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Yamaha Unveils Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System "YVC-1000"

Yamaha (TOKYO:7951) will release YVC-1000, a unified communication microphone and speaker system. Scheduled for release in mid-July the YVC-1000 is a highly configurable, unified communications microphone and speaker system that delivers high quality audio for use in remote conferencing situations.

YVC-1000, Yamaha's Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System, makes your conference. (Pho ...

YVC-1000, Yamaha's Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System, makes your conference. (Photo: Business Wire)

Yamaha will also exhibit their voice communication devices including YVC-1000 at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, at booth N2121, on June 18th – 20th.

InfoComm 2014: http://www.infocommshow.org/

Prices and Launch Schedule

Product   Model   Color   MSRP  

To be
launched in

Unified communications
microphone and speaker
system

YVC-1000 Black $1,499 Mid July 2014

Extension microphone for
YVC-1000

  YVC-MIC1000EX   Black   $349   Mid July 2014

(Local tax not included.)

 

Market Background and Project Intent

Yamaha has offered products from the Projectphone Series as well as conference-oriented microphone and speaker systems since entering the web conference systems market in 2006, delivering solutions that ensure participants in remote conferences can both hear and be heard clearly. Chosen by numerous companies for its rich product lineup, full-fledged support services, high quality products, and superb sound, Yamaha would like to draw attention to the fact that its remote conferencing systems (for web, TV and telephone conferences) are also used for activities unrelated to remote conferencing, such as remote class sessions, lectures, and seminars. Building on the technologies and product quality developed through the Projectphone Series, we are now launching “Yamaha Voice Communication (YVC),” an advanced series of products that will facilitate even more natural remote communications.

Product Overview

The YVC-1000 features separate microphone and speaker units that smoothly integrate audio and video for natural, comfortable remote communication for mid- to large-size conferences. The high performance, full range speaker unit can be placed close to the display so that audio and video from the remote location blend naturally, while adaptive echo canceller and other Yamaha sound processing technologies facilitate stress-free conversation.

* Surveyed by Seed Planning, Inc. (as of March 2014)

Key Features

1. Separate microphone and speaker for an intimate audio/video experience

The YVC-1000 features separate microphone and speaker units that smoothly integrate audio and video for natural, comfortable remote communication. The high performance, full range speaker unit can be placed close to the display so that audio and video from the remote location blend naturally.

2. A high quality conferencing experience

The YVC-1000 incorporates many high-quality sound technologies that Yamaha has developed over the years, including a unique Human Voice Activity Detection capability used to detect human voices. “HVAD” is an important element of several different sound processing features that require fast and efficient sorting of noise and human voices in order to make speaking and listening a more relaxing, stress-free experience during remote conferencing.

Yamaha’s unique sound optimization technologies

  • Adaptive echo canceller: delivering the clarity essential to efficient business communication

Intelligently eliminates the echoes generated when microphones pick up sounds from speakers in environments with varying reflective properties. Adaptive echo canceller processes sounds of up to 20 kHz to facilitate clear, effective conversation.

  • Noise reduction: reducing noise for clearer communication

The noise reduction function suppresses or eliminates unwanted sounds emitted from sources such as projectors and air conditioners. Continuous noise is removed from ambient sound picked up by the microphone in order to ensure that listeners hear only clear, intelligible voices.

  • Auto gain control: ensuring that everyone can hear and be heard

This function automatically boosts or attenuates the gain for individual voices depending on their level and distance from the microphone. Auto gain control utilizes HVAD technology to ensure that only human voices are amplified, providing clear and concise communications even in noisy environments.

  • Reverb suppression: clear, reverb-free sound

Offering excellent vocal clarity even in spaces subject to excessive natural reverb, the YVC-1000 suppresses the reverberation caused by the varying sonic characteristics of different environments.

  • Auto room EQ: the right sound for your room

Auto room EQ optimizes speaker output in real time to match the dimensions and acoustic properties of any room. Audio characteristics is adjusted automatically based on the audio signal of the current call to provide a more listenable tone and even reduce unwanted echoing.

  • Automatic tracking: focusing on what’s important

The YVC-1000 utilizes a automatic tracking function that allows it to detect and track the location of a person’s voice in order to provide the clearest sound pickup possible. The ability to distinguish human voices from random background noise is particularly useful in conferences held in noisy environments with a large number of participants.

3. Flexible connectivity

Connect to the YVC-1000 via USB, Bluetooth*1, or the audio terminals*2 of a conferencing system for high quality audio in your conferences and meetings. This range of connection options allows you to quickly adapt to a variety of communications environments, as well as situations where conferencing might otherwise be difficult due to the lack of a landline, or internet connectivity issues. Also, the audio mixing function mixes multiple voice input sources connected to each interface (USB, Bluetooth, and audio input/output) allowing simultaneous communication over different lines.
The YVC-1000 also features NFC compatibility, for quick and easy Bluetooth connection on NFC-compatible*3 smartphones and tablets.

*1 Supports the mSBC codec for transmission of broadband data.
*2 RCA pin plugs.
*3 NFC may not function correctly with some NFC-compatible devices.

4. Excellent scalability

In its standard configuration*4 the YVC-1000 is ideal for small and medium-size meetings. For conferencing on a larger scale, external speakers*5 and up to four additional YVC-MIC1000EX microphones can be added to cover a wider area and accommodate more conference participants.

Equipped with an external microphone input*6, the YVC-1000 is ideal for applications such as remote classes or seminars where a handheld microphone*7 may be preferable. Simply connect an external microphone to output your voice through both the base unit speaker and speakers at remote destinations.

*4 The standard YVC-1000 configuration consists of one control unit and one microphone.
*5 You can connect up to two commercially available powered speakers.
*6 This function is schedules to be added via firmware update services at no cost to users.
*7 A microphone amplifier is required.

5. User-friendly design

The YVC-1000 automatically optimizes its acoustic settings by learning about the acoustic environment of a room as it operates. When time requirements mean that speed is an issue, simply pressing the tuning fork button activates the automatic acoustic adjustment function, immediately optimizing the acoustic settings for your current environment*8. If any acoustic problems are detected, the tuning fork button lights up orange to warn the user. Details on acoustic problems can be accessed through the audio guidance function*9, which also provides announcements for other operations, such as when Bluetooth connections have been established.

*8 Automatically measures acoustic characteristics of the operation space and the placement of microphones and speakers, while adjusting the filter settings of the adaptive echo canceller to optimize internal parameters. (This function optimizes settings for the adaptive echo canceller and auto room EQ to correct the difference in delay between the internal and external speakers and correct for the frequency characteristics of the external speaker.)
*9 Supports English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, and German. The default setting is English.

Specifications

General   Interface   Control unit: USB 2.0 High Speed, Bluetooth, NFC (Near Field Communication)

Audio Input terminal (stereo RCA pin), Audio Output terminal (stereo RCA pin), External speaker terminal (RCA pins) x 2, Power terminal, Microphone terminal

Microphone: Input and output terminals

Power
consumption
(max)

20 W (one microphone connected), 35 W (five microphones connected)

Radio
interference
standard

FCC (Part 15B) Class A, ICES-003

Operating
environment

Operating temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)

Operating humidity: 20 to 85% (no condensation)

Dimensions

Control Unit (W x H x D): 332 x 95 x 162 mm (13.1 x 3.74 x 6.38 in)
Microphone (W x H x D): 136 x 36 x 136 mm (5.35 x 1.42 x 5.35 in)

Weight Control unit: 1.8 kg (4.0 lbs)

Microphone: 0.4 kg (0.9 lbs)

Power source 120 V (60 Hz)
Supported OS OS: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1, 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8, 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8

USB: USB 2.0 or later

Bluetooth Bluetooth specification version: 2.1 + EDR

Supported profile: HFP (1.6), A2DP

Supported Codec: SBC, mSBC

Wireless output: Class 2

Maximum communication distance: 10 m (32.8 ft)

NFC Compatible devices: NFC-compatible Android devices, versions 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4

Voice
guidance

English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German
Accessories Power cable (3 m (9.8 ft)), USB cable (5 m (16.4 ft)), microphone cable (5 m (16.4 ft)), Quick Start Guide, Warranty
  Others   Firmware update (transfer from PC through USB)
Audio

Microphone
unit

Unidirectional x 3
Speaker unit Full-range x 1

Maximum
volume

95 dB (0.5 m)

Frequency
bandwidth

For pickup: 100 Hz to 20 kHz
For playback: 100 Hz to 20 kHz
 

Signal
processing

 

Adaptive echo canceller, Noise reduction, Automatic tracking, Automatic gain control, Automatic room EQ, dereverberation, automatic audio tuning

* Product/company names mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of Yamaha or other related companies.

YVC-1000 image data can be downloaded from the below website:
http://www.yamaha.com/products/en/communication/news/

Product information
Yamaha Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System “YVC-1000”
http://www.yamaha.com/products/en/communication/

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