While everyone wants good sound quality in meeting rooms, finding a solution that balances audio, convenience, and ease of installation can be difficult.
A soundbar that combines an array microphone and loudspeaker makes for a quick installation. With both components in one device, there is only one thing that needs to be mounted to the wall. The problem is that the location of a soundbar device at the front of the room is confronted by the laws of physics. The people seated at the far end of the table can be significantly quieter than people at the near end by the time their voice reaches the microphone. The result may be noticeably different sound quality for people seated in different areas.
With a soundbar device, sound quality can vary significantly depending on which seat you’re in.
The MXA902 Integrated Conferencing Ceiling Array provides more consistent audio levels for all participants, no matter where they are sitting.
The same phenomenon affects the audio coming from the loudspeaker. In order to make it sufficiently loud enough for listeners seated at the far end of the table, it may be uncomfortably loud for those at the near end.
“In small and medium-sized meeting rooms, installing and configuring multiple ceiling-based components is not always cost-effective.”