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Sony Announces IP-based ceiling beamforming microphone MAS-100 with speech reinforcement and clear audio recording

Sony today announced the launch of a new beamforming microphone, MAS-A100, an advanced audio solution to enable flexible and creative “hands-free” lectures and presentations. The Sony MAS-A100 achieves hands-free speech reinforcement without requiring hand-held or body-worn microphones and subsequent batteries or device management. This is enabled by a unique combination of beamforming technology and an original feature called Intelligent Feedback Reducer which can extract speech sound while suppressing unwanted feedback with Sony high-performance digital signal processing and unique algorithms. After capturing voice, the microphone’s Automatic Gain Control function automatically adjusts the output volume to be consistent regardless of the presenter’s location and makes lectures and presentations easier to listen to.

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Designed for but not limited to a range of meeting, lecture and presentation environments, the Sony ceiling-mount microphone offers advanced clear audio quality features for both speech reinforcement and recording with a unique combination of beamforming technology and Intelligent Feedback Reducer function. The microphone has a dual-channel output for simultaneous recordings in large areas to capture both the speaker and students/participants voices.

The Sony MAS-A100 microphone also has auto-noise reduction capabilities to minimise background sound from air conditioners, projectors etc. all of which make it ideal for lecture capture and meeting recording. Together with the support for Dante and PoE to enable easy installation, the MAS-A100 will significantly improve the audio experience in education and corporate organisations. . The MAS-A100’s unique Automatic Calibration function automatically optimizes the parameters of the audio processing for speech reinforcement by generating and capturing the test signal during the installation process. The beamforming microphone is expected to be available in spring, 2020.

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