Speakers and Sound
Enhanced classroom audio is a foundational component to any modern classroom. It distributes the teacher’s voice evenly throughout the learning environment, allowing all students to hear and understand the teacher. Research has shown improvements in student achievement, reduced teacher vocal fatigue, and many other proven benefits.
A sound enhancement system (SES) consists of a wireless microphone that amplifies the teacher’s voice 8-10 decibels and evenly distributes that voice through speakers strategically placed around the classroom (ideally located in the ceiling). These systems usually come with a hand-held microphone for the students to share when speaking aloud, so that students can also benefit from hearing their peers.
This even distribution of the speaker’s voice creates a positive Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) of approximately +15 dB in ALL listening areas of the classroom. Essentially, every child in the classroom gets a “front row seat.”
Please note: the term Sound Enhancement Technology or Sound Enhancement System (SES) is often referred to as sound amplification, sound distribution, and sound field technology. The terms can be used interchangeably; however, we prefer the term “enhancement” because it is a more accurate description of the overall benefits. This technology enhances the quality of the teacher’s voice, enhances the student’s acoustic accessibility to their teacher and peers, and therefore enhances the learning experience and subsequent academic potential.