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Philip Roberts

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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2024, 12:24:35 AM »

30 days after publication of this R&O in the Federal Register, WMAS (wireless multi-channel audio system) becomes authorized for licensed and unlicensed operation as the new law of the land.

This begins a new era of wireless audio technologies for users at every level of our industry.

Report and Order:

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-24-22A1.pdf
Does anyone know/have guesses about how soon products using this might be announced?

Will be interesting to see if this starts at "Axient/6000/9000" prices or something  cheaper.

Philip
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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2024, 09:28:21 AM »

Does anyone know/have guesses about how soon products using this might be announced?

Will be interesting to see if this starts at "Axient/6000/9000" prices or something  cheaper.

The Sennheiser guy hinted that the first devices will be upper tier type equipment and prices. But he didn't say it with those words or that many words. So from Sennheiser, I wouldn't not expect a Evolution Wireless WMAS device soon.
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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2024, 12:17:01 PM »

The Sennheiser guy hinted that the first devices will be upper tier type equipment and prices. But he didn't say it with those words or that many words. So from Sennheiser, I wouldn't not expect a Evolution Wireless WMAS device soon.

This reflects the impression I got from Joe C.
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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2024, 01:04:47 PM »

Does anyone know/have guesses about how soon products using this might be announced?

Will be interesting to see if this starts at "Axient/6000/9000" prices or something  cheaper.

Sennheiser's offering will be about the per channel equivalent to S6000 pricing for a fully licensed frame and the corresponding number of packs. They're hoping for a 4th qtr 2024 release, but more likely 1st qtr 2025.

Shure's initial offering will be Axient tier. The first iteration of their WMAS implementation should be on the market before the end of the year.
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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2024, 04:56:24 PM »

{...} and the fact it's UWB in the 4-10GHz (6.5GHz for Alteros) band means coordination becomes far far less an issue.

Out of curiosity, what happens from a coordination standpoint if more than one Alteros system is operated in the same location (e.g. both production and the broadcaster want to provide their own systems)?

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Re: FCC Report & Order - WMAS
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2024, 05:58:27 PM »

Out of curiosity, what happens from a coordination standpoint if more than one Alteros system is operated in the same location (e.g. both production and the broadcaster want to provide their own systems)?

First, let me clarify the fact Alteros is not a shipping system. There are several installed systems out in the wild, all in studios.

Because of the nature of the UWB implementation, coverage area is very small and really does depend on the deployment of a significant number of "antennas" (remote radios, ala FreeSpeak, Bolero, WAP, etc.) Because coverage area can be pretty tightly controlled, close-by isolated RF zones were pretty easy to achieve. IIRC correctly, the then current implementation did not permit co-located simultaneous operation in the same "RF zone", but it was something the Greens were looking at how to manage.
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