Build a Conference Room to Remember
A well-organized and properly equipped conference room increases productivity and makes a firm more competitive in the global market. Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of the way people do business, and as a result, audio and video conferencing rooms are very important to organize and inform the employees and clients of a company.
Sound is by far the single most important element of a conference room. The way the voices bounce off of the walls, the background noise, and noise isolation are all important aspects of the ideal conference room. The quality of your audio is the single most important feature of successful conferencing. Make sure you purchase quality microphones that are specially designed for clarity. Also do you best to eliminate reverberation and background noise as well.
You do not want sounds bouncing off the walls in your conference room. And reverberation is the persistence of a sound to remain in a room. The persistence of sound can mask speeches and audio making it extremely difficult for audiences to hear the information. In order to combat reverberation your conference room needs to be equipped with lots of surfaces that absorb sound, such as carpet, acoustic ceiling tile, sound absorptive walls, and other rough surfaces. Surfaces with smooth, flat features, such as glass, concrete and metal should be used sparingly.
Ambient noise is also known as “background noise.” Eliminating ambient noise allows the participants in the conference to focus on the task at hand. A microphone needs to be 25dB sound pressure higher than the noise level. Mechanical systems for conference rooms should not be higher than the noise level. Noise that is produced by laptops, speakers, and other devices needs to be accounted for when calculating the noise criteria value. The maximum recommended noise criteria value for a speakers voice for 25-dB is 30 to 35.
Noise from outside sources can be distracting during a company meeting or presentation. When you are building your conference room, do your best to make it as sound proof as possible. One way to do this is to include 5/8 inch gypsum boards of each side of the walls’ studs during construction. This will stifle virtually all the outside noise that might try to make its way into the conference room.
Conference microphones, electronic and power connections, and control systems need to allow for the connector of computers to display systems. Electrical hookups and outlets such as junction boxes, floor boxes, and conduits need to be sized to match the communication system’s cabling and connectors. Space needs to be allocated in the overhead ceilings for loudspeakers, which will help fill the conference room with sound.
Selecting a default source for the television whether it be cable, internet, or a satellite source is important as many conference rooms are left on a specific channel to bring more life to the room. DirecTV is often a good option as their service contains more sports and news channels which are great for conference rooms. Pick up DirecTV using www.SaveOnTVDirect.com to save money on new subscriptions.
Help from the Pros
Don’t hesitate to invest in contracting someone who specializes in conferencing system. An experienced contractor will be able to generate specifications based on your requirements. He or she will be able to handle all aspects of the conference room so you don’t have to.