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As a party organiser you want your dancefloor to be a fun and vibrant space where colourful memories are made. Silent disco headphones are an essential part of an easy-to-use ‘Silent Party’ audio system which transmits up to three DJ sets or playlists simultaneously to the dancefloor giving everyone at your disco the opportunity to groove to their favourite style of music.
With their soundtrack flexibility – and often bright LED colours – many party planners choose silent disco headphones as a unique and memorable audio experience for their guests’ big night. But what is involved in running a headphone party? What does a silent disco look like and what should you know before you introduce a headphones-only dancefloor at your event?
At your party it’s likely that you’ll either supply the music yourself or you’ll hire a DJ to play the night’s tunes.
Similarly, silent disco headphones can be hired from a variety of suppliers, including ourselves at Place Over Ears. Our silent disco headphones can receive up to 3 different DJ sets or playlists being played simultaneously and for every audio track you want to play on your dancefloor you’ll need a headphone transmitter.
To illustrate, if you have house music, pop and rock offered simultaneously to your party-goers, you will require three transmitters. If you just want to play just pop, you need just one headphone transmitter.
These transmitters are the beating heart of your silent party system and when connected to your DJ’s mixer or your media device – such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone – these small but powerful boxes stream your audio via a UHF radio signal to an infinite number of silent disco headphones that are powered up and tuned into the correct channel, up to 500 metres away through walls and ceilings.
Your silent disco headphones will arrive pre-tuned to these three channels, so on the big night you won’t need to do anything more than power them up and flick them to the correct channel to get things moving.
Alongside this your silent disco transmitters (if hired from a reputable company) should arrive with all the connectors you or your DJ needs to plug them into the right audio output – RCA phono leads or 3.5mm headphone outputs being the most common connection methods.
On the big night, you or your DJ will set each transmitter to broadcast on either channel 1, 2 or 3. When it’s time for your silent disco, give your guests easy access to a pair of headphones (by either having them ready at each table, at a dedicated table or by handing them out at the start of the night), flick them on and away your dancefloor goes!
During your party each headset is fitted with a 3-way channel switch that tunes the headphones to the preferred audio source (for example, your house DJ, a rock n’ roll set or the pop playlist) and when connected, headphones will glow a dedicated colour for that audio channel. Our silent disco headphones glow blue for channel 1, red for channel 2, or green for channel 3. This colourful glow offers a quick indication of which audio channel(s) are popular on the dancefloor.
If you’ve ever been to a silent disco yourself you’ll know that a headphone-only dancefloor is different experience compared to a speaker-powered party. A headphone party is remarkably easy to set up and run and here’s some things to consider before stepping out on your headphone dancefloor adventure;
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