Disclosed herein is a video conferencing system and method for collecting binaural and monaural feed simultaneously from the endpoints and selecting the best feed to provide each endpoint based on the capabilities of the endpoint. Each endpoint is tagged to indicate its receiving capability. When a call is started, the audio sources from the endpoints are collected simultaneously. An endpoint having a lone participant is provided with binaural feed while the endpoint having multiple participants is provided with monaural feed. The disclosed system and method provides a lone participant a more immersive audio experience and also allows them to better discriminate between different people in a room when many are talking at the same time.
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Smith, Simon, ""AUTOMATIC SELECTION OF BINAURAL OR MONAURAL AUDIO SOURCES IN VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEMS"", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 24, 2016)