Yamaha Unveils Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System "YVC-1000"

  Yamaha Unveils Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System
  "YVC-1000"

  *The latest microphone and speaker system from Yamaha, the market leader^*
    in web conference microphone and speaker systems in Japan
  *The YVC-1000 utilizes a separate microphone and speaker configuration that
    provides a natural remote conferencing experience by allowing audio and
    video from the remote location to blend seamlessly

InfoComm 2014

Business Wire

HAMAMATSU, Japan -- June 16, 2014

Yamaha (TOKYO:7951) will release YVC-1000, a unified communication microphone
and speaker system. Scheduled for release in mid-July the YVC-1000 is a highly
configurable, unified communications microphone and speaker system that
delivers high quality audio for use in remote conferencing situations.

YVC-1000, Yamaha's Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System, makes
your conference. (Pho ...

YVC-1000, Yamaha's Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System, makes
your conference. (Photo: Business Wire)

Yamaha will also exhibit their voice communication devices including YVC-1000
at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, at booth N2121, on June 18^th – 20^th.

InfoComm 2014: http://www.infocommshow.org/

Prices and Launch Schedule
Product                   Model          Color  MSRP    To be
                                                            launched in
Unified communications
microphone and speaker     YVC-1000        Black   $1,499   Mid July 2014
system
Extension microphone for  YVC-MIC1000EX  Black  $349    Mid July 2014
YVC-1000
(Local tax not included.)


Market Background and Project Intent

Yamaha has offered products from the Projectphone Series as well as
conference-oriented microphone and speaker systems since entering the web
conference systems market in 2006, delivering solutions that ensure
participants in remote conferences can both hear and be heard clearly. Chosen
by numerous companies for its rich product lineup, full-fledged support
services, high quality products, and superb sound, Yamaha would like to draw
attention to the fact that its remote conferencing systems (for web, TV and
telephone conferences) are also used for activities unrelated to remote
conferencing, such as remote class sessions, lectures, and seminars. Building
on the technologies and product quality developed through the Projectphone
Series, we are now launching “Yamaha Voice Communication (YVC),” an advanced
series of products that will facilitate even more natural remote
communications.

Product Overview

The YVC-1000 features separate microphone and speaker units that smoothly
integrate audio and video for natural, comfortable remote communication for
mid- to large-size conferences. The high performance, full range speaker unit
can be placed close to the display so that audio and video from the remote
location blend naturally, while adaptive echo canceller and other Yamaha sound
processing technologies facilitate stress-free conversation.

* Surveyed by Seed Planning, Inc. (as of March 2014)

Key Features

1. Separate microphone and speaker for an intimate audio/video experience

The YVC-1000 features separate microphone and speaker units that smoothly
integrate audio and video for natural, comfortable remote communication. The
high performance, full range speaker unit can be placed close to the display
so that audio and video from the remote location blend naturally.

2. A high quality conferencing experience

The YVC-1000 incorporates many high-quality sound technologies that Yamaha has
developed over the years, including a unique Human Voice Activity Detection
capability used to detect human voices. “HVAD” is an important element of
several different sound processing features that require fast and efficient
sorting of noise and human voices in order to make speaking and listening a
more relaxing, stress-free experience during remote conferencing.

Yamaha’s unique sound optimization technologies

  *Adaptive echo canceller: delivering the clarity essential to efficient
    business communication

Intelligently eliminates the echoes generated when microphones pick up sounds
from speakers in environments with varying reflective properties. Adaptive
echo canceller processes sounds of up to 20 kHz to facilitate clear, effective
conversation.

  *Noise reduction: reducing noise for clearer communication

The noise reduction function suppresses or eliminates unwanted sounds emitted
from sources such as projectors and air conditioners. Continuous noise is
removed from ambient sound picked up by the microphone in order to ensure that
listeners hear only clear, intelligible voices.

  *Auto gain control: ensuring that everyone can hear and be heard

This function automatically boosts or attenuates the gain for individual
voices depending on their level and distance from the microphone. Auto gain
control utilizes HVAD technology to ensure that only human voices are
amplified, providing clear and concise communications even in noisy
environments.

  *Reverb suppression: clear, reverb-free sound

Offering excellent vocal clarity even in spaces subject to excessive natural
reverb, the YVC-1000 suppresses the reverberation caused by the varying sonic
characteristics of different environments.

  *Auto room EQ: the right sound for your room

Auto room EQ optimizes speaker output in real time to match the dimensions and
acoustic properties of any room. Audio characteristics  is adjusted
automatically based on the audio signal of the current call to provide a more
listenable tone and even reduce unwanted echoing.

  *Automatic tracking: focusing on what’s important

The YVC-1000 utilizes a automatic tracking function that allows it to detect
and track the location of a person’s voice in order to provide the clearest
sound pickup possible. The ability to distinguish human voices from random
background noise is particularly useful in conferences held in noisy
environments with a large number of participants.

3. Flexible connectivity

Connect to the YVC-1000 via USB, Bluetooth^*1, or the audio terminals^*2 of a
conferencing system for high quality audio in your conferences and meetings.
This range of connection options allows you to quickly adapt to a variety of
communications environments, as well as situations where conferencing might
otherwise be difficult due to the lack of a landline, or internet connectivity
issues. Also, the audio mixing function mixes multiple voice input sources
connected to each interface (USB, Bluetooth, and audio input/output) allowing
simultaneous communication over different lines.
The YVC-1000 also features NFC compatibility, for quick and easy Bluetooth
connection on NFC-compatible^*3 smartphones and tablets.

*1 Supports the mSBC codec for transmission of broadband data.
*2 RCA pin plugs.
*3 NFC may not function correctly with some NFC-compatible devices.

4. Excellent scalability

In its standard configuration^*4 the YVC-1000 is ideal for small and
medium-size meetings. For conferencing on a larger scale, external speakers^*5
and up to four additional YVC-MIC1000EX microphones can be added to cover a
wider area and accommodate more conference participants.

Equipped with an external microphone input^*6, the YVC-1000 is ideal for
applications such as remote classes or seminars where a handheld microphone^*7
may be preferable. Simply connect an external microphone to output your voice
through both the base unit speaker and speakers at remote destinations.

*4 The standard YVC-1000 configuration consists of one control unit and one
microphone.
*5 You can connect up to two commercially available powered speakers.
*6 This function is schedules to be added via firmware update services at no
cost to users.
*7 A microphone amplifier is required.

5. User-friendly design

The YVC-1000 automatically optimizes its acoustic settings by learning about
the acoustic environment of a room as it operates. When time requirements mean
that speed is an issue, simply pressing the tuning fork button activates the
automatic acoustic adjustment function, immediately optimizing the acoustic
settings for your current environment^*8. If any acoustic problems are
detected, the tuning fork button lights up orange to warn the user. Details on
acoustic problems can be accessed through the audio guidance function^*9,
which also provides announcements for other operations, such as when Bluetooth
connections have been established.

*8 Automatically measures acoustic characteristics of the operation space and
the placement of microphones and speakers, while adjusting the filter settings
of the adaptive echo canceller to optimize internal parameters. (This function
optimizes settings for the adaptive echo canceller and auto room EQ to correct
the difference in delay between the internal and external speakers and correct
for the frequency characteristics of the external speaker.)
*9 Supports English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, and German.
The default setting is English.

Specifications
                         Control unit: USB 2.0 High Speed, Bluetooth, NFC
                         (Near Field Communication)

         Interface     Audio Input terminal (stereo RCA pin), Audio Output
                         terminal (stereo RCA pin), External speaker terminal
                         (RCA pins) x 2, Power terminal, Microphone terminal

                         Microphone: Input and output terminals
          Power          20 W (one microphone connected), 35 W (five
          consumption    microphones connected)
          (max)
          Radio
          interference   FCC (Part 15B) Class A, ICES-003
          standard
          Operating      Operating temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
          environment
                         Operating humidity: 20 to 85% (no condensation)
                         Control Unit (Wx H x D): 332 x 95 x 162 mm (13.1 x
          Dimensions     3.74 x 6.38 in)
                         Microphone (W x H x D): 136 x 36 x 136 mm (5.35 x
                         1.42 x 5.35 in)
                         Control unit: 1.8 kg (4.0 lbs)
          Weight
General                  Microphone: 0.4 kg (0.9 lbs)
          Power source   120 V (60 Hz)
                         OS: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1, 32-bit or 64-bit
                         Windows 8, 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9,
          Supported OS   Mac OS X 10.8

                         USB: USB 2.0 or later
                         Bluetooth specification version: 2.1 + EDR

                         Supported profile: HFP (1.6), A2DP

          Bluetooth      Supported Codec: SBC, mSBC

                         Wireless output: Class 2

                         Maximum communication distance: 10 m (32.8 ft)
          NFC            Compatible devices: NFC-compatible Android devices,
                         versions 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4
          Voice          English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish,
          guidance       German
                         Power cable (3 m (9.8 ft)), USB cable (5 m (16.4
          Accessories    ft)), microphone cable (5 m (16.4 ft)), Quick Start
                         Guide, Warranty
         Others        Firmware update (transfer from PC through USB)
          Microphone     Unidirectional x 3
          unit
          Speaker unit   Full-range x 1
          Maximum        95 dB (0.5 m)
Audio     volume
          Frequency      For pickup: 100 Hz to 20 kHz
          bandwidth      For playback: 100 Hz to 20 kHz
          Signal         Adaptive echo canceller, Noise reduction, Automatic
         processing    tracking, Automatic gain control, Automatic room EQ,
                         dereverberation, automatic audio tuning
* Product/company names mentioned in this document are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Yamaha or other related companies.

YVC-1000 image data can be downloaded from the below website:
http://www.yamaha.com/products/en/communication/news/

Product information
Yamaha Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System “YVC-1000”
http://www.yamaha.com/products/en/communication/

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Contact:

For customers
Yamaha Corporation
Naohiro Emoto, +81 45 460 3468
SN Sales Department,
Audio Products Sales and Marketing Division
FAX: +81 53 460 2829
http://www.yamaha.com/products/en/communication/
or
For Media inquiries
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Public Relations Department
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