Audio-Technica Offers 700 MHz Trade-In
Audio-Technica offered a 700 MHz trade-in program to encourage wireless users to move out of the 700 MHz spectrum range in anticipation of the FCC's regulatory decisions. Under the terms of the exchange, owners of the company's discontinued 7000, U100, and 1400 Series wireless microphone systems that operate in the 700 MHz range were offered a 15 percent rebate on the purchase of any new Audio-Technica product.
Audio-Technica says it will offer a 700 MHz trade-in program to encourage wireless users to move out of the 700 MHz spectrum range in anticipation of the FCC's regulatory decisions. Under the terms of the exchange, owners of the company's discontinued 7000, U100, and 1400 Series wireless microphone systems that operate in the 700 MHz range will be offered a 15 percent rebate on the purchase of any new Audio-Technica product from an authorized U.S. dealer with the successful exchange of 700 MHz receivers. There is no limit on the condition or age of the wireless products qualified for rebate. The receivers must be turned in by September 30, 2009, for rebates good through the end of the year.
Audio-Technica's U100, 1400, and 7000 Series products continue to operate today, but were subsequently discontinued in favor of newer models that operate below 700 MHz in accordance with the FCC's decision to auction off television spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency spectrum. The regulatory environment surrounding wireless microphone use continues to evolve as a result of the FCC's actions, and though a final ruling on using 700 MHz products has yet to be reached, Audio-Technica strongly recommends that owners of these models vacate the 700 MHz spectrum.
The following discontinued Audio-Technica 700 MHz wireless receivers qualify for a 15 percent rebate certificate upon return of qualifying receivers:
- ATW-R100 receiver, included in the U100 Series ATW-U101 and ATW-U102 wireless systems
- ATW-R14 receiver, included in the 1400 Series ATW-1451, ATW-1452, and ATW-1453 wireless systems
- DR-R4 receiver, included in the Digital Reference DR4500 and DR4600 wireless systems
- ATW-R73 receiver, included in the 7000 Series ATW-7373, ATW-7375, and ATW-7376 wireless systems
"X" versions of the U100 Series and 7000 Series wireless systems do not operate in the 700 MHz range, so these receivers are not eligible for the rebate. The trade-in program also does not apply to Audio-Technica's 700 Series wireless systems, which do not operate in the 700 MHz frequency range.
Additionally, owners of 700 MHz wireless systems from other manufacturers are eligible to receive a 5 percent rebate certificate under the same terms and conditions. There is no age limit on wireless products qualified for rebate.
Company officials said the 700 MHz trade-in program begins immediately. Rebate certificates must be used for a one-time purchase by December 31, 2009. Completed rebate certificates, along with the purchase receipt and UPC codes, must be returned to Audio-Technica postmarked by January 31, 2010, to receive a rebate check.