beyerdynamic Phonum Opens Up a New World for Smart Team Communications

May 23 2018, 00:50
Introduced as “the future of team communication” at the ISE 2018 show in Amsterdam, beyerdynamic launched Phonum, its new mobile, cable-free communications system for teleconferences, huddle rooms and for smaller meeting requirements. An intelligent audio solution for the modern meeting culture, this compact, portable and battery-operated speakerphone uses a downfire loudspeaker for the best possible sound reproduction combined with the brand’s exclusive Voice Compass technology to draw attention to the spoken word.

Todays meetings are often different from the past. In the fast-paced rhythm of the modern business world, the need for clarification or planning discussions often arises spontaneously without much notice. beyerdynamic’s Phonum offers a solution for just this kind of situation. The speakerphone can be set up quickly and easily in any room and connected effortlessly via Bluetooth or USB to a smartphone or computer. This enables meetings to be held without large conference rooms and complex, fixed communications systems – spontaneously, quickly, creatively and with the team in mind. 

A meeting has all the ingredients for success if all participants can hear each other well. beyerdynamic’s Phonum uses a downfire loudspeaker that radiates the sound across the table surface, thereby distributing it optimally throughout the room. This means all meeting participants can hear perfectly. Efficient teamwork is only possible when all employees can be heard properly. Phonum ensures that no word and no idea go unheard during a meeting. 

Of course, it’s not just being able to understand that’s important in a meeting, but being understood, too. Phonum’s unique design incorporating three microphone capsules, captures the words spoken in the room with the highest quality. And beyerdynamic’s exclusive Voice Compass technology ensures excellent speech intelligibility. 

With Voice Compass, Phonum is able to identify the speaker’s position in the room and focus the audio capture process on this person. The result is perfect transmission of the spoken word while eliminating echo and background noise, ensuring faultless intelligibility even in acoustically-challenging spaces.

Typically, this technology for meeting spaces is traditionally fixed and cable-based, meaning flexibility is very difficult if not impossible when it comes to relocation. However, Phonum allows any room to become a meeting room. The compact system can be carried effortlessly from room to room or be taken on the road. Bluetooth connectivity means Phonum can be connected to smartphones, tablets or computers completely cable-free. Users can also connect using a USB-C cable if required. A power connection is not even necessary: Phonum can be powered with its integrated rechargeable battery, and with up to 15 hours speaking time it offers more than enough time for longer meetings. During USB operation, the system sources its power directly from the data port. Phonum can be set up in seconds and thereby opens up whole new possibilities for decentralised teams when it comes to quick and efficient discussions. 

The new beyerdynamic Phonum smart meeting system is compatible with Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, Google Hangouts and various other software solutions. Phonum is available from May 2018 in the beyerdynamic online shop and via various distribution channels. The recommended retail price is EUR 399.
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