A conference room microphone is an essential element of an AV communications system, and ensures that crystal clear audio is delivered to the party on the other end of the call. Audio is, after all, one half of the communication equation, and if it doesn’t hold up during an important exchange, it can lead to frustration and problems in conversational recall. And that can lead to missed partnerships, wasted effort and poorly executed projects. If a company wants to exude professionalism and embody the company everyone wants to work with, it needs to emphasize communications, and that begins with a sophisticated AV system.
What kind of conference microphone should a business look for?
The right device will offer the perfect combination of audio quality, sensitivity, ease of use, and economy. So, the short answer is – the right device will depend on what the company needs. A small business may only have one or two call participants on their end. For them, input devices that clip to a shirt collar may provide everything they need, including a low cost. If a small business wants to maximize its audio quality, there are well-made condenser devices that stand on a desk or tabletop.
Larger companies need something more robust, though, as the aforementioned solutions don’t quite have the sensitivity to handle an entire room of call participants. For bigger meetings, a conference room microphone system may be required, and one that can pick up audio anywhere in a meeting space. These devices may be installed around the space, or placed in the center of the space, and are generally more sensitive so they can pick up sounds from further away.
Whether a company needs a small scale or large scale solution, though, features are important, and should also be a top priority prior to installation. For example, companies should consider devices that offer echo cancellation technology or are compatible with it, as meeting space acoustics aren’t always acceptable. Quality devices are normally robust enough in this area, but it is still important to check. Also, some devices can be set to one of several pickup patterns, which change the input angles of the device. For example, if only one person is on the call, then setting the device to cardioid pickup will ensure maximum audio quality. And if there are multiple people involved on one end, setting the device to omnidirectional will do the same. In general, a conference room microphone doesn’t absolutely need multiple audio pickup options, but it certainly helps.
Cost is always a priority as well, and to ensure the company gets an affordable option, they should consult with a respected AV expert. An AV integration company will have a number of audio input devices to choose from, and can set them up with the space’s acoustics in mind, ensuring they operate exactly like they should.