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Your one stop shop for education headphones!

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.

 

Education technology for young learners available here!

Looking for a wide range of education products tailored specifically for young learners?

Encore Data Products is proud to offer a wide range of classroom tested headphones and headsets designed to be tough and easy to clean – available in classpacks , listening centers and a variety of fun colors to keep young minds engaged!

Also – we have a growing range of Makerspace kit products designed for STEM and STEAM learning.

For slightly older students we also offer the innovative PiTop modular laptop to learn coding and basic engineering skills.

A brief selection is outlined below.

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BLACK FLEX-PHONESAF AND JUKE24 – SIX STATION WIRELESS LISTENING CENTER WITH INDESTRUCTIBLE HEADPHONES

6 Person Juke24 Wireless Flex Listening Center

This wireless 6 person listening center offers unparalleled versatility, unrivaled functionality and value by combining our award-winning wireless Flex-PhonesAF™ headphones – the most popular early learning, single construction, virtually indestructible headphones, with Juke24™ the one-of-a-kind, next-generation media player and jukebox in one!

Whether you are using it for language acquisition and literacy activities, foreign language instruction, singing, storytelling or gym activities, fostering learning, creativity and independence will be easy with Juke24™ Wireless Flex Listening Centers. Use it once and this wireless listening center will become an integral part of your classroom!

Featuring plug and play simplicity, easily connect Juke24 to the wireless multi-channel FM transmitter, then transmit the audio content to a virtually limitless number of wireless Flex-PhonesAF headphones – eliminating wires and cords!

Juke24™ Wireless Flex Listening Center for 6 People Includes:

  • (1) Silver/Black Juke24™:

The amazing, portable, patent pending, media player and digital jukebox that let’s you listen to your favorites, at the touch of a button, as often as you want!

Simply load up to 48 hours of any music or audio from CD, computer, smartphone, laptop or flash drive, even read and record lessons, podcasts, broadcasts, songs, poems or books to listen to, anytime.

All 24 visually customizable buttons can be re-programmed at any time with new content, and as ingenious as it is to upload content to the Juke24™, assigning custom artwork to the 24 buttons is just as easy. Using the free iPhone app, creating button artwork is fun and quick.

Built tough to withstand the rigors of daily use, Juke24™ comes with built-in 4 GB of memory, has a back-loading CD player, karaoke function with talkover mic for sing-along, built-in speakers, digital display and translucent button covers.

  • (6) Black Flex-PhonesAF™ Headphones:

HamiltonBuhl dual-channel wireless Flex-PhonesAF™ are nearly indestructible, made from a single piece of EVA foam – the safe, non-toxic, BPA-free, soft and an extremely flexible material.

Our award-winning Flex-Phones™ are certified for all major USA and international child safety testing standards.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up, Flex-Phones™ come with two dedicated FM channel receivers and deliver high quality sound without cords and wires.

Check out the other fun colors !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful for classroom organization activities and lesson planning.

 

CALIFONE HUSH BUDDY KIDS HEARING PROTECTOR PANDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed to fit smaller heads than larger adult-sized hearing protection, this Hush Buddy is for children who need increased quiet for sensitivity reasons (if they have heightened auditory sensitivities) or just for more focused activities such as reading.

Each one has comfortable, cushioned ear pads that go around, not resting on, the ears to block out the maximum amount of external noise. Each Hush Buddy features an industry leading noise reduction rating (NRR) of 27dB, which lets in 24.2% less sound than the closest competitive item.

The padded headband helps distributes the weight, making it extremely comfortable, even when worn for longer periods of time. There’s no assembly required, just put a Hush Buddy on and it’s ready to go to work

CALIFONE 1114YL-4 4-POSITION LISTENING FIRST LISTENING CENTER YELLOW

This bright and fun-colored Listening Center will help engage your students. Made to fit younger children, the headphones and jackbox are designed for use in stereo-based (computer) activities. It is ideal for use in ELD / ELL, Title 3, and Special Education programming in classes with high student to computer ratios.

Four Listening First headphones (2800 Series) features:
Adjustable headband, permanently attached cord with reinforced connection, lengthy 5′-6″ straight cord with right angle plug to reduce accidental pull-out, ambient noise-reducing earcups keep students on task and lower outside noise.

Mini Stereo Jackbox (1114 Series) features:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver-plated contacts prevent “crackling” sounds, individual volume controls, skid-resistant pads at each corner won’t mar or scrape surface, 3.5mm stereo plug with detachable 6′ patch cord (not shown) connects with media players.

Rugged ABS plastic construction for safety and durability in high-use situations

PC and Apple compatible

STEAM SNIPS KIT – ELECTRONIC BUILDING AND CODING MODULES

STEAM SNIPS™ are electronic building modules that can be combined in an infinite number of ways, creating all sorts of electronic inventions, and best of all, they are designed to appeal to both boys and girls.

STEAM SNIPS™ include 73 different components, each can work with every other module in the set – all that is needed is imagination, inspiration and curiosity to build an infinite number of combinations of electronics products.

  • Power modules – everything requires energy
  • Input modules – sensors and detectors to sense, detect and collect environmental data – sound, light, temperature, humidity, motion,tilt, flame, IR distance, water moisture, ultrasonic, switches, buttons, dimmers
  • Output modules – produce motion, audio and visual effects that include LED lights, buzzers, speakers, motors, relays, servos and fans
  • Controller– controls output based on logic and can be combined with other programmable modules to adjust input and output parameters.

Along the way, kids will learn what is required to bring inventions and ideas to life:

  1. Circuitry knowledge
  2. Hardware operation and control
  3. Software programming and coding
  4. Creative thinking and problem solving

STEAM SNIPS™ make it easy for teachers to stoke the flames of curiosity that open up the world of science, technology, engineering, creativity coding and inventing to their students. Ages 5+.

HAMILTONBUHL ADVANCED LEVEL STEAM STARTER PACK STEM-4E

Bring STEAM curriculum to life with HamiltonBuhl’s Advanced Skill Level Starter STEAM Kit full of engineering and coding robots, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and media production activities!

Tomorrow’s inventors and problem-solvers are today’s students, teaching them a better understanding of STEAM concepts will be essential in preparing them for the careers of tomorrow. This advanced skill level kit is ideal for all middle and high school grades.

Each product in this Starter STEAM Pack comes with FREE downloadable lesson plans.

Advanced Level – Starter STEAM Pack Includes:

(1) Edison Educational Robot Kit – Set of 2 (EDIBOT-2)
These LEGO® compatible educational robots are clean, safe, reusable, expandable and robust, providing students across all grade levels, from ages 5+, with a range of combinations, and possibilities. Each Edison robot features a host of sensors and can be programmed using a growing number of FREE software applications. Each programmable Edison robot interacts with the world via infrared (IR) transmitters and receivers, line tracking, barcode reading, playing sounds and music, plus sound detection.

(1) HB Invent! Kit – Assembling And Coding Robot (INVBOT)
The custom-designed HB Invent! Kit is developed for STEM-based curriculum. The kit comes with all the components needed to create a variety of fun, programmable inventions – a wheeled robot – complete with collision sensors, buzzers, color-changing lights, line sensors and even infrared sensors that can detect fire! As students assemble the robot, they will be learning a multitude of subjects including robotics and general science concepts such as sensors, engineering and math. As students program the robot to complete various tasks, they will learn coding in Crumble – drag-and-drop programming software – similar to Scratch.

(1) 3D Magic Pen™ – 3D Printing Pen (MPEN)

(3) Filament Pack of 15 Vibrant Colors for 3D Magic Pen™ (MPFB)
The pack includes an assortment of 10′ long filament colors from orange, yellow, red, blue, purple, and pink to even lime green and more.

(1) ChronoQuest™ 3D Interactive Augmented Reality Timeline (CQTUBE)
Created by technologists, informed by educators, ChronoQuest™ uses Augmented Reality to shed exciting new light on history. Century-by-century, students quest through time learning about, even adding to, history’s past! ChronoQuest™ Timelines are pre-programmed and regularly updated with content from six subjects for immediate fun, active, and participation learning.

(1) HB LED GrowLight™ Kit (GLITE)
With HamiltonBuhl’s LED GrowLight Kit, photosynthesis will no longer be an abstract concept, but will be an observable event as students tune the GrowLight LED lights to the optimal spectrum for the plant they are growing. The HB LED GrowLight Kit is an indoor hydroponic gardening kit for planting and growing a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables right in the classroom.

(1) Animation Studio Kit (ANI-KIT)
Teaching kids multimedia skills develop their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration capabilities and demystifies media and IT technologies. Almost any topic can be made more interesting using stop motion animation, and students will learn from this exciting teaching technique. The Animation Studio Kit includes a 5MP, 30FPS, gooseneck webcam with a non-slip base and Animate It! stop motion animation software, developed by the award winning makers of “Wallace & Gromit.”

(1) Green Screen Production Kit (GRN-KIT)
With a quick and easy setup of the green screen backdrop in front of the included 5MP, 30FPS, gooseneck webcam, students will be able to create short news broadcasts, weather forecasts, short reviews, virtual visits to far away places – the planets, the solar system, the Pyramids, the Amazon, the ocean depths, even time travel, all without leaving the classroom.

(1) AirComfort™ Climate Tracking Device (AIR-ORG)
Delivering on STEAM education requirements, the AirComfort is a handy device that measures and collects climate data in 5-40 minute increments. Using the FREE companion app, students can chart, graph, analyze and draw conclusions, then run experiments to see if they can affect change. What a great way to introduce kids to statistics, reporting and analysis. Without realizing it, they will be learning an essential STEAM skill set that prepares them for their future.

(1) Spectra VIP – Virtual Reality Goggles (SVRG1)

PI-TOP V2 LAPTOP WITH RASPBERRY PI 3 MODEL B+

pi‑top is a modular laptop that gives you the tools to complete amazing DIY projects and bring your inventions to life. It’s the perfect tool to help you learn to code, create awesome devices, and take your knowledge to the next level.

Sliding Keyboard Design
Slide out the keyboard to reveal the built in Modular Rail. It’s a workspace for you to build your creations, using pi-top accessories and electronic components.

Includes Inventor’s Kit
pi-top teaches you to create your own inventions on your journey as an inventor. We’ll help you get started with this awesome inventor’s kit click the icons to see what you can make.

pi-topOS: Polaris
At the heart of everything is our shining star – pi-topOS: Polaris – included with pi-top.

AVID FISHBONE FLEXIBLE BREAKAWAY TRRS ADAPTER

This flexible breakaway TRRS adapter helps prevent pin breakage inside expensive electronic devices when a student pulls mistakenly yanks the cord when standing rapidly or when a device falls on the ground – a necessity for students of ALL ages!

 

 

Picking The Right Headphones for Education

When it comes to purchasing education headphones, there are a lot of things to consider. To help you order your headphones for any classroom, we answer the top questions for headphones using our own collection, which will help you decide between various headphone types and models.

Stereo or Mono?

The first question to ask yourself when purchasing headphones is to consider what type of audio they will be used for. The listening content is a key clue to picking between stereo or mono. When it comes to simple, single-source audio recordings such as audio books, language repetition tapes, or single-origin audio, monoaural headphones will allow students to listen to the recordings fully. Stereo, or surround sound, usually involves recordings that bridge together many audio components–songs, music, television or film, video games–that create a full-sound environment. For educational situations that involve multimedia, stereo headphones are best.

If you need headphones that will be used in diverse settings (a language lab one day, but a studio the next, for example), you can have both at once. For classrooms, libraries, or audio labs that need mono and stereo applications, buying models like the AVID Education AE-808 Over Ear Headphones have a mono/stereo switch to allow for different media formats to be listened to without switching headphones.

Over-Ear, On-Ear, or Earbuds?

Considering over-ear, on-ear, or earbud models matter when you think about listening time and environment. Each style has its own advantages, especially when you consider noise cancellation, portability, and comfort. For instance, not all will find earbuds comfortable due to the fact that they sit in the ear canal, but over-ear headphones worn over time can feel sweaty and uncomfortable. In addition, over-ear headphone units can feel heavier than on-ear or earbuds, which can make students less intent to stay focused. All designs however (depending on the quality of the headphones), have the ability to isolate noise and allow for an immersive listening experience. Over-ear models tend to be better at naturally blocking out sounds from the outside environment, which could be a selling point for exams or busy settings.

Disposable or Not?

In addition, consider longevity and listening time. Audio labs or classes that involve extensive and long listening times would want to allocate their budgets towards high-end listening headphones to ensure quality and a longer lifespan. For one, they can be more comfortable for students, and in addition, better quality headphones are made to withstand extended use over time. In the long run, spending your budget on quality headphones will have you money over time.

For classrooms that use headphones less frequently and in less stressful situations, disposable headphones can be worth your budget. They provide great sound quality, and are great for reducing the spread of germs.

Audience

Age groups also matter when factoring in what types of headphones you will want, especially when considering the lifespan of the headphones you want, or when considering any safety features.

For example, with younger students and their hectic nature, disposable headphones can be key to maintaining a worry-free classroom, especially if headphones get tangled or break. Teachers who have larger classes might appreciate disposable headphones that can be easily replaced. However, smaller children will also benefit from headphones that have a limited volume threshold to protect their hearing, such as the largely indestructible Hamilton Buhl Flex Phones. The Hamilton Flex Phones are also great for a small age group that grows quickly over time, due to the snap-on extension fit. Your budget, time, and classroom environment will be the biggest consideration when picking between a more long-lasting model or a disposable, simpler model.

Overall, by pinpointing what your headphones will need to accomplish, finding the right pair should be easier. For any help or advice, contact us–our team can help you find the right pair of headphones for your education setting.

Kidz Phonz from Hamilton Buhl: The Fun Way for Kids to Customize Their Headphones

Kidz Phonz from Hamilton Buhl came along just at the right time when we all need a little extra inspiration while learning and teaching. What makes Kidz Phonz great is that they’re customizable so students can show off their personal style right on their headphones. By giving kids freedom to decorate their headphones, they have a way of bringing individuality to learning. Yet, these headphones do more than just inspire during school. Take a look at how these features could help your own students this coming school year.

Customization with Kidz Phonz

We give a lot of credit to Hamilton Buhl for creating these unique headphones, because there really isn’t anything else like them on the market. Students can visit KidzPhonz.com where they can download templates and designs for use on the plastic cups that easily pop out. Available templates are pre-loaded with designs for holidays, characters, plus numerous backgrounds. They even have sections where kids can customize their own designs, then print and place them on the outside surface of the earphone cups. Please keep in mind this is only available in the Express Yourself versions of the Kidz Phonz.

Kidz Phonz with Rugged Design

Kidz Phonz without customization are also available and come strictly in different colors and with more of a rugged design. These are great when kids use them in school where they likely get used for long hours every school day. The Kidz Phonz feature a sturdy design as well as sound-limiting capabilities, which makes them a standout. Hamilton Buhl realized kids get distracted easily by their surroundings. With guaranteed technology to block outside sounds, kids pay better attention to what they’re listening to. The Kidz Phonz also work well with any mobile device or tablet. This means your kids can use an iPad or their tablet for educative media while using these earphones without compatibility issues.

Flex-Phones

Within the same line of earphones from Hamilton Buhl are the Flex-Phones that are some of the most indestructible earphones on the market today. They’re made of EVA foam, which is an environmentally friendly material that’s also soft so kids won’t get tired of wearing them during long lessons. The headphones are extra flexible for an easy fit. For smaller preschool children, however, the earphones offer an extension band for complete comfort.

Contact us here at Encore Data Products to find all Kidz Phonz earphones at discount prices as a perfect educational investment that lasts years.