Heilbronn, February 2018: At this year's Integrated Systems Europe beyerdynamic is introducing Phonum, an intelligent audio solution for the modern meeting culture. The compact, portable battery-operated speakerphone uses a downfire loudspeaker for the best possible sound reproduction and our exclusive Voice Compass technology to draw attention to the spoken word. Phonum improves the quality of the audio transmission and the communication effectiveness.

Huddle rooms: spontaneous meetings or conference switching

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.

Great listening: downfire loudspeaker

A meeting has all the ingredients for success if all participants can hear each other well. 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.

Speak freely: Voice Compass

Of course, it’s not just being able to understand that’s important in a meeting, but being understood, too. With our unique design strategy incorporating three microphone capsules, beyerdynamic’s Phonum captures the words spoken in the room with the highest quality. Our 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.

Cable-free and spontaneous thanks to rechargeable battery operation

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 system is barely bigger than the palm of your hand, and can thus be carried effortlessly from room to room or be taken with you on the road. Bluetooth connectivity means Phonum can be connected to smartphones, tablets or computers completely cable-free. You 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.

Availability, compatibility and price

beyerdynamic is presenting the innovative and flexible huddle room system Phonum for the first time at the Integrated Systems Europe ISE 2018 in Amsterdam. Trade fair visitors will find beyerdynamic at Booth M 100 in Hall 1. The System is compatible with Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, Google Hangouts and various other software solutions. Phonum is expected to be available from May 2018 in the beyerdynamic online shop at www.beyerdynamic.com/phonum and via various distribution channels. The recommended retail price is EUR 399.

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