Optimal room conditions for Nureva audio devices
    • 18 Apr 2024
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    Optimal room conditions for Nureva audio devices

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    Nureva® audio conferencing systems use Microphone Mist™ technology, which fills a room with virtual microphones so everyone can be heard everywhere in a meeting space. This allows remote callers to feel like they’re in the room during an audio conferencing meeting. An important aspect of optimal performance is the environment the system is operating within. The following describes the room environment required for good audio conferencing.

    Ambient noise

    For the human voice to be clear and understandable, the ambient noise in the room should be at least 20 dB lower than the speech. The noisier the room, the less intelligible the voice; the quieter the background noise, the more comprehensible the conversation. Based on average human speech being in the range of 60 to 65 dB SPL, this would mean the room should have ambient noise below 40 to 45 dBA.


    Room reverberation is the measure of how reflective the surfaces are within a room. The more absorbing (less reflective) the surfaces are, the better the microphones will pick up the conversations. Higher reverberation and reflections of speech will cause signal interference and more difficulty in understanding the conversation.

    We recommend a reverberation time (RT60) between 0.25 and 0.6 s.

    Items such as glass, concrete, brick and cinder block are highly reflective and can cause high reverberation in a room, whereas carpet and ceiling tiles are more absorptive. Adding fabric acoustic paneling on highly reflective surfaces will help with room reverberation.

    Although Microphone Mist technology will work in highly reverberant rooms, adding acoustic treatments (e.g., acoustic panels, diffusers) will enhance the audio quality and assist with delivering optimal performance.

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