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Hearing impaired equip? 06 Feb 2001 11:50 #1197

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We have had ourr first request for hearing assist. What do you reccomend? Does it have to be a seperate system for each theatre?

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Re: Hearing impaired equip? 06 Feb 2001 19:16 #1198

we always used Ultra stereo HIS
had power supplys and junction boxes for all auditoriums but half the amount of emitters for the number of screens.In your case you could prob get away with one emitter. then you just move it between your houses when needed. (about that time you would get requests for two at one time.
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Re: Hearing impaired equip? 06 Feb 2001 23:24 #1199

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Ultra Stereo's Ultra Phonic is good, but as with any of these infrared light units they use special (translate: $$$$) headphones that tend to disappear out the door. These types of systems will blast your ears off if you walk under or near fluorescent lights or neon signs! In larger auditoriums you may have to buy 2 of the "emitter" units in order to get decent coverage of the seating area.
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Re: Hearing impaired equip? 06 Feb 2001 23:26 #1200

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Yes, you must have hearing enhancement available. We use PhonicEar's infared system and are quite happy with it. We tested a couple of FM systems but they were not vialbe given our building - too much interference.
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Re: Hearing impaired equip? 07 Feb 2001 13:12 #1201

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Does Phoni Ear need a seperate emitter for each theatre? Ours are not huge so I would think that one per room would handle it. Where do you mount emitters?

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Re: Hearing impaired equip? 07 Feb 2001 18:31 #1202

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http://www.phonicear.com/

Yes, Mike, Phonicear uses an infrared emitter in each auditorium. The signal is picked up by an infrared headset that looks just like headphones. Since there is an emitter in each auditorium, you can wander from auditorium to auditorium and listen to each movie. Each emitter comes with 5 headsets so you would end up with 15 units.

We mounted the units to the back wall aimed at the screen. The light reflects off of the screen and the room gets very good coverage. You need AC for the emitter and a signal wire. We use the center channel amp for the signal. With hearing loss, sometimes the sound is confusing. So by using only the center channel, the person gets all the dialogue and not much music and sound effects. You can set up the system yourself. It costs less than that first session with the lawyer to defend you in a lawsuit.

Call (800) 227-0735 and talk to Katherine Steighner, tell her the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside sent you.
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