New system offers flexible audio conferencing solutions for meeting spaces; system includes a Dante-based audio conferencing processor and three under-table endpoints
Coming off of a rigorous six-month beta period with over 50 successful conference room installations, Bose Professional is now ready for global distribution of its ControlSpace EX audio conferencing system. Designed and tested with leading consultants and integrators, the EX line offers a comprehensive, scalable solution that is easy to specify, design with, and deploy. The suite includes an all-in-one DSP, three under-table Dante endpoints, and ControlSpace Designer software with features specific to streamlined build-outs of audio conferencing systems.
At the heart of the system is the ControlSpace EX-1280C conferencing processor. It addresses a common need in conferencing audio for consolidated, single-model connectivity. The EX-1280C includes integrated support for VoIP, PSTN, analog and USB audio. Twelve advanced, routable AECs with adaptable noise cancellation, non-linear processing and comfort noise enhance the clarity and intelligibility of meetings.
The entire ControlSpace EX system leverages Dante audio networking for simplified routing and connectivity. The EX-1280C processor has 64×64 Dante I/O and native support for all Dante conferencing microphones. Additional onboard connectivity includes 12 mic/line inputs, eight analog outputs, an eight-channel Bose AmpLink digital output, stereo in/out USB audio, dual-line VoIP, and PSTN. To help with installation and monitoring, a convenient front panel OLED display and rotary knob allow for metering and control of basic parameters such as IP settings.
A key highlight of the ControlSpace EX system is its “one-cable-to-the-table” connectivity via three Dante-based, PoE+ under-table endpoint models. With daisy-chainable power and networking, these slim, high-density boxes are designed to mount underneath conference tables.
The two microphone endpoints, the EX-4ML and EX-8ML (four and eight channels respectively), feature 48V phantom power as well as +12V LED power and three logic I/O per channel (one in, two out) to interface with most types of analog conferencing microphones. Up to 24 microphones with LEDs and push-button muting can be connected over a single CAT 5 or 6 cable.
The EX-UH endpoint extends conferencing versatility for BYOD applications with mobile phones and laptops via USB and 3.5 mm TRRS analog jacks. Additionally, desktop phones can be interfaced using the RJ-9 telephone handset connector.
All components are configured and controlled with Bose ControlSpace Designer software. The latest release, version 5.1, brings major new features that serve a wide range of audio installations. For conferencing, the new Conference Room Router and Conference Room Combiner tools automate system setup, drastically reducing design and troubleshooting time. In addition, version 5.1 includes drag-and-drop Dante programming, native support for all popular Dante microphones, Predictive Feedback Suppression, and Standard Room Combining. As well, ControlSpace Remote 2.2 software has been upgraded to support the EX-1280C and includes a dialer for creating a complete tablet-based user interface for conference rooms. Drivers for popular control systems are also available.
In addition, Bose Professional’s wide portfolio of amplifiers and loudspeakers can be seamlessly integrated using convenient presets and digital audio connections.
Partnering with Avaya, Bose Professional has been recently selected for membership in the Avaya DevConnect program, where the ControlSpace EX solution has been fully tested for interoperability with Avaya’s Aura® Session Manager. This compliance-tested solution with Avaya offers reduced network complexity, improved security and reliability, and shorter deployment time. Additionally, Bose Professional will have certification for Cisco later this year.