What Is The Best Translation System For Your Church?

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Are you looking to provide an audio translation of your worship services? Well, you have come to the right place. This article will help you decide which is the best translation system for your church.

Now before I get started let me get something out of the way right away. There is no product on the market today that will do this without a human translator. There is a prototype out there, but so far, nothing has been released to the general consumer market.

However, that doesn’t mean that with a little ingenuity and a dedicated volunteer, you cannot serve the people in your congregation and community with language translation into their native tongue.

The purpose of this website is to make church technology quick and easy. So I have included links to Amazon for the products that I mention. I have found that it is a better use of my time to use Amazon rather than spending hours driving around shopping for tech. I spend 15 minutes buying on Amazon, and in 2 days it shows up on my doorstep. I can use the time saved for study, prayer, or visitation.

Now for those of you that want to find what you need and don’t need to research this topic, here are the products that I am recommending.

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How Do Translation Devices For Church Work?

Translation systems for churches are pretty straightforward. You have three main parts.

  1. The headset microphone that the translator wears when translating your services.
  2. The translation transmitter that the translator’s microphone is hooked to that transmits the language translations to the people.
  3. The translation receivers and headsets that are worn by the people receiving the translation.

The person translating your worship services needs to be able to hear what is being said. Either they are located in the sanctuary at the sound system booth, or they are in a soundproof translation booth that has an audio feed to their booth.

They then take what is being said and translate it into the language of the people that are listening to them. They speak into the headset microphone, and it is broadcast to the people.

The people who are listening place either headphone over their ears or earbuds in their ears. They can adjust the volume control to their comfort level.

If you have multiple languages being translated, then you can get translation systems that will broadcast on different frequencies so your translator of language one can translate for one group of people and a different translator can translate language 2 to another group of people. You can get systems that will handle up to 6 separate languages.

Questions To Ask Before Buying Translation Equipment

  • How many people will be receiving a translation service?
  • How many languages need to be translated?
  • Where will your translator/s be located? Will they be In the sanctuary? Alternatively, at the sound booth? Will they be found in a separate room?
  • If you have more than one language being translated, how many receivers do you need for each group?
  • Is our translation system going to be portable or stationary?

How To Choose The Right Translation System For Your Church

Most of us do not need a fancy wireless translation system. We are only trying to translate sermons and worship services. We are not translating private information or trying to broadcast over long distances.

Here are a few things to look for when choosing a translation system for your church.

Fm Or Infrared Translation Devices

Unless you need to translate services for over six different languages, or you are translating private information that could involve privacy issues, you do not need an infrared system.

Infrared systems are more designed for extensive translation services, or for maintaining privacy.

Analog Or Digital Signal

Once again the need for digital is overrated. Most systems come with a wide range of frequencies to choose from so there is no problem with finding a clear signal. If and when digital infrared technology comes down in price, then maybe there would be a need to switch to digital. However, the price advantage with analog makes it a wiser investment for a church.

Fixed Or Portable Translation Systems

Are you a church plant? Do you have to set up and tear down each Sunday? If so then you will want a system that is quickly set up and can be stored in a travel case. If not, then this is not as important.

Government Compliance And Regulations

All the systems I have recommended comply with FCC regulations. If you are in another country besides the United States, then you might want to check your local rules about transmitting FM signals.

Single Or Multi-Channel Interpretation Equipment

Most churches have just one language that needs to be translated. However, there are times when you need to translate English into more than one alternative language. For each language you need to translate your services into, you will need a transmitter for that language or a channel that your transmitter will let you use to control which language goes to which receivers.

The Best Translation Equipment For Churches

For Churches Translating To Less Than 10 People

EXMAX UHF-938 UHF Acoustic Transmission Wireless Headset Microphone Audio Tour Guide System 433MHz for Church Translation EXMAX UHF-938 UHF Acoustic Transmission Wireless Headset Microphone Audio Tour Guide System 433MHz for Church Translation

Features

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One transmitter can work with multiple receivers

Volume control on each receiver

Frequency synthesized PLL circuitry for stable signal transmission

Two jacks for the microphone and line ensuring variable utilization


Application

Guided Tour:For tour-guiding events

Factories, Museums, Tourist Attractions, Cruise Ships,Schools, Lectures, Employee & Dealers Training, Hotels and Resorts,etc.


Assistive Listening:For all kinds of conferences

Educational Institutions, Corporate Meetings, Training and Seminars,Governmental Agencies


Language Interpretation:For audio and audio-visual teaching applications

Courtrooms, Educational Institutions, Conferences or Conventions, Houses of Worship, Medical Facilities


Specification

Frequency Control: PLL synthesized function

Carrier Frequency: 433MHz

Modulation Mode: FM

Frequency Response: 60Hz-15kHz

S/N Ratio: £¾45dB (at 1kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion: £¼1%

Transmit Power: ¡Ü10mW

Input Level: Virtual Value 500mV

Transmitter Power Supply: 2 x 1.5V AA Alkaline Battery(NOT included)

Transmitter Playtime: Approx. 12hrs

Receiver Power Supply: 2 x 1.5V AA Battery(NOT included)

Receiver Playtime: Approx. 25hrs

Operating Range: Approx. 50m


Package Contents

1x Transmitter

10x Receiver

1x Headset microphone

10x Earphone

1x 3.5mm to6.3mm, Plug

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This unit comes with ten receivers and will handle the translation needs of most small churches. It has great customer reviews, and the biggest complaint was that the receivers were not rechargeable but used batteries. However, you can use rechargeable batteries.

The Best Translation Devices For A Church Serving Under 25 People

EXMAX UHF-938 UHF Acoustic Transmission Wireless Headset Microphone Audio Tour Guide System 433MHz for Church Translation EXMAX UHF-938 UHF Acoustic Transmission Wireless Headset Microphone Audio Tour Guide System 433MHz for Church Translation

Application

Guided Tour:For tour-guiding events

Factories, Museums, Tourist Attractions, Cruise Ships,Schools, Lectures, Employee & Dealers Training, Hotels and Resorts,etc.


Assistive Listening:For all kinds of conferences

Educational Institutions, Corporate Meetings, Training and Seminars,Governmental Agencies


Language Interpretation:For audio and audio-visual teaching applications

Courtrooms, Educational Institutions, Conferences or Conventions, Houses of Worship, Medical Facilities


Specification

Frequency Control: PLL synthesized function

Carrier Frequency: 433MHz

Modulation Mode: FM

Frequency Response: 60Hz-15kHz

S/N Ratio: £¾45dB (at 1kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion: £¼1%

Transmit Power: ¡Ü10mW

Input Level: Virtual Value 500mV

Transmitter Power Supply: 2 x 1.5V AA Alkaline Battery(NOT included)

Transmitter Playtime: Approx. 12hrs

Receiver Power Supply: 2 x 1.5V AA Battery(NOT included)

Receiver Playtime: Approx. 25hrs

Operating Range: Approx. 50m


Package Contents

1x Transmitter

20x Receiver

1x Headset microphone

20x Earphone

1x 3.5mm to6.3mm, Plug

1x3.5 plug conversion cable

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This church translation system will fit the needs of most medium-sized churches with one language to translate.

It comes with 20 translation receivers and headsets. It also has excellent customer reviews and the same complaint as the smaller version.

The Best Wireless Translation Equipment For Churches With Over 25 People Being Served

EXMAX ATG-100T 195-230MHz Wireless Tour Guide Monitoring Voice Audio Transmission System EXMAX ATG-100T 195-230MHz Wireless Tour Guide Monitoring Voice Audio Transmission System
  • The EXMAX wireless audio transmission system could transmit voice of who speak to the microphone of transmitter to the ones who wear earphone of receivers,transmission distance is about 50-60 meters (164-197ft).99 frequency channels on 195MHz-230MHz means it has 99 select IDs allow at least 40 groups to work simultaneously.Widely used for field trip,tour exhibit guides,sermon interpretation,work-study,conferences,translation,audio visual laboratory,events for church,family,restaurants,hajj...
  • Transmitter weighs 56g and receiver weighs 46g,Small and light for carry or carriage.High S/N Ratio(≥90dB) ensure cleanest voice transmission. Long-Lasting Power,both transmitter and receivers are built-in 900mAh lithium upgraded battery to guarantee more than 18 hours working.One transmitter could pair up countless receivers as long as they are on the same frequency.Transmitter has 3.5mm input jack, it supports AUX( such as MP3, Smartphone,MP4,CD etc) and MIC (microphone )input.
  • The wire of microphone and earphone has antenna function, please do unfold the wire of the microphone and earphone to enhance the voice signal transmission. On each group, transmitter and receivers should be set on the same frequency Channel ID,for example, Group A: transmitter A is set on Channel ID 05, so receivers A should be set on Channel ID 05 accordingly.But different groups should use different frequency Channel ID, so they will not interfere with each other when work simultaneously.
  • NOTE before Buying: Please DO NOT buy many or large quantity sets/units one time if you never operated this system before or don’t know what it is for . Strongly advise to buy one set/unit to test this system and completely understand its functions and know its advantages and disadvantages.
  • If you like it after testing, you could buy many sets/units one time. Once a customer bought many sets/units of this system but immediately request returning right after he received the package due to he didn’t like it and he realized that it’s not what he want. This raised too much costs and waste to the transaction, your kind understanding would be highly appreciated.
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If you are a larger church or have many people who speak different languages, then this unit will do the trick for you with 30 receivers and two channels that can be used for one language each.

Extra Translation Headsets For Church Expansion

You will want to think ahead about how many translation headsets you may want to use in the future. Although I am sure that you can purchase extra headsets, I have had the experience in the past that after a couple of years, things or systems are upgraded, and you cannot get what you need any more. So think ahead and buy more than what you currently need if you feel your people who are going to use your translation system will increase.

Interpretation System Accessories

Here are a few accessories you may need with your wireless translation system for your church.

Final Thoughts On Serving Your People With A Church Language Translation System

With our communities changing before our eyes, all of us are faced with the question of how do we reach and serve those in our society that speak a different language.

These translation systems for the church are a great way to meet that need. Even if you have to hire a college student for a couple of hours a week to translate your services, those within your community that speaks a different language will appreciate your effort to reach out to them.

The gospel is for every tribe, tongue, and nation. It is time we all made it available to everyone who lives in our communities.

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