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Buying Interpreting Equipment – The Technical Aspect

Eager to help our clients make the best choices possible, we at Translators USA are always happy to provide professional advice and assistance in the selection of interpreting equipment. We understand that buying professional interpreting equipment isn't easy because there are a number of things that should be carefully considered in order to make a good choice. To make the selection a little bit easier, we have prepared a list of specifications, which in our opinion, should be paid close attention to when deciding between different solutions:

 

  • Sound clarity (signal-to-noise ratio). Obviously, you want the chosen equipment to have the highest sound quality possible because the highest quality interpreting service can be provided only if the interpreters hear the speaker loud and clear. Sound clarity is typically expressed in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) which is measured in decibels (dB). A good system should have SNR of at least 60dB.
  • Range. Just as important is for the chosen interpreting system to be powerful enough to cover the venue effectively. So when deciding between different solutions, be sure to pay attention to the range which is expressed in square feet.
  • Number of channels. You should keep in mind that each language requires its own channel or frequency. If you need interpretation in multiple languages, you should therefore focus on multi-channel systems which allow transmission of multiple languages – how many depends on the number of channels. Also, if there are any problems with transmission on a particular channel, you can easily change the frequency.
  • Susceptibility to interference. Unfortunately, no interpreting equipment is entirely interference-proof. While the performance of RF systems is susceptible to RF interference, transmission over the IR systems can be affected by light features and sunlight. You are therefore recommended to consider where you intend to use the equipment. While RF systems can be used both indoors and outdoors, IR systems aren't appropriate for outdoor use.
  • Security/confidentiality. Because radio waves travel through the walls, RF systems are not as secure as their IR counterparts although all the latest systems come with advanced security features to maximize confidentiality. However, if the latter is of utmost importance, IR systems are still a better choice.
  • Portability. All interpreting systems can be moved around but not all are portable. So if you want to carry the equipment around, you are advised to focus on portable systems.

Wide Selection of Professional Interpreting Equipment for All Applications and Budgets

We are very proud to offer a wide selection of professional interpreting equipment for all applications and budgets. So please feel free to visit Translators USA online store and browse our selection of products by all the leading brands in the industry. If you need help in the selection of interpreting equipment or if you have any questions, remember that we are always happy to help. You can reach us 7 days a week through our website or by phone on the number 888-790-8872.

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