The AES International Convention, hosted by the Audio Engineering Society, is a favorite venue for us to meet and engage with audio engineers, artists, and students from around the world. This year, we will be setting up our little “home away from HQ” at Booth #219 in the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City October 29 through November 1. We have some exciting products to introduce this year, and we’re participating in a few panels, so allow me to walk you through some of the highlights of our AES plans.
Introducing the KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System
Electrostatic technology is nothing new. Most electrostatic systems consist of a large pair of open-back headphones and a bulky electrostatic amplifier. Because of the open-back nature and lack of portability, to get an electrostatic listening experience, you need have the time and attention span to sit alone in a quiet room. Because that’s how people experience music in this new, incredibly portable world, right? (Uh, wrong.)
Shure has a proven track record of quality innovation in the world of headphones and earphones, so we decided it was time to bring our expertise to the electrostatic arena. After years of extensive research and development, we are proud to introduce the KSE1500, the world’s first Sound Isolating™, portable electrostatic earphone system. If you’re at the show, swing by the booth for a listen. The premium sound quality will be well worth the trip. Learn more about the KSE1500 here.
More New Listening Products
If you’re looking for a premium listening experience with your current earphones or headphones, we have something for you too! The SHA900 Portable Listening Amplifier has all the same user-friendly features and customizable settings of the the KSE1500 system’s amplifier, but it can be used with all non-electrostatic earphones and headphones. So if you have a favorite pair, Shure or otherwise, the SHA900 can elevate and personalize your listening experience. And if you haven’t yet found your perfect pair, our groundbreaking SE846 earphones are now available in three new color options: bronze, blue and black. Learn more about the SHA900 here.
Enhancements for Current Products
With the FCC spectrum auction looming, we continue to search for creative wireless solutions in an ever-shrinking RF environment. To that end, we are pleased to announce that QLX-D® Digital Wireless Systems are now available in the unlicensed 900 MHz band. This band is ideal for indoor applications and is supported by a new site survey tool in Wireless Workbench® that provides a “usability report” from long-term scans of this less-predictable RF real estate.
Audio engineers have been taking greater control of their Shure networked wireless systems with our mobile app, ShurePlus™ Channels, since we introduced it over a year ago. We are pleased to announce that our latest update adds our ubiquitous UHF-R® wireless systems to the lineup of compatible Shure systems. The app is free for the monitoring of Axient®, ULX-D®, QLX-D®, and PSM®1000 systems as well as UHF-R, and provides control options for an additional one-time in-app purchase per product line.
Finally, our newest line of digital recording solutions, MOTIV™, is making its AES debut, so be sure to stop by Booth #219 for a demo.
For the past several years, Mark Brunner, the Senior Director of Global Brand Management at Shure, has led our advocacy efforts with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of wireless microphone users. He’ll be at AES this year to lend his expertise to two panels. Here are the panel titles, descriptions and times in case you’d like to attend.
Wireless Matters, Part II: The Coming Spectrum Changes and the New Paradigm
The 600 MHz spectrum auction is tentatively scheduled for first quarter 2016. This session will discuss how much spectrum is likely to be taken away and where, how the new FCC rules are shaping up, and what the future holds for new spectrum bands for wireless microphone operations and new operational practices.
Saturday, October 31: 10:45 AM to 12 PM
The Future of Wireless: Now What?
There has been dramatic erosion in the television band spaces available for wireless microphone and monitor use. How can a facility find available bandwidth and stay legal? What can be done to future-proof a system? Do 2.4 GHz and like systems offer a solution, and if so, for whom? What can digital wireless bring to the equation? All these questions and more will be addressed.
Saturday, October 31: 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Additionally, because we know that AES attendees place a premium on educational opportunities, we’re offering a taste of the Shure Audio Institute, an online hub for free Shure webinars, tutorials, publications, and event info. Visit the display at Booth #219 to see what’s there now. More helpful resources to come.
Hope to see you at the show! We’d love to welcome you.