A department  at an Australian college that runs small group webinars documented their use of the ClearOne Chat 160 USB Speakerphone.

The Workforce Development Unit at Sidney Institute, one of Australia’s largest education and training providers, uses Adobe Connect for their web conferencing series.

Looking for a simpler solution than wired or wireless microphones paired with amplified speakers, Stephan Ridgway of the Workforce Development Unit explains how he discovered and tested the ClearOne Chat 160 to acheive quality back-and-forth audio from both audience members and speakers:

“The unit connects to the computer via USB with plug and play operation so that no drivers are required. Working on both MAC and Windows, once connected the unit becomes the computers microphones and speakers.

By spreading the 2 pods apart on a table the unit can quite easily cover a conference room table ensuring reliable audio enabling participants to move around freely without being tethered with a headset. The unit also has built in mic gain and echo canceling so you avoid the feedback of the speaker audio into to microphones.”

So far Ridgway has had “excellent results.”  For an overview of his set-up and application, check out his video:

For another review, take a look at Michael Graves’ experience at:  ClearOne Chat 160 Earned Its Keep This Past Week.


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