Call is a phone device that corrects the audio level on all incoming calls, no matter
how many parties are on the line. Clear Call automatically adjusts the loudness of
each individual caller to an optimal level so everyone can be heard loud and clear.
Clear Call uses a technology called multi-band dynamics processing, previously used
only by professional broadcasters and recording engineers, to adjust the audio signal
for each call participant. Even the quietest person at the back of the room will
be intelligible with Clear Call's 24dB of correction, strong enough to compensate
for a distance of 32 feet from the microphone. Additionally, Clear Call eliminates
background noise from the area where the Clear Call is installed so that all other
callers can hear your voice better.
This device is intended
for people who conduct conference calls and experience distortion or low voice levels
with one or more parties during the conference call. This device is a telephone accessory
and attaches to your speaker phone or telephone.
Suggested retail price is $249.
I found installation of the device to be easy. Just plug in the AC to power the Clear
Call device, then connect your Clear Call to your wall jack with the RJ11 cable,
and then plug your analog phone into Clear Call. Then make a call to a number provided
in the manual to download software for the device and your ready to go. There are
a few steps to initiate testing the device which takes about 3 minutes. The manual
provides easy to follow instructions.
I attached the Clear Call device to the wall jack and then to my Polycom Soundstation
Speaker Phone at my office. I felt it would be a good match for testing since I use
this speaker phone for conference calls all the time. Before using the Clear Call,
during calls where there were more than 3 people on the line, from various locations
throughout the nation, everyone's voice came in at different levels and I always
find myself leaning into the speaker phone to hear what everyone is saying.
I initiated 2 conference calls to test the Clear Call. The first call was made with
3 people on the line including myself. One person in Washington on a cell phone and
the other in North Carolina on a home speaker phone. I was on the Polycom Sound Station
Speakerphone. With the Clear Call attached, all of the callers sounded clear and
all of the voice levels were the same. It was as if both callers were in the same
room. The conference was pleasant for me and I could hear exactly what everyone was
saying without leaning into the speaker phone. Both parties stated that I sounded
very clear and that my voice did not have the echo sound that it normally did. I
was very pleased with this first test call.
The second call I made was to my brother on his cell phone while he was driving in
his car with the windows rolled down. In this situation, he normally sounds very
distant when I call him from my Polycom and it's difficult to hear him. In addition,
I have a server rack full of computers running in the same room where the Polycom
is located. Callers often ask what the noise is in the background. The Polycom is
one of the best speaker phones available because of its ability to pick up voices
throughout the room, but that also means picking up background noises such as the
computer fans. During this second call, my brother could not hear the servers or
any hissing noise that normally accompanies my Polycom calls. On my end, he sounded
very clear and there was no noise in the background that is normally associated with
cell phones while traveling in a vehicle.
In an effort to perform a real-time comparison, I disconnected the Clear Call device
and called my brother back to hear the difference. It was a world of difference.
He could hear the servers blaring in my background in addition to the hissing. His
voise was overwhelmed with the sound of the wind and with other people's voices talking
within his car. I didn't even know he had people in the car with him when the Clear
Call was attached.
No words can fully convey the difference between using the Clear Call and not using
it. It is something you really need to experience to appreciate. There are samples
on the Octivox web site at www.octivox.com that demonstrate some of the differences
(posted below). These samples are true to my experience; in fact, my tests provided
even a wider gap of difference.
Speakerphones, and even the most expensive conference phones money can buy, cannot
deliver consistent volume, as people calling are sitting at varying distances or
calling in from different locations and using different devices. You will almost
always have at least one person you can't hear and one person that's too loud. Clear
Call solves this problem by automatically adjusting the loudness of each individual
caller to an optimal level so everyone can be heard loud and clear. Installation
and set up was easy and the manual was simple to follow. Octivox offers software
upgrades that can be easily downloaded right to the Clear Call unit over the phone,
so that Clear Call will always be up to date. Not only does the Clear Call balance
the voice levels and reduce background noises of the other participants, it also
eliminates background noises from the location where the Clear Call is installed
(so that you are heard more clearly by others).
I was very pleased with
the performance of this device. From the easy installation to the automatic volume
matching for the different scenarios, Clear Call by Octivox is exceptional and delivers
instant satisfaction. I would recommend this telephone accessory to any user who
is involved in a lot of conference calls and wishes to hear everyone clearly and
at the same level.
- Compatible with most
conference phones and speakerphones.
- Normalizes callers voices
and reduces background noises.
- Nice compact size
- Easy Installation
- Pricy at $249 - May not
be practical for users who do not engage in many conference calls or multi party
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice