Shure to discontinue 600MHz Wireless Systems
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.