As to my original idea of using the Savi Go as a presenters headset, that never worked out. It turns out that the latency inherent in using the headset via an IP-PBX presented me a serious problem as a speaker. It also created the very real possibility of introducing echo in the room.
The idea that I might be able to do this at all this stems from having worked with various TV talent over the years. They often literally “parrot” a pre-recorded narrative that’s playing back in their ear from a small recorder. In that case the recording leads them through the dialogue.
That ability to speak to the recording in real-time is a skill that I failed to appreciate at the time.When the feed in your ear is yourself delayed about 40 ms it proves very confusing. It was simply unworkable for me. So I was forced to abandon the idea of using the Savi Go for the Astricon presentation.
Giving credit where it’s due, Polycom CTO Jeff Rodman suggested that I’d have such problems. He was right, but I had to try it anyway.