Conference Room Technology Trends to Watch in 2022

Conference room design continues to evolve as new technology comes out every year. The key to staying on top of new trends is to future-proof your board rooms, meeting rooms, and corporate conference rooms with the upgradable infrastructure you can still use 10 and 20 years from now.

Discover some conference room technology trends we’re seeing in 2022.

Flexible Room Designs

Conference rooms are great for prospect meetings and client meetings, both in-person and remote.

However, they can be unwieldy when it comes to smaller team meetings or small group meetings with remote workers.

You can still have a gigantic video wall on one end of the room for when you need that functionality. Consider flexible seating arrangements and smaller tables that fit together rather than one huge table. A U-shaped or classroom-style configuration works well for this. Just make sure all of your attendees are comfortable and can easily discuss things with everyone involved in the meeting.

LED Video Walls

Once considered too expensive for conference rooms, LED video walls have come down in price since this technology is mainstream. 

LEDs show vibrant colors with sharp images at any angle in the room, and their image quality doesn’t degrade over time. They are also energy-efficient and low-maintenance thanks to a control hub and dedicated processor that your tech team can access.

Think about an LED video wall for your next sales presentation, especially if you create a video that wows a high-profile prospect or if you’re upselling to a current client.

Remember, first impressions mean a lot. And you can make a great first impression with an impressive LED video wall with a crisp picture.

Interactive White Boards

Much like classroom technology, interactive whiteboards are mainstream in offices and conference rooms. 

Interactive whiteboards allow a presenter to change what’s on the board by touching it, giving the presenter complete control while maintaining the attention of everyone in the room and remotely. You might be able to use the same hardware for LED video walls as you would for interactive whiteboards to save on costs.

For example, your presenter starts with a slide presentation before shifting to a video and then adding notes as the presenter continues. The presenter can then share the presentation and email it to the meeting attendees afterward. 

Customized Conference Rooms

You have plenty of video conferencing tools at your disposal, from Slack and Zoom to Google Meets and Microsoft Teams. Optimize your video wall technology for these tools to enable screen sharing, chats, audio, and video. Have the right video equipment in place, whether you want a camera mounted over the video wall or a camera placed in the middle of the room that can change its focus to whoever is speaking.

Eschew white walls and add splashes of color, such as your company logo, tasteful artwork, and wall hangings. Gone are the days of sterile white walls that make things look harsh.

Improved Acoustics

You’d be surprised how sensitive digital microphones are. They can pick up sounds from the next room or a hallway if your conference room isn’t designed with acoustics in mind.

There are acoustic panels that will deaden the sound to prevent echoes in the room but also keep outside noises from intruding. In the past, those acoustic additions consisted of black or gray foam. Now, you can find decorative acoustic art panels that look like classic paintings, tableaus, or still life canvases. On the back side, the acoustic panels are made of some kind of sound-absorbing material. The frames can also be made of fiberglass that absorbs sound more readily.

Not interested in classic art? You can customize panels to have your company logo, photos of your staff, or whatever images you want on them.

Natural Elements

Being in nature lowers blood pressure and boosts creativity. Consider adding natural elements to a conference room, like stylish wood panels, a stone sculpture, or a live plant or two. A tasteful water element, like a bubbling fountain, can be a great addition to a conference room.

Lighting Control

When you’re showing a 15-minute video presentation on a video wall, you want everyone to focus on the beautiful images on the screen. Think about having some lighting control, where you can dim the lights like a movie theater to give off just enough ambient light for people to see without taking their focus away from the screen.

Ready to elevate your conference room technology?

American Sound & Electronics, with offices in Cincinnati and Louisville, can take care of installing world-class conference room technology at your facility, corporate headquarters, or office spaces. 

Call us at (859) 261-9024 for more information on what our professional team can do for you.

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Types of Wireless Portable Microphones for Classroom Voice Reinforcement

Classroom voice reinforcement can be a vital part of your classroom for many reasons. Your teachers can be heard over the din of the classroom. It can save their voices, particularly during the winter months when illnesses and sore throats are prevalent. Voice reinforcement can also improve learning within hybrid or in-person environments. 

Our professional sound system installers discuss the types of wireless portable microphones you might see on a classroom voice reinforcement system. When we say wireless, we’re talking about how they wirelessly connect to speakers throughout your classroom.

Lapel Microphones

When you think of wireless portable microphones, lapel microphones are probably the first thing you think about. They attach to a pocket on either side of a shirt, or along the row of buttons somewhere in the middle of a button-down shirt. Position this type of wireless portable microphone about 6 to 8 inches below your neck for optimal effectiveness. The microphone plugs into a portable, battery-powered unit that transmits the signal to the speakers.

Over-the-Ear Microphones

Popular because of how lightweight and secure they are, over-the-ear microphones have a small yet comfortable plastic casing that fits behind your ear while a narrow wire holds a small microphone near your mouth. Much like a lapel microphone, it connects to a battery-powered unit about the size of a deck of cards. This unit transmits signals to the speakers in the classroom.

USB Microphones

Somewhat newer to the classroom voice reinforcement technology lineup, USB microphones are about the same size as two D-batteries placed back-to-back. Clip a USB microphone to your lapel or use a lanyard to hang it against your shirt like you would an ID badge or name tag. USB microphones don’t need a separate unit because the wireless transmitter is in the same equipment as the microphone itself rather than being connected to a separate unit for classroom voice reinforcement.

Select a Microphone to Fit Your Needs

These are the three main kinds of wireless portable microphones you’ll find with a classroom voice reinforcement system. While they each serve the same basic purpose, it’s important to select one that fits your needs and preferences. Wireless portable microphones are one of the best solutions for a classroom because they let the teacher maintain control over the volume versus a microphone on the table or in the ceiling where students’ voices might be heard.

Classroom Voice Reinforcement for Your School

Interested in classroom voice reinforcement for your school? 

Contact American Sound & Electronics for more information, or call (859) 261-9024 in Cincinnati or (502) 694-3339 in Louisville. 

We’ll discuss your needs and options with you for a great classroom voice reinforcement system.

What Is Sound Masking?

Sound masking lowers noise levels by actually adding a slight amount of sound at precise decibels to protect the speech privacy of people in offices while increasing office comfort and reducing noise distractions.

A sound masking system has several vital components that make it work properly as a high-tech solution when privacy is important to your company.

Is sound masking different from white noise?

Yes, because sound masking uses specific technological components that achieve a precise match for the same decibels of human speech that cancels out someone’s ability to hear conversations coming from other rooms.

White noise can be irritating to someone and cause discomfort because the decibels are not precisely tuned.

What are the components of a sound masking system?

This high-tech system utilizes a series of speakers in the ceiling.


A grid of multiple speakers delivers noise-canceling sounds at the correct radius throughout a room. Depending on the size of the room, there may be multiple speakers placed evenly across the space, in a grid-like pattern, where people will congregate.

One thing to note is that sound masking technology generally goes in rooms where people can hear conversations coming from other rooms, not in the actual rooms where conversations will take place.

Speakers can be round or square, and they are usually white to blend in with the ceiling tiles overhead.


Each room will have a channel controller to feed all of the speakers. Controllers can go in the plenum space above the ceiling panels or in a server room cabinet. Sound masking system designers can connect multiple controllers together for flexibility and scalability. Controllers can be connected through a hard line or a wireless connection.

Volume Control Sensors 

The volume and decibel levels of rooms rise and fall with the number of people in the room. As such, the sound masking must compensate. Sensors automatically adjust the sound, and your staff can manually adjust the controls as needed.

Sensors usually go in the ceiling, and they collect sound almost like tiny ear canals that sit in the ceiling or stick out from the ceiling less than an inch. They are also white to match the ceiling.

Sound Masking Software

Every sound masking system needs software to manage the controllers, sensors, and speakers. You should have complete control over your system, and our staff will show you how it works. The best software works on mobile apps as well as laptops and desktops. The software should also let you give access only to necessary staff through administrative credentials and logins.

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Does your office need sound masking technology to ensure client, customer or patient privacy? Do you want to reduce distractions from conversations at your busy office?

Contact American Sound & Electronics for more information, or call (859) 261-9024 in Cincinnati or (502) 694-3339 in Louisville. 

We’ll discuss your needs and options with you for a sound masking system.

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