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Our focus is offering the latest in classroom listening technology from quality education-centric manufacturers – such as HamiltonBuhl, Avid Education, Cyber Acoustics , Thinkwrite, Califone and Soundnetic.

We understand the importance of students to learn and test at their own pace and external noise reduction is of utmost importance.

Encore has done the research for you by offering a wide selection of high quality headphones, headsets and earbuds designed for students from pre-K through high school. 

Quantity pricing is available for many items along with multi-packs.

Purchase orders also are accepted.

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Remember to choose the best device for your classroom learning situation!

ON EAR HEADPHONES

Using on-ear classroom headphones is an economical solution for schools and educational centers to meet the demands of 21st century education, technology and testing requirements. The ear cushions rest on the outer ear, making the headphone light, comfortable and less prone to overheating the ears. The on-ear headphone style also allows the wearer the benefit from hearing the outside environment.

Selected with classrooms, learning and language labs, training facilities and educational touring in mind, Encore brings you a large selection from best brands in the business: Hamilton, Califone, AVID Education and our own designs. Whether you need disposable, multi-use with replaceable parts or easy to clean and disinfect on-ear headphones, our knowledgeable customer care team will guide you through determining your school’s needs and set you up with the audio equipment that fits your budget. Many classroom headphones in this category meet the PARCC and Common Core testing requirements.

OVER EAR HEADPHONES

Our over-ear headphones create an enriched, personal hearing environment. These are ideal for educational settings as they provide high quality sound with the durable designs for day-in-day-out use. Selected with classrooms, learning and language labs, training facilities and educational touring in mind, Encore brings you a large selection from best brands in the business: Hamilton, Califone and AVID Education. The headphone earcups provide ambient noise-reducing qualities to allow the user to focus on the audio rather than external sounds. Whether you need stereo, mono or dual stereo/mono headphones with or without volume control, our knowledgeable customer care team will guide you through determining your facility’s needs and set you up with the audio equipment that fits your budget. Most headphones in this category meet the PARCC and Common Core testing requirements.

As a quick rule of thumb, monaural headphones are ideal for listening to single source recordings such as content for language learning and development (ELL/ELD) activities, speech pathology, and lesson videos.

Stereo headphones are ideal for educational gaming, online learning, music appreciation classes and 21st century learning using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

It is important to know if the audio source is a mono or stereo player as well, since plugging a stereo headphone into a mono source will result in sound only coming from one of the two earcups.

HEADSETS WITH MICROPHONES

Encore helps you keep it simple or go high tech when your school is in need of headsets with microphones. Selected with classrooms, learning and language labs, training facilities and educational touring in mind, Encore brings you a large selection from the best brands in the business: Hamilton, Califone, Cyber Acoustics and AVID Education.

 

Simple and economical earbuds or on-ear headsets with a boom or an inline mic can help your school engage in English Language Arts, language learning and development (ELL/ELD) activities, speech pathology, and other individualized instructional activities.

Schools with larger learning centers and bigger budgets may want to consider higher end headsets with mono/stereo, volume control or noise control options to provide the optimum individual learning environment.

If your school is planning ahead for future PARCC and Common Core testing, legislation will begin requiring headphones with microphones for speaking and listening testing.

CLASSROOM EAR BUDS

Should I buy classroom or disposable earbuds?

Classroom Ear Buds are sturdier and designed for longer term usage.

Bulk Disposable Earbuds are priced LOW and still often last as long as the classroom versions, just without a warranty.  Great for testing, short-term use or give-aways.

WIRELESS HEADPHONES

Wireless headphones provide flexibility for those who do a lot of personal listening. No wires to tangle you up allows for greater mobility to listen, learn, play or work.

Encore’s selected systems are compatible for SMART/HDTV, DVD, Blu-Ray, gaming systems, computers, tablets, TV, mobile phones and music devices. Our wireless headphones are ideal for language learning, literacy groups, ELL / ELD applications, audio book listening, and testing centers. Our brand options allow from 100′ to 300’ reception range from the digital wireless transmitter.

 

 

Choose from Califone’s color coded transmission headphones or Hamilton’s multi-channel Bluetooth transmitter headphones; both allow up to four different color coded channels of simultaneous audio listening. Headphones are sold separately or in systems of four.

MULTI PACKS

Looking to create a media center or learning lab within your school? Allow Encore to provide you with package options to meet your budget and learning and testing needs. Encore brings you the best options from Hamilton and Califone. Choose from on-ear or over-ear headphones and headsets in sets of 5, 10 or 12. Each set comes with a unique carry/storage kit.

These sets are also great for libraries, testing center, museum tours, office environments, hotels, spas, gyms, airlines, touring companies and more.

 

How to choose the correct headphone plug for your device!

How do I know the correct headphone to use?

Check out our guide to headphone plug types.

Headphones in the classroom connect to computers, PC’s, tablets ,smartphones and other audio devices.

Its critical to use the correct headphone for the job!

Curriculum directors will confirm whether a microphone is also required for language learning or testing applications.

This will affect the plug type on your headphones – so you can determine the correct headphone or headset to use on your particular device.

The most common plug types are summarized here.

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TRRS

Extremely popular.

The majority of tablets and many computers have this single 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to simply plug-in and use.  A solution for listening and talking-for example- online assessment testing.

TRRS means : Tip Ring Ring Sleeve – 4 conductors allowing stereo audio plus a mono microphone input.

DUAL 3.5mm

Typically found on desktop computers and plugs directly into the sound card.

Ensure the mic and stereo left and right cables are correctly connected!

 

 

USB

Connected directly to your computer USB port.

Microphone capable as well as stereo audio for listening.

Once plugged in- your computer will recognize your USB headset as the listening device and keep drivers automatically updated.

A popular education choice for language learning and State testing assessments – eg.TELPAS , WIDA , PARCC

Single 3.5mm (TRS) Stereo

For listening only and same as TRRS without microphone capability.

Extremely popular!

Quarter inch Jack

A precursor to the 3.5mm TRS connector.

For listening in mainly mono applications now, for example : (English Language Learning / ELD, language labs, speech pathology.)

 

BLUETOOTH AND WIRELESS HEADSETS – how to choose!

Wireless Listening Centers are perfect for all multimedia, lab and classroom applications.
Each system will include a transmitter and headphones for group use.
The entire system can be switched between typically 4 different frequencies with easy color-coded switches.
You can also add additional transmitters – just choose the right solution for your learning needs based on simplicity and number of students.

Wireless listening using different frequencies is perfect for different language narration in tourism , theme parks , art galleries etc.

Encore’s selected systems are compatible for SMART/HDTV, DVD, Blu-Ray, gaming systems, computers, tablets, TV, mobile phones and music devices. Our wireless headphones are ideal for language learning, literacy groups, ELL / ELD applications, audio book listening, testing centers – even sports coaching and drama classes!

 

We have many solutions on offer from various manufacturers and here is a partial selection of what we offer.

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HAMILTON W906-MULTI WIRELESS LISTENING CENTER

HamiltonBuhl W906-MULTI Wireless Listening Center is perfect for all multimedia, lab and classroom applications.
Each system includes one transmitter and sixe headphones as well as a wireless speaker for group use.
The entire system can be switched between 4 different frequencies with easy color-coded switches.
Add additional transmitters to have up to 4 different channels of audio simultaneously! Go Wireless in your classroom with plug and play simplicity.

This Wireless Listening Center Includes:

(1) W900-Multi Wireless Transmitter
– Transmits high quality audio via VHF to W901 series headphones, W2040 Receivers and W2020 Speakers within a 300 foot range. Connects to any analog audio source through a 1/8″ stereo mini plug. Switchable between 4 frequencies (Blue – 72.500 MHz, Yellow – 72.100 MHz, Green – 72.900 MHz, Orange – 74.700 MHz)

(6) W901-Multi – Multi Channeled Wireless Headphone
– Multi-channeled headphone. Get 50 hours of listening time between charges with only an 8 hour charge time. Superb sound quality without wires or interference. Powered by classroom friendly internal NiMH battery with 40 hours of operating time between 8-hour charges.  Switchable between 4 frequencies (Blue – 72.500 MHz, Yellow – 72.100 MHz, Green – 72.900 MHz, Orange – 74.700 MHz)NO TOXIC CHEMICALS – MERCURY FREE

ALSO INCLUDES 1 6-WAY CHARGING CABLE (W980) AND 1 AC ADAPTER (W990)

Warranty: 1 year warranty

CALIFONE CLS721-4 4-PERSON WIRELESS LISTENING SYSTEM YELLOW, FREQUENCY 72.100 MHZ

This 4-person wireless listening system is ideal for language learning, literacy groups, ELL / ELD applications, story-time, music & audio book listening, other classroom and library uses.
With a 100′ range from the transmitter to the headphones, the system creates flexible learning environments where the students do not need to be next to the audio source.

There are three different color-coded frequencies with matching hardware to choose from, with an unlimited number of headphones that can be added later for larger sized groups. Since each transmitter and its matching color-coded headphones operate on their own independent frequency, three different groups can enjoy wireless learning in the same room without any interference.

The transmitter has a 1/4″ plug to attach a microphone. When connected, this allows announcements to be made which are heard only by students who are wearing headphones that are receiving from that transmitter.
Each system includes four wireless headphones, a matching color-coded VHF transmitter that plugs into any audio source (MP3 player, computer, multimedia player, VCR / CD / DVD player, or television monitor), all necessary charging cables, and an AC adapter.

For the specialized needs of wireless group or 1:1 instruction with differentiated learning rates for an unlimited number of students
Brings flexible wireless listening to as many as four different groups at the same time
Each of the four frequencies has color-coded hardware for easy identification and use
100+ transmitter range for convenience in any setting
Includes all necessary hardware to begin wireless listening from any multimedia source
More students can be included by adding headphones.

HAMILTON CLASSROOM WIRELESS LISTENING CENTER 24 HEADPHONES & BLUETOOTH TRANSMITTER

The Hamilton W24-BT CLASSROOM Bluetooth Wireless Listening Center allows you to connect to the wireless transmitter via Bluetooth with your tablet, mobile device or any unit with Bluetooth capabilities.  The audio is then transmitted to the wireless headphones via a wireless FM signal.  It is perfect for all multimedia, lab and classroom applications. Each system includes one transmitter and six headphones.

The entire system can be switched between 4 different frequencies with easy color-coded switches. Add additional transmitters to have up to 4 different channels of audio simultaneously! Go Wireless in your classroom with plug and play simplicity.

This Wireless Listening Center Includes:

(1) W900-BLTM – Bluetooth Wireless Transmitter

Connect audio via Bluetooth, audio in jack or plug a microphone directly in the back of the unit.  Transmits high quality audio via FM to W901 series headphones that transmit up to 300 foot range (maximum of 300 feet with optimal environment). Switchable between 4 frequencies (Blue – 72.500 MHz, Yellow – 72.100 MHz, Green – 72.900 MHz, Orange – 74.700 MHz)

(24) W901-Multi – Multi Channeled Wireless Headphone

Multi-channeled headphone. Get 50 hours of listening time between charges with only an 8 hour charge time. Superb sound quality without wires or interference. Powered by classroom friendly internal NiMH battery with 40 hours of operating time between 8-hour charges. Switchable between 4 frequencies (Blue – 72.500 MHz, Yellow – 72.100 MHz, Green – 72.900 MHz, Orange – 74.700 MHz)NO TOXIC CHEMICALS – MERCURY FREE

(4) 6-WAY headphone charging cables (W990)
(4)  AC adapters (W980)

Headphones are charged by connecting the AC adapter and 6-way charging cable then connecting 6 headphones to the cable.

Specifications for W900-BLTM:

  • Bluetooth® enabled wireless transmitter
  • Range: ± 300 feet
  • 4 switchable FM frequencies
    • 72.500 MHz – Blue
    • 72.100 MHz – Yellow
    • 72.900 MHz – Green
    • 74.700 MHz – Orange 
  • Dedicated FM channels
  • Color-coded frequency switches
  • Superb sound without cords or wires – no interference from other electronic equipment
  • Listen with an infinite number of headphones on one frequency with one transmitter

Specifications for W901-MULTI Headphones:

  • Multi-channel wireless headphones
  • No antenna on headphones
  • Up to 35 hours of operating time between charges, with 12 to 14 hour charge time
  • Superb sound quality without wires or interference
  • Powered by classroom friendly internal NiMH battery
  • Switchable between 4 frequencies

FLUENT AUDIO 20 RECEIVER 900MHZ COMPACT TOUR GUIDE SYSTEM

The Fluent Audio Digital Tour Guide Systems are the perfect solution for any organization that wants to make sure their visitors/guests/customers understand every word. This system is ideal for indoor or outdoor tours of any venue and is great for language interpretation as well.

 

Great for manufacturers, museums, government agencies, houses of worship, tour companies, and businesses.

Outstanding digital audio is supplied from a small, lightweight wireless audio system. The Fluent Audio 900MHz Compact system combines a small package with outstanding features.  Incorporating a new digital design with robust interference rejection, the FA-DTG900 utilizes built-in switching diversity antennas to provide a more reliable and secure transmission of the FM signal.  The transmitter broadcasts a high-quality one-way audio signal to an unlimited number of receivers providing crystal clear FM audio to each listener with a transmission range of up to 600 feet line of site. Each transmitter and receiver has a lithium ion battery (600mAh) which provides up to 24 hours of operation and utilizes smart charging technology to fully charge each unit in no more than two hours. With easy to read LCD displays, transmitters and receivers are easily programmed and ready to operate in minutes.

Weighing less than 1.5 ounces each, FA-DTG Compact transmitters and receivers are lightweight and easy to wear all day.

Long Range Reception
With a range of up to 600 feet and 25 channels, the FA-DTG Compact system provides user flexibility that is second to none.

Outstanding Audio Clarity
With its new digital design, robust interference rejection, and switching diversity antennas, the 900MHz Compact provides a clear, reliable, and secure signal transmission far superior to systems other frequencies.

Built-in Batteries, Two Hour Recharge (no need to spend money on AA batteries)
Charging is quick and easy—with built-in lithium ion batteries, smart charging technology, and a 24-slot drop-in charging tray, your entire system can be charged in two hours or less. A single charge will allow transmitters to operate for a minimum of 16 hours and receivers for 24 hours.

Easy Programming
Easy to read LCD displays allows for fast, trouble-free set-up of users desired settings.

Super Lightweight & Convenient
No more lugging around multiple boxes or heavy 40 pound audio cases—our Compact systems fit into a small soft-sided carry case and weigh less than 10 pounds.

System Components
(1) 900 MHz Compact Transmitter, (20) 900 MHz Compact Receivers, (20) Headphones, (1) Headset Mic, (1) Soft Carry Case, (1) 24 Slot Drop-in Charger

HAMILTON VENU100 WIRELESS PA SYSTEM

#HamiltonBuhl #Venu100 is perfect for large indoor and outdoor events eg. #press #conferences #sports venues #graduation #ceremonies #musical productions etc
This powerful & versatile PA includes a #Bluetooth receiver ,wireless mics and rechargable batteries providing 4 – 6 hours of portable usage!
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Hamilton Venu100 PA System – comprehensive feature set for all events:

The All-New Hamilton Venu100 is a powerful, versatile portable PA with all the latest features including  a built-in Bluetooth receiver.  We started with a powerful 100 Watt amplifier with built-in rechargeable batteries and added the latest in multimedia features including DVD, CD, MP3 and Cassette support.  The Venu100 also includes high capacity internal batteries for 4 to 6 hours of portable operation and dual UHF mic receivers for maximum versatility.  The Venu100 is great for large indoor and outdoor events such as press conferences, sports venues, graduation ceremonies, musical productions or any other settings that need great portable sound quality.

BATTERY WARRANTY – 90 DAYS.

Features and Specifications
Power Output –  100W/4″ Max, RMS 50W/4″
Speaker- Built-in speaker 8″ 1pc, Horn speaker 1pc
Rechargeable Battery- 12V 14AH 1pcs (use AC cord for charging)
AC Line Cord – Included
Distortion 1% (at 10W)
Frequency Response 50Hz-18KHz@3dB
Inputs – Wireless /Wired MIC IN, AUX IN
Outputs – LINE OUT, VIDEO OUT
Recharging Time 7-10 Hours
Working Time – 4-6 Hours
Wireless receiver – 2 built-in UHF
Microphones – 2 Handheld Microphones (208.5MHz and 214.5MHz)
USB/MP3-DVD player – Yes
Cassette deck – Yes
Battery – 1x 12V.7A
Dimensions:  340x360x510mm (13.4×14.2×20.1″)
Handle:  Telescoping Handle, 15.5″ (From Top of Casing)
Wheels:  3.5″ Diameter Rubber

Product Weight: 37 lbs. (Shipping weight 46 lbs.)
Dimensions:  21×14.5×13 (Shipping 28x19x20)
Warranty:  1 Year

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Tips on How to Set Up an Assistive Listening Center

Many of us rely on our sense of hearing to learn new things or enjoy events. Whether it’s in a school or a church, listening to a speaker or instructor can be an important way to gather information. So what about those who have trouble hearing? As many as 28 million Americans have trouble hearing for various reasons, especially the elderly. That’s why an assistive listening system can be a great asset for your space, even if it’s not required for your venue according to ADA guidelines. Here are a few guidelines and tips for how to set up an assistive listening center in your school, church, museum, art gallery, and more, so that your visitors, students, and congregants can hear and enjoy everything you provide.

What’s in an Assistive Listening System?

To find a system that works for you and your space, it’s important to understand the major components to what makes an Assistive Listening System (ALS). The two major devices in an ALS is the transmitter and the receivers.

The transmitter transmits the sound from a microphone to a receiver, which is connected to personal headphones or headsets. A transmitter might use FM radio waves, so listeners would “tune in” to the right frequency to listen to the target audio. Other transmitting assistive listening systems might use infrared or induction loop systems, but FM is the most common and easiest to set up.

The transmitter will transmit sound within a certain radius, and the receivers within that space will pick up the audio for listening. Many systems allow for added transmitters to increase that radius, or added receivers to allow multiple listeners at any given time.

When you pick an ALS, knowing what kind of transmission is important, how it can connect to a microphone or PA system, and how many receivers it can accommodate, is the first thing to look at. So, come with the knowledge of the size of your space that you hope to service, and the number of people who might need the system at any given moment. This will help you order the right ALS.

Involve users with hearing difficulties in picking your ALS. The best test to make sure that your chosen ALS works is to get the feedback and help from those who will use it. For most people with regular hearing abilities, trying on and testing a receiver in-use can be a positive experience, with no real change in the sound quality. But, those hard-of-hearing might not even hear the sound through the headset. By involving those with hearing difficulties, you can find the system that works best.

Make the assistive listening center materials visible. Many people with hearing difficulties assume that ALS devices are not available, or are too self-conscious about asking for the extra help. That’s why providing prominent, visible signage will help encourage use of your listening devices with greater ease. A sign featuring

Account for growth in your system. Some systems are set up to only serve a certain number of receivers per transmitter, or the transmitter is limited to only 1 frequency, or can only reach a certain radius. Finding the right system that is flexible for your needs, especially when you account for growth, is important.

For example, maybe your system for a current classroom or church community would only serve a small number of students or church members. But, maybe that classroom size grows to include the need for 5 transmitters, or the church grows in numbers and in size, and will need a second transmitter plus more receivers. A system like the Hamilton Buhl ALS-700 allows for an unlimited number of transmitters and receivers to be added as you grow. The ALS-700 also allows for dual simultaneous transmitting, which can be an added bonus for communities that would like to provide a bilingual service.

The work and effort in installing an ALS in your space is immediately beneficial to your environment, no matter how many people end up using it. By taking these options into account, your system can provide quality access to your materials to those who need it. For more help in choosing your ALS, contact us–we can provide you with a number of options suitable for your community and space.

HamiltonBuhl ALS700 Assistive Listening Dual Frequency System

At Encore Data Products we strive to meet all of our customers technology needs.  We aim to enable them to best meet the needs of their business requirements and clients.  One such need for many of our customers is to remain in compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) while improving the customer experience for those who have hearing disabilities.  According the ADA, Assisted Listening Systems (ALS) must be provided in public places, unless the venue can prove it is an “undue burden.” Thus, churches, museums, tourist attractions, auditoriums, schools, and various other public sites must use ALS’s.  Further, the ADA states the receivers must be free to the user and specifies the number of receivers that must be provided depending on the number of seats (4% rule).[1]

ALS’s are necessary for individuals with hearing disabilities because they aid in decreasing the “speech to noise ratio.”   According to research, those with hearing disabilities require a higher volume (15-28 dB) to have the same level of understanding as those with normal hearing.[2]  ALS’s help to increase the volume for those who need it without making it too loud for those around them.   ALS’s act as amplifiers in the ears and allow the listener to separate the sounds they want to hear from background noise.

Assistive Listening SystemWe offer the Hamilton Buhl ALS700 Assisted Dual Frequency system at an unbeatable price to allow our customers to affordably serve their patrons while remaining ADA compliant.  The system consists of:

  • 6 Receivers
  • 6 Ear buds
  • 1 Transmitter that can serve unlimited number of receivers in a 150-foot radius.
  • Carrying case (batteries are included)
  • Optional on-ear headphones on Model ALSH700

The ALS700 allows users to broadcast 2 simultaneous transmissions, on different frequencies, in the same room (with an additional transmitter).

The ALS700 will be ready to ship at the end of July.  Pre-order your device at our low price of $333.37  (with free shipping) on our product page: https://www.encoredataproducts.com/assistive-listening-systems/hamilton-buhl-als700-assistive-listening-dual-frequency-system/.

[1] https://nad.org/issues/technology/assistive-listening/systems-and-devices
[2] https://nad.org/issues/technology/assistive-listening/systems-and-devices