Shure is discontinuing more 600MHz wireless systems.
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.
Make a big impact for less than $500
"We've looked everywhere. Someone must have 'picked up' the wireless microphone." Not the words I wanted to hear five minutes before the service.
Our church hosted the Judson University choir on Sunday. The platform had been cleared, and everything was set up the night before, except our lone handheld wireless microphone. That's the microphone that the choir director requested to allow him the freedom to speak from different places. I couldn't find it during set-up, so I texted a couple people, one of whom said that it was in the pastor's office, so I didn't sweat it. But the next day, we still couldn't find it.
Like many of you, I'm the volunteer media team leader at the church I attend. We work with a fairly limited budget, and it appears that I need a new wireless transmitter. Ugh!
With limited budget money, our purchases have to be spot on.
We get daily questions about how to best utilize specific amounts of money, and the answers to the "how to" questions are particularly critical at amounts under $500.
Here are some specific ideas.
The List Will Never Be Done
by Mike Sessler, Church Tech Arts
Photo courtesy of Michael Mandiberg
Get a group of TD's together and it won't take long for the discussion to shift to how busy we all are. We all have a seemingly endless list of projects and tasks that we need to work on, and the pressure we feel (either from internal or external sources) to get them done—preferably right now. I too was one of those TDs. Years ago, I walked into a building that needed every single system updated, upgraded or replaced. In every room in the building. It was a long list. I know many of you are in similar situations. I started thinking that if I worked really hard just for the first few months, I could get it all done. But I came to realize that's simply not possible.
The truth is, the list will never be complete.
That realization can either be frustrating or liberating, depending on how you choose to deal with it.
I decided to go with liberating. Here's what I mean.
Indina Menzel chooses Heil RC 35 microphone for her Super Bowl performance
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.
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