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Silicon Review Article- Providing the most reliable voice and visual communication solutions to the world: ClearOne

 

ClearOne was honored to be part of Silicon Review’s 2016  “50 Best Work Places of the Year” edition.  The interview with President and CEO, Zee Hakimoglu, provided more insight into ClearOne and the way in which they continue to disrupt a market full of much larger competitors by focusing on innovation.

 

Read the full article here.

 

 

 

The Case for Audio Making or Breaking Video Communications

 

It’s easy to see video conferencing and collaboration as the “next step” in communications, something beyond the world of audio conferencing. However, the truth is, a video conference is only as good as its audio. The occasional dropped frame or even severe video issues can still be forgiven in a conference without interrupting the flow.

 

However, if audio becomes choppy, it quickly becomes fatiguing to listen or to repeat statements or questions… and worse, if audio is missing, there simply is no conference to be had.

 

Tune in an find out why great video collaboration can only be built on a solid foundation of superior audio. Ron Lynch, ClearOne’s Supervisor Technical Trainer, provides an overview of why strong audio is an absolute necessity in video conferencing and collaboration, in conjunction with Commercial Integrator:

 

 

See the original post from Commercial Integrator here:

The Case for Audio Making or Breaking Video Communications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the 600 MHz Sky Falling for Wireless Microphones?

 

The answer is: very probably.  In 2016 the FCC intended to sell off 128 MHz of spectrum from 700 MHz all the way down to 572 MHz.  And they started the initial auction of licenses in that spectrum in March 2016.

 

However the sky is falling very slowly at this point; due to disagreement between the sellers and buyers as to how much the 600 MHz licenses are worth.  The sellers are broadcasters who use the spectrum for Digital Television Stations.  The buyers are companies such as mobile carriers who want to add more subscribers and new services on this prime piece of RF Real estate.

 

The outcome of the FCC auction the first half of 2016 was a temporary impasse.  The license holders wanted $86B for their spectrum; but the buyers only offered $22B. No deal that time.

 

So, a second auction started on September 13, 2016 and the FCC has reduced its goal to only sell 114 MHz of spectrum.

 

And if the round-two auction is not successful, the FCC will try another round with a goal of clearing 108 MHz.

 

But until the sellers and buyers agree on the price, the changes to the 600 MHz band won’t begin.  And when the changes start, it will take 42 to 47 months to complete.  Of course, some channels in some markets will be changed earlier than others.

 

So if a wireless microphone user purchased a 600 MHz system today they could possibly have over 4 years to use it before the planned changes would affect them.  And that could be the right time for that user to upgrade to whatever the latest technology had to offer.

 

ClearOne and other wireless microphone manufacturers are working on new products that leverage new frequency bands such as 2.5, 5, and 6 GHz.  Plus we are making systems that can tune over wider ranges and use smaller amounts of RF spectrum per wireless microphone channel.  These new products will make the current 600 MHz and future FCC rulings less impactful to wireless mic users.

 

So yes, eventually most wireless microphone uses of the 600 MHz band will go away.  But there is still time for the industry transition effectively.

 

Let us know what you think about this situation in the comments below.

 

What’s in a Name? Making Sense of CONVERGE Pro 2 SKUs

 

InfoComm 2016 was the setting for a big announcement – the next generation of ClearOne’s  flagship Pro Audio DSP product family, CONVERGE® Pro. The product name was already familiar across the AV industry, and it was important to retain this well-known name across the new group of SKUs. CONVERGE Pro had become synonymous with the term “Audio DSP mixer” for most AV practitioners. CONVERGE Pro 2 was now on the scene, with many new features and options, and the importance of naming conventions came to the forefront, to avoid confusion and make the transition as smooth as possible.

 

The new CONVERGE Pro 2 family includes an extensive list of additions to its powerful new architecture, including:

 

  • New AEC algorithm, new NC algorithm,
  • Acoustic Intelligence with faster convergence,
  • Distributed Echo Cancellation on every mic input,
  • Built-in feedback elimination advanced microphone gating,
  • 2 VoIP lines plus additional 3 more lines through licensing,
  • Built-in USB for web/UC conferencing applications,
  • Built-in Telco or VoIP, built-in Dante for audio networking,
  • New expansion bus (C-link) for connecting more our DSP units together for scalable system,
  • New peripheral bus (P-link) for native integration with our new & 2nd generation Beamforming Microphone Array 2 and new DIALOG 20 2 channel Wireless Mics,
  • New CONSOLE software with  FlowView for visualized audio signal flow along with traditional MatrixView,

 

The list goes on and on, as this product redefines Pro Audio again!

 

To accommodate various scenarios and end-user expectations, and to provide more flexibility for integrators in choosing  the proper SKUs, ClearOne created multiple SKUs for CONVERGE Pro 2 with various combinations of features and physical interfaces.

 

The trick was in naming the multiple versions to make them easy to identify.

 

The solution was a simple rule of thumb so that end-customers, consultants, distributors, integrators, resellers, sales staff – everyone could easily identify and remember each SKU’s features/interfaces by the model name.

 

 

The main features or interfaces that contribute for forming the model name of the CONVERGE Pro 2 SKUs are:

 

1)      Number of Inputs (12 or 4)

2)      Number of Outputs (8 or 0)

3)      Telco (T) / VoIP  (V)

4)      Dante (D)

5)      Sound Reinforcement (SR)

 

These points are very important when specifying and choosing DSP products for conferencing and reinforcement applications, projects are designed by using one or multiple sets of these features. So, that became the system for the model names.

 

All the SKUs have commin interfaces, with built-in USB audio interface, RS232, GPIO, Ethernet, C-link and P-link ports, USB for Connecting to PC to run software. But the differences in features listed above are now inherent in the model names themselves:

 

1)      128        – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs

2)      128D      – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + Dante

3)      128T      – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + Telco

4)      128TD   – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + Telco + Dante

5)      128V      – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + VoIP

6)      128VD   – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + VoIP + Dante

7)      120        – Model name represents 12 inputs + 0 output

8)      48T        – Model name represents 4 inputs + 8 outputs + Telco

9)      128SR    – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + No-AEC

10)   128SRD – Model name represents 12 inputs + 8 outputs + No-AEC + Dante

 

We hope this system will make it easier to specify the right hardware for the right project and the combination of DSP features required!

 

If you have any questions, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

Looking For Adventure? We’re Hiring!!

 

We’re Hiring Sales Pros!

 

ClearOne is expanding its sales power and recruiting Regional and Technical Sales Managers for the Western and Southern United States.

 

 

Check out our newest solutions in professionally installed audio, professional microphones, network media streaming, and video conferencing/media collaboration.

 

If you’re a top producer, amp it up at clearone.com/career_opportunities

 

 

If you have a resume’ all ready to go, email it to us at: recruiting@clearone.com