Audio is the most basic requirement for effective collaboration over distance. Without audio, the other collaboration technologies are, rendered ineffective. The key characteristic of good quality audio in a boardroom or meeting room is that speech must be clear and easily understood, both in the room, and at the remote location.
- Every room is unique, so specific acoustical characteristics need to be considered to deliver good quality audio
- Sound is not just ON or OFF. There is a large spectrum of sound quality that can be achieved, and the different types of collaboration should determine the optimal level required
- Choosing the correct sound technologies can significantly enhance the audio experience and foster greater collaboration over distances.
Whether it is a meeting within the room, an audio conference, a video conference or a remote whiteboarding session, the speech of all participants needs to be clear and easily understood.
Factors that can negatively impact speech intelligibility:
- Uneven volume levels
- Inadequate speaker/microphone coverage.
Another important feature for good audio is privacy. Hearing people from adjacent rooms is distracting and compromises the information being shared in the room.
Components of a boardroom’s audio system:
- DSP (Digital Signal Processing)