New York, NY (December 5, 2013)—The Lion King, Broadway’s fifth-longest running musical, is now using Sennheiser HMDC 26-II broadcast headsets to communicate between personnel behind the scenes to ensure the production run smoothly each night.
"We purchased the Sennheiser HMDC 26-II headsets for two primary reasons: first, by using these headsets, our entire team can hear the calling and direction better. The second reason was to protect the hearing of the staff, particularly the spot operators who are perched up near the speaker clusters. They are in such close proximity to the sound system that the safety factor became very important,” explained Alain Van Achte, head of sound department at Lion King.
The HMDC 26-II headsets are primarily designed for use in live sound and broadcast applications in extremely noisy environments. "The HMDC 26-II comes in especially handy when I am in directly on my spotlight perch front of the [speaker] clusters," said Head Follow Spot Operator Doug Graf. "I noticed that I could turn the volume down and leave it at a comfortable level. When the volume is quieter, I can still hear all the dialog on stage from the show feed and it allows me to focus even more on the task at hand."