Hires

All prices are exclusive of VAT. Minimum hire is one week, with a minimum charge of £100. Discounts will be automatically calculated for hires longer than one week. Hires are available to UK customers only. Delivery and collection are extra: smaller items can be sent by post or courier; larger items can be delivered by courier. If you have any questions or special requirements feel free to email me.

Wired headphones for lots of people

A wired headphone system for an audience provides the highest-quality audio reproduction. The system will consist of a headphone amp, each of which can drive 36 pairs of headphones. Cables and splitters then need to be run to each audience member's seat. Wired headphone systems don't typically have individual headphone controls on them, and part of the installation process is to check they are all set to the same volume.

A wired headphone system has the advantages that:

  • It won't suffer from interference from other sources of radio frequency transmission
  • Battereis don't need re-charging or changing for each show
  • There is proper channel separation between the left and right channels, ensuring binaural sound is heard at it's best. On a wireless system there is bleed between the channels, weakening the binaural effect.
  • The sound quality is considerably better, with less noise, a better stereo effect, and no interference.

Wireless headphones for lots of people

A wireless headphone system for an audience provides good quality audio reproduction (but it can be susceptible to interference). It will normally consist of one transmitter; and then a receiver and headphones for each audience member.

A Sennheiser transmitter can be used to gain balanced inputs and better control over input signal.

A wireless headphone system has the advantages that:

  • The system can be set-up very quickly, with no cables to install
  • Audience members can move around, without being anchored to their seat; useful for promenade productions, etc
  • The receivers can be tuned to one of three channels, allowing different mixes to be sent to different audience members. A mono mix could be sent to people with certain hearing problems, for example.

I've found that the quality of systems where the receiver is built into the headphones is not very good. Far better results can be achieved with a belt pack receiver, as below, with a decent pair of headphones plugged into it. 

Please note, a wireless system is designed for convenience over quality, and theatre users may find it too noisy and buzzy with some types of source material.

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25 x Wireless headphone system

This package includes:

1 x Sennheiser Ch.70 IEM transmitter with PSU and aerial
25 x Sennheiser HP02-100 open-back on-ear headphones with spare ear-muffs
25 x Wireless beltpack receivers, operating on Ch.70 863.100MHz. 863.700 MHz, and 864.900MHz
2 x multi-way USB charging system (charging takes 2-3 hours)
1 x Ch.70 transmitter with PSU (for transmitting on a second channel)

10 x Wireless headphone system

This package includes:

1 x Sennheiser Ch.70 IEM transmitter with PSU and aerial
10 x Sennheiser HP02-100 open-back on-ear headphones with spare ear-muffs
10 x Wireless beltpack receivers, operating on Ch.70 863.100MHz. 863.700 MHz, and 864.900MHz
1 x multi-way USB charging system (charging takes 2-3 hours)


Accessibility for headphone wearers

There are a wide range of different types of hearing issues that audience members may have. People may have good hearing in one ear, and reduced hearing in the other ear - or they may have reduced hearing in each ear but to different degrees. Some people may have hearing aids on one, or both ears, and different hearing aids function and pickup sound in different ways.

To ensure everyone can hear the show it is essential to provide a range of options to audience members.

  • Some hearing aids have a Direct Input, that allows them to plug a cable straight into an iPod, or straight into our wireless receiver.
  • Some hearing aids have their microphone just behind the ear lobe, so small on-ear headphones won't be suitable. Instead large over-ear headphones, where the headphone muff encompasses the hearing aid microphone can be used.
  • Some hearing aids can received input from an induction loop, and a small portable induction loop transmitter can be provided.
  • Some people have good hearing in one ear, and reduced hearing in the other. They may benefit from either a mono version of the show, or the ability to separately adjust the volume of each ear of the headphones - for example to boost the volume in one ear.

Large over-ear headphones

Headphone volume controls with independent left-right adjustment

Neck-worn Induction loop transmitter

This device plugs into anything with a 3.5mm socket, such as our wireless receivers, and generates a small induction loop, suitable to be picked up by the wearer's hearing aid

Bluetooth transmitter

This device plugs into anything with a 3.5mm socket, such as our wireless receivers, and transmits it over Bluetooth. A hearing aid equipped with Bluetooth can then pick up the signal.


Headphones and Headphone Amplifiers