The hybrid working environment is here to stay and the future of work will centre on how people connect remotely. We have been compelled to consider all work from home technologies for remote working, teaching and learning essentials. Part of a ‘new normal’ is working from home, conducting remote meetings via web conferencing, distance learning and professional consultations through video.
This means that the need for clear, easily heard sound in conference (video) calling is vitally important. Poor audio can ruin your meeting experience. Lets face it – how many times have you struggled to make out what a person is saying during a video or audio call that just ruins the meeting experience?
We take a look at what essential WFH AV communication tools there are (that do not break the bank) that will help you to be heard clearly and seen no matter where it is you’re remotely connecting from.
Enhance Your Focus Time with AKG K361 and K371 Headphones
The new AKG K300 range of headphones offer two variants – the K361/K371 wired headphones and K361BT/K371BT Bluetooth version. K361-BT and K371-BT are the first AKG Professional headphones to combine pro-grade performance, Bluetooth functionality and comfort in a closed-back, over-the-ear, folding design that are perfectly suited for work and play.
The earpads across the range are designed for extended listening sessions, providing supreme comfort over the ear. They help isolate from some external distractions, allowing personal space to focus for home office and learning. The K371 headphones provide additional audiophile listening enjoyment with reference quality 50mm titanium drivers.
The Bluetooth headphones can be used wireless or wired. They have a built-in microphone for video or mobile calling, pairing easily with any device. K361-BT and K371-BT have gesture control, 40-hour battery life and you can fold them up for portability and storage. As with all AKG headphone and microphone technologies, they sound fantastic.
Be Heard Clearly with AKG USB Microphones
Clear sound starts at the source. A standalone microphone, when used correctly, will almost always sound dramatically better than the one that’s built into your laptop or phone.
When working remotely, being heard clearly is the name of the game. Microphones on laptops and PC’s should be avoided as far as possible due to the risk of picking up unwanted noise interference and dropout.
USB Microphones are useful plug n play interfaces that greatly enhance your voice through a computer or mobile device and simply connect via USB.
AKG have two models to choose from, both with eye-catching appeal based on iconic models that would look stylish if in view of the camera for your web meeting.
The newly launched Ara has a dual-pick up pattern that lets podcasters, communicators, vloggers, gamers and musicians capture pro-quality, high-resolution sound right from their desktops.
AKG Ara is competitively priced, set at just RRP $199
The AKG Lyra is designed to provide exceptional audio for streaming platforms and is a cost effective USB microphone solution for your preferred Audio and Video Conferencing platform like Zoom, Teams, Skype, Hangouts, BlueJeans and more. It acts as an audio interface for your PC, Mac, phone or tablet to capture any sound in Ultra HD-grade audio.
Both models give you quick access to a mute button without fumbling for a mouse and headphone volume directly on the microphone. An added bonus of the AKG Lyra is the multiple pick up patterns that allow the microphone to be used by more than one person.
Inspired by classic studio microphones like the legendary AKG C414, AKG USB microphones have a sleek, retro look with future-oriented application, allowing users to look like a professional and sound like one too.
Get the Message Clearly with the JBL 104BT Desktop Speaker Set
Providing clarity and richness far above that of a laptop or computer that allows you to follow the conversation, JBL’s 104BT Series powered desktop speaker set is now available in a stylish matte white or matte black finish. In addition to Bluetooth, these speakers offer a variety of inputs via the front-panel source select for Bluetooth, RCA, TRS, 3.5mm or All with Volume Control. The 104BT can be used in conjunction with the AKG Lyra USB microphone for Audio & Video Conferencing calls. Should you need to have discrete audio, a headphone can be connected via the front panel.
JBL104BT are studio reference quality and can be used for office, content creation and critical audio listening as well as anyone looking for accurate, yet compact speakers on their desktop.
Be Seen and Heard with AMX Acendo Vibe Video Conference Solutions
The AMX Acendo Vibe is perfect for executives, small meeting rooms and home offices. If you are conducting business meetings by video conferencing and want an excellent sound and picture experience for you and your customer, without the need for headphones or external speakers, then the AMX Acendo Vibe all-in-one sound bar is an elegant solution. It can easily be used in small meeting spaces and huddle rooms or taken home for remote working*
The first total conferencing sound bar solution designed for the demands of the modern workspace, with tuned-for-voice JBL speakers and microphones delivering experienced audio with built-in signal processing and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC). A wide-angle camera catches every movement in the space and professional features like CEC display control, USB and convenient Bluetooth connectivity ensure an optimised experience. A stylish external desktop remote provides easy source selection, volume and mute control. Installation is made easy with an integrated mounting bracket.
*Perfect for meeting room sizes of 3m x 3m or smaller.
Soundcraft Notepad USB Desktop Audio Mixer Interface
Soundcraft Notepad is the reimagined version of the legendary Soundcraft Spirit Folio Notepad Mixers released in the 1990s, updated with a modern look and USB connectivity that make them equally at home on your desktop or on-the-go.
Reimagined with today’s online streamers in mind, the Notepad mixers are perfect if you’re looking for a little more tech on your desktop. They have additional input connections for microphones and external audio devices while the USB audio interface allows you to easily connect to your computer, where you can record, edit and play projects using your favourite audio software.
Headphones and external speakers such as the JBL104BT can be connected for the optimum desktop audio experience. The latest driver updates include amongst others a pro-broadcast audio ducking feature.