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Shure is discontinuing more 600MHz wireless systems.

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As we've been warning for over a year, it's time to stop buying 600MHz wireless microphone and personal monitoring systems, unless you have no other choice.  Unfortunately, some of you have no other choice due to location, and other systems in use.  

At some point in the future, the FCC will issue a statement that will give users 42 months to vacate systems operating in the 600MHz band (approximately 600-699MHz).  And at this time, we have not received that notice, which could come next week or in the next few years. 

Eeffective immediately, Shure is discontinuing the following from BLX® Wireless, UHF-R® Wireless and PSM®900 Personal Monitor Systems:

K12 and M15 frequency band SKUs in BLX Wireless Systems
K1 and L6 frequency band SKUs in PSM900 Personal Monitor Systems
L3 in UHF-R Wireless Systems

Shure knows what's coming (even if it doesn't know when), and we'd all be wise to follow their lead.  Our opinion is that early discontinuations will keep Shure from having to pay large trade-in rebates like they did when the 700MHz range was similarly abandoned in 2010.  Please contact us with any questions you have. 

 

Indina Menzel chooses Heil RC 35 microphone for her Super Bowl performance

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Idina Menzel is already the voice behind the unofficial anthem of girls between the ages of 4 and 12.  And if you don't know what that is, call us and ask.  You'll recognize the name, or even look it up on Google.  We don't mean to be difficult in an article that's supposed to be informative, but let's just say that the copyright owners of the song are more than a little zealous to ensure copyright enforcement. 

On Sunday, February 1, she sang the national anthem in front of 10 million viewers using a Heil RC 35 capsule on a wireless transmitter.

The RC35 has become a favorite upgrade of pro performers of all types. The RC35 fits all Shure and Line 6 handheld wireless systems.  If you'd like to try an RC35, give us a call.  We'll be happy to send you one for sale or demo, or order online

   

Do you believe in coincidence?

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Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 1.20.12 PMAt the risk of sounding overdramatic, I don't, and I'm never surprised at the way things work out.  

A couple years ago, we got an email from the Ohio sales representative for Electro-voice.  He wanted to know if we wanted to buy about 20 discontinued speakers for really deep discount.  If no one bought them, they were going into the crusher, literally.  

The challenge was that there were one or two of this and that, and four of another, and just one of several.  I asked the sales rep we wouldn't want them, and his response was "Exactly!"  So we ordered all of them.  

The short story is that all but one of those speakers found a home, and we were able to provide them at as much as 90% off regular prices.  And I wasn't surprised a bit.  

Well.  Lighting must strike twice.  Toward the end of 2014, the EV rep emailed again.  In an email to all of its dealers, the company announced that it was moving warehouses and that it would be liquidating a large portion of its inventory, first come, first served.  

Right away, we bought some speakers that we knew we could sell.  A couple weeks later, we got another email asking us to "make an offer", so we offered and were able to buy some more at lower prices.  Another week or so later, the final list came out.  The accompanying message was that anything that was left would either be moved or crushed, and it requested final offers.  So we offered lower again.

We've sold some of the half semi-truck that we received and we still have what's listed below.   At up to 80% off, I believe that we have exactly what some of you need to finish a project at your budget.  We have several of the ETX powered loudspeakers which are the best we've heard in the price range.  Other manufacturers may not like that we've proclaimed that, but none have stepped forward for a shootout.  We have touring grade monitors for about 80% off, assistive listening transmitters for $199 and more.  Click the link below.  

Read more: Do you believe in coincidence?

   

Shure to discontinue 600MHz Wireless Systems

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It's time to stop buying 600MHz wireless systems in most markets.  In reaction to impending auctions of broadband wireless spectrum, Shure announced today the discontinuation select frequency bands L4 in FP and SLX Wireless Systems and M1 in ULX-S Wireless Systems.  L4 ranges from 638.000-662.000 MHz and M1 ranges from 662-698 MHz, in a move that appears to eliminate its devices in most of the 600Mhz range. 

This is the first product discontinuation from any of the major wireless microphone manufacturers, but expect to continue to see similar notices from other manufacturers, as each anticipates what the FCC will do next.  With what we understand of the rules established by the FCC with respect to notification and auctions, we have at least 42 months before the 600MHz wireless spectrum will become unavailable (similar to changes related to the 700MHz spectrum that occurred in 2010). 

Don't sweat it a lot if you have existing 600MHz systems, but in most parts of the country, it's probably a good idea to look to other parts of the radio spectrum as places to invest your wireless dollars.  As you have questions, please watch this page and call us anytime that we can be helpful. 

   

Doing it right.

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A few months ago, we got a call from a pastor about the sound quality in the main worship space.  He talked about uneven coverage, uneven sound pressure levels (volume), lots of low-midrange rumble at the podium and a general lack of audio fidelity.  He seemed like he was ready for a new sound system. 

We asked what he had installed now.  Bose 502A.  No problem there.  Was he using the system controller?  Yes.  How and where were they installed?  In a center cluster, about 5-6' directly above the podium microphone (see below).  Uh oh.  

Bose 502A

This is not how to do it.

Two things stuck out to us.  First, the center cluster was low.  Of course, the ceiling is low, too, so options were limited.

Low frequency pattern control is a big issue that most don't consider when it comes to a new system.  The short story is that...

Read more: Doing it right.

   

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