Cost of a Silent Disco Party versus a Regular DJ

Which costs more? A regular DJ with loudspeakers or a Silent Disco DJ?

Obviously one sound system can be heard by several hundred or a thousand people, but one headphone can only be heard by one person.

Fee to rent silent disco is per headphone
With Silent Disco headphones, you pay $7 per guest.

So with a small party, Silent Disco is going to cheaper than traditional loudspeakers and with a large party it will be more expensive.

Let’s look at some actual numbers

Regular DJ: $1000 -In my area, a DJ (using loudspeakers) that is considered professional quality is going to start around a $1000 and that price remains the same no matter how many guests are invited.

With a sound system that uses loudspeakers, one price fits all!

Cost of loudspeakers versus price of Silent Disco Headphones
For a DJ with traditional speakers, it is one price regardless the number of guests.

Silent Disco: $7 per headphone rental At www.silent-disco-rental.com, our price is $7 per headphone (minimum order is $280 or 40 headphones). So for a smaller party, the Silent Disco Headphones are going to be quite a bit less expensive than the loudspeakers.

With the price being per headphone rental, that means that your costs go up quickly as the guest count rises.

Here are some round number examples: (You can rent exact numbers of headphones for your party.)

40 headphones would be $280
80 headphones would be $560
120 headphones would be $840
160 headphones would be $1120
200 headphones would be $1400
250 headphones would be $1750
300 headphones would be $2100
400 headphones would be $2800

(We also charge a security deposit, but that get’s returned to you when the equipment comes back safely. Learn more about that on our pricing page.)

Those prices above, don’t include the cost of a DJ.
At my company, the DJ’s fee is an additional $149 per hour if we are supplying the music, the players, the light show, our DJ skills and our master of ceremony skills.

It should be noted that because our Silent Disco equipment provides you with three channels available to play three separate playlists, it is suddenly quite a bit easier to save the cost of hiring a DJ by using only automated playlists.

Yes, we still recommend a professional DJ and even three professional DJ’s; One broadcasting on each channel. But our equipment makes it much easier to skip hiring and paying the professional DJ. With three channels to stream unattended-automated playlists, there is a much greater chance of at least one of them having a fantastic song playing at any given time.

Guests are willing to pay a higher admission fee for Silent Disco Parties.

Obviously, this doesn’t pertain to wedding receptions or parties where there is no cover charge, but an important detail is that people are willing to pay admission to your party because of the ‘cool’ factor.

Silent Disco is hot and new and three times the fun of a regular party! Guests understand this and are willing to pay more for the added value.

Think about how much more of a cover charge you’d be willing to pay for a Silent Disco party as opposed to just going to listen to some loud music on a traditional sound system?

We DJ with both Silent Disco and traditional loudspeaker sound systems, contact us when your next party is coming up and we will help you decide which one is best for you.

Silent Disco: Trend or Fad?

A fad is something that pops up in a culture for no particular reason and then disappears as quickly as it came.

A trend is something that happens for a reason and stays around for the long haul because it fulfills a genuine need.

As a full-time professional DJ for more than 30 years, I have some insights that definitely suggest Silent Disco is a trend instead of a fad, but don’t take my word for it! Take a look at my evidence.

Let’s take a look at known history and how it points us toward the Silent Disco format emerging as the industry standard instead of the new kid in town status that it currently enjoys.

Think of the history of a party from a guest’s perspective.

First there was the live band.

Guests had no choice in the type of music or the songs that the band played. They also had no control over the volume. Because of the volume question, party planners had to be careful when and where the party was – or the cops would show up to shut it down.

Next there was the DJ playing pre-recorded music.

Suddenly the listener’s choice of songs and styles had exploded. One band could only play the songs they knew while the DJ could play any song every recorded. Likewise, one band could only play their own style of music whereas a DJ could play any style of music as long as they had the record.

The historical trend was toward more music options and more listener empowerment. We’ll see by the end of this article how Silent Disco headphones have become the next logical step.

There were additional factors from the past that drove the demand by users to want more control over their own music.

Technology at home increased the guest’s expectations when they got to the party

1) Home stereo systems gave listeners control of their own volume. They developed their own concern about disturbing other people with their music.

2) The party guest soon had as much music at home as the DJ did.
Proliferation of Radio and Internet continued to expand listener’s music preferences to a point where being subject to a DJ’s choice seemed limiting.

3) People started wearing headphones in public. Handheld players and streaming digital music give them unlimited music choices available to them any time. With the addition of headphones, users could listen to their own music without disturbing other people.

Nowadays, when they are not at a party, people simply expect to have unlimited music choice, headphones and their own volume control.

They always have control over their music. They have autonomy over whether they want to listen to music. They have listening comfort in the form of their own volume knob.

So, how does that make them feel when they go to a party with a traditional speaker system that is playing so loud that they can’t listen to their own music and they can’t control the volume?

Suddenly they’ve been sent back about 20 years in terms of user empowerment. They can only listen to someone else’s song choice and they have to listen to it because they don’t have a volume control.

Viewed in this light, a silent disco dance party doesn’t seem futuristic at all! It seems like it should have come around years ago!

Look at the problems the headphones solve from a user experience standpoint!
1) Three channels of music instead of one! This means you get a choice! Also there is no more feeling guilty about liking a different song than your dancing partner!-
2) Their own volume control! This means you get a choice! No more feeling bad about wanting the music louder or softer than your dance partner!
3) They get the option of not listening to the music at all! This may be the biggest win of all! Especially for people who want to talk to each other at parties.

And with the noise problem taken care of, event planners don’t have to worry when or where they throw the parties.

4) You can now have a party anywhere and anytime without the noise – within reason, of course. Not only do the headphones allow dance parties in libraries and on lakeside beaches, but they allow multiple entertainment acts in the same space without volume problems.

From a historical standpoint, the changing expectations of party guests point toward Silent Disco as a trend that is going to grow in magnitude and stay with us in the years ahead as a popular dance party format.

But wait! There’s more!

Supply-side reasons why Silent Disco is a trend instead of a fad:

There are other factors driving the trend from the supply side that make the equipment readily available and attractive to the consumer. I’ve listed a few of them below:

A) The technology has become good enough and inexpensive enough to make it cost effective.

B) The technology is easy to add onto existing DJ sound systems. Professional mobile DJ’s don’t have to change anything in order to add headphones to their list of options.

C) The technology is easy for the general public to use; -No professional DJ required. If you rent the equipment from someone like us, music can be streamed from a Spotify playlist (or other similar services) through consumer level devices like a phone, iPod or tablet.

D) Shipping services are inexpensive enough that we can rent the equipment to you at cost effective rates. Companies like us at www.silent-disco-rental.com ship it to your door no matter how remote.

E) There is still room for growth momentum, making an already remarkable experience even better, so the user Wow-Factor will continue to drive demand through word of mouth.

In summary, it is clear that the Silent Disco format is a trend instead of a fad. It provides high value at a reasonable cost by fulfilling a legitimate need and providing benefits for the users that are simply expected in today’s culture.

Silent Disco Headphones rental rates, prices and cost

Pricing for Silent Disco Rental is typically determined by the number of guests, which of course, is the number of headphones that you need.

Here at www.Silent-disco-rental.com, your rental rate is $7.00 per headphone for the first 100.

After 100 headphones, the price is $5.00 per headphone. For example: 101 headphones would be $705.00

We include the transmitter equipment, chargers and adaptors for no additional cost to you.

We include round trip shipping for no charge.

So the math is easy. If you have 100 guests, your price for rental is 700 dollars. Okay, so if you have 63 guests, you are still going to need a calculator, but at least you don’t have to add on additional fees.

Here are a few round numbers calculated for you, so you can get an idea of your prices for your party.

40 guests x7 and your price is $280
80 guests x7 and your cost is $560
120 guests 700 + (20×5) =$800
160 guests 700 + (60×5) =$1000
200 guests 700 + 500 = $1200

And it keeps going at the same rate, but you get the idea.

There is a security deposit to cover loss and damage. That is not a real cost because it is returned to you once the equipment comes back in good shape.

We use this chart to find your security deposit amount:

0-30 Headsets require $250 security deposit
31–100 Headsets require a $350 security deposit
101-200 Headsets require a $450 security deposit
201-300 Headsets: -$550
301-400 Headsets: -$650
401-500 Headsets: -$750
501-600 Headsets: -$850
601 + Headsets: -$1,000

Note that we only offer one type of headphone. They are premium FM frequency, battery powered (10 hours operation), three user selectable channels of music with LED’s that change color according to which channel the headphones are receiving on.

Equipment, headphones
Battery powered, three channel, light-up headphones.

We only offer one type of premium transmitter. They transmit FM quality music for a football field of distance and are already wired and set-up when you get them. So, there is zero assembly required.

Learn more about our Silent Disco Rental rates, prices and costs here:

Contact us using the form on this page.

We would love to help you make your next party be your best ever!