Stop Overspending on Audio Conferencing: Setup

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If you’ve priced audio conferencing systems for large spaces, you’ve probably seen how the cost per piece of a custom installed system for a larger conference room or classroom can be up to $20. $000 and even more. Today, in our “Are you spending too much on audio conferencing?” series, we will look at the non-hardware part of these numbers, i.e. the costs of technicians to design, install and fine-tune the systems.

Several qualified technicians

An audio installer’s website provides a handy list of qualified technicians who might be needed for installation and related tasks for a traditional system. Project managers oversee the project and manage all resources; design engineers choose and configure the right components; certified programmers ensure that the various components work together and can be controlled via a user interface; installation technicians penetrate ceilings and walls to install the various components; and finally, the service personnel provide adjustment, maintenance and after-sales assistance.

As each of these roles is skilled, it’s no surprise that hourly rates can range from around $70/hr for installers to $160/hr for more specialized technicians. You can see why installation costs quickly add up to several thousand dollars.

One way to look at whether you’re overspending is to ask yourself whether you’re getting good value for incurring all those costs. Are these simply costs to be incurred in order to obtain quality sound?

Or no technicians at all

But here’s a much more interesting question: what would it be like if you could get great sound without any of those setup costs? It’s true, nothing.

It’s possible. In fact, it’s easy.

Just a few years ago, the experts, engineers, and audio designers at a company called Noureva looked at the traditional audio conferencing landscape (as described above) and concluded that it was a stalled industry. The big technological advances that had removed complexity and reduced costs in other industries (like smartphones, home theaters, and hybrid cars) hadn’t happened in audio conferencing. Still.

The Nureva team has taken this leap in the form of its flagship achievement: Microphone Mist™ Technology, which fills a room with thousands of virtual microphones. It provides true whole-room microphone coverage from a single built-in microphone and speaker bar for medium-sized spaces up to 25′ x 25′ (7.6 x 7.6 m) and or two for large spaces up to 30′ x 50′ (9.1 x 15.2 m).

Fewer devices, better software

The implications for installing this new technology over traditional systems are profound. Instead of hiring multiple technicians to run an invasive installation of complex components over several days, with Nureva, hanging every microphone and speaker bar on the wall is a simple DIY job that takes about 30 minutes per device.

What about those other expensive roles required for traditional systems, like design engineers and certified programmers? With Nureva, they’re made redundant by advanced software with features like continuous auto-calibration that automatically optimizes your audio, regardless of room configuration or usage.

So when it comes to installation, the question isn’t whether you’re moreexpenses, the question is whether you should spend at all. And it’s a pretty easy choice to make.

Want more tips on not spending too much money on audio conferencing? See our articles on performance and management.

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