The smart conference speaker industry is very competitive because – as you can imagine – these devices have a high cost and are effective at least in pairs (all depends on the size of the meeting room), but in recent times have peaked in the market for much more models economic and advanced. An example is eMeet OfficeCore M2, the first conference speaker in the world with AI, but will it give a hard time to the Jabra 710, the best buy in the category?
Since we are missing a few weeks to launch and we can not yet test it, we try to make a comparison (at least) on paper between Jabra 710, eMeet OfficeCore M2 and its predecessor eMeet OfficeCore M1 which is still a good choice. The purchase will be easier and more aware.
eMeet OfficeCore M2 is equipped with a Bluetooth 4.2 (Qualcomm CSR8670) module, compared to the 4.1 version of the Office and the Jabra 710 of the Jabra 710, an XMOS digital signal processing processor and an autonomy of 12 hours in conversation but – beyond technical differences – the new eMeet OfficeCore M2 has many features missing in both its predecessor and Jabra 710.
The Chinese conference speaker can count on Artificial Intelligence and a DNN-based VoiceIA algorithm(Deep Neural Network) that effectively eliminates background noise and echo to provide clear sound both in and out. OfficeCore M2 has a wider range because it uses a high sensitivity MEMS digital microphone capable of capturing the voice up to 8-10 meters away (against the 3-5 meters of the Jabra and the 8 meters of OfficeCore M1 ).
Even the four microphones are very important not only because they exceed the number of other speakers (Jabra has only one), but also because they are “smart” or able to recognize the origin of the sound thanks to the intervention of AI (OfficeCore M1 has 6 but not smart). M2 can also be connected to other devices to extend coverage, while the Jabra speaker can only be interfaced with another device and M1 does not support this function.
eMeet OfficeCore M2 from eMeet is compatible with multiple software and platforms: Skype, Avaya, Gizmo Project, Wechat, Google Gtalk and many others, as well as most digital assistants (Siri, Cortana or Google Now). No comparison with Jabra 710 that only supports Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco, Avaya, FaceTime and a few others.eMeet OfficeCore M2
In the term of prices: eMeet OfficeCore M2 should cost about $209, slightly less than the $229 Jabra 710 and slightly more than the OfficeCore M1 that can be found at $179. Basically, for a specific price/ratio, the new eMeet smart conference speaker could be the next best-buy. It will be launched on May 28th.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, the Chinese Silicon Valley, eMeet develops and markets conferencing smart voice interface devices. The eMeet team missions are to give you what you need for an unsurpassed call and music experience. eMeet is partnered with XMOS, a fabless semiconductor company with class-leading far-field voice capture solutions and audio interface products, to provide outstanding audio experience during conference calls.