Benefits of Polycom Conference Phones

February 8, 2011 by Joe Shanahan

Polycom is known within the telephony market for both their analog and VoIP conference phones.  This post will focus on three current models of VoIP conference phones that Polycom offers.

These Polycom phones offer a variety of solutions that are designed for any size conference room, allowing for interactive multiple person calls without sacrificing the quality of the call.

They all come with Polycom HD voice technology, have the ability for desktop paging and also have standard voicemail, hold and mute buttons.  The phones can be powered through a standard AC power connection and via a Power over Ethernet switch as well.


The Polycom SoundStation IP 5000 is the newest of the Polycom conference phones and is designed for conference calls in smaller spaces such as offices or small conference rooms. This Polycom Phone supports 7 kHz Polycom HD voice with a 7 foot microphone pickup range. It also has a 248×68 backlit white pixel display and 4 programmable keys. The IP 5000 does not have the ability to be expanded with external microphones.


The Polycom SoundStation IP 6000 works in small to midsize rooms with a 12 foot microphone pickup range which can be expanded using expansion mics. There are both wired and wireless expansion mics available giving a couple of ways to expand the pickup range. It also has a 24×68 pixel white backlit display and has a 2.5mm headset jack.


The Polycom SoundStation IP 7000 is the most feature rich of the three IP conference phone models.  Similar to the IP 6000, the IP 7000 includes a 2.5mm headset jack but has a larger 255×128 white backlit display. It is capable of a 20 foot range of microphone pickup (which can be expanded through external mics) and 22 kHz of CD quality sound.

You can also connect two units together in a daisy chain fashion to allow for extended microphone pickup and call volume. It can also be integrated with Polycom HDX to be utilized in video conferencing solutions. Another additional feature is the application port, which allows it to connect to PCs and mobile phones.

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