Cathedrals, while being wonderful places to worship, have very specific challenges when it comes to acoustics. While some of them offer wonderful places to sit and listen to choral arrangements or for a moment of reflection, they aren’t built as tour group or tour guide friendly: a small footstep can carry from one end of a nave to the other. This presents a challenge for tour guides who must relay information without shouting or whispering.
The Ely Cathedral wanted to solve their tour acoustics problems so they invested in Tour Group equipment from Listen Technologies. ListenRF products allow a tour group user to simply plug into a small receiver that they carry with them throughout a tour. A tour member can adjust his or her own volume and will receive clear and consistent sound from the guide for the duration, so they don’t have to miss a single word of what’s said, even while other tours are simultaneously happening.
The products are also great for the tour guides as they allow them the opportunity to use a normal speaking voice, which is broadcast from a transmitter to each and every tour guest, saving stress on their voice. Although it’s a place with a past, the Ely Cathedral is definitely looking at the present. Including a little technology from Listen Technologies to improve guided tours has made the cathedral a better place to visit, whether a guest is there on a personal pilgrimage or merely there to enjoy the beautiful stained glass.