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.

Silent Disco Compared to Regular PA Loudspeakers: Which is better?

We are comparing your experience as a party guest if your go with a Traditional Loudspeaker sound system format versusa 3 channel Silent Disco headphones format for your next party or reception:

Loudspeaker experience in blue
-versus-
Silent Disco experience in red.

Loudspeakers– You know it is going to be just like your last party with somebody always complaining about either the music selections or the volume.
Silent Disco– Everyone is so excited that you are doing something new and exciting that coincidentally solves both the problem of song selection and volume level that has plagued every other party that uses traditional loudspeakers as a sound system.

Loudspeakers– You have only one choice of song to hear at any given time.
Silent Disco– You can choose between three songs (3 channel headphones) or silence at any given time.

Loudspeakers– You are likely to dance if you like the song that is playing.
Silent Disco– You are three times more likely to dance -because you are three times more likely to find a song that you will like. That is because there are three channels (three different songs) to choose from at any given time.

Loudspeakers– You have no control over the volume.
Silent Disco– You have your own volume knob on your headphones.

Loudspeakers– If you want to talk for a moment, you lift your voice over the music.
Silent Disco– If you want to talk for a moment,  you lift one side off your ear and use your regular voice.

Loudspeakers– If you want to talk for a while, you shout over the music or leave the room.
Silent Disco– If you want to talk for awhile, you take off your headphones and use your regular voice even if you are in the middle of the dance-floor.

Loudspeakers– If you are a non-dancer, you will leave early because it will be too loud to talk or hear what your friends are saying.
Silent Disco– If you are a non-dancer, you will stay longer because talking and hearing is no effort at all.

Loudspeakers– If you are a younger dancer, you will leave the dance-floor if you don’t like the song that is playing.
Silent Disco– If you are a younger dancer, you will stay on the dance-floor because with three channels to choose from (three different songs), you can usually find one you like.

Loudspeakers– If you are an older dancer, you will leave the dance-floor when the DJ pulls out the music you don’t know or like.
Silent Disco– If you are an older dancer, you will stay on the dance-floor because with three channels of music to choose from, usually at least one is playing a retro hit that you like.

Loudspeakers– You only have the mechanical light show that the DJ brings.
Silent Disco– You also have the lights on the headphones that create a human light show as the dancers move.

Loudspeakers– You have only one DJ personality to choose from.
Silent Disco– You can have up to three DJ personalities to choose from.

Loudspeakers– The party has to end on time to observe noise ordinances.
Silent Disco– The party can keep going long into the night since the only loud music is in the headphones.

Loudspeakers– Limited to where the party can be due to the loud music.
Silent Disco– The party can be anywhere that can accommodate a group of people.

Loudspeakers– If you live in the City or Suburbs, you can’t have the party in your backyard without the cops coming to shut down your loud music.
Silent Disco– You can party in your own backyard without bothering the neighbors at all.

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