30 Nov 2013
This might mean more wires…
Everybody who works with us knows that Provision is NOT a fan of overpriced gear for the sake of profit. We simply love finding good value solutions for our clients – every dollar spent on gear is a dollar not being spent somewhere else. Shouldn’t we all want more money from our budgets to go to helping the poor, widows, orphans, and sharing the gospel? I would hope so. Political leanings aside, it seems we can all agree that there are somethings that need to be kept free for public use. Our airwaves were for many years managed well by our government because the only groups competing for them were a handful of TV and radio stations, and government groups like the FAA, military, and first responders (before they were called that). Times have changed and the largest users are no longer so easy to manage. The largest users are you and I. We burn through bandwidth and clog airwaves at such an incredible pace that providers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have real challenges keeping up with the demand. We can hardly blame them for wanting more space to expand the services we all seem to be clamoring over. This trend show no signs of slowing. Faster speeds of connection has enabled more and more use – what would you expect?
We in the pro-audio industry watched the battle unfold for “white spaces” a few years ago with great concern. What we lost in the first battle was the 700 MHz range. A huge number of the mics used in that range were (and are illegally) being used by churches. The most affordable wireless mics are low tech. They operate in frequency bands where owning rights to the frequencies used are not required. They are simply there for public use. These mics have inexpensive filters making the use of a lot of them the vicinity of each other untenable, but many churches have no need for a load of wireless. Wired mics are more reliable, require no batteries, and (for the equivalent or BETTER sound) cost as little as 1/8 of the cost of a wireless version. That being said – when you have to have them wireless mics are irreplaceable. Based on what we are seeing on the horizon, they are going to have to become more expensive – maybe a lot more expensive. The time for delving into all digital wireless mics is getting closer. Lets hope competition in the market will catch up and help make them more affordable, but in the mean time – is the mic cable that hard to live with? See the link at the bottom of the page for an interesting update.
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