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Case Study: Building Industry Association, CA

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego County needed to resolve poor audio quality in a legacy system and provide a quality meeting experience for both in-person and remote attendees. Integration firm Shultz AV selected and installed the Yamaha ADECIA microphone and line array speaker system for the organization’s boardroom, which completely changed the entire meeting dynamic according to Glenn Shultz, CEO of Shultz AV. “Now, whoever is speaking is heard clearly on both ends—those joining in-person and those joining remotely.”

The boardroom’s former conferencing system was comprised of outdated cameras and audio piping in from phone lines. The audio setup led to a myriad of issues, including all in-person participants crowding around one speakerphone, people talking over each other, remote participants unable to hear in-person participants due to the distance from the phone line to the monitor (and the sheer length of the room), and failed projection of remote participants.

Yamaha’s ADECIA conferencing solution resolved these issues. The easy-to-install solution is comprised of four Yamaha products: a choice of microphones (RM-CG ceiling array, RM-TT tabletop, or RM-W wireless), the RM-CR processor, Yamaha’s PoE switches, and VXL series line array speakers. The solution immediately detects all components of the system and optimizes their configuration for the room environment, accounting for the location of speakers and microphones, reverberation, and echo behavior. Setting up a room is done through the system’s configurator in four effortless steps. With USB, Bluetooth, Dante, and analog connections, this flexible system can fit a variety of meeting spaces.

The BIA solution included one RM-CG ceiling microphone, one RM-CR signal processor, one network switch, two line array speakers, and two RM-TT tabletop microphones. Though the room fits up to 40 people, only one ceiling microphone is needed to amplify all voices. Two line array speakers provide ample, equally distributed sound across the long conference space. As a result, the sound is neither too loud in the front nor too quiet in the back. Lastly, the two RM-TT tabletop microphones serve as stylish, easy-to-reach mute buttons. Because meetings can sometimes involve side conversations and private comments spoken by participants in the room, tabletop microphones are a convenient and practical solution.

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