 3000 Series features durable metal transmitters, extremely wide 60 MHz UHF tuning bandwidth (which means up to 20 systems can operate side-by-side in each of two different frequency bands), and the ability of handheld and body-pack transmitters to switch to a backup frequency in case of interference -- starting as low as $549

If you have questions, please let us know by calling 800-747-7301.

   

600 MHz Trade-In Rebate Program - extended!

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2019 600mhz rebate square web2xBy now, you've probably heard a lot about the fact the FCC has reallocated the 600 MHz frequency band (614 – 698 MHz) for wireless broadband use. With this reallocation, wireless microphone systems will eventually be prohibited from operating in the 600 MHz band. If you’re currently operating a 600 MHz wireless system, you will need to transition to a new system at some point—anytime from now until July 13, 2020, depending on where you are operating your wireless system.

Due to the complexity of the reallocation and the number of parties involved, there is no way to accurately predict just how – or when – the changes will unfold. But there’s no need to panic. Unless your system is part of a mission critical application, Audio-Technica recommends following a use-it-til-you-lose-it path: Begin budgeting for a new system, get as much use as you can out of your current 600 MHz system, then make the switch once you encounter problems. 

Audio-Technica is offering a “Trade In On Your Terms” program to help you make the switch out of 600 MHz. For each 600 MHz wireless system you trade in (regardless of manufacturer) you’ll receive a rebate on an eligible Audio-Technica wireless system.

To give you the flexibility to budget and switch to a new system, Audio Technica is running this trade-in program through March 31, 2020.

For more information and full details, please click here for more information

   

Good things must come to an end -- Shure 600 MHz rebates

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Shure's 600 MHz wireless microphone rebates are scheduled to end on October 31! 

Due to changes at the FCC, operation of wireless microphone systems in the 600 MHz range (frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz) will become illegal by July 2020, and in many areas, use of the 600 MHz systems will become impractical due to interference, as soon as 4th quarter 2018. 

Since April 2017, Shure has been offering generous rebates to help you make the conversion from your existing 600 MHz wireless microphone systems to Shure brand wireless systems, but as October 31, 2018, that rebate program will be ending.  More information on rebate amounts, deadlines, qualifications click here

The big question on everyone's minds is whether the rebates will continue or be extended.  The answer is that we have no way of knowing.  Yesterday, when we asked Shure's sales representative about the situation, he said that people "might not want to wait", and that he has no idea what November 1 will bring. 

If we had to guess, some form of Shure 600 MHz rebate will continue since other manufacturer's rebates don't end on the same schedule, but do you want to take that chance?  The current rebate is $500 per channel for ULXD and $250 for QLXD, both of which are more generous than other manufacturers. 

If you're gambling on the continuation, we'll both know an answer on or around November 1.  Also consider than both ULXD and QLXD have been very hard to get this year, so if the rebate is costing Shure "too much", this would be the opportunity to make a change. 

We do not anticipate the rebates being increased, so there's only one direction they can go, if the rebates are not extended in the same amounts. If you need new Shure wireless systems, there has never been a better time than the present.

 

 

 

   

ProPresenter Users - do NOT upgrade to Mac OS 10.13.4 -- yet

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Attention macOS Users that use USB Display adaptors!

Do NOT upgrade to MacOS 10.13.4 at this time if you use a USB Display Adaptor (usually used for Stage Display outputs in ProPresenter). DisplayLink, the company that makes the chips that are used in the vast majority of the USB display adaptors that are made, released the following on March 30, 2018:

"We have become aware that installing macOS release Version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in 10.13.3"

Note that this is NOT a ProPresenter issue, but rather an issue with the driver that works with the USB adaptors. 

   

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