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FTC RIN: 3084-AB62 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Power Output Claims for Amplifiers Utilized in Home Entertainment Products 

On December 18, 2020, the Commission initiated periodic review of the Amplifier Rule (officially the Trade Regulation Rule Concerning Power Output Claims for Amplifiers Utilized in Home Entertainment Products) as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission rules and guides. 85 FR 82391 (Dec. 18, 2020). The Commission sought comments on, among other things, the economic impact and benefits of this rule; possible conflict between the rule and State, local, or other Federal laws or regulations; and the effect on the rule of any technological, economic, or other industry changes. The comment period closed on February 16, 2021. On July 27, 2022, the Commission sought public comment on a proposal to amend the Rule to require sellers making power-related claims to calculate power output using uniform testing methods to allow consumers to easily compare amplifier sound quality. 87 FR 45047 (July 27, 2022). Additionally, for multichannel home theater amplifiers the Commission sought comment about how to set test conditions to reflect typical consumer use. The comment period closed on September 26, 2022. Staff is reviewing the comments and plans to submit a recommendation to the Commission by July 2023.

Promulgated in 1974, the Rule assists consumers in purchasing power amplification equipment for home entertainment purposes by standardizing the measurement and disclosure of various performance characteristics of the equipment. The Amplifier Rule establishes uniform test standards and disclosures so that consumers can make more meaningful comparisons of performance attributes. The Rule makes it an unfair or deceptive act or practice for manufacturers and sellers of sound power amplification equipment for home entertainment purposes to fail to disclose certain performance information in connection with direct or indirect representations of power output, power band, frequency, or distortion characteristics. The Rule also sets out standard test conditions for performing the measurements that support the required performance disclosures. Further, the Rule prohibits representations of performance characteristics if they are not obtainable when the equipment is operated by the consumer in the usual and ordinary manner without the use of extraneous aids. 

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 432   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Regulatory Review; Request for Comments  12/18/2020  85 FR 82391   
Regulatory Review Comment Period End  02/16/2021 
NPRM  07/27/2022  87 FR 45047   
NPRM Public Comment Period Closing Date  09/26/2022 
Recommendation to Commission  07/00/2023 
Additional Information:
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AB09 
Agency Contact:
Jock K. Chung
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-9528,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-2984