What does a loop system cost?
Loops systems vary in cost, depending on the size, loop design, and construction of the room. Small room installations may cost $5,000 to $10,000. Typical installations costs for larger venues such as small auditoriums, senior centers, churches, etc. are $11,000 – $35,000. Performing Art centers, Theaters, large auditoriums, and arenas at $50,000 to $200,000.
Venues that have little metal in the structure and are constructed such that the loop wire can be easily installed and can be done at a lower cost. However, if there is significant metal in the structure, installing the loop wire where it needs to be in order to meet the standard can be challenging and expensive. The ethical installer, who is sensitive to the ultimate end user and concerned about maintaining the reputation of hearing loops, will refuse to install a loop that does not meet the IEC standard.
A NO-COST site visit is required to determine an exact cost for installation. During the site visit, we will take measurements and collect data.
How is a hearing loop installed?
A hearing loop is often described as a loop wire that is laid around the perimeter of a room. However, we specialize in phased array installations. This controls “spillover” and does not allow the sound to escape the designated room which is important for venues that value privacy (such as courtrooms or conference rooms). This also means we can lay loops in adjacent rooms without the sounds overlapping.
The installation is about securing the loop wire in the floor and keeping it aesthetically pleasing. If your venue is new construction or remodeling, this is the perfect time to call us. The wire is typically laid underneath the carpet. A carpet installer is sometimes needed to cut it precisely and to seal it back.
Another way we lay wire is by cutting ½” to ¾” deep by ⅕” wide lines in the concrete. We then fill the hole and bury the wire so it is permanently embedded in the floor. We offer a 50-year warranty on this installation, but we can expect it to last much, much longer.