Digital radios sound different to ordinary analogue radios. The audio is converted into digital signals, transmitted to the other radio(s) and then converted back into real sound. This often results in a slightly robotic sound, and also introduces a very short delay, as the conversion into digits and back takes time. This can be up to a quarter of a second or so (very similar to the same process that happens in mobile phones), but does sound rather odd if the person talking on the radio can hear their voice coming from another radio as a kind of echo. In normal use, the delay has no impact on use whatsoever.
Oddly you will not find a star rating for range. While a few of the radios in our range have slightly higher or lower power output, the range of portable radio systems is set by the geography of where they are being used. Ignore any advert that mentions range as it’s impossible to be accurate. A manufacturer quoting anything much over 500m is guessing, or relying on lab testing in line-
In practical terms, hand held radios work quite well within a small local area. A shop, suite of offices, a small school or a building site. There will inevitably be dead spots where the radios don’t work properly. If your intended working area is larger, then the onl solution for reliable communications is a repeater. This can be considered to be a ‘booster’. It has an aerial system that is usually mounted high up and in the open. This aerial can receive all the portable radios on the site, and then re-
This is an unusual area to rate. However, it is a very common question -
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