Most meetings used the audio from someone’s laptop which had highly variable results. I borrowed some pairing teleconference speakers from work and they seemed to work better for those meetings. I proposed and have a budget to get two of these.
The challenges are:
- make sure everyone is heard
- minimise or eliminate echo/feedback
- minimal setup, accessable connections, unobtrusive installation
There are a few options.
- continue to have meetings using laptop audio.
- build an analog system.
- buy a digital system
For 1, speakers in the room should use the audio on their own device if they want to be heard properly by people online. remote viewers could raise a hand to be heard so the tv speakers can be unmuted.
for 2, these boundary mics, with this mixer would give an analog mic level output. it still needs to get to line level and then ADC to a laptop. ~$800 at a guess. There is no echo cancellation or feedback protection
For 3, prices start at ok and move to maximum oof.
Base level is something like the Jabra 750. Two devices can pair easily, bluetooth and wired connectivity, Pretty good range and coverage. Bit more setup and have to be stored and charged. Jabra isn’t the only player in this space. ~$750 for a pair
Next level is something like the Logitech Rally kit Plus, the Rally is the camera but the important part are the mics, speakers and hubs. speakers are ears to mount on the TV, both mics and speakers connect to the desktop hub. Mics can be daisy chained and up to 7 in a room. There’s brackets for everything to secure it all and mount mics to ceiling tiles. I’m not sure if the camera is essential to this mix but its a 4K ptz with some smarts apparently. The lecturn controller mutes, hushes, controls camera. The output hub has dual display capability,
A system which neatly installs into the greenroom is approaching $6000. Plus a dedicated NUC for a single solution.
OOF level systems are something like Biamp, with a $1000 mic and a $3400 desktop. doesn’t include cameras or speakers. (if we were a shared facility with bookable meeting rooms this is the strata we’d look at)
I have made enquiries to Video Conferencing Australia and Brisbane Sound Group for solutions and am waiting to hear back.