WELU Assistive Listening System

Background

A first version of the Assistive Listening System is now available for general use. If you are interested in how we got here, a copy of the report is also available.

We provide an FM radio signal, derived directly from the sound system, which can be received by a limited number of types of wireless headphones manufactured by Sony. One transmitter can be received by as many headphones as necessary.

The make/type of headphone was chosen on the basis of:

Users are requested to purchase compatible headphones and bring them each week. This solves a couple of issues:

An added benefit to individual ownership is that users can set up and use their headphones at home for personal listening to the TV, radio or music.

We maintain a list of suitable compatible headphones and their sources below.

One person is responsible for ensuring that the assistive listening system is set up and, with the cooperation of the sound technician, properly adjusted each week.

Detailed setup procedures for connecting and adjusting the system are provided on a separate page. Hard copies of the information are kept in the sound equipment storage.

Further changes and improvements will be considered in the light of experience and emerging technologies.

Compatible Wireless Headphones.

The wireless headphones must be capable of working with one of the limited number of transmitters/basestations we support.

At this time (October 2015) we know that Sony MDR RF985RK Wireless Headphones are suitable. These are currently available new from Sony in Bayshore for about $100 + tax. Best Buy, and The Source often have them in stock. Factory Direct on Merivale Road sometimes sell refurbished sets for about $39.99 + tax.

Some earlier models of Sony Wireless headphones (viz. MDR RF925R and MDR RF970R) are also known to be compatible with our system.

If members already own wireless headphones it is possible to test them for compatability with our existing transmitter, or (until we run into interference problems!) allow them to bring their own transmitter and we can connect it to the system and test it. If it works without problems they might prefer to use them rather than purchase another set.