Sony Electronics has announced the U.S. launch of the new MAS-A100 beamforming microphone designed for meeting, lecture and presentation environments.
The ceiling-mount microphone, which offers Dante networking and Power Over Ethernet (PoE), has a dual-channel output for simultaneous recording that captures both the primary speaker/presenter as well as audience voices.
The MAS-A100 is equipped with proprietary Intelligent Feedback Reducer technology, designed to extract speech sound while suppressing unwanted feedback via digital signal processing. After capturing voice, the microphone’s Automatic Gain Control function automatically adjusts the output volume to be consistent regardless of the presenter’s location, making lectures and presentations easier to hear.
The microphone can be integrated into existing A/V setups and used with a range of products due to the inclusion of Dante networking capability. PoE enables installation and power management with a single network cable.
The MAS-A100’s Automatic Calibration function is intended to automatically optimizesthe parameters of the audio processing for speech reinforcement by generating and capturing the test signal during the installation process. Sony’s free Microphone Array System Manager software (MASM-1) can help centralize configuration and management of multiple microphones in various rooms via an IP connection.
“Lectures, speeches, and corporate meetings can contain priceless wisdom. Yet, recording them has too often been mired by unintuitive, ineffective recording technology,” says Theresa Alesso, Pro division president, Sony Electronics. “At Sony, we work in close cooperation with our customers and partners to address the real-life challenges they face every day. With the MAS-A100, we’re offering our customers a powerful yet cost-effective solution that completely transforms the style of lecture and presentation. With its advanced speech reinforcement and clear audio recording features, we’re setting a new benchmark for what organizations can expect from microphones.”
The new MAS-A100 is expected to be available in spring 2020.