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Soundfield Systems

A Soundfield amplification system allows all students to hear well wherever they are seated in a classroom and whichever direction the teacher faces.

A Soundfield system is an amplification system which provides an even spread of sound around the room. The term soundfield has been adopted to describe a sound system using a number of speakers distributed around a classroom.

Listeners are surprised how relaxing the sound is, the volume level is such that when you walk into the room you almost dont know that there is an amplification system in use until the system is turned off.

Swift Digital
Swift Digital
The latest in classroom soundfield! An excellent value for money soundfield system offering superb sound quality, simple installation and stylish design
IR CLASSMATE Infra Red
IR CLASSMATE Infra Red
an excellent, secure choice for mainstream school Soundfield installation
Phonak Roger Dynamic SoundField
Phonak Roger Dynamic SoundField
ideal for schools already using Phonak's Roger inspiro or Roger Touchscreen Mic radio aids
Azden IRR-40P infra-red soundfield system
Azden IRR-40P infra-red soundfield system
a straightforward and affordable fixed classroom soundfield option from Azden, recognised worldwide as manufacturers of advanced audio technology
Fixed Hall sound systems
Fixed Hall sound systems
the hall is the focus point for important meetings and other gatherings
Personal Soundfield
Personal Soundfield
gentle sound re-inforcement to help follow the lesson
Portable PA systems
Portable PA systems
very effective if a fixed sound system is not what you are looking for
Waistband personal voice amplifiers
Waistband personal voice amplifiers
not a substitute for a class system but a useful short term aid
Megaphones and Loud Hailers
Megaphones and Loud Hailers
Megaphones and Loud Hailers are an ideal aid for schools, evacuation control, sporting events, construction sites etc - absolutely essential for rallies and meetings during election & hustings!
BabbleGuard from Connevans
BabbleGuard from Connevans
Teach children to self-regulate their noise level and create a good acoustic environment within the classroom
Rack mounted audio players
Rack mounted audio players
Rack mounted CD, USB-MP3 and DVD units
Radio Microphones
Radio Microphones
from Trantec etc.

Free Trial for every UK school
We are so confident that you will love using the IR Swift+ Classroom Soundfield system that we are offering every school in the mainland UK a free trial.

It is very easy, we will come to your school, set it up for you and show a teacher how easy it is to use the equipment. It will just take around 15 minutes and all we need is a mains socket at the back of the classroom to plug in to. Then, at the end of the 3 - 4 week trial period, if you do not think it is making a positive difference to the learning in the Classroom, you can just send it back to us – simple! 

To arrange a free trial for your school, please just email our Director Phil Boswell phil@connevans.com and leave the rest to us!

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Soundfield for Education brochure
latest version of the Connevans Soundfield for education brochure highlighting the soundfield options available

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Why are soundfield systems used?

Students spend perhaphs half the school day learning by listening. To hear well is essential for good student achievement. Most classrooms were not built with optimum acoustics in mind. At the rear of a typical classroom only around 55% of the speech energy remains and is diffused and ‘echoey’. Children are continually building their language base and do not have the same linguistic experience as adults: studies show that children need about a 10dBA louder speech signal than adults. Only students in their teens come close to matching adult speech recognition abilities.

Who do soundfield systems help?

Everybody! Although initial interest in a soundfield system tends to be generated by special needs support services in support of a particular student, once installed it is usually discovered that everyone in the room benefits. Teachers find that they have reduced voice strain (and stress!) and students respond faster, which results in a more effecient lesson. Even a simple command to 'turn to page six' tends to be responded to faster.

All students benefit in some way but those with various types of learning difficulties e.g. APD, ADHD and minor day to day short term hearing variations gain particular benefit.

With enhanced distributed sound from a soundfield system, students feel they are being spoken to with normal voice inflection rather than being spoken at with a raised monotone voice.

When should Soundfield systems be used?

For all class instruction by teachers and spoken participation by students.

A soundfield would not be used for individual instruction and it should not be used as a substitute for a personal fm radio aid for hearing aid users.

Hearing aid users require the best possible sound input quality and soundfield systems can be used side by side with personal fm radio aid systems. With the correct choice of equipment, the personal fm radio aid receiver ‘listens in’ to the classroom soundfield system. The teacher just wears their usual transmitter and the radio aid user has no embarrassment of needing to give the teacher their transmitter.

information icon Installation and on site maintenance 

information icon   More information can be found in the Connevans catalogue

Other relevant questions: 

Is the soundfield for general mainstream use?
(rather than to cater for hearing aid users). If yes, all systems are suitable, however we'd recommend the IR Swift or the IR Classmate.

 
 

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