Yamaha announced a $1,500 unified communication microphone and speaker system with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility, model YVC-1000. The video conferencing audio system features a separate microphone and speaker units that smoothly integrate audio and video for natural, comfortable remote communication for mid- to large-size conferences. The high performance, full range speaker unit can be placed close to the display so that audio and video from the remote location blend naturally, while adaptive echo canceller and other Yamaha sound processing technologies facilitate stress-free conversation.
The YVC-1000 incorporates many high-quality sound technologies that Yamaha has developed over the years, including a unique Human Voice Activity Detection capability used to detect human voices. “HVAD” is an important element of several different sound processing features that require fast and efficient sorting of noise and human voices in order to make speaking and listening a more relaxing, stress-free experience during remote conferencing.
The YVC-1000 utilizes a automatic tracking function that allows it to detect and track the location of a person’s voice in order to provide the clearest sound pickup possible. The ability to distinguish human voices from random background noise is particularly useful in conferences held in noisy environments with a large number of participants.
Connect to the YVC-1000 via USB, Bluetooth, or the audio terminals of a conferencing system for high quality audio in your conferences and meetings. This range of connection options allows you to quickly adapt to a variety of communications environments, as well as situations where conferencing might otherwise be difficult due to the lack of a landline, or internet connectivity issues. Also, the audio mixing function mixes multiple voice input sources connected to each interface (USB, Bluetooth, and audio input/output) allowing simultaneous communication over different lines.
Equipped with an external microphone input, the YVC-1000 is ideal for applications such as remote classes or seminars where a handheld microphone may be preferable. Simply connect an external microphone to output your voice through both the base unit speaker and speakers at remote destinations. In addition, up to four additional YVC-MIC1000EX microphones can be added to cover a wider area and accommodate more conference participants.
The YVC-1000 automatically optimizes its acoustic settings by learning about the acoustic environment of a room as it operates. When time requirements mean that speed is an issue, simply pressing the tuning fork button activates the automatic acoustic adjustment function, immediately optimizing the acoustic settings for your current environment. If any acoustic problems are detected, the tuning fork button lights up orange to warn the user. Details on acoustic problems can be accessed through the audio guidance function, which also provides announcements for other operations, such as when Bluetooth connections have been established.
Price and Availability
The Yamaha YVC-1000 Unified communications microphone and speaker system will be available for $1,499 in mid-July 2014. Additional extension microphones, YVC-MIC1000EX will be sold separately for $349.