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What is a Silent Disco?

Person standing wearing Silent Sound System headphones and a BASSpak wearable subwoofer.

“Silent Disco” originally evolved out of necessity as a way for underground parties and raves to be able to operate without being ended early on a noise violation. Now, this technology is used in many ways, but the Silent Disco remains the most popular.

Silent Discos are parties that involve noise-cancelling, wireless headphones that connect to transmitters.

Much like a radio with multiple channels, there are several stations listeners can switch between. So, country, rap, and rock lovers can finally party together without the fight for the aux cord!

Silent Sound System headphones have three switches to connect to three separate transmitters. When audience members switch between stations, their headphones change color to represent what station they are listening to. This shows other dancers where to tune in if they like someone’s moves.


The idea of a “Silent” Disco seems contradictory. What’s a party without loud music?

Nothing but chatter, laughter, and the shuffling of dancing can be heard without wearing headphones. You may think the silence will be awkward, but after people warm up, it is a great opportunity for dancing, people-watching, and conversation. While the concept may be strange to some, it is revolutionary for everyday parties, restaurants, businesses, and large-scale events.

Not Just for Silent Disco

With Silent Disco’s unconventional roots, the uses for the headphones have gotten more innovative than the traditional Silent Rave. DJs can battle for listeners, bar attendees can switch between televisions to view different programs, or music festival goers can continue the party after noise ordinances go into effect.

This equipment has also been used for yoga, meditation, and fitness, so guests don’t miss anything their instructor is saying and can also be used for weddings, movie events, guided tours, and as a tool in senior living communities. It also makes gatherings more inclusive by helping to limit sensory overload and to aid with hearing and attention difficulties.

Ultimately, Silent Disco headphones are as versatile as the host using them.

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