Phoenix Duet PCS noise cancellation speaker and MicrophonPhoenix Duet PCS noise cancellation speaker and Microphone lists at $150. It will compete with the Polycom Communicator C100S. The Duet has the advantage of hardware based noise/echo cancellation which means it can be used in any Operating System including Linux, Mac OS, and Vista. Polycom Communicator currently only supports Windows using software echo cancellation and Vista support won't be available until Q3 of this year.
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