A piece of audio equipment is any device designed principally to reproduce, record or process sound. Wireless audio equipment could face significant interference from personal devices searching for wireless connectivity on the spectrum. As the spectrum becomes more crowded and the use of wireless audio equipment increases, wireless system setup becomes much more important.
Wireless audio equipment manufacturers and producers of live events are up in arms against Google's efforts to open up a little-used patch of radio spectrum. For wireless call system manufacturers and live sound producers, the fuzzy static is their meal ticket. The result, say audio industry professionals, could be disastrous. Wireless audio equipment could face significant interference from personal devices searching for wireless connectivity on the spectrum already being used by high-end audio equipment. The efforts to unlock the white space has been one of the biggest issues facing the audio equipment industry and the professionals involved in it. For its part, Google says it doesn't want devices that could interfere with wireless audio equipment in the market either. Industry professionals hope there will be a technological fix for the problem soon, one that could allow wireless audio equipment to co-exist with devices using wireless broadband on the same spectrum.
Smaller wireless audio equipment manufacturers may not have a choice, says Winkler. "We think a number of manufacturers will be shaken out. Lower quality, lower power systems will have a difficult time." Now many audio equipment groups strives to be the industry leader in wireless audio equipment leasing, rental, sales and installation.