Sound Associates has been at the forefront of assisted listening technology since it was first introduced to Broadway in 1979 with the infrared listening system; and has continued to pioneer various products to make live theater more accessible, not only for patrons requiring audio amplification, but captions, audio description for those with low vision or no vision and even translations into many foreign languages. Below are the types of technology you will find in use throughout the Broadway theaters.
Wireless Listening System
The most commonly used device on Broadway for audio amplification, via a lightweight receiver, which is worn stethoscope style. It is intended to assist individuals with light to moderate hearing loss. Patrons who have their own infrared headset (2.3 MHz) can use their device at theaters using this technology.
Infrared Pendant Receiver
This pendant receiver is similar to the headset but allows the patron to wear the device around their neck using a pair of headphones to hear the audio. It is frequently used with a personal neck loop attachment in lieu of headphones to make it hearing aid compatible.
Neck Induction Loop
The neck induction loop attachment can be added to the infrared or FM receivers. Patrons who have a T-coil enabled hearing aid, can use this attachment to send audio from the receiver directly to their hearing aid, giving them the ability to control volume on both their hearing aid and the receiver to get the extra volume and clarity they need.
FM Listening System
The FM system uses a body pack receiver and lightweight headphones (or neck induction loop) to deliver the audio to the patron.
Induction Loop System
Several theaters on Broadway offer an induction loop system in addition to one of the other technologies. Theaters that are “looped” allow patrons with a T-coil enabled hearing aid to enjoy the production without the assistance of an additional device, simply by setting their hearing aid(s) to “T”. (Please note that not all parts of the theater are looped and the perimeter of the seating areas may experience reduced coverage. Please check with our Distribution Rep on site if you have any questions.)
Closed Captioning is to be provided at every production in our Broadway Listings. Due to production constraints, captioning services are not available from the first public performance; however, Sound Associates strives to make them available as quickly as possible, but may take as much as four weeks from official opening night to create the script and automate it to make it available as an “on-demand”service for you.
A small hand-held device, provided at the theater, displays pre-loaded text that has been timed to run concurrent with the production.
GalaPro Mobile App
Using your own personal smart phone or WiFi enabled tablet, the App displays the same captions as the I-Caption device. The GalaPro Mobile App is free to use for this service and can be downloaded at anytime from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. See QR code below.
Note: While most theaters on Broadway provide both technologies, not all do. Please refer to our Broadway Listings to see which services are available for the production you are attending.
An aural description of the physical properties (sets, costumes, characters and staging) of the production to enhance the experience of theater-goers with low vision, limited vision or blindness.
This service is to be provided at every production in our Broadway Listings. However, due to production constraints, it is not available from the first public performance. Regardless, Sound Associates strives to make this service available as quickly as possible, but may take as much as four weeks from official opening night to create the script, record it and automate it to make it available as an “on-demand”service for you.
Using the same device designed for I-Caption, audio cues of the action occurring on stage are played. The device includes a single ear bud to the give the user the privacy of hearing the descriptions while allowing them to hear the music, dialogue and audience reactions naturally through the other ear.
GalaPro Mobile App
Using your own personal smart phone or WiFi enabled tablet, and earphones, the App plays the same audio description as the D-Scriptive device. The GalaPro Mobile App is free to use for this service and can be downloaded at any time from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. See QR code below.
Note: While most theaters on Broadway provide both technologies, not all do. Please refer to our Broadway Listings to see which services are available for the production you are attending..
Foreign Language Translations
Audien™: 故事和事件的音频解说，置于每个场景中。仅可在 Sound Associates 收听设备上使用。
文字翻译: 视听作品的逐字字幕，可在 GalaPro 应用程序中找到。可能会收取服务费。
Audien™: 故事和事件的音訊評論，放置在每個場景內。Sound Associates 監聽裝置獨家提供。
文字翻譯: 製作的逐字詞字幕，在 GalaPro 應用程式上提供。可能會收取服務費。
Audien™: Commentaire audio de l'histoire et des événements, inséré dans chaque scène. Disponible en exclusivité sur les appareils d'écoute Sound Associates.
Traduction du texte: Sous-titrage mot à mot de la production, disponible sur l'application GalaPro. Des frais de service peuvent s'appliquer.
Audien™: Audiokommentare zur Geschichte und den Ereignissen in jeder Szene. Exklusiv für Hörgeräte von Sound Associates.
Textübersetzung: Untertitel Wort für Wort mit der GalaPro App. Es kann eine Servicegebühr anfallen.
Audien™: Commento audio della storia e degli eventi, posizionato in ogni scena. Disponibile esclusivamente sui dispositivi di ascolto Sound Associates.
Traduzione del testo: Sottotitoli della produzione parola per parola, disponibili sull'app GalaPro. Potrebbero essere applicati costi di servizio.
Audien™: さまざまなストーリーやイベントシーンのオーディオコメンタリー（音声解説）をご用意。Sound Associates の音楽デバイスでのみご利用いただけます
テキスト翻訳: GalaPro 字幕アプリで、一字一句変わらずに作品をご鑑賞いただけます。サービス料が発生する場合がございます
Audien™: 스토리와 사건의 오디오 해설로 각 신(scene)마다 필요한 곳에 배치됩니다. Sound Associates 청취 기기에서만 사용 가능합니다.
텍스트 번역: 프로덕션의 단어 대 단어 자막으로, GalaPro 앱에서 사용 가능합니다. 서비스 요금이 부과될 수 있습니다.
Audien™: Comentário em áudio da história e eventos, colocados em cada cena. Disponível exclusivamente nos dispositivos de escuta Sound Associates.
Tradução do texto: Legendas palavra por palavra da produção, disponíveis no aplicativo GalaPro. Pode ser aplicada uma taxa de serviço.
Audien™: Comentarios de audio de la historia y los sucesos, colocados a lo largo de cada escena. Disponibles exclusivamente en dispositivos de escucha de Sound Associates.
Traducción de texto: Subtítulos palabra por palabra de la producción, disponibles en la aplicación GalaPro. Puede aplicarse un cargo por servicio.