Communication is at the forefront of efficient collaboration. Many things can play a vital part in communicating. In this article, we will discuss the role that microphones play in helping to communicate proficiently in conference settings. There are many options for microphones. The question is, what is right for my needs? Important to note that there is no one shoe fits all with mics. The application, room size, acoustics, ambient noise, table size and number of people all will require different needs. Not to mention the budget.
What Are My Microphone Options?
However, there are thousands of different types of microphones. The real question should be, what mic should I use in my specific environment within my budget?
Firstly, we can go into the different types and styles of microphones. However, let’s save these details to another time. We can discuss Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon microphone types or we can elaborate on technologies such as Beamforming or Beamtracking. Therefore, let’s keep it simple. So, will that be ceiling or table microphones?
Recently, many of our customers are requesting to get their mic off the table and build them into the ceiling. From their experience, they are recovering that the remotes sites are experiencing additional noise that interferes with the communication. I guess one way is to train meeting attendees to be as quiet as possible. However, we all know that shuffling, writing and movement is required for most meetings. Ceiling mic’s certainly can help in alleviating excess noise for remote sites.
Another reason why clients are requesting ceiling microphones is that the meeting rooms are becoming multipurpose rooms. Furniture is moved around for various meeting or training scenarios. Ceiling mics allow these rooms to have different functionality and allow you the flexibility to move around the round.
Gooseneck, Boundary microphones and speakerphones are all options for table microphones. Gooseneck mics are great for picking up voices directly in front of them. Since it’s limited to the speaker Gooseneck mics, generally don’t pick up unwanted noises, like shuffling papers, tapping and other background noises. Boundary mics are great for sitting on the table to pick up multiple speakers.
Gooseneck, boundary and speaker phones can all be found in wireless form as well. Wireless mics are typically used in an environment where they need to be portable or in a situation where installing cables and setup may be difficult. A distinct advantage of using a wireless microphone is the fact that the user can move unimpeded when presenting.
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