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The Rise of the Soft Phone

The Rise of the Soft Phone

Audio endpoints are devices which are used by organizations for communications. USB audio end points are now considered soft phones which only require a USB connection to your computer and access to your favorite unified communications software. These include system phones with VoIP capabilities, microphones, speakers, headsets and so on. Large corporations use VoIP phones designed specifically for meeting rooms and can be connected to Lync servers now with professional level Skype for Business servers. These phones are also connected to a telephone service provider and are available through partnered resellers. But as technology changes, small and medium enterprises are looking for a more affordable solutions and thus the rise of USB soft phones is upon us.

Unified Communication solutions now range from USB headsets to dedicated USB soft phone devices for a 1/3 the third price traditional VoIP phone systems.

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Pro Audio with USB

Pro Audio with USB

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Today we wanted to talk about three audio conferencing companies that have added USB 2.0 connectivity to their professional audio conferencing product line. ClearONE, Phoenix Audio and Vaddio. Phoenix Audio has actually had USB in the product for a very long time, more than 10 years actually. Phoenix started with a product called the Duet in June 2005. The Duet has a built-in microphone and speaker with echo canceling and noise reduction capabilities. More are on the USB technology timeline here: http://software.conferenceroomsystems.com/ .

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Wireless USB Microphones? Bluetooth vs 2.4GHz

Wireless USB Microphones? Bluetooth vs 2.4GHz

 

Let's take a listen to the Jabra Speak 510. We have two recordings for the speakerphone. One if hardwired with USB 2.0 and one is using Bluetooth. Can you tell the difference in Quality?

 

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Jabra Speak 510 USB

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Jabra Speak 510 BT

As you can tell there is  huge difference in quality which is compounded the larger the room and the harder the microphone has to work. Now let's talk about the alternative technology 2.4 GHz. 2.4GHz is the widely used wireless bandwidth used for WiFi and the FCC has certified this band to accept interference meaning you can have donzens of WiFi (2.4GHz) signals in the same relative area with out a problem. The main difference is the fact that no pairing needs to be done. With 2.4GHz speakerphones such as the HuddlePod Air below you only need to plug in a USB 2.0 wireless receiver into the computer you want to use and the speakerphone will automatically be selected in your web conferencing service. Now the immediate downfall here is that you cannot use this technology with a Smart Phone. So therefore you cannot simply connect your smart phone to a 2.4 GHz speakerphone the way you can with a bluetooth speakerphone and simply make a phone call. But the up side is no bluetooth pairing. So if you are setting up a web conferencing room where you want minimal IT support a 2.4 GHz speakerphone should provide higher quality experience with less IT support. 

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HuddlePod Air

So what do you think of the difference wireless audio conferencing speakerphone technologies

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USB Audio Group Approved Topics

 

  • USB Audio Conferencing Devices
    • New Products
    • Comparisons
    • Troubleshooting
  • Cloud Based Audio Conferencing Services
  • Soft Phones (USB Peripheral Devices)
    • Use Cases for Soft Phone Devices
    • Comparisons 
  • Audio Conferencing Mixers with USB
    • Conferencing speakerphones, microphones, mixers and integrated products
  • Audio routing and system configurations for web conferencing

Hopefully this list will grow but this gives us a starting point for the group. Our goal is to accumulate a vast knowledge base that will be useful for our entire user base. 

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