Loops at Home

Induction loops can be used for a variety of applications in the home, probably the most common is for watching Television. By connecting an induction loop to the TV, all the family can enjoy watching the television at a volume that is comfortable for them.

Induction loops can also improve intelligibility when using the telephone telephone land line or mobile.

They can improve enjoyment of listening to music, listening to the radio, an MP3 player or audio from a computer. Some loop systems are even equipt with alert inputs for connection to the door bell, Telephone or alarm system.

Before you can decide what induction loop system is right for your home, you need to decide what you want to use it to listen too. It may be that the best solution is an induction loop installed for listening to the TV and a neck loop for the telephone and Ipod.

How many Inputs?

By defining what you want to connect the loop amplifier to, you determine what input types and how many of each that the amplifier needs.

Where will you listen to the Loop?

If you only want to listen to the loop when watching TV and you always sit in the same place, you could use a seat pad or sofa loop. The advantages of using a seat pad or sofa loop are, they are quick to install, (they just plug in and the cable can be hidden under the seat) and they have a very small spill field, meaning that a separate loop system could be used in the adjacent room or by the next door neighbour without interference from your loop.

If you want more freedom to listen to the loop, then a room loop, installed round the skirting board may be the best solution. In this case, anyone with a loop receiver or T-coil enabled hearing loop next door will be able to hear what ever it is you are listening too.

The loop can be tacked to the skirting board, and run up and over door frames or concealed under carpet. For a completely invisible installation Univox can also provide flat copper tape which can be laid on the floor and coverd with most floor finishes. As it is only 0.6mm thick,l should not show through the floor finish.

Connecting to the Television

Connecting a loop system to a television is no more difficulut than connecting a DVD or VHS player/recorder.

If your TV has SCART input/outputs, then the easiest option is to use one of our Domestic loop amplifiers with built in Auto Scart or if they do not have all the desired features you are looking for then select the loop amplifier you want and buy the Auto SCART which is available as an accessory.

Auto Scart connects your loop amplifier in series with other equipment connected to the TV. It automatic detects the correct audio signal and switches it to the loop.

If you have a Plasma, LCD or LED TV, you may need the TV Sync function. This provides adjustable delay on the audio signal such that it is in Synch with the image on the screen. Some domestic loop amplifiers in our range have this built in. But is they do not have all the other features you are looking for then select the amplifier that does and buy the TV Sync which is avalable as an accessory.

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