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

Yes, we collect and hold additional money as a security amount when you rent from us. How is that handled and when do you get it back?

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

Silent Disco 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?

Our battery powered transmitter that clips onto the fitness instructor’s belt is a game changer for fitness classes using silent disco headphones.

The transmitter comes with a lapel mic and on-board mic controls and Bluetooth connectivity for music. This means that the instructor can control their mic volume from their belt. The Bluetooth connectivity option allows them 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 be tied to their phone as a music source during the workout.

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.

With a battery powered transmitter, you can teach classes outdoors. You could even teach in public places because there would be no need for amplification. All the sound would be in the headphones.

Members would not purchase their own headphones so how would we clean them in 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.

Make simple disinfectant wipes or spray available to users. Ask each participant to disinfect/spray/wipe down their own headphones after each class. It would take less than a minute 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.

Will 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 control the mic and music work together in the transmitter?


The microphone control:

1) There is a separate mic volume.   

2)There is also a mic mute. – 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) Remember that the instructor is also controlling the music volume which means 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.  They can’t turn up the instructors voice without turning up the music volume too. Likewise with turning down.

More on the music and microphone working together:


It is important to realize the instructor is controlling both the music and their own voice. 

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.


So 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 multiple channels for workout routines.   Everyone would have to stay on the same channel. 

Many Silent Disco headphones have three channels for dancers to choose between three different song selections at any given time. These multiple channel systems are great for dances. But Fitness instructors leading athletic routines would have no use for multiple channels.  

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 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 and you trying to get them to listen to yours.   

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?

Yeah, Suddenly the opposite happens.  You are INCLUDING your friends and being INCLUDED BY THEM when you put on the headphones. 

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

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.

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.

But I want everyone to be together! Won’t headphones separate us?

Au Contrair!

Silent Disco headphones do not separate people at a party.

In fact, our headphones bring people together by solving the two problems that most often separate guests.

What are the two biggest problems that guests have when they attend a party that uses loudspeakers, thus forcing everyone to listen to the same music at the same volume?

Guests are concerned about the music volume and the music selections.

Newsflash! Silent Disco headphones solve both problems!

This article will discuss the differences between the traditional loudspeaker format and the Silent Disco headphone format when it comes to the two concerns of volume and content.

I will show how loudspeakers separate guests over these two issues and Silent Disco headphones bring them together.

First I will explain the two problems, then I will explain the solution.

How music volume separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the party when the volume goes up.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few socialites with concerns about their hearing health stay but use earplugs. Have you ever tried to talk to someone with earplugs in? It can be difficult.

Is that the level of togetherness you want?

#3) Most people limit their talking because of the music volume and when they need to talk they must raise their voice to be heard by the other person.

Is this the best you can do on togetherness?

How music selection separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the dance floor when they don’t like the song that is playing. The people who do like the song stay.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few people never dance unless it is a slow song or a group dance they can do without a partner. I have seen many DJ’s limit slow songs and to one or two a night and avoid group dances completely.

This means that some people are not getting together on the dance floor at all.

#3) Musical taste tends to separate people by demographic. Older people tend to like older songs and will only dance to those. White males tend to like hard rock and will only dance to those. These are only examples and their are plenty of people that don’t fit the mold, but it is clear that different guests respond differently to different music selections.

When only one song can be played at a time, that song is dictating who is together on the dance floor and who is standing off to the side- separated from the party by the music selection.

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music volume:

There is no volume if you are not wearing the headphones – so the volume barrier is gone. It is easy to talk to each other.

THAT is togetherness.

Those older folks who just want to talk, can stay the whole time! They don’t have to leave the party early!

THAT is togetherness.

Each headset has its own volume control.
So if you want to hear the music and dance, you choose the volume so you don’t have to go home early with a headache.

THAT is togetherness.

If you want to dance and talk, you have only one side of the headphones on your ear or lift the ear cups just a bit during the conversation. The music volume drops right down due to the proximity effect of the headphones and you can talk easily for as long as you want.

THAT is togetherness!

If you want to hear the music, talk, and not dance, you just wear the headphones around your neck. The volume will be just loud enough for you to keep track of what is playing. At the same time, conversation is at a normal speaking volume. And you hear everything the other person says. No more nodding and smiling because you didn’t understand what the said but are tired of yelling “What?” all the time.

Now THAT is what we call togetherness!

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music selections:

Our Silent Disco headphones give you the option of three different channels of music.

This means the DJ is playing three songs at the same time. One channel might be oldies. One might be old school hip hop. Another might be top 40 dance music.

The guests don’t have to leave the dance-floor because they don’t like the song that is playing, they just switch their channel and keep on dancing so more people stay on the dance-floor.

And THAT is togetherness!

They might be listening to different songs while dancing. They are dancing together! The fact that they are listening to different songs has nothing to do with it.

They have the option of dancing to the same song if they want, but they also have the ability to choose between the two other channels and multiply their happiness with being TOGETHER on the dance-floor.

That is togetherness!

Without the headphones, one person would be leaving the dance-floor and one person staying. That is separation!

I can hear Seth Godin saying that some people just wish everyone would like the same music selections at he same volume. Yes, that would be nice, but it is not going to happen. Headphones embrace this truth instead of fighting it.

In addition to the three different channels of music and your own volume control, Silent Disco Headphones also give you the option of no music! Yes, you can remove the headphones! And take a break from the music! Have a conversation with your friends and family about how much fun you are having together!

THAT is togetherness!

You have the option of talking to your grandparents who decided to stay because the music is not too loud. Now they can actually talk and be together with their family and friends.

Let’s all say it together!

THAT is togetherness!

If you have any questions about how to integrate Silent Disco equipment into your next party, I’d love to help. You can contact me, email me or call me. We have the equipment you can rent and we have the experience that we can share.

How Does Silent Disco Work at a Wedding Reception

I have been a full-time mobile DJ using a traditional sound system with loudspeakers for receptions all of my adult life. I have thousands of satisfied clients.

Why would I start offering Silent Disco Headphones?
What is wrong with the old way?

There are two big problems with the old way of having just loudspeakers at wedding receptions:

1) Half the guests think the music is too soft and the other half think it is too loud.
2) Everybody wants to hear different music. There is not enough time to play all of the requests.

Silent Disco headphones solve the first problem by giving each wearer their own volume control.

They solve the second problem by allowing the transmission of three different channels of music to the headphones, thereby giving dancers three times as many songs to choose from.

If you don’t solve the problems, some people will go home early or leave the dance-floor.

Everyone wants people to stay longer, dance more and have more fun! The Silent Disco headphones are a fantastic solution.

It all started when I read an article in Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine. The article gives a strong endorsement to Silent Disco weddings and also suggests that you’ve got to see it to believe it. This is because it is not a small incremental change.

It is a completely new way to deliver dance music and gives a wedding reception quite a different feel.

Silent Disco is also listed by Wedding Wire as among the hottest reception trends for 2017.

silent disco wedding
Rory and Kevin’s wedding. Photo by George Gayl

What would a Silent Disco wedding reception look like?

One way is to have no sound system at all. The music and announcements would only run through the headphones. This would be awkward if dinner is served. Most guests want to freely converse during that time and the headphones would just be in the way.

A Silent Disco wedding reception works better if there is a traditional sound system for the cocktail and dinner music as well as for the introductions, announcements, and special dances. Then the headphones come out for the dance music and would be worn by the dancers.

The sound system continues to play soft music throughout the reception while the guests use the headphones when they want to dance.

 

The headphones have three different channels which allow three different dance songs to play simultaneously. Your DJ(s) or playlist(s) would be transmitting the music to the headphones.

1) You could have three live DJ’s, each transmitting on their own channel.
2) You could have just one live DJ working all three channels.
3) You could skip the live DJ entirely by having three devices transmitting a different playlist to each channel.

Since there would be quiet music still playing over the sound system, the guests who only want to talk would stay longer and have more fun.

Since the dancers would be able to turn it up as loud as they want, they would have more fun and stay longer.

Also, the dancers would have three times as many music options to choose from, so they are going to like the music better. Again, that means they will have more fun and stay longer.

Headphones have independent volume controls, three channels & change color to show which one you are listening to.

Silent Disco allows your reception to go later than allowed by noise ordinances:
Especially if your reception is outdoors or in a location requiring the loud music to shut down at a certain time; Now the party can keep going as late as you want it to. Outdoor receptions, barn receptions, and even hotels that rent rooms within earshot of the banquet hall benefit from Silent Disco.

You already have your DJ and just need to rent the Silent Disco Equipment?
You are at the right place.

Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page or under the contact tab and I will get right back to you.

Are you ready to Rock in Absolute Silence?

We deliver the equipment you need right to your door and pick it up for you after the party!

All dressed up and everywhere to go!  -With wireless Headphones!

Finally! You can party where you want and as late as you want without disturbing anyone!

Three channels of crystal clear wireless dance music that you can turn up as loud as you want.

Plug and Play ease of use has never been more fun!

Here is an article from the New York Times describing their take.