A Sennheiser trade-in offer is available for old wireless microphone systems using the 700MHz band before European regulators change use to mobile data telecoms.
As our skies get thicker with invisible data floating around us, European regulators have begun the acquisition of frequency bands to expand 4G and mobile telecom data spectrum. One of these bands is between 694 – 790 MHz, a well-used band for wireless microphone systems and a range of other applications. This process has already begun in Germany and France, and will roll out across Europe in the coming years.
For decades this frequency range has been free to use, and is built into some older microphone transmitters and receivers. I just checked my EW 100 G3 set and they operate in the 823 – 865MHz range, phew. However, if you have legacy equipment, it is encouraged that you trade in the kit using these frequencies for nice and shiny new ones. This frequency band is illegal to use in the USA.
This Sennheiser trade-in is eligible for any 700MHz band equipment from any competitive manufacturer, from now until the 31st of December 2017. Sennheiser recommends following these 3 steps to replacing your old systems:
Check your wireless equipment. Frequencies can be found on transmitters and receivers. Contact your reseller to ask for a quote at a promotional price.
Accept the offer from your reseller, collect all old affected wireless systems and send them back to your reseller.
Enjoy your new Sennheiser wireless systems!
The replacement wireless audio systems you could get include the Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 and the SK 2000 system, which uses a frequency band around 1.2GHz. Depending on the age of the old equipment, there is most likely some cost involved in the trade-in.
For more information on the Sennheiser trade-in offer and to find your local reseller, visit the Sennheiser website here.
Will you be trading in your old wireless microphone systems for a new system? Let us know in the comments.