Clear communication is essential to a successful remote meeting, and all attendees should be able to hear and be heard with clarity. What is the purpose of getting diverse voices together if their ideas can’t be clearly articulated to everyone in attendance?
Audio conferences aren’t new by any means. Traditional conference room microphones began, and to some extent remained, a single unit placed in the middle of the conference room table. This would allow most attendees to be heard, as long as they were seated close enough.
This was adequate as a low-cost solution to audio conferencing. However, it was at odds with a vital audio philosophy which is a microphone is most effective at picking up audio the closer it is to its source. A single, low-quality microphone will pick up more ambient noise than individual speech. And if an attendee was not seated at the conference room table, they had a difficult time contributing to the conversation.
A more recent issue with conference room audio is that meeting spaces aren’t necessarily in a room anymore. Offices are experimenting with open floor plans and movable furniture in an effort to encourage collaboration. As video conferencing gains popularity, audio systems are being downgraded or forgotten in order to save cost.
Modern conference room systems are evolving to include new designs and better AV system design technology to incorporate cutting-edge video conferencing screens with user-friendly audio technology that is easy to deploy.
Bandwidth changes may mean new equipment
The FCC is implementing new rules that are changing the frequencies used by wireless audio technology. Wireless microphones will be able to use a larger spectrum of higher frequencies while lower frequencies will be phased out by 2020. This means that organizations and businesses that are utilizing older technology such as theaters, music venues, film studios, convention centers, corporate boardrooms, churches, sports venues and schools may need to upgrade their audio equipment that may utilize these lower frequencies.
New Types of Conference Room Audio Technology
Audio technology is evolving as quickly as our preferences for meeting spaces. The best way to avoid poor audio quality is to purchase more effective audio equipment. Here are some newer innovations to consider for your meeting spaces:
Omni-directional microphones – This microphone picks up any sound in the vicinity. They are more advanced than traditional microphones as they can pick up even small whispered conversations in enclosed spaces.
Cardioid microphones – These individual microphones capture a speaker’s voice and eliminates or reduces the impact of ambient or unintended sounds. One microphone can be used to cover one or two speakers.
Ceiling-mounted microphones – These microphones occupy zero table space and are useful for applications and meetings where the table will be covered in documents or building plans.
Wireless microphones – This is becoming the most popular solution for conference room audio. Wireless microphones can be assigned to individual speakers to give each attendee the ability to contribute to the conversation. The absence of wires contributes to a cleaner conference room and overall, wireless technology gives better sound quality.
Your conference room may need an audio upgrade. Choosing the right microphone can make a clear difference. Let Techteriors help. Call us today for a complete audio solution.