5 microphones recommended for using Zoom. Introduces setting methods and troubleshooting methods

5 microphones recommended for using Zoom. Introduces setting methods and troubleshooting methods
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For one-on-one communication, the built-in microphone of a PC or smartphone is sufficient, but when using it with multiple people, using an external microphone allows you to have a high-quality conversation without being bothered by howling.

Herewe introduce recommended external microphones when using Zoom, as well as the necessity of an external microphone, how to select a product, and how to actually set it up .

We also explain how to deal with microphone trouble while using Zoom , so please refer to it.

 

Do I need an external microphone to use Zoom?

When holding a meeting with Zoom, equipment such as a microphone, camera, and speaker is required.

Laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones, etc. have these devices already built in, so you don’t necessarily have to prepare them.

However, depending on the usage scene, it may be better to purchase an external device instead of the built-in one.

First, let’s take a closer look at the role of the microphone when using Zoom and when an external microphone is needed.

The Role of Microphones in Web Conferencing

Zoom is a meeting tool recommended for holding web conferences using audio and video.

You can also use text chat, but basically the main way to use it is to exchange voice calls.

At that time, the microphone plays the role of picking up your voice and delivering it to the other party. Without a microphone, you can hear the other person’s voice, but you can’t deliver your own voice, so two-way communication is not possible.

When conducting web conferences and video conferences, an environment where you can use a microphone is essential.

Is it okay to use the microphone that came with the device?

Is it okay to use the microphone that came with the device

Laptops (PCs), smartphones such as iPhones, and tablets usually have built-in microphones, cameras, and speakers .

Therefore, you can hold and participate in Zoom meetings with just your device without having to prepare a separate device.

If it is a one-on-one meeting, you will be able to use the built-in device without any problems.

On the other hand, it is recommended to use a high-quality external microphone when holding or participating in a meeting with a large number of people in a conference room or in a noisy place.

Also, when holding a Zoom meeting in one room with multiple computers (PCs) or smartphones, high-quality calls can be made by consolidating them into an external microphone, and a “squealing” sound is generated. Howling can also be prevented .

Of course, when using Zoom on a desktop computer that does not have a microphone or camera, you need to prepare an external one.

How to select products for actual introduction

There are various types of external microphones, such as those with built-in webcams and those with built-in speakers. recommendation.

And if you are thinking about personal use, the headset type is better.

If you have a meeting with multiple people, we recommend a speaker microphone that is integrated with the speaker.

If you are planning to hold a Zoom meeting with multiple people, so to speak, one-to-many, we recommend a type that integrates a speaker and a microphone.

With this so-called speaker microphone, the input (microphone) and output (speaker) of the voice can be integrated into one, so you can prevent troubles such as voice over, howling and echo.

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How to choose the best headset type microphone for personal use

When purchasing a headset, check how the connection port looks like.

It is better to avoid pin jack type earphones as they may not have good sound quality.

We recommend that you choose a USB type that has relatively stable sound quality, or a wireless one.

balance between price and quality

The price range of headsets is wide, ranging from several thousand yen to tens of thousands of yen or more.

NEC Networks & System Integration often recommends the Plantronics Voyeger series, but if you’re buying it for yourself, check the fit and usage as well as the purpose and usage environment, and choose the one that matches you. Please.

PLANTRONICS Bluetooth Wireless Headset

PLANTRONICS Bluetooth Wireless Headset

5 external microphones recommended after actual testing

NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation, which provides this article, is the first Zoom dealer in Japan. We have a wealth of experience in introducing Zoom to over 10,000 companies and organizations .

At NEC Networks & System Integration, we actually introduce, test, and verify microphones, cameras, and displays in-house .

Based on such verification, this time we will introduce 5 types of recommended external microphones integrated with speakers for each size of Zoom meeting .

  • Small Zoom meeting (2-6 people)
  • Medium Zoom meeting (7-15 people)
  • Large-scale Zoom meeting (15 people ~)

Best speaker mics for small Zoom meetings

Plantronics: Calisto P7200

Plantronics Calisto P7200

USB or Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to connect even in small spaces. With the performance of covering 360° directions and the echo cancellation function, you will be able to comfortably hold meetings using Zoom.

This speakerphone is ideal for web conferencing using Zoom with a small number of people.

NTT Technocross: R-Talk 950

NTT Technocross R-Talk 950

Equipped with NTT Laboratories’ voice and acoustic technology related to echo cancellation and noise reduction, clear and easy-to-hear voice even for conversations between many people can be easily realized with Bluetooth connection for stress-free and comfortable meetings.

Yamaha: YVC-200

Yamaha  YVC-200

Equipped with a battery, it is a small speaker microphone that can be used in various situations such as meeting areas, at home, and on the go.

Because of its compact design, it can be carried in a bag, so it can be said that it is a perfect item for the NEW NORMAL era, where people often work from home or in a satellite office environment.

Because it supports Super-wideband (Fs32kHz), it is possible to transmit voice as it is without degrading voice quality even in teleconference systems equipped with wideband codecs, and it is possible to collect voice from all directions of 360°. Powerful speakers capable of outputting up to 88dB and performance are also very good.

Recommended speaker mics for medium-sized Zoom meetings

Yamaha: YVC-330

Yamaha YVC-330

A speaker mic that features a unique “SoundCap” mode. Modes can be switched to enable comfortable meetings in open spaces with no surrounding walls or in environments with a lot of noise.

It can be used immediately with “Plug-and-Play” by connecting USB to a computer without a dedicated driver.

Equipped with various interfaces such as USB, NFC-compatible Bluetooth connection, and Audio IN/OUT, it can be connected flexibly with smartphones, tablets, video conference systems, and all conference systems.

When there are many participants, you can extend the sound pickup range and playback range by connecting two of these products with the optional connection cable.

Recommended speaker mics for large Zoom meetings

Yamaha: YVC-1000

Yamaha  YVC-1000

Yamaha’s unique high-quality sound technology enables comfortable Zoom meetings. You should be able to comfortably hold meetings using USB for PC-based web conferences, and Bluetooth connections for smartphones and tablets.

One microphone is included as standard, but you can add up to four optional expansion microphones, so it is also a great feature that you can adjust it according to the layout of the room and the number of participants in the meeting.

The option of stationary Zoom Rooms

The option of stationary Zoom Rooms

In general, when you hear the word Zoom, many people think of accessing it from a smartphone or PC, but did you know that there is also an option called Zoom Rooms, which is a stationary type?

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A Zoom Room is an office, a classroom, a factory, a yoga studio, a gym, etc., where the environment necessary for Zoom such as microphones, speakers, displays, and cameras is set in advance, and when participating in a Zoom meeting, gather at that location. A way to join a meeting from one place .

This makes it possible to have a one-to-many Zoom meeting instead of one-to-one-to-one .

A microphone, speaker, display, and camera are provided, so there is no need to log in to Zoom individually, and it is also a great feature that you can do it with one account.

In other words, there is no need to bring multiple PCs or smartphones, so the problem of howling that makes a squealing sound is eliminated, and differences in specifications and communication lines between individual PCs and smartphones are eliminated, making it possible to hold stable meetings. You will be able to

Compare Zoom Meetings and Zoom Rooms

Zoom meeting Zoom Rooms
kinds Web conferencing tool Video conferencing tool
Usage Participate in meetings individually from your PC, smartphone, or tablet A plurality of people gather in a conference room and hold a conference with people in remote locations. Log in using a tablet or other device as a controller
price Free/paid (professional, business, enterprise plan, etc.)
Fees vary depending on the number of licenses/inquiry required
Prices vary depending on the number of conference terminals/inquiry required
license individual unit For each conference room
(*This is an optional license, so a Zoom meeting license, which is the main contract, is required for use.)
terminal PC/smartphone/tablet PC + touch operation controller (tablet, etc.)
composition Device (required if it does not have a built-in microphone, speaker, web camera, etc.) Terminal, display, microphone, speaker, web camera
Estimated number of people 2 people 4 people ~

Introducing the Neat series, a set with excellent design that includes a microphone, camera, speaker, etc.

Introducing the Neat series, a set with excellent design that includes a microphone, camera, speaker, etc.

In 2020, the Neat series, a dedicated device developed for Zoom that integrates hardware such as cameras, microphones, and speakers, has appeared .

The Neat series was developed by Neatframe Ltd. (Headquarters: Oslo, Norway, CEO: Simen Teigre, hereinafter referred to as Neat), headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and its excellent functionality and stylish Scandinavian design are products that are attracting attention .

The Neat series has three types: Neat Bar, Neat Board and optional Neat Pad, and you can choose according to the scene and the size of the meeting.

Five features of the Neat series

  1. All the functions (microphone, camera, speaker) necessary for Zoom Rooms are installed in Neat. Can be installed immediately without a PC
  2. Since it can be easily moved and re-installed, capital investment is less likely to be wasted.
  3. Designed specifically for Zoom, it is easy to operate and configure, and device management and operation are possible on the administrator page.
  4. A human sensor detects the entry and exit of participants in the conference room, wakes up and sleeps, and suppresses illumination consumption when not in use
  5. Visualization of the air environment (light, temperature, humidity, volatile organic compounds) in the conference room using various sensors*, allowing you to understand the conference environment and consider countermeasures

*After responding to the Zoom administrator page

Zoom Neat is explained in detail in the next article, so please take a look there.

How to set the microphone when using Zoom

How to set the microphone when using Zoom

From here, we will explain how to use and set the microphone in Zoom.

Also, if the microphone does not respond or is not recognized, the setting method is also summarized, so please check it.

Zoom automatically recognizes your microphone

Many calling apps require you to set the microphone yourself.

However, Zoom automatically finds an active microphone, so you don’t need to set it up on your side .

Basically, the built-in microphone will be selected, but if you are using a headset, etc., that will be given priority.

If the microphone does not respond or is not recognized

The following are possible causes for the microphone not responding.

  • Cord not properly connected
  • the code is broken
  • Microphone not powered (if wireless)

If you’re using a wired microphone, make sure the cord is properly inserted into the socket on your computer or tablet.

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Also, in the case of wireless, the cause may be that the Bluetooth connection is not possible or the battery of the main unit has run out .

After confirming that the connection is established, start Zoom again and try the connection.

If the automatic selection does not work well, it may be improved by manually selecting the microphone you want to use from Zoom’s microphone settings.

Zoom’s microphone trouble cause and how to deal with it

When using a microphone with Zoom, there are cases where problems such as howling or inaudible sounds occur.

Finally, let’s check the cause and solution of microphone trouble on Zoom.

howling

Howling is a phenomenon in which a whining sound is produced when using a microphone.

The microphone picks up the sound of the speaker, resulting in a louder sound coming out of the speaker. Howling occurs when the microphone picks up the sound repeatedly.

Howling can be prevented by lowering the speaker volume or muting unnecessary microphones.

It is also recommended to use a headset, as it reduces the chance that the microphone will pick up the sound of the speaker.

Furthermore, as I introduced earlier, reducing participation in Zoom meetings with multiple devices in the same space is an effective way to eliminate howling. If you are having trouble with howling in the business scene, we recommend signing up for a stationary type license called Zoom Rooms .

I can’t hear or receive calls

If you can’t hear the other party’s voice or you can’t hear your own voice even though the microphone settings are set, check the device settings.

If the device does not allow the use of the microphone on Zoom, it will be improved by allowing it.

It is also possible that your microphone is muted within Zoom. Just click (or tap) the mute button to change the settings, so give it a try.

Recommended to use after testing

Zoom allows you to test your microphone and camera.

It will be smoother if you test before the meeting and check that each device works without any problems.

The test can be used from the “Settings” button on the screen when Zoom is started.

summary

  • When using Zoom with a large number of people, it is recommended to use an external microphone instead of the built-in microphone
  • Using a headset can prevent microphone problems such as howling.
  • It will be smoother if you test the microphone before the meeting on Zoom
  • A higher-grade Zoom meeting can be held by introducing stationary Zoom Rooms and Neat series

Zoom is a service suitable for meetings and training in the business scene, as well as for hobby use between individuals.

Please use the microphone that matches the purpose and prepare a comfortable communication environment.