You can use your iPhone to carry out a conference call with a bunch of other people. If you want to make sure your conversations are loud and clear throughout, though, reinforcing it with something like the Pioneer Rayz Rally will probably provide a much better experience.

A pocket-size speaker with a built-in mic, the rig is tuned to facilitate loud, clear, and uninterrupted conference calls, allowing you to turn an erstwhile humble iPhone into a full-fledged conferencing system.

Pioneer claims this is good enough to fill up any conference room with sound, allowing you to enjoy professional-quality conferencing without the expensive hardware investment.

The Pioneer Rayz Rally connects to your iPhone via the Lightning port, so it’s a wired connection, ensuring all audio passes through cleanly in both directions. There’s no onboard battery, so there’s no regular charging necessary.

Instead, it draws juice from your iPhone’s battery to power the integrated speaker and microphone. Pioneer claims it operates in a mode that uses the lowest amount of power possible, so it won’t put that much of a drain on your battery life.

Do note, the device allows pass-through charging, so you can charge your iPhone while it’s connected to the speaker, in case you’re worried about losing power.

What makes it special, though, is that the speakers are optimized towards playing people’s voices, rather than music, so you get a really strong mid-range with a minimal amount of bass, ensuring conversations come through loud and clear.

There’s also a noise reduction feature that allows it to dull some of the background noise in the room so the speaking voices can be picked up clearly by the mic.

A single button in front of the Pioneer Rayz Rally serves as the sole point of control, allowing you to mute and unmute phone calls with a single push. It automatically turns on as soon as you plug it into an iPhone or iPad, along with automatically launching the app.

Aside from the iPhones and iPads, you can use a Lightning-to-USB cable to hook it up to a Mac or PC, in case you prefer doing your conference calls using a desktop software.

Dimensions are 2.4 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches, so it’s small enough to carry in your pocket, ready to deploy at any time. Whether you’re at work, at home, or traveling on the road, this thing lets you have a capable conferencing system squarely in your arsenal.

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Pete Hammond

If there´s a new phone or computer on the market you know that Pete has it. A tech-lover beyond this world and you never see him without at least the mobile phones at the same time.

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