According to AVer, The VB342 soundbar will have an MSRP of $999 and complements the company’s line of video cameras, reflecting the company’s strategy to offer a full suite of business grade video hardware solutions for enterprises of all sizes.
AVer recognizes that cloud video conferencing services, like those offered by partners such as Zoom, are delivering collaboration to a much wider range of meeting spaces far beyond the boardroom. In 2018, AVer intends to break out as a complete enterprise video meeting room provider, with solutions designed to support a full range of enterprise video conferencing needs from the huddle room, to the boardroom, the large auditorium, and everything in between.
"AVer’s CAM 340 and CAM 520 already provide exceptionally high-quality video with Zoom Rooms in a variety of room types. AVer's new VB342 all-in-one camera + audio follows the same high-quality standard, but through its all-in-one design allows a simple plug-and-play setup for Zoom Rooms. We believe this combination will allow our Zoom Rooms customers to enjoy a superior huddle room experience that works right out of the box,” says Oded Gal, Head of Product Management for Zoom.
The new AVer VB342 soundbar features an integrated motorized pan-tilt 4K Ultra HD color camera, with a 94-degree wide-angle lens, and 4x digital zoom, complete with fast remote access to three camera presets. The camera is directly built into a soundbar, featuring two 10W full range speakers with professional bass port tuning optimized for communication, and two built-in uni-directional microphones supporting pick up to 12 ft distance. Of course, audio is optimized with digital signal processing, including auto echo cancellation, and noise suppression, plus gain and level control.
The fully plug-and-play solution requires a single USB cable from the PC or laptop running the video conferencing software. The integrated solution is connected with a single USB 3.0 cable in order to be compatible with most conferencing software solutions, such as those from Zoom, BlueJeans, Skype, Google Hangouts, and many more. "The VB342 soundbar was designed to be the best USB camera and stereo soundbar at the sub $1,000 price range," the company says.
"The growing number of huddle room spaces calls for a unique USB peripheral that offers simple installation with a streamlined look, professional quality, and easy plug-and-play installation. AVer’s VB342 soundbar solves all of the above, and delivers powerful stereo sound, along with the widest camera coverage (180 degrees including the motorized pan/tilt) of any competing soundbar solution,” states Eric Yu, Product Management Director of AVer Information Inc.
Additionally, the VB342 allows easy meeting management, via a simple remote control, buttons directly on the unit, or through the video meeting software controls themselves. The VB342 soundbar also eliminates messy cabling often found on many meeting room tables, which clears up space for actual collaborative work.
"The soundbar form factor really hits a sweet spot for huddle room video conferencing. It provides users with a very unobtrusive and comfortable meeting experience, while offering AV/IT teams an easily managed solution,” says David Maldow, CEO and Lead Analyst at Let’s Do Video. “The AVer VB342 soundbar may be unique in offering motorized pan/tilt on its already wide FOV camera to cover almost any shaped meeting space.”