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RGB Press Release: RGB Comms Delivers Best Pro-Audio With ClearOne's Beamforming Microphone Array

15 May 2013


Hungerford, Berkshire, UK: 15 May, 2013: The addition of the first professional grade Beamforming Microphone Array, with adaptive steering and next generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology, from ClearOne, to RGB Communications' distribution portfolio ensures RGB's channel partners can win new Pro-Audio business by providing their customers with unrivalled audio quality.


ClearOne's Beamforming Microphone Array, with 24 microphone elements creating multiple audio beams for crystal-clear audio sampling, replaces up to 10 traditional microphones and has twice the pickup range.


"RGB believes ClearOne's Beamforming Microphone Array is unique. There really is no other product in the marketplace which matches its features, functionality and price performance," explained Gordon Innocent, RGB's Chairman.


"Before people start jumping up and down, of course we know that there are other microphone arrays out there which claim to be beamforming. In reality they simply combine multiple microphones into one product without any processing or steering functionality. Plus, they are all for personal use and what's crucial about ClearOne's solution is that it is beamforming and has been designed and developed exclusively for the professional AV market," Innocent clarified.


Market leading DSP technology, from ClearOne, powers the adaptive steering of its Beamforming Microphone Array to focus the microphone elements on the person talking. This functionality combined with ClearOne's next generation AEC and noise cancellation technology which reduces acoustic echo and background noise, provides the clearest professional audio solution available today and delivers a new level of audio conferencing clarity.


ClearOne's sleek Beamforming Microphone Array supports a flexible ceiling mount option which, importantly for RGB's channel partners, eliminates the need to ceiling mount multiple microphones and significantly reduces the height distance and angle restraints of traditional conferencing microphones.


With only one form factor to be installed, rather than up to ten individual microphones, the ClearOne Beamforming Microphone reduces the complexity and therefore the time normally associated with installing multiple microphones as a result of a reduction in wiring requirements. ClearOne's Beamforming Microphone is wired back to the ClearOne DSP via a single Cat5 cable and power is provided by a separate Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection. 


ClearOne's Beamforming Microphone Array works with ClearOne's CONVERGE® Pro 840T, 880, 880T and 880TA DSPs and up to three can be daisy chained with one CONVERGE Pro. In order to meet the requirements of the largest conferencing environment, up to 16 Beamforming Microphone Arrays can be used with multiple CONVERGE Pro units.


"The ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array is a key addition to our Pro-Audio distribution portfolio. Not only does it complement our existing range of ClearOne audio solutions, but it turns every conferencing environment across all sectors, which currently uses traditional microphones, into a potential new business opportunity for our channel partners," said Innocent. "That's what RGB is all about, helping our channel partners to make more money by providing them with the solutions to meet the needs of their customers," said Innocent.


About RGB Communications

Founded 21 years ago, RGB Communications is one of the top UK technical AV distributors. In partnership with its manufacturers and channel partners it specialises in providing not only leading edge technology solutions, but also technical expertise and support, to its AV resellers and custom installers. In order to help its channel partners grow their business, RGB offers them a range of training programmes and access to its demonstration suites. RGB's solution portfolio includes worldwide brands with product ranges covering all areas of AV solutions including projection and displays, connectivity, control, racks and mounts and audio and video.

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