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Microphone solution for group Skype/conference call
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Microphone solution for group Skype/conference call

Hi there,

I've been asked to look into solutions for our local discussion group. Some people are older and are increasingly unable to travel. As a result they are looking into how such people could still take part in conversation via internet group calls (e.g Skype).

The setup of the room is usually around 10-30 people sitting in a big circle, with a the group leader being part of this circle. It's often the same room but not always.

Some requirements would be:
- Must be easy to set up and put away
- Portable (to accommodate changing rooms)
- Need a way to hear the Skype person in remote location (speaker in the room etc)
- Group participants would ideally be able to see the person on the call

So far I can think of four approaches:
1. iPad in the middle of the room using the built in mic (simplest)
2. 2-3 condenser mics placed in the middle of the circle (in a way that doesn't obscure sightlines) running into a small mixer then out to the iPad
3. A group conference microphone (such as this Jabra 7810-109 Speaker: Amazon.co.uk: Office Products)
4. Boundary mics on the surrounding walls

What I was hoping for in terms of advice on this forum is around the following:
1. Does anyone have experience in this area? If so, what would yield the highest quality sound?
2. Do you have any tips on the quickest, easiest and most affordable way to implement this?

Any and all help is much appreciated!
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