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Sony unveils beamforming ceiling mic

The MAS-A100 is designed to enable flexible and creative hands-free lectures and presentations

ISE 2020 provided the ideal opportunity for Sony to announce its new beamforming ceiling microphone, the MAS-A100, which is designed to enable flexible and creative hands-free lectures and presentations. 

According to the company, the microphone will significantly improve the audio experience within education and corporate organisations by removing the need for handheld or body worn microphones.

The MAS-A100 is said to offer advanced clear audio quality for both speech reinforcement and recording through a unique combination of beamforming technology and Intelligent Feedback Reducer functionality. This enables the recording of speech while suppressing unwanted feedback, using Sony digital signal processing and algorithms. In addition, the microphone can automatically adjust the output volume for consistency and ease of listening.

The microphone also has auto-noise reduction capabilities to minimise background sound from air conditioners, projectors and so on.

Sony says the microphone is easy to install as it supports the Dante AoIP standard and PoE, so power is managed through a single network cable. It is also provided with the free Sony Microphone Array System Manager software (MASA-1) which supports central setting and management of multiple microphones in various rooms via IP.