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Better for Business? Cisco Jabber vs Skype

Posted by Paul Richards on Jun 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cisco Jabber vs Skype for Business

Cisco Jabber and Skype for Business (formerly Lync) are two of the most widely used video conferencing softwares in the world. Reason being, both softwares are developed by highly reputable companies with extensive background knowledge on office software and hardware. Cisco is the most popular networking, video conferencing and office equipment manufacturer while Microsoft is the pioneer behind Office applications. Both applications fight neck to neck to gain corporate awareness and with video conferencing now a common practice in organizations it’s about time both companies polish their tools even more.

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Topics: audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, Cisco jabber, skype for business

Calculating ROI for Video Conferencing

Posted by Joseph Mulcahy on Nov 30, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Hello Web Conferencing Professionals,

Calculating the ROI for Video Conferencing is an important step to justify increased investment in technology. There are quite a few variables and sometimes the task may seem daunting. That is why we have made one truly easy calculator to help you determine: A: Your Costs & B: Your Gains. With these two variables we are able to create a Return on Investment and Pay Back Period fairly easily. 

There are actual 3 calculators used. But don't be afraid the entire process takes less than 5 minutes!

Step 1: Estimate your cost of implementing video conferencing

Step 2: Estimate your gains from implementing video conferencing

Step 3: Input your results from Step 1 & Step 2 to determine your ROI and Payback Periods

Tip: When you are done calculate your total CO2 Emission Offset here.

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Topics: Web Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice, web conferencing

Surprising Review of the Top USB & Bluetooth Microphones

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Aug 14, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Normally you would think that the more you pay for a microphone the better the audio quality will be? Not so, judging from our USB & Bluetooth microphone audio recordings which show surprising results across the board. One thing for sure is a direct USB connection will always sound better than a bluetooth connection.  For example listen to the Jabra Speak 510 with a direct USB connection vs a Bluetooth connection.

Jabra Speak 510 USB

Jabra Speak 510 Bluetooth

Now try listending the HuddlePod Air which uses a technology we consider superior to Bluetooth (2.4 GHz). This microphone is recorded wirelessly but it still maintains a high quality audio recording.

HuddlePod Air

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Topics: audio conferencing, Bluetooth Technology, YAMAHA, phoenix audio, konftel, clearONE

Phoenix Audio Conferencing

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:34:00 PM

Phoenix Audio is quickly becoming a popular USB + Analog + Digital Audio Conferencing solutions in applications where USB and Analog calling are required. The unique approach from Phoenix Audio provides High Quality Audio Solutions that can integrate with existing analog, VOIP and Digital interfaces for Audio Conferencing. The Duet and Solo USB Audio Conferencing Line offers personal and small group USB Audio Conferencing. The Quattro3 Line offers USB, Analog, and Smartphone Audio Conferencing that can daisy chained for small, medium and large conference room areas. The Octopus Audio Conferencing Line brings USB integration with Analog, Digital and PBX Audio Conferencing Solutions to the new frontier of scalability and affordability. They Octopus Line from Phoenix Audio can be compared to the Vaddio EasyUSB Line which is a very attractive audio conferencing line in iteself. But the Phoenix Audio Octopus line adds Analog and Digital VOIP integration with USB calling. This opens up all new avenues for easy telephone and video conferencing/ audio conferencing bridging. Skews Included: MT202-VCA, MT301, MT302, MT304, MT305, MT454, MT454-PSTN, MT454-DTI, MT454-PA, MT454-PSTN-PA, MT454-DT-RVN.

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Topics: audio conferencing

USB Audio Conferencing Options

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:28:00 PM

Learn Audio Conferencing

Learn about USB Video Conferencing, Audio Conferencing and Wireless Presentation with a collection of our Slideshare Presentations. Scroll down and select the presentation that interests you.

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Topics: audio conferencing

Konftel Audio Conferencing

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:27:00 PM


Konftel is one of our favorite USB, VoIP, and Analog audio conferencing systems available today. The Konftel 55W is a absolutely awesome bluetooth wireless chatpod. It's a great option for a conference room microphone where you don't have to run any wires. The Konftel 300 series is full of great audio conferencing USB microphones. Konftel USB Conference Phone Product Line includes Bluetooth, SIP, IP, Analog, POTS and more standards. Check out this Konftel Conference Phone Product Line review konftel 300, Konftel 300IP, Konftel 300M, Konftel 300Wx, Konftel 250, Konftel 55, and the Konftel 55W.

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Topics: audio conferencing

Wireless Bluetooth Microphones

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Jul 16, 2014 4:14:00 PM

Bluetooth Wireless USB Speakerphones

With only a few options for Bluetooth Wireless microphones available at the beginning on 2014 we put together the list of our favorite Small, Medium and Large Bluetooth options. Bluetooth is a great way to extend your microphone for a USB Web Video Conference System wirelessly. We review 3 of the top Bluetooth enabled wireless USB microphones used for general audio conferencing and a perfect compliment to any USB Video Conferencing System for Cloud Based VTC. We review Bluetooth Wireless USB Chatpods from Jabra, Konftel and Evoko. The Jabra Speak 510 is a great affordable goto bluetooth wireless USB microphones. We also have the Konftel 55W which has just introduced it's USB, Bluetooth and Analog Conference phone capabilities. And finally the New Evoko Minto which covers a wooping 30'x30 area with 4 built in microphones.

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Topics: audio conferencing, Bluetooth Technology

Cost of Video Conferencing Keeps Going Down!

Posted by Patrick Kirby on Mar 15, 2014 8:32:00 AM

Cost of Video Conferencing Keeps Going Down!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, conference room packages


Posted by Patrick Kirby on Feb 22, 2014 5:55:00 PM

What’s the difference between SIP and VOIP?

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Topics: audio conferencing, Audio Visual Advice

Clearone Beamforming ceiling microphone array

Posted by Paul Richards on May 24, 2013 3:03:00 PM

Haverford Systems review of the Clearone Beamforming ceiling microphone array. This next generation audio conferencing microphone replaces ten traditional table microphones for high quality audio. Beamforming microphone arrays are changing the way professional audioconferencing integrators look at ceiling microphones. Traditionally one of the toughest challenges for audioconferencing ceiling microphones is the fact that ceiling recessed speakers often create feedback. The normal way for audioconferencing professionals to integrate ceiling recessed speakers and microphones was to stagger the formation to avoid feedback. This can get costly quickly by adding up the required amount of microphones and ceiling speakers to cover given area. The clear one beamforming microphone array allows for much larger coverage areas at a much lower cost.

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Topics: audio conferencing


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