While video is increasingly important in meetings these days, Rob Houston, product manager for unified communications at Biamp Systems, argues that without solid audio, there’s little chance people will be able to communicate well, basically rendering meetings involving remote participants useless.


Technology can help, but if the acoustics are bad, the sound will be, too.


“If you case that room in glass, it’s going to be a challenging environment, from an audio perspective, for any audio product to make good sound happen on calls in and out of that room,” Houston said. An open office layout featuring a glassed-in huddle space may look cool, “but it’s a total nightmare when it comes to the acoustic properties of that room.”