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Phoenix Audio Spider VoIP Conference Phone Unboxing Review

The Spider is Phoenix Audio’s latest top of line conference phone series delivering HD audio, noise/echo cancellation, dual connectivity, as well as the popular daisy chaining capability. The SIP version MT505 connects to SIP service via Ethernet cable or your computer via USB, while the PSTN version MT502 connects with your analog phone line as well as computer via USB.

Highlighted Specs:

  • Bridging between USB and VoIP/SIP/IP
  • Use alone or daisy chainable up to 14 units of MT503 or Quattro3’s
  • Interactive dial pad with backlights
  • 4 mic beamforming array with directional LED lighting
  • DSP based algorithms:  echo canceling, noise reduction, de-reverb, automatic gain control
  • Supports PoE (Power over Ethernet)

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Upon opening the package, we can see the Phoenix Audio Spider conference phone came well packed with foam cushioning and cut-outs to prevent shifting damage during transit.  The content includes the Spider conference phone, 48V power supply with international adapters, USB cable, and Ethernet cable for SIP version (phone cable instead for PSTN version).

Phoenix Audio Spider Package ContentThe Phoenix Audio Spider aluminum casing has a more matte finish to help prevent unpleasant finger prints.  At 7″ diameter and 1-7/8″ in height the Spider is discrete and visually pleasing.  Phoenix Audio also added foam lining to the bottom of the unit to help keep it in place and prevent scratches.  The soft-touch keypad is back-lit when active or off when the unit is on standby.

Initial boot-up took a couple minutes then from there on the set-up was pretty simple via Spider’s GUI interface – just minutes after plugging in we are having our first test call.  The menu options are pretty self-explanatory via on-screen prompts, but you can also check the user manual for a flow-chart.  The settings can be changed both manually on the unit itself or via its web interface.

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We tested using the Spider conference phone from various distances up to 7 feet away and is happy to say our voices were picked up very well.  Our voices sounded clear and natural for the caller on the other side with minimal or no background noises.  The Spider’s proprietary directional beamforming array (seen by blue LED light under Spider’s grill) followed each speaker’s voice around the room with stunning accuracy.  (Note:  For those who don’t enjoy LED light shows, the red and blue lights can be turned off via menu option.)  In conclusion, an individual Phoenix Audio Spider conference phone unit would be sufficient for any small to mid-sized conference room. For larger settings you can daisy-chain up to 14 sub-units for additional expansion.

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Meet the Konftel 55 & 55W Conference Phones

Meet the Konftel 55 series – a Swiss Army knife equivalent of audio conferencing phones.  Both the  Konftel 55 and the Konftel 55W are highly versatile – able to connect with computers, mobile phones/tablets and any IP or digital desktop phones (with adapter cables).  They are great for quick conferencing at your desk or small conferences of under 6 participants (up to 16 participants with expansion mics).  The only difference between the two models is the Konftel 55W has Bluetooth and supports expansion microphones.

Meet Konftel 55 & 55W
Konftel 55 Connection Chart
Features: 

  • OmniSound HD
  • Expandable with microphones (Konftel 55W only)
  • Headset connection
  • Rechargeable battery
  • High resolution touchscreen
  • Future proof with upgradable software
  • SD call recording
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

Konftel’s proprietary OmniSound HD audio technology delivers crystal clear full-duplex conversations (and HD audio during VoIP calls).  The sound is transmitted via Konftel’s hypersensitive microphone with 360° audio pick-up and speakers.  It has automatic echo cancellation, noise suppression, and an audio equalizer.  With this technology, Konftel assures you can freely move about the conferencing room without loss of audio quality or irritating clipping or echos.

Another great convenience is that VoIP calls on the Konftel 55/55W can be bridged with calls via desktop or mobile phones.  You can easily combine and switch connections via an LCD screen display interface which displays only the current connections.  And with built-in SD call recording, you can easily record calls or dictations and save/share the audio files via your computer with the removable memory card.

The Konftel 55 is now available for order thru The Telecom Spot website, and the Konftel 55W is expected to be in stock soon as well.  The Konftel 55/55W comes with an electrical cable, A/C adapter, battery, USB cable and quick reference guide.  To connect with any IP or digital deskphones you’ll need an adapter (sold separately and coming soon – part# 900102126 ) or other dedicated special cables for Avaya and Siemens phones.  Any questions?  Just leave a comment below for us or contact any of our helpful consultants.