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IR-800 Infrared Wireless Classroom Sound System

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Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Dec/2014
Submitting suppliers/Website: TOA Canada Corporation
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-7
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Resource Description

The TOA IR-800 kit is a teacher friendly audio solution for voice amplification and a relay system for assistive hearing devices. It has an intuitive interface that is unobtrusive for students and teachers. Excellent clarity and performance of infrared technology allow for high ease of use in the classroom. It provides seamless classroom volume amplification in all classrooms, whether for large or small group instruction.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Comments:
This comprehensive sound system can easily be installed in drop ceilings. The controller unit includes 2 channels for microphones and 3 other device inputs which provides functionality for most classrooms. The boom headset microphones included eliminates any noise from the unit rubbing against clothing. As an IR system, it is designed for line of sight usage; it functioned very well in the classroom including facing into corners where a body blocked direct line of sight transmission.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The system can be used by both teachers and students for enhancing the audibility of spoken word as well as external inputs such as music, videos, and DVDs.

APPLICATION TO EDUCATION

Does this product contribute to the operations of education?
Extensively
Does the product perform as intended?
Extensively
Are the features as expected for the intended purpose?
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Is the performance as expected for the intended purpose?
Extensively
Who is the intended user?
District Administration
School Administration
Teacher Librarians
Classroom / Subject Teachers
Specialist / Non Enrolling Teaching Staff
Support Staff e.g. First Nations and Settlement Workers in the school
Student Teachers on practicum
Teachers with a hearing dysfunction and students who are hard of hearing
What is the intended user proficiency level?
Entry
Describe how this product fits into the field of education:
The TOA IR-800 kit enables teachers and students to access clear audio in order to go about the daily business of teaching and learning in a productive learning environment. As the system can be use by teachers and students throughout the day, it would support all curricular areas. Providing an audio enhancement system in the classroom reduces barriers to hearing and learning for students with auditory difficulties.
Describe how different types of users would interact with this product:
It provides seamless classroom use for volume amplification in all classrooms/modular classrooms for large and small groups.
Comments:
The ergonomic design of the headset and belt pack makes them comfortable and lightweight. The charging dock is well designed and foolproof.

USER SUPPORT

Product User Community Support
Does the user community have robust support?
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Frequently Asked Questions and/or Knowledge Base
Is a comprehensive FAQ available for general product use?
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Is a comprehensive FAQ available for troubleshooting?
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How to Guides
Are appropriate sample guides available for general product use?
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Short-cut or Quick Reference Guide
Are appropriate sample guides available for general product use?
Extensively
Are appropriate short-cut guides available for frequent or repetitive actions?
Extensively
User Manual
Does the user manual include instructions typical to the purpose of this product?
Extensively
Online Chat and Email Support
Is effective chat and/or email customer support available?
Extensively
Phone Support
Is phone support available for customer service?
Extensively
Does the phone support have added value for this product?
Extensively
User Support Overall
Is user support readily available?
Extensively
Is user support easy to access?
Extensively
Are language and terminology clear and easily understood, either clearly explained or naturally evident?
Extensively
Is user support organized for easy reference?
Extensively
Is user support cross linked to form an integrated resource across specific realms?
Extensively
Is user support accessible through searching?
Extensively
Is user support available for entry, intermediate and advanced users?
Extensively
How is user support accessed?
PDF online
Print
Web interactive
Is user support available in both English and French?
Yes
Comments:
Support was provided for on site set up, however continuous on site support (not required) is not available. Extensive support is available online.

GENERAL TECHNICAL DESIGN & SUPPORT

Comments:
No technical support was required during the evaluation.
TECHNICAL DESIGN
Is this product suited for usage in an educational setting?
Extensively
Is the physical design suited for the intended use?
Extensively
Identify any ergonomics and safety concerns:
The unit is secured to the wall safely. Q-Em-77 mic (lapel/ear) was very comfortable and suitable for various clothing worn by the teacher. The transmitter is lightweight and easy to attach to clothes without damage.
Indicate if there are there special cleaning or care instructions:
None was needed.
Comment on the specific features of this product:
Details are available in sales package provided by the vendor or online. All features tested were outstanding for the performance required.
INSTALLATION
Who are the installation instructions intended for?
End user
Advanced user
Technician
Are the installation instructions clear and easily followed?
Extensively
Are the options during installation clear to achieve the desired configuration?
Extensively
Did the installation process proceed as expected?
Extensively
Are administrator rights required to do an update?
No
When and how are updates provided?
No update process is required post installation.
ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES
Are features available to adapt for people with disabilities?
Extensively

TRAINING

Was training provided during the evaluation?
Extensively
Did the training cover a sufficient breadth of topics?
Extensively
Indicate the types of training you accessed:
Group training
Individualized training
Online training modules
Tutorial training
Were the training resources:
Appropriate for entry level user?
Appropriate for intermediate level user?
Appropriate for advanced level user?
Comments:
The system is intuitive and requires minimal end user training. Webinars are available online via email request.

EQUIPMENT/TOOLS/APPLIANCES

Is the function of every button explained or naturally evident?
Extensively
Device to Computer Communication
Are specialty user interfaces or functions easily used with existing interface?
Extensively
Input - General
Is input performance satisfactory?
Extensively
Is the physical design functional and appropriate for intended use?
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Is the feature set complete?
Extensively
Are the configuration options adequate?
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Is input effective for intended application?
Extensively
Input - Quality
Is input quality accurate?
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Is input quality effective for intended application?
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Is input quality consistent?
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Does input have appropriate sensitivity?
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Is input quality satisfactory overall?
Extensively
Comments:
The IR-80 has superior sound quality and performance. The range of IR reception is excellent, even with the teacher's back to the IR receiver or partially obstructed by clothing.
Audio - Input (microphone)
Is the resulting audio quality satisfactory?
Extensively
Is the resulting audio quality effective for the intended application?
Extensively
Comments:
The system has excellent input/output audio quality. There was no squeal or feedback at expected volume use.
Output - General
Does output performance meet expectations?
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Do the configuration options meet expectations?
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Is the output effective for the intended application?
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Does the output accuracy meet expectations?
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Is the output consistent?
Extensively
Comments:
Audio output when testing auxiliary devices (i.e. iPhone, iPad, iPod, tablet, stereo, computer) with audio port was outstanding.
Audio Output
Does the audio output quality meet expectations?
Extensively
Does the clarity of music meet expectations?
Extensively
Does the clarity of voice meet expectations?
Extensively
Is the volume control appropriate for intended use?
Extensively
Is pass through audio available?
Extensively
Comments:
Assistive hearing devices are supported through a dedicated channel with volume control. There is crystal clear audio output with 3 channel equalizer on the back of the unit.
Form Factor
Are the charging options suitable for the intended use?
Extensively
Are the storage options suitable for the intended use?
Extensively
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