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Wireless 600MHz Incentive Auction Update (USA)

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by MNicolai, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Jay Ashworth

    Jay Ashworth Well-Known Member

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    Somebody in a different thread was just about to buy a whole bunch of new stuff, and found a buncha old Sennheisers and was wondering what to do with them. If they're gonna sell them to you, everyone might be happier. :)
     
  2. Joel - Studio 52

    Joel - Studio 52 New Member

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    Sennheiser EW100, G2 series are great systems. I still run several. As I've upgraded over the last couple of years, I've bought EW100, G3 to replace other, older brands. The major difference that I've seen with the G3 over the G2 is the scan feature. You set your frequency on the receiver, place the transmitter in front of the receiver and push the scan button. It automatically sets the transmitter's frequency to match the receiver. That's a nice little feature that I use traveling around the state, when I need to reset frequencies. If you're talking about buying house systems that won't be moving, then I think you'd get along fine with the G2 systems. You might not be able to buy them new anymore, but I see them on auction sites for not that much money all the time. Around the $2-300 range. With $3000 for a wireless mic budget, you should be able to put together a nice setup.

    You probably want to stay away from the B range, which is the most likely to become illegal. A and G ranges should be safe (hopefully!) for the foreseeable future. (At least as I understand it). I have all 3 ranges and will wait to see what happens before I start unloading anything.

    I'll try to post pictures of my wireless rack and explain what I've done, if anyone is interested.

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  3. JD

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    Considering how small the transmitter/receiver sub-modules are in the Sennheisers, it still frustrates me that Sennheiser doesn't offer a service to change bands. What a waste to chuck a perfectly good handheld because that module is tuned to the wrong band. I know, business is business and they would rather sell you a new mic. Errrrrr!
     
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    I'm currently debating starting to purchase wireless mics/receivers and am considering the AT3000. We already rent 12 of those units and have had decent success with them. Thinking of doing this over several years.

    Would get 4 C-band receivers & transmitters, with the AEW-DA550 C distribution system. Possibly getting a set of paddles at some point, but not sure because the units we rent are D-Band and I don't know if I can hook up 4 distribution units into 1 main unit if they are all not the same. As for mics, would probably go with getting Samson SE50 or some mics from bodymics.com
     
  5. MNicolai

    MNicolai Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    Heads-up. This week the FCC entered Stage Four of the auction, after unsuccessfully meeting goals required for completion of the auction in the first 3 attempts. Current clearing target is down to 84 MHz of spectrum.

    While this is in the neighborhood of where initial estimates put the auction at succeeding, I'm seeing some pundits astonished at how low bids have been coming in at and suggesting that bidders may be losing interest in this area of the spectrum and diverting their resources into other corporate ventures.

    If the trend keeps up, this will be increasingly good news for existing wireless microphone and IEM users in the 600 MHz range.
     
  6. firewater88

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    Have they stated where in the spectrum that 84 Mhz is yet?
     
  7. FMEng

    FMEng Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    Right now, it looks like above 614 MHz, Ch 38, but my understanding is it could still change.
     
  8. TheaterEd

    TheaterEd Active Member Fight Leukemia

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    Our Fearless leader just posted this to the news forum

     

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