Audio-Technica Supports 'White Spaces' Ruling, Announces Wireless Rebates - Mixonline

Audio-Technica Supports 'White Spaces' Ruling, Announces Wireless Rebates

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Audio-Technica in Stow, Ohio, states that it supports the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect wireless microphones from interference by TV Band Devices (TVBD).

The FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order issued on September 23 sets aside two TV channels in each market specifically for wireless microphones. This will allow wireless microphones to operate in those protected channels without interference from new “white space" devices. In addition, according to the FCC ruling, professional users of large arrays of wireless microphones, such as theatrical performances and music concerts, can apply for extended spectrum coverage via a geo-location database that the FCC is building and that is currently up for bid for management.

This FCC ruling is the culmination of more than two years of testing and lobbying efforts among competing interests for the "white spaces" spectra, and represents a clear path forward for professional users of wireless microphones.

“We are pleased with the FCC decision, as it recognizes the important contributions to art, entertainment, news and technology that wireless microphones have made,” says Jackie Green, Audio-Technica's vice president of R&D/Engineering. “Audio-Technica wireless systems are technically well-positioned to operate in the environment defined September 23 by the FCC’s Order. We have products that operate in the VHF range, products that operate below Channel 21 where portable TVBD are prohibited, products that operate in the two reserved band ranges, and we also have wireless systems in use today that offer true digital ultra wideband technology. Many of our wireless systems are designed to work well when numerous simultaneous channels are needed or when used in channels adjacent to TV.

“As a leading developer of wireless microphone technology, Audio-Technica has always taken a deep interest and a proactive stance in all situations that could affect the spectra that our customers use," Green continues. "For instance, we vacated the 700MHz band more than eight years ago, and have developed products that work in lower bands. We have also developed and pioneered the first commercially available ultra wideband audio product, SpectraPulse UWB Wireless Microphone System that operates entirely outside the broadband and TV Band Devices (TVBD)-White Spaces area. Audio-Technica has always maintained a commitment to continuous improvement and reliability of wireless microphones in the increasingly crowded RF environment, and the FCC Order has opened the door to our future investment in technical development by making it clear that wireless microphones are here to stay.”

In addition, Audio-Technica is offering Wireless Rebates on its professional wireless gear, including the 4000 Series, 3000 Series and 2000 Series Wireless Systems, from October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. All customers who purchase products from these three series from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for either a $40 rebate on the 4000 Series, a $30 rebate on the 3000 Series or a $20 rebate on the 2000 Series.

Audio-Technica states that claims must be received by January 31, 2011, to be valid. Along with the mail-in rebate form, buyers must simply attach the original sales receipts for the Audio-Technica wireless products with the store name, date of purchase, model number and price paid clearly legible, along with the original UPC code cut from the carton of each product purchased.

Rebate details can be found online at http://www.audio-technica.com/.