We at Translators USA follow a very simple rule to provide the highest quality interpreting services to our clients. Well, two to be more precise. The first rule is to recruit the most experienced and knowledgeable interpreters and the second rule is to make sure that they are using the highest quality interpreting equipment. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to provide the interpreters (and the audience) with quality equipment. If the equipment is not functioning properly or is unsuitable for the venue type/size, even the most experienced and professional interpreters won't be able to turn your event into a success.

What's the Difference Between Single- and Multi-Channel Interpreting Equipment?


Like the title of the blog suggests, we will discuss the difference between single- and multi-channel interpreting equipment – transmitters and receivers. Both versions are used to render interpretation to the audience but there is one important difference – the number of channels. And these play the key role in the number of languages that can be transmitted. Why? Because each language needs its own channel. Therefore, single-channel equipment isn't appropriate if interpretation into two or multiple languages is required. Also, if RF interpreting system is used, interference can occur when two or more interpreters are working in the same building because radio frequency waves travel through the walls. Multi-channel equipment, on the other hand, is designed to allow transmission of multiple languages without the risk of interference because each language is transmitted on its own channel.

Are There Any Other Advantages of Multi-Channel Equipment?

Yes. In addition to allowing transmission of multiple languages – how many depends on the number of channels or frequencies, multi-channel equipment also makes it a lot easier to upgrade the interpreting system when a need for more target languages occurs. But what is even more important is that it reduces the risk of frequency issues affecting the quality of sound because the ability to transmit interpretation over multiple channels allows you to simply change the frequency if the existing one is causing any problems.

What About Advantages of Single-Channel Interpreting Equipment?

Other than being less expensive, single-channel equipment doesn't really offer any advantages over its multi-channel counterpart.

Shop for the Highest Quality Interpreting Equipment at Translators USA Store

We at Translators USA don't only help our clients break the language barrier by providing the highest quality interpreting services but by providing professional interpreting equipment too. At our store, you can find a wide range of solutions including multi-channel transmitters and receivers. We are also very proud to offer our clients the ability to transmit translation over the FM band 88.1-108.1 MHz and enable event participants to listen interpretation on their regular portable radios or mobile phones featuring FM.

Please feel free to visit our professional interpreting equipment store that features products from the leading brands in the industry including Listen Technologies, Williams Sound and Multi Caisses. If you have any questions or need an advice on the selection of the right solution, remember that we are always happy to help. You can reach us through our website or by phone, 7 days a week!