Audio-Technica is preparing for the upcoming shift away from wireless systems operating in the 600MHz band (614 to 698MHz), mandated by law as a result of the ongoing Federal Communications Commission wireless spectrum reallocation initiative. To meet the demands of this situation, A-T on Aug. 15 commenced a wide-ranging trade-in rebate program, intended to greatly assist wireless users in switching to a new system that accommodates the new guidelines, on their terms, through March 31, 2019.

“The transition period will create an uncertain operating environment for users of 600MHz wireless systems, who will be affected differently depending on their geographic location. Some may need to switch to new systems right away or fairly soon, while others will be able to operate longer. A few may even be able to hold out until the FCC-mandated deadline of July 13, 2020, Audio-Technica wrote in a news release. “Audio-Technica’s longer trade-in rebate program allows additional flexibility and options for this important switchover. Due to the complexity of the reallocation and the number of parties involved, there is no way to accurately predict just how — or when — individual users will be affected by these changes. But there’s no need to panic. Unless your system is part of a mission critical application, Audio-Technica recommends following a use-it-until-you-lose-it path: Begin budgeting for a new system, get as much use as you can out of your current 600MHz system (up to the FCC deadline), then make the switch once you encounter problems. This also may allow you to take advantage of any new wireless systems brought to market before you make your switch to a new wireless system.”

Audio-Technica is offering a “Trade In On Your Terms” program to help make the switch out of 600MHz when necessary. For each 600MHz wireless system traded in (regardless of manufacturer) applicants receive a rebate on an eligible Audio-Technica wireless system.

For terms, including how to trade in the 600MHz system, click here:

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