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Big Ten Hears Message Clearly Thanks to Revolabs


January 07, 2016

In world of big sports – especially at the college level – there’s no room for miscommunication. It’s become big business with millions on the line, so everyone needs to be clear about what they say and what they think they heard.

In a conference room with 25-foot high ceilings, it’s easy for a message to get lost.

That may be one reason why the Big Ten Conference, the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the U.S., just installed Revolabs’ Executive Elite wireless microphone system into its large multipurpose meeting space in the Big Ten Conference headquarters and conference center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The Big Ten's new multipurpose room was created to accommodate meetings with more than 100 attendees, featuring videoconferences and presentations. With high ceilings and a low-profile speaker system, the approximately 75 foot long by 40 foot wide room required a microphone solution that could easily satisfy the space's various furniture arrangements as well as voice-lift and conferencing requirements.

“Because of its large dimensions, amplification requirements, and high participant count, the Big Ten's modular meeting space was a difficult setting for implementing voice-lift," noted Alec Gorecki, President of Frequency Audio-Visual Services, which implemented the installation. "Options such as installing ceiling- or fixed-microphones did not meet the modular nature of the client's room configurations, and utilizing traditional tabletop units was out of the question since it would lead to feedback loops and overall intelligibility problems.

Revolabs' Executive Elite tabletop microphones allow organizations to satisfy a variety of application settings, acoustic requirements, and room configurations. Supporting up to eight wireless microphones per system, the solution also allows users to link multiple Elite units easily in order to support up to 44 microphones across large conferencing spaces.

"It's these types of audio challenges that drive our company to continuously innovate,” said Holger Stoltze, Senior Product Manager at Revolabs. “[We’re] pushing the boundaries of sound engineering to bring face-to-face audio quality to today's collaborative business applications."