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How to save on audio conferencing: Installation

Dave McKean
Posted by Dave McKean on Apr 13, 2022 6:00:00 AM
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How to save on audio conferencing: Installation

If you’ve priced out audio conferencing systems for mid-size to large spaces, you’ve probably seen how the per-room cost for an installed, customized system for a conference room or classroom can range up to $20,000ish and even higher. As part of our “How to save on audio conferencing” series, we’ll look at the non-hardware portion of these numbers, i.e., costs for technicians to design, install and fine-tune systems. Then we’ll compare them with the installation costs for Nureva® audio.

Skilled technicians required

The website of one audio installer provides a handy list of the skilled technicians who might be required for installation and the associated tasks for a traditional audio system: Project managers oversee the project and manage all resources; design engineers choose and configure the right components; certified programmers ensure the various components work together and can be controlled through a user interface; installation technicians get into the ceilings and walls to install the various components; and finally, service personnel provide after-purchase tuning, maintenance and support.

As each of these are skilled roles, it’s not surprising that hourly rates can range from approximately $70/hr for installers to $160/hr for more specialized technicians. You see why installation costs get into the multiple thousands of dollars, fast.

Now the question is whether these are costs that simply must be incurred to get great audio, or is there a lower-cost option?

A simple one-person job

The answer is an emphatic “yes.” With Nureva, you get great audio in a system that costs dramatically less to install. In fact, you can install Nureva yourself, in which case there would be no “outside” costs at all. None.

How do we do it?

Well, radically changing the installation paradigm was no small challenge. In fact, it took a complete reimagining of meeting room audio technology. The audio experts, engineers and designers at Nureva looked at the landscape of traditional audio conferencing (as described above) and concluded that this was an industry that was stuck. The big leaps in technology that had removed complexity and cut costs in other sectors (like smart phones, home theaters and hybrid cars) had not happened in audio conferencing. Yet.

The Nureva team made that leap in the form of our signature achievement: Microphone Mist™ technology. This revolutionary platform fills a room with thousands of virtual microphones, providing true full-room microphone coverage from just one integrated microphone and speaker bar for mid-size spaces up to 25' x 25' (7.6 x 7.6 m) or two for larger spaces up to 30' x 50' (9.1 x 15.2 m).

Fewer components, better software

The implications of this new technology for installations are profound. While traditional systems require multiple technicians to execute an invasive, days-long installation of multiple components, with Nureva, hanging each microphone and speaker bar is a simple one-person job – involving no special skills – that takes about 30 minutes per device. And those other expensive roles required for traditional systems, like design engineers and certified programmers? With Nureva, they’re made redundant by advanced software with features like continuous autocalibration that automatically optimizes your audio no matter how the room is configured or what it is used for.


Save on more than installation

The savings with Nureva audio don’t strop with installation. In two other blogs in the “How to save on audio conferencing” series you can learn how Nureva audio also helps you save when it comes to performance and management.

Explore the tech behind Nureva audio

Microphone Mist technology is at the heart of every Nureva audio system. It fills a room with thousands of virtual microphones so you need fewer components to get the audio performance you want while enabling easier and less costly installations.

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Topics: Audio conferencing Nureva audio Installation