[AG-TECH] ClearOne Converge 560/590 opinions

Nathan Gardiner nathan.gardiner at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Oct 29 17:55:23 CST 2006

Hi Mike,

We use the RAV900 echo cancellation units here and they are easy to setup an use. I have just ordered the Converge 590 and will be doing some testing on it over the next few weeks. From what the spec sheet suggests, the Converge 590 system adds more flexibility to microphone choices and positions while still maintaining the ease of setup and use. They're pretty much "set and forget" systems from my experience with them.

Nathan Gardiner
Human Interface Technology Lab NZ (HIT Lab NZ)
Room 110, Old Maths Building, University of Canterbury, NZ
DDI: +64 3 364 3072, Cell: +64 21 163 2956

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Mike Weaver
Sent: Friday, 27 October 2006 3:31 a.m.
To: 'ag-tech'
Subject: [AG-TECH] ClearOne Converge 560/590 opinions

Greetings all,

All the recent talk of echo-cancellation devices, coupled with the recent failure of our XAP800, led me to explore my options.  Using the accessgrid.org hardware reference, I started looking at the ClearOne Converge series of conferencing systems.

We're going to repair our XAP for now, but looking to the future it seems like there are a lot of great features in the Converge series - network/USB connections, built-in telephone hybrid, VISCA for camera control, etc...

If anyone is actively using these devices for AG, we'd be anxious to hear about your experiences.  I assume That LSU has some experience as the hardware entry was made by John I. Quebedeaux, Jr.  Are you still using it?
Have you got VISCA-stuff working?  Is the wired/wireless remote useful?  The RAV software seems more intuitive than G-Ware, is it?  Any other comments or 'gotchas'?

Any information is appreciated!


Mike Weaver
US Department of Energy
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