As a company that specializes in professional video broadcast equipment, we at Allied Broadcast understand that our clients have important decisions to make when it comes to purchasing new versus used gear. Both options have their advantages, and we’re proud to offer our clients the flexibility to choose between new and used equipment – and even combine the two on the same invoice.

The Pros of Buying New Video Broadcast Equipment

When you invest in new video broadcast equipment, you’re gaining access to the forefront of innovation in the industry. These cutting-edge technologies can significantly enhance your production quality and workflow efficiency. For instance, newer cameras may offer higher resolution capabilities, improved low-light performance, or advanced autofocus systems. Updated switchers might feature more inputs, enhanced effects libraries, or better integration with streaming platforms. Modern audio equipment could provide superior noise cancellation or more precise mixing capabilities. By utilizing the latest technology, you can stay competitive in the fast-paced world of video production, potentially attracting more clients or viewers with your superior output quality.

A manufacturer’s warranty is a valuable safeguard that comes with new video broadcast equipment. These warranties typically cover defects in materials and workmanship for a specified period, often ranging from one to three years, with some high-end equipment offering even longer coverage. This protection can save you significant money on potential repairs or replacements. For example, if a $10,000 camera malfunctions due to a manufacturing defect within the warranty period, you could save thousands on repair costs. Additionally, many manufacturers offer extended warranty options, allowing you to prolong your coverage for added peace of mind. Some warranties also include perks like priority support, loaner equipment during repairs, or even on-site service for critical gear. This comprehensive protection allows you to focus on your productions without worrying about unexpected equipment failures or repair costs.

When you unbox new video broadcast equipment, you’re guaranteed to receive gear in pristine condition. This lack of prior use means all components are in perfect working order, from delicate camera sensors to intricate circuitry in mixers or switchers. New equipment hasn’t been exposed to the rigors of production environments, such as dust, moisture, or accidental impacts. For example, a new camera’s lens mount will be perfectly aligned, ensuring optimal image quality, while a new audio mixer’s faders will move smoothly and precisely. This pristine condition can be particularly crucial for sensitive equipment like high-end lenses or delicate microphones, where even minor damage can affect performance. Starting with new equipment also means you have full control over its maintenance from day one, allowing you to implement proper care routines that can extend the gear’s lifespan and maintain its performance over time.

The Pros of Buying Used Video Broadcast Equipment

Opting for used video broadcast equipment can lead to substantial financial benefits for your production company or studio. Depending on the age and condition of the equipment, you might find savings ranging from 30% to 70% off the original retail price. This cost reduction allows you to acquire high-quality gear that might otherwise be out of reach for your budget. For example, a professional-grade camera that retails new at $15,000 might be available used for $7,500, freeing up $7,500 in your budget for other essential equipment or operating costs. These savings can be particularly beneficial for startups, small production companies, or educational institutions working with limited funds. Additionally, the money saved could be reinvested in other areas of your business, such as marketing, training, or hiring additional staff.

Used video broadcast equipment that has been properly cared for can offer a level of reliability that’s comparable to new gear. This proven track record is particularly valuable in the fast-paced, high-pressure environment of live broadcasting or time-sensitive productions. Equipment that has already been field-tested and performed well under real-world conditions can provide peace of mind. For instance, a used professional-grade camera that has successfully captured footage for hundreds of hours in various conditions demonstrates its durability and consistent performance. Moreover, any initial manufacturing defects or software bugs have likely been identified and resolved, reducing the risk of unexpected issues during critical moments. When purchasing from reputable dealers like Allied Broadcast, you can often obtain detailed information about the equipment’s history, including its usage, maintenance records, and any repairs or upgrades, further assuring its reliability.

Opting for used video broadcast equipment is an environmentally conscious decision that contributes to the reduction of electronic waste (e-waste). The production of new electronic equipment requires significant resources and energy, contributing to carbon emissions and environmental degradation. By choosing used gear, you’re extending the lifecycle of existing equipment and reducing the demand for new production. For instance, reusing a professional camera instead of buying new could save hundreds of pounds of raw materials and prevent the emission of greenhouse gasses associated with manufacturing and transportation. Additionally, many components in broadcast equipment contain rare earth elements and precious metals, whose mining can have severe environmental impacts. By reusing equipment, you’re helping to conserve these resources. Some manufacturers are now offering refurbishment programs, further enhancing the environmental benefits of choosing used equipment. This approach aligns with growing industry trends towards sustainability and can be an attractive selling point for clients who prioritize eco-friendly business practices.

The Advantage of Allied Broadcast

At Allied Broadcast, we understand that our clients have diverse needs when it comes to video broadcast equipment. That’s why we’re proud to be a true one-stop shop, offering both new and used equipment all in one place.

With Allied Broadcast, you don’t have to bounce between multiple vendors or deal with the hassle of managing separate orders and invoices. We make it easy by allowing you to purchase new and used items on the same invoice. This convenience saves you time, simplifies your procurement process, and ensures you get the perfect mix of new and used gear to fit your budget and production requirements.

Whether you’re looking to invest in the latest technology or seeking cost-effective solutions, Allied Broadcast has you covered. And if you have any used equipment you’d like to trade in, we can apply the value towards your next purchase – whether it’s new or used. It’s all part of our commitment to being a true one-stop shop for all your video broadcast equipment needs.

Contact us today to learn more about our extensive inventory and how we can help you find the perfect solution, all in one convenient transaction.