Have you ever been in a big meeting room where you are doing a video conference with remote business associates, but things are just not going as smoothly as you’d hope for? Whether it is remote participants having a hard time hearing you, or your colleagues on-site struggling to get their voices across at the very end of the table, these problems are commonly seen in hybrid meetings. So, if this is something you’d relate to, chances are you are not the only one hoping to find a solution.

While having a good quality video conferencing camera is an essential part of any hybrid meetings, the audio factor is just as important, especially in bigger meeting rooms where simply relying on your laptop for audio capture is not enough. When it comes to hosting meetings in mid-to-large rooms, a good audiovisual system technology is what sets a good conferencing experience apart from a bad one. This is why here at AVer, we have also considered the importance of audiovisual quality in meetings and developed the latest VC550. This audiovisual system consists of a 4K dual lens PTZ conferencing camera with a scalable speakerphone that can be expanded via daisy-chain technology. Through its various combination of expansion speakerphone and microphone, the VC550 can adapt to any room space without suffering from reduced audiovisual quality. Hence, if you are looking to find a great audiovisual system technology that will take your conferencing experience to the next level, then stick around and find out just what VC550 has to offer.

Getting to know the VC550

While the terms and combinations of VC550 may be a little confusing at first, it is actually fairly simple once you are more familiar with it. To start off the basics, VC550 is composed of a CAM550 and a FONE540. Like mentioned previously, the CAM550 is the PTZ conferencing camera that offers 4K dual lens technology while the FONE540 is the included speakerphone that is embedded with daisy-chain technology. This daisy chain technology essentially allows multiple expansion speakerphones and microphones to be connected to FONE540, ensuring all meeting participants are heard in mid-to-large conference rooms. Thus, if you find yourself in the need of having better audio coverage for your meetings, then adding expansion speakerphones/microphones may be just what you need.

There are two main types of expansions offered for the VC550: expansion speakerphones and expansion microphones. For expansion speakerphones, you can daisy chain up to 2 devices to the original FONE540 of VC550. Similarly, for expansion microphones, you can daisy chain up to 4 devices, giving you the freedom of selecting the most suitable combination for your conferencing needs. Furthermore, the CAM550 part of VC550 does not need to be directly connected to FONE540 or any of the additional audio expansion devices, creating an even more organized set-up for your meeting experience.

More to it than meets the eye

In addition to the flexible length and combination of this audiovisual conference system, the FONE540 has noise suppression capabilities that can be accessed via the PTZ App 2 software. As constant background noise can create unnecessary hindrance and distraction to both the speakers and listeners, having a noise suppression function is vital in ensuring meetings can proceed smoothly without interruption. Through the PTZ App 2, users can easily enable and adjust the noise suppression settings to their liking, including the option of turning on echo cancellation and keyboard noise suppression function. Moreover, FONE540 and the expansion speakerphone and microphone are all omni-directional, meaning each of these devices can pick up sound equally from all directions. This is also why in order to get directivity over a larger audio range, additional audio technology are advised.

Because hybrid meetings are becoming more common, it is very likely that meetings nowadays will almost always include participants that are tuning in from afar. If done right, a hybrid meeting with proper audio configurations can become a powerful and effective communication tool. As seen in a study conducted in the University of Southern California, poor audio quality still had a negative effect on participants even if the visual aspect of a virtual experience is met. This is why businesses should not be underestimating the effects of reduced audio quality since not only can it influence the efficiency of your video collaboration but also leave a negative impression on your potential business partners. Hence, it is especially important to ensure you have the proper technology solutions to maintain the audiovisual quality for you meeting experiences.