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Last updated by Daniel Barnes 12 days ago
As the name suggests, conference phones are designed for situations where multiple people will all need to take part in calls at the same time. Rather than just putting a regular handset on loudspeaker, a dedicated conference phone includes built-in microphones situated all around the base. This ensures that everyone's voice is picked up loud and clear. They also feature carefully positioned speakers so that no one is left out of the conversation.
Since they are an important tool for so many businesses, it should come as no surprise that there are many different conference phones and speakers on the market. How are you to choose the right one? That's where the liGo experts are here to help. We have personally tested every model on the market in order to come up with the following list of ten of the very best. With stellar sound quality and advanced microphones, each of the options below is a great pick.
Since each business will have different needs, we have included a selection of both conference phones and conference speakers in our list. The former will act as a standalone telephone- usually using VoIP- while the latter connects up to a smartphone or PC to amplify the call. If you need any more information about these models, or a personalised recommendation, then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us directly!
As a VoIP conference phone for medium-to-large boardrooms, the Yealink CP960 is one of the most advanced systems on the market today. Using the Android operating system, it offers a wealth of advanced features, but remains remarkably simple to use thanks to its 5" full-colour touchscreen. It also works with a variety of different connections: WiFi, Bluetooth, or even a micro-USB port to link directly to your smartphone or PC.
With optimal HD audio, this device provides crystal-clear audio quality for 5-way conferencing. There is also the option to connect an additional 2 wireless expansion microphones, to increase coverage for larger offices.
For sheer sound performance, the Polycom SoundStation is a superb choice of conference phone. Thanks to a full-duplex speaker and built-in noise reduction and echo cancellation, conversations are played out in perfect clarity. What's more, its multidirectional microphones can comfortably pick up voices at all volumes within a 7-foot range, making it the ideal choice for small-to-medium conference rooms. Finally, by drawing on Polycom's vast experience with VoIP, it's fully compatible with virtually all major SIP systems- helping save you money on calls as well as improving your conferencing experience.
Expensive, but worth every penny
The portable conference speaker of choice in the liGo office, the Jabra Speak 710 is the plug-and-play conferencing solution that you have been looking for. Pairing up via Bluetooth, it can be set up in just seconds with all leading UC platforms. For devices without Bluetooth, it can also connect up via USB-A. But while it's simple to set up, the Speak 710 still offers the same outstanding sound quality that you would expect from a standalone conference phone. Suitable for up to 6 participants, you can even pair up two units for larger conference spaces. And when you're not making business calls- the Speak 710 also makes a brilliant Bluetooth speaker!
Dust- and water-resistant, this conference speaker can handle whatever life throws at it
Polycom are better known for their standalone conference phones, but they also make excellent speakerphones, too- including their latest model, the Polycom VoxBox. It includes their trademark HD voice audio quality, along with four directional microphones too. What really makes the VoxBox stand out, though, is the fact that it comes with an IP 64 rating, which means it is both dust and water resistant. Coupled with the rugged aluminium case, this makes the VoxBox ideal if you need a speakerphone while you're on the go.
A portable speakerphone for larger conference rooms, the Jabra Speak 810 MS makes it simple to handle all your calls. With Bluetooth, USB, and 3.5mm connectivity, it works with a wide array of different devices, letting you enjoy all your calls on its premium-grade speakers. It also includes unique ZoomTalk microphones to allow up to 15 people to take part in conference calls.
This particular model comes optimized for use with Microsoft Skype, but there is also a UC variant available as well.
The SoundStation IP6000 combines Polycom’s long history in conference phone with the new VoIP technology to provide standards-based, but highly robust, SIP interoperability that is unmatched in the industry. The IP6000 utilises a similar SIP phone software base as Polycom’s award-winning IP products, which are some of the most reliable and advanced SIP products in the industry, with verified interoperability and a huge assortment of hosted platforms. The robust management, provisioning, and security features of SoundStation IP6000 make this the most ideal conference phone for meeting rooms in SIP-based environments.
Polycom’s SoundStation Duo is characterized by sensitive microphones, excellent sound quality, and a variety of other communications functions that make it a great tool for business. This conference phone operates as a full-duplex phone, which means that users on either end of the line can hear each other clearly, even when they speak simultaneously – a unique feature in speakerphones
The Jabra Speak 510 is a compact portable speakerphone that gives you the power to turn any room into a conference room. Regardless of where you are, you can now join the conversation anytime, anywhere. It allows you to receive calls from your PC, tablet, or any other Bluetooth enabled mobile device, which enhances your freedom and mobility. Simply connect it to your device and turn your location into a conference room with excellent audio for even 6 people. The Speak 510 can also be set-up to interact with your voice assistant (smartphone dependent) or make a speed dial with the one-touch Smart button.
Designed for companies which use IP telephony, the Konftel 300IP fullduplex conference phone features highdefinition sound and the ability to record calls directly onto an SD memory card. The Konftel 300IP is designed with large meeting rooms in mind thanks to its omnidirectional microphone combined with several directional microphones for picking up voice at a range of up to 30 square metres. You can also connect a wireless headset, which is ideal for lectures and similar situations.
Next up is the Konftel 250, an analogue conference phone that simply plugs in to any conventional telephone. Thanks to Konftel's OmniSound technology, the Konftel 250 provides high-definition audio, allowing you to hold telephone conferences with excellent sound quality. It can also record phone calls onto an SD memory card, allowing you to transfer the audio files onto a computer or other device. Other features include a phone book and a guide to setting up multi-party calls. With its rich set of features and portability, the Konftel 250 is ideal for any office which uses analogue telephony systems.
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