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Top 10 Best Analogue Conference Phones of 2020

Even in an age of rapid technological advancement, sometimes you can´t beat the tried and tested. In the world of conference phones, analogue still stands strong against the IP alternative thanks to its cost-saving potential and familiarity with users. Whatever the reason for your loyalty to analogue, check out our top 10 to find the perfect fit for your professional needs.

Polycom VoiceStation 300

1. Polycom VoiceStation 300

Kicking off our list is the Polycom VoiceStation 300, an economical conferencing solution designed for efficient communication in small rooms. As well as being straightforward to set up and use thanks to its convenient, uncomplicated controls, the device features full-duplex audio, dynamic noise reduction and 360-degree coverage via its three microphones. This ensures that sound input and output are stripped back to what really matters – just like the VoiceStation itself.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Ideal for meetings of up to 4 people in small rooms
  • 3 integrated microphones with 360-degree room coverage
  • Full-duplex audio
  • Dynamic noise cancelling
Polycom

Meetings
Up to 4 people
Pick up range
2m pick up range
Expandable
Not expandable
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Polycom Soundstation Duo

2. Polycom Soundstation Duo

Another analogue conference phone from Polycom that comes highly recommended is the versatile Soundstation Duo, which is ideal for use in small-to-medium-sized rooms but can be used for calls of up to 20 participants if its capacity for expansion microphones is used. The adaptability of the device is demonstrated further by its ability to connect to both IP and analogue networks, making it ideal for offices in transition from one to the other.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Ideal for small-to-medium-sized rooms
  • 3 cardioid microphones with intelligent voice detection
  • Full-duplex audio and background noise reduction
  • Large backlit display and multi-language support
Polycom

Meetings
Up to 20 people
Pick up range
3m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£399.99 ex. VAT

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 Konftel 250

3. Konftel 250

Perfect for use in large meeting rooms for up to eight people, the Konftel 250 not only boasts audio quality as good as any of its counterparts thanks to its omnidirectional, full-duplex microphone, but is also packed full of handy features including a recording function via an extractable SD card (to be purchased separately) and a built-in conference guide which allows up to 50 individual contacts to be saved, grouped and called back at the touch of a button.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Excellent in large meeting rooms for up to 8 people
  • Default range of 30m²; 70m² with additional microphones
  • Omnidirectional full-duplex microphone with OmniSound 2.0®
  • Built-in recording function with SD card saving function
Konftel

Meetings
Up to 8 people
Pick up range
3m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£320.99 ex. VAT

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Polycom SoundStation 2

4. Polycom SoundStation2 NE

Next up is the Polycom SoundStation 2, which is designed for use in small-to-medium-sized rooms with around 10 participants up to 10ft away from the phone. It also has tonnes of sound-enhancing elements loaded inside, such as Polycom´s Acoustic Clarity technology and intelligent voice detection, which help to deliver impeccable audio quality. In addition, the Soundstation 2 has an accessibility that belies its superior sound thanks to its traditional phone interface and mobile phone connection facility.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Effective in small-to-medium-sized rooms with up to 10 participants
  • 10ft range
  • Full-duplex microphones with Acoustic Clarity technology and 360º coverage
  • Intelligent voice detection
Polycom

Meetings
More than 10 people
Pick up range
10m pick up range
Expandable
Not Expandable
£299.99 ex. VAT

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Konftel 300

5. Konftel 300

The impressive Konftel 300 is perhaps the most versatile conference phones out there; with a ´line mode´ that allows you to connect it to your PC or mobile via USB cable, as well as the regular analogue connection. Moreover, it´s got all the same market-leading audio components as its predecessor, the Konftel 250, and now its omnidirectional microphone is capable of catering to the conversational needs of up to 10 participants – or even more if its facilities for expansion microphones or PA system connectivity are utilised. The conference guide and recording function are still there too, making this a great conferencing solution for those important boardroom meetings.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Great for use in large meeting rooms of 30m² with up to 10 participants
  • New ´line mode´ enabling USB connection with PC or mobile
  • Omnidirectional full-duplex microphone with OmniSound 2.0®
  • Built-in recording function with SD card saving function
Konftel

Meetings
More than 10 people
Pick up range
3m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£374.99 ex. VAT

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Revolabs FLX2

6. Revolabs FLX2

The next entry on our list falls at the upper end of the market in terms of price, but not without good reason; the Revolabs FLX2 boasts an exceptional collection of features, mostly geared towards giving the user an unparalleled degree of customisation. To elaborate, the speakers, microphone and dial pad are all independent from each other, meaning they can be placed in separate parts of the room so as to best accommodate the input of each call participant. What´s more, the FLX2 eliminates the need for a separate handset courtesy of its Bluetooth technology and dialer, which allow the user to switch the device between public and private calls.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Ideal for small-to-medium-sized rooms
  • Unparalleled customisation possibilities with independent phone components
  • Wireless setup
  • Wideband audio (80-11,000 Hz) – natural, high-level sound
Revolabs

Meetings
Up to 20 people
Pick up range
5m pick up range
Expandable
Not expandable
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Phoenix Spider MT502

7. Phoenix Spider MT502

This smart-looking device comes with several audio-enhancing features that make it one of the finest in terms of call quality: Digital Signal Processing, for example, digitally equalises audio from outgoing and incoming calls to create a more natural sound, while Automatic Gain Control further refines the quality of its four directional microphones. A single Spider MT502 is perfect for use in small-to-medium-sized rooms, although its notable ´daisy chaining´ capabilities allow the simultaneous connection of up to 14 units – enough to fill any conference room.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Ideal in small-to-medium sized rooms, bigger if daisy chaining capabilities are utilised
  • Compatible with analogue networks and video conferencing software such as Skype
  • Four directional microphones with great, equalised sound quality and noise cancelling
  • Phonebook with space for 100 contacts
Phoenix

Meetings
More than 25 people
Pick up range
10m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£105.99 ex. VAT

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Alcatel Conference 1800

8. Alcatel Conference 1800

At number eight is the Alcatel Conference 1800, with its full-duplex technology, superb sound quality and dynamic noise reduction. Alongside the two built-in microphones, the four integrated DECT detachable microphones provide added customisation potential to enhance audio input depending on the participants´ positioning. The device is optimal in medium-sized rooms with up to 15 conversation members.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Great for calls in medium-sized rooms
  • Two built-in microphones and four detachable ones
  • Full-duplex and dynamic noise reduction technology
  • 50-contact phonebook
Alcatel

Meetings
Up to 15 people
Pick up range
8m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£284.99 ex. VAT

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Konftel 300Wx + Base Station

9. Konftel 300Wx + Base Station

The Konftel 300Wx is gifted with the same market-leading sound quality, conference guide and recording function as the aforementioned 300, but this upgraded version is remarkably versatile. To elaborate, the 300Wx features complete DECT compatibility in its base station, with support for both GAP and CAT/iq. This device really is perfect for those big-room business calls with its 30m² range, omnidirectional microphone and rechargeable battery with 60 hours´ talk time.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Ideal solution for large rooms of up to 30m² and 10 participants
  • Full DECT compatibility with accompanying base station
  • Built-in recording function with SD card saving function
  • Rechargeable battery with 60 hours of talk time
Konftel

Meetings
More than
10 people
Pick up range
50m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£490.99 ex. VAT

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Polycom SoundStation2 EX Expandable

10. Polycom SoundStation 2 EX Expandable with Display

Just like the non-expandable version, the Polycom Soundstation 2 EX has exceptional sound quality thanks to its Polycom Acoustic Clarity, dynamic noise reduction and 360º microphone coverage. In addition, the intelligent microphone system is undoubtedly worthy of a mention given its ability to detect the position of the talking participant and adjust microphone sensitivity to optimise the call. This particular model stands out because it can be a great solution for conference calls in large rooms if its facility for two expansion microphones is utilised.

WHY YOU´LL LOVE IT:

  • Default range of 10ft; expandable with up to two expansion microphones
  • Full-duplex microphones with Acoustic Clarity technology and 360º coverage
  • Intelligent voice detection
  • Dynamic noise reduction
Polycom

Meetings
More than 10 people
Pick up range
4m pick up range
Expandable
Expandable
£349.99 ex. VAT

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