ClearOne intros AccuMic PC echo-canceling mic for personal computers

ClearOne Communications Inc., a comprehensive provider of conferencing products and services, today introduced AccuMic PC, an echo- canceling microphone for use with a personal computer in desktop videoconferencing and webconferencing applications.

AccuMic PC uses audio technology from ClearOne’s industry leading XAP conferencing systems to deliver high-quality sound and create a hands-free alternative to headset microphones. It has three microphone elements to provide 360-degree audio pickup for small group conferencing, and it can be linked with a second AccuMic PC for use in larger rooms with more participants.

AccuMic PC includes several modifications to ClearOne’s AccuMic VC (formerly named AccuMic II), including the use of standard stereo (3.5 mm) connectors for simple connection to a PC or Apple computer and adjustments to microphone output levels making it compatible with sound cards. Volume can be easily adjusted from the computer control panel. AccuMic VC, which is designed to enhance the audio in set-top videoconferencing systems, will remain in the company’s product line.

“With the growing adoption of Internet-based communication, we are seeing increasing customer and market demand for enhanced, full duplex audio in desktop and group VoIP and webconferencing applications. AccuMic PC meets that demand,” said Zee Hakimoglu, vice president of product development for ClearOne Communications in the press release.

“ClearOne’s AccuMic PC definitely fills a void in the desktop conferencing space,” said Yasuhiro Matsuoka, president of MTC, a ClearOne distributor in Japan in the press release. “We have specified the AccuMic VC in many videoconferencing applications — always with excellent results — and we are pleased to now be able to offer the same high quality audio for PC-based conferencing with the AccuMic PC.”

ClearOne is showing AccuMic PC in its booth (#2555) at InfoComm 2004, which will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on June 9-11. AccuMic PC has a North American retail price of $649. International pricing may vary. Initial shipments will begin this week.

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