Can You Rent Silent Disco?

Yes, you can rent silent disco headphones and accessories.

At silent-disco-rental.com we rent disinfected 3-channel silent disco headphones with all three transmitters included and free shipping both ways to anywhere in the continental US.

Read on to learn how you can rent silent disco systems and how the rental process works.

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How do silent disco rentals work?

  1. You tell us how many headphones you need and how you are supplying the audio.
  2. We package up your rentals and get them to you two days before your event.
  3. You do a soundcheck and marvel at how easy silent disco is to set-up.
  4. You have an amazingly successful event!
  5. You send the rentals back to us using the prepaid shipping label that we provide.
  6. Your popularity skyrockets as your friends beg you to have another silent disco because they had so much fun!

What you get with a silent disco rental?

  1. The headphones which are fully charged, have been tested, cleaned and disinfected.
  2. The three transmitters are included.
  3. Instructions for set-up are on the transmitters.
  4. Any needed audio cables and adapters are included.
  5. A headphone charger that charges up to 16 headphones at once is included.
  6. You received a pre-paid return label. (Shipping is included both ways)

What package sizes are available for rent?

We don't require a minimum quantity and exact quantities are available.
No minimum quantity. Exact quantities available.

There is no minimum quantity and we can rent you any number up to 3000 headphones.

What are the renting policies for silent disco?

  1. We require you to sign a rental agreement
  2. Our payment terms are different for individuals versus companies and institutions.
    1. For individuals, the rent and a security are due up-front. The security is returned as soon as the rentals come back to us
    2. For companies and institutions, terms are negotiated seperately.
  3. Standard rentals are for single events, but we have multiple event rentals available
  4. You must get the headphones back to FedEx within two days after your event

How are the headphones disinfected between rentals?

  1. We disinfect each headphone with disinfectant wipes that meet the EPA criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.
  2. We also spray and polish each headphone for cleanliness.

What are the prices for silent disco rentals?

Price per unit depends on the number of headphones rented and all three transmitters are included along with audio cables and shipping both ways.

Find a full explanation of pricing on our pricing page

Your rental price includes all three transmitters, audio cables, adapters and shipping both ways.
All three transmitters are included along with audio cables, adapters and shipping both ways.

Any quantity is available, but here are some examples to show how the rental price per unit varies:
Rental of 30 = $242.50
Rental of 75 = $435.25
Rental of 150=$749.00

Remember that we require a security amount on most of our rentals. We don’t consider that a price or fee but we do collect and hold that security.

We don’t want you to be surprised when see the security on your invoice. And remember, assuming there are no losses, your security is returned to you as soon as the headphone rentals come back to us.

For more pricing examples, please check out our rental price page.

What customer service can you expect when you rent silent disco?

  1. We monitor the email and phone full time from 10am to 8pm EST for your questions.
  2. I give out my personal cell phone and welcome your text or phone call.
  3. Text messages get answered more quickly than voicemail. Email is preferred.
  4. Because we get your rentals to you two days in advance of your party, you have plenty of time to reach us if you need technical help. Please do a full sound check two days before your party so that we have time to address any issues.
  5. We monitor your rental shipping through the tracking number to make sure it gets to you on time.
  6. We keep in touch via friendly and personal email messages throughout your rental process.

Is silent disco a good fit for your party?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Silent Disco is perfect the party has to be quiet, but every party is better with Silent Disco
Silent Disco is a great fit for EVERY party!

While silent disco is especially helpful in environments where the party needs to be quiet, if you haven’t tried it… OMG! You don’t know what you are missing! Even when there is no need to be quiet, silent disco parties rock like no other! Check out all these testimonials!

Is renting silent disco better than buying silent disco?

When you rent, we take care of the charging, the testing, the storage and the cleaning.
But if you think you might want to purchase your own silent disco, we do that too.
Check out our purchase prices here.

Ready to Rent Silent Disco?

Email me to get a quote, ask questions, and/or to get started with the rental process. [email protected]

For Silent Disco, does it matter what device I use to play the music?

The short answer is that any device that will play music will suffice. You connect it to the transmitter and you are ready to go.

The long answer is that some devices will connect differently to your transmitter, others will offer better sound quality, and still others will be easier to use for manipulating your playlist during the event.


This blog post is dedicated to clarifying the long answer:

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Note to self: If using my cell phone to play my Silent Disco music, remember to use “Do not disturb mode” to stop all but critical notifications.

Just wanted to throw that in. Now we can get started.

How different devices connect to the Silent Disco Transmitter:

The are two choices for connectivity are an audio cable or Bluetooth.

Bluetooth connection:

For the new iPhones, iPads, and even some of the new iOS laptops, Bluetooth is the option of choice for the typical user. It is wireless, ubiquitous, and easy.

When you sign up to rent from us, we ask you what you are going to use to supply the music so that we can provide you with the correct wires or Bluetooth capability.

When you need Bluetooth connectivity, we automatically send you the TX-60RF transmitter because that is maximized for Bluetooth connectivity.

The user presses the pairing button until the light flashes red and blue, it shows up on their Bluetooth device list, they select it, and they are ready to go.

TX 60RF Silent Disco Transmitter maximized for BlueTooth
The TX-60RF is maximized for BlueTooth Connectivity.
Audio Cable Connection:

When you rent from us, we provide common connection adapters with the rental.

Renters who use a PC Laptop, Android phone, DJ Controller or Audio Mixer to provide the music to the transmitters have the option of using an Audio Cable to connect to the transmitter.

Many of the PCs and Androids still have a headphone/Aux out. In that case, you can simply take the audio cable that I provide and connect from the headphone/Aux out straight to the input of the transmitter.

We provide an Aux cables for you if you are one of these users.

Professional DJ controllers and Audio Mixers typically don’t have a BlueTooth audio output option. They have an RCA out as one of the master output options.

We provide an RCA cables for you if you are one of these users.

When you need Audio Cable connectivity, we automatically send you the TX-50RF transmitter because that is maximized for Audio Cable connectivity.

The TX-60RF is maximized for BlueTooth Connectivity.

So, whether you need to connect with Bluetooth or with an audio cable, we have you covered!


How Sound Quality is affected by your connection/device

Bluetooth has been improving in quality and really sounds superb but an audio cable is slightly better.

The most obvious challenge with Bluetooth from a cell phone is that the user likes to keep it in her pocket for security (who wouldn’t?) and then accidentally walks farther that 30 feet away from the transmitter causing the music to drop out.

Do I need to mention that your phone’s notifications will come right through the transmitter if you don’t turn them off? (I recommend using the “Do not disturb mode” to stop all but critical notifications)

As mentioned above (and only the audiophiles will notice), the sound quality of an audio cable is slightly better than Bluetooth so if have the choice and you don’t mind leaving your device near the transmitter, you should use the Aux cable.

BTW-We don’t provide the dongle made by Apple that gives you a headphone jack from the lightning connector.

If you are using a DJ Controller or Audio Mixer, you won’t have Bluetooth, so you will use the RCA audio cables to go from your RCA master out (sometimes called “tape out”) to your transmitter.

Pro tip: For extra audio quality if you are using a laptop, consider using a USB digital to analogue audio converter. (USB to 3.5 mm/Aux) This gives you an added boost in quality. We don’t supply these but for those of you that really want to go the extra mile it is something you might want to invest in.

USB digital to analogue audio converter. USB to 3.5mm/Aux

To summarize sound quality, the Bluetooth connection sounds superb, but the Aux cable or RCA cable sounds even better.


Ease of Use

If you are streaming a pre-made playlist, ease of use won’t matter because you just set-it-and-forget-it. You are not really ‘using’ the software. You are just letting it play.

If you are actively building or manipulating a playlist during the gig, then ease of use becomes a big deal.

Phones are readily available but are only as easy to use as the app that you are playing the music with. The same is true with tablets.

In general, you will get much more functionality and ease of use with a DJ program on a laptop. (Especially so if it is connected with your DJ controller. )

Obviously you will have more screen real-estate, but most importantly, DJ programs are easy to use and you can do so much more.

Most of our clients stream a ready-made playlist or make only minor adjustments to their list during the party. Doing this on a phone is easy and quick.

It is only if you are actively mixing music and/or making playlist adjustments after or during every song that you need DJ software on a laptop.

Actively mixing music in real time for a really hopping party is an exacting art and not something you want to consider doing on a phone or tablet.

In closing:
  • Whichever device you use, our systems are plug-and-play
  • When you rent from us, we ask you what devices you are using to play music
  • We take that information and provide you with the correct connections

Ready to Rent?

Email me to get a quote, ask questions, and/or to get started with the rental process. [email protected]



When do we get the security back from the headphone rental?

This post describes how we handle your rental security amount

You pay the security upfront with the rent. Both of them have to be paid along with your signing of the rental agreement before we ship your rentals to you.

You hold your Silent-Disco-Dance-Party and have more fun than you ever imagined! Your friends beg you to do another party as soon as you can!

Once you pack up your rentals and get them back into the hands of FedEx, you begin to wonder how soon you will get your security back.

In order to get your security back to you as quickly as possible, the first thing we do is check your package’s tracking numbers on the FedEx website.

Let’s say that your rentals are due to arrive back home on Friday. 

Once your rentals come back to us, we have to “check them in.” -Basically we count them and check for damage. 

If any headsets are missing or damaged beyond repair, We deduct $45 per headphone from your security. 

Assuming they are all there, then we don’t deduct anything from the security.

Once your headphones are checked in, we return your security immediately.

When we return your security, we write you an email saying that we did it.

Also, you will get a notification from the transaction company. (PayPal, Venmo, Credit Card, etc) After that notification, it can take a few days for the money to clear depending on the platform. 

Typically we are able to check in your headphones the same day that they arrive back to us. (In your case that will be Friday) 

On a rare occasion when it is during a particularly busy time of year, it may a few days to get your rentals checked in – especially for larger orders. But, I will definitely let you know what is going on by Friday Evening. 

In the majority of cases, we are able to return your security on the same day your rentals come back

How would we play the music so that it can transmit to the headphones? Can we use bluetooth?

Short Answer: You can play the music or stream a playlist on any device capable of doing so, and yes, you can use Bluetooth.

You can use Bluetooth to connect your device to the Silent Disco transmitters that I provide and they, in turn, transmit your music to your dancers wearing the Silent Disco headphones.

Long Answer:

You play your Silent Disco music (or stream a playlist) on a device such as your cell phone, tablet, or computer. You connect that device to one of the three transmitters that I provide. That transmitter, in turn, transmits the music to the Silent Disco headphones using a short-range FM type of signal.

If you have professional DJ equipment, you connect the main output of your controller/mixer to the transmitter with an RCA cable (or an adapter to RCA).

If you are using personal equipment like your phone, tablet or computer, you connect your device directly to the transmitter.

We recommend using an aux cable (3.5mm) from your headphone jack into the transmitter that I provide but you can also use Bluetooth.

The aux cable gives you the highest quality and most reliable signal but many new phones, tablets or computers don’t have headphone jacks these days. So with those, you would connect to the transmitter via Bluetooth.

The Bluetooth gives you extremely high quality. Just remember to turn off notifications so that incoming texts or calls don’t interrupt your dancers.

When you fill out our contact form as a first step in renting from us, we ask what devices you will be using to play your music. With that information, we make sure we send you the correct cables and adapters.

Bluetooth is only used to connect your personal music playing device to one of the transmitters. The transmitters use short-range FM signals to transmit the music to the headphones.

Bluetooth typically extends only 30 feet or so, but by using an FM signal, the transmitters are able to send their signal to your silent disco headphone wearers for a distance of 300 meters, which can be a city block or more. 

Remember that we send you a three channel Silent Disco system.

Three channel Silent Disco means that we send you three transmitters and in order to fill all three channels, you will do the above process three times -once for each transmitter.

You want to have three different playlists or three different DJs playing simultaneously. Each has their own transmitter which corresponds to one of the channels on the headphones. The headphone-wearing-dancers can switch their headphones to a different channel at anytime in order to change which song/playlist or DJ they are listening to.

The headphones will light up with either red, blue, or green according to which channel (transmitter) their selector switch is set to.

Your kids don’t think that DJ is as cool as you do.

Why hiring a traditional DJ is not a great idea for your kids party – and what you can do to fix that:

For many adults, the very definition of a dance party is a DJ with loud speakers!

Why do boomers (and older millennials) think DJs with loud speakers are so hot?

Loud & high-quality music takes them back to their ‘party days’ in high school, college, and wedding receptions. What could be better? Loud music was the foundation of those parties!

Loud music is ‘Boomer-Code’ for a good time! Loud music is a trigger that puts them into ‘The Party Zone!’

But your kids grew up with loud & high-quality music readily available in every room of the house. They have their own earbuds and their own music players with their own playlists.

Gen Z does not need your loud music and may even resent it as a boomer effort to override their freedom to listen to their own choices.

When my kids go to a school dances, they are never impressed with the loud speakers, the loud music or the DJs because they can get all of that at home!

If you want to impress school-age kids, you need to show them something they can’t get at home.

The kids will totally forget about the loud-speaker-DJ a week after the party because it is not unique enough for them.

Not only can they be their own DJ at home but it’s even better because they will be able to choose their own music.

If you really want your kids to think you are cool,
If you really want your kids to think the party is cool,

You need to rent Silent Disco!

You need to dropkick your DJ delusions by getting silent disco for your kids party. Whether a pro DJ plays through the silent disco system or your kids put their own playlists through the system using their phone, your kids will be talking about the party for months afterwards and having a blast telling their friends who couldn’t make it.

Overnight, your Silent Disco kids will be the envy of all the other kids and you’ll be the coolest parent EVER!

This is your chance to shine:

Heroes are made by Experiences!

Be a Hero!

Lead your kids into that bold new horizon of

THE SILENT-DISCO-EXPERIENCE!

Three massive benefits that make Silent Disco the party of choice for Your kids:

  • It is a total novelty- So they get to experience something completely new with their friends.
  • They get three times as much music simultaneously – Finally, something their phone can’t do.
  • They get to control which song they listen to (and what volume) – Gen Z craves the empowerment of choice.

Gen Z doesn’t see the need for a DJ to bring and choose the music to play on loud-speakers. Unlike you, Your kids don’t see the need for any of those things.

They have never experienced music scarcity, nor media scarcity of any kind. So, loud music (like a traditional DJ brings) is not a particular novelty for them.

Worse yet, a DJ doesn’t even have all the music they like. Oldsters know and expect that, but Gen Z kids can’t imagine why a DJ would not have every song in the world.

Kids have all the music in the universe available to stream on their phones through high quality earbuds or speakers at home. Why would they need someone else to bring and choose what music to play?

Your kids want more music choice, more control and more novelty. Silent Disco is the solution for all three of those things!

Remember that Silent Disco headphone systems offer three channels of music, so at any moment in time there are three different songs playing for the listener to choose from. The listener can change their channel (and volume) at will.

Furthermore, much of the fun is deciding which of the three songs is your favorite and then you try to convince your friends to switch to the same channel as you. This is a totally new focus on listener choice instead of the scarcity model of only one song at a time.

I am a DJ who does this full time and works with a ton of kids, I know without a doubt, that Silent Disco is the secret sauce for an unbelievably good time For Your Kids!

Rent Silent Disco for your kids parties and be amazed at how much fun they have!

-And remember, a Silent Disco party is ‘silent‘ fun!

So, you can host the party right at home and not have to worry about the noise!

Yay! Now you don’t have to rent a hall! (You can save that money for your kid’s college education!)

So, yeah, a traditional DJ is still cool for boomers and older millenials, But….
If you really want to thrill your school-age kids?
You need Silent Disco.

School age kids love a headphone party and parents love a silent event.
Your kids are going to love their silent party even more than you will!

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Silent Disco Headphones for Fitness Instruction & Classes

Question: I have recently opened a small group fitness studio. I am looking for ways to eliminate sound issues for other tenants in the building. Would Silent Disco Headphones be a viable option?

This post explores why our headphone equipment would be an excellent choice for fitness instructors in a variety of settings.

Let’s start with the transmitters that we offer.

We have two types of transmitters that send your audio to the wireless headphones.

The first requires a power cord for electricity and an additional audio mixer if you are using a microphone.

The second uses rechargeable batteries and is a belt-pack with an integrated microphone. No need for that additional audio mixer and need for a power cord.

Our battery powered transmitter clips onto the fitness instructor’s belt and is perfect for classes using silent disco headphones.

Being so portable and wireless, this particular transmitter allows the instructor to move freely among the participants during the class.

This transmitter comes with a lapel mic and on-board mic controls. This means that the instructor can control their mic volume from their belt.

The instructor will set the microphone volume using the control on their belt-pack. Then they will just tap the mute button on and off as needed during the routine.

The microphone jack is the standard 3.5 mm type which makes it easy to upgrade to a different microphone. Depending on your application, a headset mic may be more effective than the included lapel mic.

Headset mics tend to better for louder environments because they pick up less ambient noise. These can be found on Amazon or other audio stores online.

This particular transmitter also has a Bluetooth connectivity option which allows instructors to have their music on their phone and use Bluetooth to get the music to the transmitter. That, in turn, means the instructor doesn’t have to have an audio cable to their phone for music playback during the workout.

Bluetooth delivers the audio signal between the phone (or device playing the music) and the transmitter. The transmitter transmits to the headphones using a short-range FM signal.

With our battery powered transmitter, you can teach classes outdoors without needing an electrical outlet.

Our wireless headphones would also allow you to teach in public places because there would be no need for amplification. All the sound would be in the headphones.

Teaching in a public place in silence would also be an effective way to market your classes.

You could even allow passerby’s to join your class and charge them for the use of the headphones during the session.

The best way to get new members is to give people a chance to see your class and/or drop in on your class first. Teaching your class in public via silent disco headphones is a perfect way to make that happen.

How would we disinfect the headphones between classes?

Cleaning would similar to the system used by many gyms & health clubs where they ask users to wipe down equipment after they are done using it.

Most health club members are so accustomed to cleaning equipment before and they use it that they would do it without even thinking.

Have disinfectant wipes or spray available to users. Ask each participant to disinfect/spray/wipe down their own headphones after each class.

The ETA has published a list of disinfectants that are certified for killing coronavirus.

Cleaning would take less than a minute for participants and zero labor for your staff. 

For the incoming class, again, have the disinfectant wipes and spray available. Ask them to wipe down/spray their headphones again before they put them on. 
With that double coverage, it is highly doubtful that any bugs or germs could survive  the change-over. 

The headphones are all man-made materials, so they respond well to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning.

How well do the headphones stay on your head during energetic fitness routines?

These headphones are designed for hormonally-charged-Rave-Style dancing with leaping and moderate head-banging included. I’m not saying you can’t shake them off, but I am saying that fitness routines tend to be pretty mellow compared to modern rave shows.

Usually people do not attend fitness classes while drunk or tripping, so the level of abuse the headphones would get with exercise classes would be far less than at a dance party.  Regardless, the build quality of these headphones is pretty good for staying on your head during either energetic dancing or athletic calisthenics .

How does the instructor balance the volume of their mic and music on the transmitter?

1) There is a separate mic volume wheel on the transmitter itself. The instructor is wearing the transmitter on their belt, so it is easy to reach.    

2) There is also a mic mute button on the transmitter. – So the instructor would keep it on mute until they want to say something – They would have already adjusted the mic volume to be louder than the music  – There is a bit of built-in compression that will allow the instructor’s voice to be heard over the music. 

3) The music volume coming through the transmitter is controlled by your phone, tablet or laptop volume.

So, the instructor has full control over the ratio of the music volume to their voice volume.   

The headphone wearers can only control their total volume.  In other words, they can’t change the volume of the instructors voice without changing the music volume too.

The above image shows the location of the controls on the transmitter.


To summarize:

By using this transmitter, the instructor doesn’t need a separate DJ to control mic volume or music selection.

The music is coming from the instructor’s phone or laptop or tablet. Their phone, laptop or tablet is connected to the transmitter via Bluetooth.   The music goes directly into the same transmitter as the instructor is wearing on their belt. The same transmitter that has their mic connected.   The transmitter transmits the music and instructor’s voice to the headphones.


All of the headphone wearers would be on the same channel. All of them would be listening to the channel that has the instructor’s choice of music and the instructor’s voice.  If they switch to a different channel on the headphones, they will only hear silence. 

You would not use the multiple channel capacity for workout routines.   Everyone would have to stay on the same channel. 

If it was motivational music only, all three channels could be used. There could be different music on each channel.

But if a fitness instructor is going to be leading athletic routines using their voice, there would have no use for multiple channels.

With the transmitter and the techniques described in this post, you can only have a mic on one channel.   Every participant would be on this channel.

Overall, this battery powered belt-pack transmitter helps to make Silent Disco headphones an excellent choice for fitness instructors of any discipline.

How is a Silent Disco party considered a social event?

Anyone who has not tried Silent Disco thinks the headphones cut the dancers off from each other socially.

“What social aspects?” They snort, “Everyone is isolated in their headphones!”

The truth is quite the opposite.

With your headphones on, you suddenly join a social group that is far tighter than just being on a dance-floor.

 

The minute you put on the headphones, you enter a mysterious world that is magically achievable only to the headphone wearers.

Only you and the other headphone wearers are in the group. Anyone without the headphones is an outsider. With your headphones on, you are an insider. It feels great!

That is just one of many aspects that make Silent Disco overwhelmingly social.

Another social aspect is your friends trying to get you to listen to their favorite channel on the headphones and you trying to get them to listen to yours.   

Remember that we rent three channel headphones to your silent party.

You are loving the song on your channel and wanting your friend to listen too! So you do all sorts of antics to show her how much fun you are having with your song, just to get her to change to your channel!

You exaggerate the dance moves and shout out the refrains to emphasize how much fun you are having!

At the same time, your friend is doing the same thing – trying to get you to listen to hers.

It is a self-perpetuating spiral of enthusiasm as friends each try to outdo the other!

Silent Disco is Socialization on Steroids!

It is really an incredible social experience – unlike any other.   The headphone wearers literally socialize waay more than traditional  dancers do. 

That is what makes it so much fun.   Anybody can listen to headphones but a Silent Disco is way more than that.   – And Naysayers are shrugging and asking you why anyone would want to block out their friends by wearing headphones?

Anybody who thinks that partying in silent disco headphones is not a social experience has not tried it.

Yeah, at a silent party, you are INCLUDING your friends by wearing the headphones and you are being INCLUDED BY THEM when they put on their headphones. 

Your guests will be astonished to find that headphones don’t remove the social aspects of Silent Disco. On the Contrary, The headphones cause the social aspects of Silent Disco.

The most obvious reason that silent disco headphones are more social is also the most overlooked reason.

You can take off the headphones at any time and converse without shouting over the loud music.

This is such a simple concept but it is a true game-changer.

At a dance party that uses loudspeakers, you have to yell over the music in order to converse. You literally can’t communicate in a conversational tone because the music is so loud.

With the music in headphones, you can take the headphones off and whisper to each other and hear exactly what the other person is saying!

Real isolation between dancers results from loudspeakers that prevent conversation.

Headphones enable conversation. They are the opposite of isolation!

If you want a truly “social” event. You want silent disco headphones!

Silent disco headphones are the only ‘loud music’ party format that actually allows guests to converse on the dance floor at a normal tone of voice.

So, passionately share with the unbelievers how “social” the event is once they experience those three channels of headphone heaven.

Just be aware that some of your friends won’t believe you until they have tried it themselves.

Maybe this is the perfect chance for you to convince them by daring them to come to your party.

Ready to rent our disinfected silent disco headphones for your upcoming party?

Start here by emailing me for your exact quote.

Can I Have Dance Music Playing From Loudspeakers During A Silent Disco?

In general, this is a bad idea.

People usually suggest this idea because they want the non-headphone wearers to have fun too. They don’t realize how much fun Silent Disco is to watch. But, here is the thing: Silent Disco is only fun to watch in silence.

When there is only silence, it is incredible to watch the people dancing to (seemingly) no music. It is a crazy fun to be NOT wearing the headphones at a silent party because it LOOKS so weird!

But it only looks weird if you can’t hear music. The silence creates cognitive dissonance that is hilarious. By having audible music playing for your non-headphone wearing guests, you are depriving them of a really good time. 

Audible music coming from loudspeakers takes away from the headphone wearers because some of it bleeds through the headphones.

Don’t get me wrong; Our headphones do provide sound isolation (some call it noise cancellation) but it is only due to the headphones covering the ear. In other words it is not much.

The headphone wearers will only hear a little bit of the loudspeakers but it will be enough to diminish the experience.

Now there is nothing wrong with having a small speaker playing quiet background music while the headphones are being used.
The wearers won’t hear that and it won’t disturb them. . But if you are having a DJ with big speakers play music at any sort of volume that DJ’s usually play- that will ruin the headphone experience. 

There is nothing worse than hearing two songs at the same time.   -Also, remember that Big speakers used by DJ’s also provide knee shaking bass that people actually “Feel” in their body.  The headphones don’t have that. So, even if the headphone wearers don’t hear the high frequencies from the big loudspeakers, they will feel the low frequencies from the big loudspeakers and again that will cause a significant decrease in any pleasure the headphone wearers are feeling.  

Another important aspect of the Silence is that it motivates people to try the headphones.

They want to hear what everyone else is hearing. They don’t want to miss out. And if they have their own audible music from loudspeakers, that pressure to put on the headphones is taken away.

In closing: There is nothing wrong with a regular DJ just playing loudspeakers.  I do that for a living. There is nothing wrong with Silent Disco, but it does require silence. 

Loud and silent simply don’t mix.

There is definitely something wrong with trying mixing the two party formats.   It is all around a totally bad idea.

Do I Need to Hire a DJ When I Rent Silent Disco Equipment?

A DJ is not necessarily needed for the following five reasons.

Reasons to hire a DJ (Not):

  • A DJ brings the equipment: – Not needed for silent disco because you’ve rented the equipment from me.
  • A DJ supplies the music and the music player – Not needed because you can use your phone and a pre-made Spotify playlist (one device playing music for each of the three transmitters that I send you – maybe 1 phone, 1 laptop, and 1 tablet -each running three different streaming music accounts)
  • A DJ decides how loud it should be – Not needed because each headphone wearer has their own volume control to adjust at will.
  • A DJ decides what _ONE_ song to play that everyone has to listen to. – Not needed (as much) because you will be playing three different playlists simultaneously and your guests can choose which of those three songs they want to listen to. -Also, because of those three simultaneous choices, human nature chooses the best of the three songs instead of judging the one song.
  • The Last reason to hire a DJ is so that they can do announcements.  Unfortunately, I have to tell you that even with three DJ’s it can be difficult to do announcements effectively with silent disco. The reason is that unless all three DJ’s announce the same announcement at exactly the same time, guests are probably not listening to the channel that the DJ is announcing on and also, they may not even be wearing their headphones at all when the announcement is made.     For that reason, even with live DJ’s silent disco is not a good format to use when announcements must be made. 

But remember, without a DJ, You do need to supply music and a music player for each transmitter.-For example: Your phone streaming a Spotify playlist. (Or Apple Music or Tidal or Amazon music or YouTube Red or Pandora or music already on your device) Or your laptop or your tablet or your ipod or your mp3 player. If you are familiar with the premium version of streaming services, they offer really good playlists already made and they make it very easy to create your own playlist. Spotify even offers cross-fading between songs. (in the settings)

Tips to DJ a Silent Disco Party:

Set the source volume while wearing the headphones at 50% volume.

Some dancers want their music louder than you do.

If you set the source volume while your headphones are turned all the way up, your guests can’t make the music any louder in their headphones.

You want to set the source volume with your headphones only half-way up so that your guests will be able to turn up significantly farther than that.

Make sure the source volume is the same on each channel.

You want the source volumes the same on each channel so that dancers don’t have to readjust their volumes when the switch channels.

Set the source volumes while wearing the silent disco headphones.

Switch between all three channels. If one channel is quieter than another, adjust the volume on your phone, tablet, or computer until that channel matches the others.

Don’t split out the channels by genre.

You want to have fun songs from every genre on every channel.

Half the fun of silent disco is switching channels and the social interaction between the dancers trying to get each other to join with them in listening to their favorite song.

If you make each channel predictably different, you split your crowd and rob them of the fun of their interaction between each other.

Use mostly fast, fun and/or singable songs.

There is something about silent disco that makes people want to have fun, jump around, or sing-a-long.

Play songs that are fun, fast, and singable that lend themselves to that type of behavior.

This is not the time to play songs that are serious, sad and/or mid-tempo.

Use as many genres as possible.

This is not a night club atmosphere where you want to stick to just a few genres and keep the beat the same through the whole night.

With silent disco, guests want you to mix up the playlist.

As alluded to above, silent disco is not the place for serious dancers. It is the place for serious fun. The way you achieve that is by playing favorites songs from all over the map.

Learn more tips for putting on a silent disco party with this guide.

Silent Disco as an Activity for Church Youth Groups and Retreats.

Looking for new and creative ways to get kids excited about attending your events? We share how silent disco can help your outreach.

Events have always been one of the best ways to raise community awareness and interest in your church. But if you want to attract young people, you need something that feels fresh and relevant to their age group.

You also want something that is a bit unusual so it will be easier to get people’s attention and be more shareable on social media.

Give them Silent Disco. It is new, it is trendy, it is hip and most importantly, it is beyond fun!

Because Silent Disco will feels contemporary and exciting to your participants, the good news that they hear at your event will also feel more contemporary and exciting.

In uniqueness alone, silent disco will be more memorable and will give your participants more to more to talk about when they get home.

One of the most important elements of outreach programs is to give your congregation a story that is easy and fun to talk about. Silent disco can do that for you because it is so new and exciting.

Fellowship is enhanced through sharing new experiences like Silent Disco!

People connect best when shared experiences are combined with shared interests and conversations. Silent Disco can be one of those experiences.

Many people tell us they had more fun at Silent Disco than they’ve had in months!

Is there a more powerful testimony for a shared experience? Is there a more fertile ground for fellowships to grow and for relationships to deepen? Is there a better way to strengthen communities and to grow new ones than through shared laughter and fun?

Silent Disco works where a traditional DJ can’t.

Often youth-group retreats are at a location or time where a traditional DJ would disturb other people in the area because they are too loud.

Silent Disco is -well, …silent. You can have your event in your backyard, in a park, in an urban apartment, in a library, or on the street! All of the loud music is in the headphones!

Each headphone has its own volume control.

For all of its silence, it is not just rising trend that the young people really love, it is also a rising trend that oldsters really love- albeit for different reasons.

The youth love it because they can have the music as loud as they want and the oldsters love it because they can have the music as soft as they want.

The three channel nature of the headphones, gives your guests more music to choose from and more of the music they love.

Also, because we offer three channels of music, each channel can be a different music style. One for each demographic in your group.

Silent Disco Headphones have their own volume control and change color depending on which channel you listen to.
Each headphone has its own volume control and changes color as you change the channel.

Silent disco makes it easier for you to control the music they hear.

If you don’t have a good christian DJ on staff, it can be difficult to match the music with your message.

The silent disco game changer is the your ability to use playlists that you have tailor-made for your event. Now you can choose specific music that resonates with your message.

While the silent disco headphone systems work well with a DJ, they also work well with streaming playlists from Spotify or your favorite streaming service.

Streaming playlists make it easier for leaders to control the musical content. You supply the streaming music from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Silent Disco gives you more options of locations because we have a fully battery powered option available.

Now you can have your event in a park or campground where there is no electrical outlets.

Since the headphones are battery powered and you can use your battery powered cell phone to stream an automated playlist, battery powered transmitters are the capstone that allows you to work completely off the grid!

Both the headphones and the transmitters will operate ten hours on a single charge. Make sure your cell phone is on a full charge before you start and you are good to go!

Our battery powered option also has a microphone attached, so you have the option of mixing message with music, directing an activity or presenting the Gospel through the headphones

Ask us specifically if you want the battery powered transmitters because we also have the regular kind.

Here is a video showing how the battery powered transmitters work:

*Important to know: The Silent Disco system does not need WiFi. The transmitters generate their own FM signal which is received by the headphones.

**Remember that you will need a cell phone signal if you are streaming music from the Internet.

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