Thanks to a recent FCC auction, the wireless audio landscape is changing, and a sizable portion of the currently used RF spectrum used for wireless microphones, intercom, IFB, etc. will not be available soon. This is being viewed as one of the largest changes in radio frequency technology since its inception. To address this issue and provide solutions, Dale Pro Audio assembled some of the industry's top wireless experts for a day of critically important information. The event was held on Friday, October 13th at our NYC headquarters.
MC'd by Dale's Senior Director of Broadcast Sales Joe Prout, the event began with a keynote address by Alteros President and CTO, Jacquelynn Green. She took us through some of the background of this situation, going back as far as 2010. Then, using a series of in-depth charts and diagrams, she detailed what lies ahead for wireless microphone users and manufacturers. Green then turned over the floor to a series of panels.
This first panel, Manufacturer Rebates and Incentives, dealt with how leading brands are handling trade in and upgrade plans. The panel featured Audio-Technica's Mark Donovan, Lectrosonics' Howard Kaufman, and Shure's Ben Escobedo, with special guest moderator Cameron Stuckey from Professional Wireless.
After a catered lunch, the second panel was Non-Conventional Spectrum Usage, moderated by Dale's Director of Marketing and Brand Development Eric Eldredge. This panel - Green, Pliant Technologies' Gary Rosen, and Zaxcom's Glenn Sanders - covered how their respective companies are thinking "outside the box" in providing solutions for customers.
The final panel was entitled Creative Ways of Dealing with Disappearing Spectrum. Moderated again by by Cameron Stuckey, this group was comprised of Radio Active Designs' Geoff Shearing, RF Venue's Chris Regan, and Sennheiser's Tom Conte. Geared to the true "power users" of the wireless world, this panel offered some really interesting and innovative pointers for RF technicians.
Finally, lucky attendee David Paupaw even took home a set of SE846 earphones, courtesy of our friends at Shure!
Dale's Technology Development Manager Joel Guilbert was the driving force behind the event. "We were very happy to help educate Dale's loyal followers on what could be a major upcoming hurdle; and hopefully shine a light on solutions and strategies to move forward in the best possible fashion."
Dale co-owner Valerie Lager was thrilled with the event's results. "I'm incredibly pleased with this event today", she said. "Our staff is so committed to this topic and to helping our customers find solutions and it's really shows after today's proceedings!"
For more on the RF spectrum changes, and how Dale Pro Audio and our valued partners can help, please visit our informative overview page.