Editorial–HD voice vs. HD audio and the lack of specification

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Coming out of Mobile World Congress 2012, it is clear many mobile handset manufacturers haven’t “gotten it” when it comes to HD voice.  In addition, too many vendors – wireless and wireline – can’t be bothered to put together a simple data sheet listening codecs.

ZTE stood out among the many companies releasing […]

Editorial–Reason #36 why I hate the term “HD audio”

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Two recent announcements  illustrate why HD audio is a really vague, non-descriptive (i.e. Poor, sucky) term as it applies to HD voice and HD telephony.

VTech Communications recently released a new analog/RJ-11 phone or two that uses “HD Audio Profiles” to clean up sound. But it’s not HD voice or CAT-iq.

When I asked […]

ShoreTel announces HD “audio conferencing”–but how many HD voice codecs do they support?

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Las Vegas – ShoreTel (www.shoretel.com) has announced that the latest release of its phone, er UC software now supports HD audio conferencing.  The bigger question is how many HD voice codecs the software/hardware IP PBX system actually supports.

A conversation on the Interop show floor with a sales engineer lead to a setup screen […]

Aastra and TurboBridge announce HD voice team-up

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Aastra (www.aastrausa.com) and TurboBridge (www.turbobridge.com) have announced a bundling/trial deal for Aastra SIP phones. Look for smiles from both parties.

The two are offering a 60 day free trial of the TurboBridge “HD audio” conferencing service to Aastra SIP phone customers, carriers, and resellers. Aastra supports G.722 via its Hi-Q audio technology and G.722 […]