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The Insider's Guide to the Bosch DICENTIS Wireless Conference System


Published June 19, 2016

introduction

this guide is intended to help prospective buyers of conference systems in the evaluation of the Bosch DICENTIS Wireless Conference System during the buying decision process.

the guide assumes an intermediate understanding of meeting planning and conference setups.

picture of one DICENTIS Wireless Device on table

benefits

three immediate benefits for all

users who opt for a DICENTIS Wireless Conference System may expect three immediate benefits from their purchase.

time is saved as there's no need to wire mics across a room. Facilities & venues benefit from an elegant visual in promoting their spaces and participants get to enjoy the clean look of a wirefree environment. Last but not least the sound quality of DICENTIS Wireless is extraordinary.

The audio quality of DICENTIS Wireless is better than the Bosch DCN Wireless, aka “NG Wireless”, with stem microphones. Even compared with NG Wireless devices paired with the premium Consensus mics, DICENTIS Wireless is up to par and arguably even surpasses the experienced sound quality.

For installation, the Bosch DICENTIS Wireless Conference System is currently the premier wireless system on the market, unsurpassed by any wireless system available at this time.

benefits for Event Production & AV Rental Companies

With DICENTIS Wireless, event production and AV rental companies that travel from venue to venue will experience a relief from the limitations of the traditional 2.4 Ghz system in third party environments not under their control.

The 2.4 Ghz band has 14 channels available yet typically the choice is limited to only three carrier channels: carrier 2, 6 or 11. For traditional 2.4 Ghz wireless system, typically, the sound engineer uses a Wi-Fi scanner to determine the least interference prone carrier to select. Because of how the carrier spreads across the channels, use of the other channels opens the possibility of collision and therfore is not recommend.

The 2.4 Ghz band limitations mean considerable pre-work in having to contact the venue and seek the support of the facility's IT staff for use during the event. Frequently the Wi-Fi is outsourced and the time to coordinate all stake holders add to the preparation time and event cost.

DICENTIS Wireless has the capability to transmit across the 3 carrier channels in the 2.4 Ghz band plus another 41 channels in the 5 Ghz band for a total of 44 carrier channels.

with DICENTIS Wireless expect to walk in, turn on and sit back enjoy flawless wireless audio. The frequency hopping is seamlesss, does not disrupt the meeting and does not make a noise. It is truly seamless frequency hopping.


considerations before you buy

Consider the following as you start to plan the configuration of your DICENTIS Wireless system.

  • Standard vs Extended Wireless Device

    WD vs WDE

    Should you buy the DICENTIS Wireless Device (WD) or Extended Wireless Device (WDE) ?

    The Wireless Device Extended (WDE) has a 4.3” capacitive touch screen with an option for a custom logo or background, an appealing feature for organizations and rental companies.

    the WDE can be upgraded with additional software modules to expand its functionality, for example with voting or identification using NFC cards. Furthermore, the user interface supports all standard international characters. Like the standard WD version, the extended WDE is available any of the three microphone types.

    advantageous to the WDE, is the possibility that upon activation of the OMNEO platform by Bosch, the Extended version's “future firmware updates” is anticipated to allow multiple channels for languages, and in conjunction with the Bosch Multimedia and DICENTIS wired devices, will allow additional wired unit support. Additional fees and licenses would apply. No guarantee of additional languages or unit support is available until Bosch makes an official announcement endorsing such support

  • best microphone

    DICENTIS Wireless Microphones

    all three DICENTIS Wireless microphones provide excellent sound quality and the best microphone depends on your environment.

    long stem microphones

    the nearly 19” long stem microphones are what you typically use at meetings held in rooms with the traditional 30” wide tables.

    short stem microphones

    the short stem microphones are just under 13” and suitable for events with “schoolie” 18 inch wide tables where the long stem microphones would be too long.

    high directive microphones

    the high directive microphones are premium priced microphones with the most appealing look. To decide if they are right for your venue, you should consider the type of meetings you hold and how much control you have on the environment.

    controlled environment

    If the system is used in a controlled environment such as a board room with one person per microphone, the high directive microphone is the more elegant option.

    The high directive mic can be used for event production and rentals as long as there is some control on how people behave with their natural environment and with the appropriate setting of expectations. With the proper setting of expectations, the high directive microphone can be a great option.

    uncontrolled environment

    if the system is purchased for use in an environment where you have little control of people and how the system will be used, the safer bet are the long stem or short stem microphones. They may not be as pleasing to the eye as their high directive sibling but they will not disappoint when two or three people share a microphone or seat in close proximity of each other and the microphone. The short and long stem microphones will better withstand the rustling of papers, the sound of someone drinking a beverage or reaching for items such as mints out of the mint ball. The long stem mic is better suited to settings with considerable surrounding noise.

  • software

    share of device between two participants

    At the most basic level, with the system set to push-to-talk (PTT) mode where anyone can interrupt (no “chairman override” nor “permission to speak” queue, and no HD Camera Control, Voting nor Identification, the only software decision for DICENTIS Wireless is whether you'll want participants to be able to share a device and if so whether you need a Dual Use At Seat software license.

    When do you need Dual Use At Seat License ?

    1. Dual Use is required to manage the request and response list – where people request to speak or request to respond
    2. if you’re doing camera control and you’re running lower thirds – for identification.

    if you opt out of the dual use software license, you'll be able to do standard set up with participants sharing the right button and the left button being set to the Mute function (cough switch)

    extra care when designing for multiple use

    Extra care should be emphasized when envisioning a design for multiple rooms used individually and simultaneously as software licenses will need to be ordered that match those needs on an individual and group basis.

    The same goes when planning for a main WAP and a backup WAP that occasionally functions as a second WAP for a separate room, where the licenses need to be configured for the specific needs.

    frequency management

    pending approval according to local country regulations, DICENTIS Wireless is introducing the capability to block certain frequencies – meaning you can instruct the system to exclude certain channels from automatic selection.

  • warranty

    warranty

    The Bosch warranty on the Dicentis Wireless Conference System is three years.


Future Outlook

We expect DICENTIS Wireless to be Bosch's most innovative and successfull conference product launch of this decade. The lifespan of Bosch Wireless Conferencing products traditionally is at least ten years and prior to Bosch’s acquisition of Phillips, the original DCN Wireless conferencing microphones lasted 20 years. It's now a year since the initial launch of DICENTIS Wireless and many of the initial software bugs will have been patched. New software features and add-ons will be rolled out in the future according to the Bosch roadmap.

Bosch has now introduced also the wired version of DiCENTIS. It is anticipated DICENTIS Wireless will be extendable to communicate with DICENTIS Wired early 2018.


Conclusion

if you’re looking for the first time at a wireless conference system or considering an upgrade from your current wireless system, we believe the time is ripe to make the investment. This historical context makes us comfortable in stating we believe Bosch DICENTIS Wireless to be a secure investment in the future of your equipment stock and facility. You’ll likely be able to benefit from the hardware for the next decade. In short, we are optimistic in making a Buy recommendation, with confidence the system possibilities will only get more powerful.


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notice

*NOTICE: This guide targets prospective buyers of conference systems in the purchase evaluation phase. It is NOT intended to be a comprehensive guide for buying conference systems. We make no warranties, express or implied, regarding this information. Proper planning of investment is the sole responsibility of the purchaser. For the latest information, guidelines, or to get a custom proposal, please email info@iprobesolutions.com or contact iProbe at 1-212-489-6035