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Signal-to-Noise Ratio Explained

The role of sound clarity in quality of interpreting services has been the subject of many Translators USA blogs because it is one of the key "ingredients" for success of bilingual and multilingual events. A number of factors can affect sound quality other than the interpreting equipment including poor installation and improper selection of the interpreting system but obviously, sound clarity also depends greatly on the equipment itself, most notably its signal-to-noise ratio.

Quick Facts About Signal-to-Noise Ratio


Like its name suggests, signal-to-noise ratio or SNR measures the ratio between the strength of the signal and the level of background noise. Unfortunately, both digital and analog devices have some background noise affecting the overall sound quality but the most technologically sophisticated ones are designed to keep the noise at the lowest levels possible. The ratio is typically expressed in decibels (dB). Obviously, the higher the ratio the stronger the signal and the higher the quality of sound. Therefore, it is highly important to pay attention to the signal-to-noise specifications when buying new interpreting equipment.

The Influence of Signal-to-Noise Ratio on Interpreting Quality

Anything that affects sound quality can affect interpreting quality and signal-to-noise ratio is no exception. If the interpreter can't hear the speaker loud and clear, there is a high risk of misinterpretations which in turn can lead to serious misunderstandings. If you buy interpreting equipment from one of the leading brands and have it installed by an experienced technician, it is highly unlikely for the sound quality to be so poor that the interpreter won't be able to hear the speaker. But if the levels of background noise are high and the signal is low, it can seriously interfere with the interpreter's concentration and subsequently, the quality of their service. In addition to choosing the most skilled and experienced interpreters for the event, it is therefore also crucial to provide them with optimal conditions for work, that is the highest quality interpreting equipment.

With Translators USA Interpreters and Interpreting Equipment, Success is Guaranteed!

For nearly two decades, Translators USA has been providing professional interpreting services nationwide. Our highly trained, knowledgeable and experienced interpreters have helped hundreds of our clients break the language barrier at conferences, seminars, business meetings and a variety of other bilingual and multilingual events in virtually all fields and industries. Available 7 days a week and 365 days a year, our interpreters provide the highest quality consecutive, simultaneous, whisper and phone interpreting.

To make sure that nothing interferes with the interpreters' concentration, we invite you to visit our professional interpreting equipment store. We offer the most technologically sophisticated equipment including interpretation booths, RF and IR interpreting systems, transmitters, receivers, conferencing accessories and much, much more. We have teamed up with the leading brands in the industry to provide our clients the highest quality interpreting equipment for a wide range of applications. And budgets too! So feel free to visit our online store anytime!

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