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Getting Great Audio in a Video Call

January 22, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jeffrey Rodman / Wired

While video helps make communication more complete, it's the audio that's absolutely essential. That's why telephones have been the critical communications tool for nearly a century.

A lot of people today are working on making video better, but with the advent of HDTV it's relatively easy to establish a link that provides excellent video transmission for meetings and collaboration.

Most of the detailed information exchange in meetings occurs through speech. Every word and sound must be clearly heard without interference. Really clear audio reduces meeting fatigue, boosts understanding, makes it easier to tell who is who, and can bring the experience close to an ideal face-to-face encounter.

This kind of clear audio is essential whether a conference is audio-only or video too. Even in video conferences, when users comment on poor conference quality, they don't realize that the problem is usually bad audio, not bad video. Any effort to achieve better sound will quickly pay off in better, more productive and energetic meetings. Below are seven of the most important ways to get this kind of great audio quality.

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