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hearing protection

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by RWBlue, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    What is the best electronic hearing protection?

    I think it is time to upgrade.

    Is there a side beside comparison out there?
     
  2. raven11

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  3. GlockFish

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  4. SouthpawG26

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    The top offerings from Peltor (Comtac II) and MSA Sordin (Supreme Pro X) are generally very close to each other in overall comfort and quality, I have a slight preference for Sordins because the scalloped shells allow a better cheek weld on long guns.

    Regardless of which one you chose, make sure to get the optional gel earmuffs seals, for superior comfort (the single best upgrade you can put on an earmuff, for maximum comfort), trust me on this.

    There is a great deal on the MSA Sordin here:

    http://www.srstactical.com/communic...eadsets/msa-sordin-supreme-pro*x/75302*x.html

    There's a good deal on the Comtacs on that site as well (but not as great as the deal they have on the Sordins)

    And always use lithium AAA (AA for the Comtac) batteries. No alkalines, not even the better brands. I lost my previous Comtac II (I'm wearing these in my avatar) to a leaky battery..

    Edited to add: Glockfish, check you browser settings dude, they work fine.
     
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  5. Saugus

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    I have the Peltor Tactical Sport and really like them. Picked them up for around $125.00 if I remember correctly.
     
  6. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I don't think I am going to find what I want.

    1. Must not clip conversations.
    2. Must use AA or AAA or 123 batteries.
    3. Must have forward facing microphones. (I hunt with my ears as much as my eyes. I don't think the side microphones will allow me to do this.)
    4. Must go in back of head not over. (Over doesn't work well with other head gear.)
    5. Must have input and output for radio. Music for when alone at range. Microphone when not alone in teh woods.
     
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  7. SouthpawG26

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    I believe this checks every box:
    http://www.srstactical.com/communic...a-sordin-supreme-pro*x,-neckband/76302*x.html
     
  8. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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  9. Rinspeed

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    My Pro-Ears Dimension 1s are awesome, not cheap at all but worth every penny.
     
  10. kodiakpb

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    +1 for the MSA Sordin Supreme Pro-X. If you get them make sure to get the Gel seals.
     
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  11. Rinspeed

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    The Sordins have always had a great reputation. When I bought my Pro-Ears the Sordins were still make in Sweden and were quite a bit more money.
     
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  13. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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  14. Rinspeed

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    I thought you asked about the best.
     
  15. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    True, but I didn't think I would be in ouch territory.
     
  16. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I kind of like mine, but the pathetically low NRR of 18 can be problematic. Don't even dream of using them stand-alone indoors. I used them outside a bit and am generally happy with that, but when the guy next to me had a 5.56 with a muzzle brake it felt like I was getting hit in the head with a rubber mallet.

    They have their place, but IME that place is limited by the low NRR.

    I'm still in the trial phase with my next selection...Howard Leight Impact Pro. Same basic idea as the impact sport, but bigger/bulkier and much more effective at reducing noise. NRR of 30! And still only $68

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-R-01902-Electronic-Shooting-Earmuffs/dp/B007BGSI5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358677905&sr=8-1&keywords=howard+leight+impact+pro"]Howard Leight by Honeywell R-01902 Impact Pro Electronic Shooting Earmuffs - Amazon.com@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Mj5IJurZL.@@AMEPARAM@@41Mj5IJurZL[/ame]
     
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  17. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Do you have a pair of those? If so, how do you like them? Are they usable indoors? Next to rifles with brakes?

    I don't understand how something with an NRR of 21 can be considered the best. I know a lot of guys really like their MSA Sordin ____ electronic earmuffs, but the NRRs are all 18-21. I'm very skeptical based on that. I damn near got a pair of Sordin Supreme, but that NRR....notsureifwant
     
  18. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I have suppressors which do better than that so....I think they are off the buy list.

    Remember, I am looking to get a 50BMG. A noise reduction of 19 is still going to be LOUD.
     
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  19. chewybaca67

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    Not listening to Rap works for me.
     
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