Wireless Microphone Systems: Look to Digital; Don’t Wait Until 2020
Understanding the wireless spectrum will help you navigate where your new digital units will sit in the new wireless spectrum.
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It helps to know that you can get more channels of UHF out of digital units. Hopefully, this will give you the ability to keep your wireless channel count the same. Also, understanding the wireless spectrum will help you navigate where your new digital units will sit in the new wireless spectrum.
The issue then arises how some will have to get rid of your old units.
Some churches have invested a ton of money in wireless, and it’s creating a little bit of a panic to hear that they have to now purchase all new units.
Well you will be happy to hear that Shure, Sennheiser and other wireless system manufacturers are offering rebate programs, allowing you to turn in your old units and receive a credit on your new units. Many are even taking gear that is not theirs, allowing you to put all manufacturers on the table and shop for what is best for your church.
The date to be fully switched over is July 13, 2020, but you can’t wait for that date. The 600 MHz band is already being used and if you wait until 2020, odds are that you will start to experience issues before then and be stuck without wireless.
You want to start looking for new units right away. Knowing that, what should you look for?
Well, in my opinion, you should start looking at digital units. I’m not exclusively saying you need to go digital. You can still use analog wireless units, but from what I am seeing, and how the spectrum is getting smaller and smaller while more and more people are transmitting, it seems like digital is the way to go. This is especially true since the church market uses so much wireless.
Of course, if you don’t use that many wireless units or frequencies, you have a few more options. But if you are going to head in the digital route, here are some things I would consider when looking for new digital wireless units:
1. In terms of budget, digital units are going to run 10 to 20 percent higher than analog units. That’s just a fact. Start preparing your senior pastor or whoever makes the money decisions that, from a budget perspective, you will either have to reduce your wireless need, or be prepared to spend a little more than you have in the past.
2. Make sure you know the battery life of the unit when you compare a digital device to an analog device. You should get 30 to 40 percent more battery life out of a digital device.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, January-February 2018
The January-February 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about the many steps a church had to take in the aftermath of a fire, and another involving a church making the jump to 4K.