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Better than expected! Excellent buy for the price!
I was looking for something for bus and (especially) airplane rides. I find my ears numbed by noisy engines - particularly on the small planes - and figure I'm better safe than sorry.
I have a more expensive pair of noise blocking headphones and wish I'd found these first. These cushions fit better over my ears (I have trouble finding a good fit) which makes the noise blocking is more effective. I didn't want blutooth or any fancy features - I use the other pair every day and they get beat up in transit - so was looking for a price point where I could afford to buy a new pair.
First impressions are that they are sturdy, comfortable, and do a good job blocking outside noise. They greatly reduce engine noise when you are sitting over the wing, and listening to the news during bus rides is handy.
For practicality, these get full points.
I can't speak to power consumption but a fully charged set of AAs have lasted over 24 hours and, honestly, that will probably depend on the type and age of the batteries. What I do like is that they use AA batteries that can be replaced easily and you can carry spares to swap out if you run out of power on the road. Unlike devices with built-in batteries, these might still be usable 3 years from now. Not really fair comparing these to ipods, but these have some serious advantages.
Furthermore, they have detachable cables to reduce clutter (I replaced the one that came with it for a retractable pair), and well mounted radio controls that can be reached without having to take them off.
Some folks have complained about the tuner. I thought it was good - you turn the knob and a voice reads out the current frequency. If you are far off the station that you want, give it a few full turns; if you are close to the station that you want, just give it a few clicks.
One unexpected bonus - they are pretty warm while standing at the bus stop on 5C mornings. That may backfire in the summer but since we are moving towards winter, I'm looking forward to using them as earmuffs!
Two complaints: 1) if you plug anything into the headphone jack, the radio switches over - even if you turn off the player. It would be better if the "MODE" button let you toggle between sources. Having to disconnect and store the headphone cable somewhere is a nuisance.
2) The yellow colour works great if you are in construction, but is a bit too visible for casual day wear. Some styling other colour options (even plain black or grey) would open these up to a wider market.
Overall, these fit my needs and price point really well. Unless they turn out to break easily or stop working for no reason, I'll give these 5 stars!
the auto shut down is nice so if you don't touch then they will shut off after a couple of hours, wont kill the battery. the only thing I don't like is that it tells you what frequency your on after a second or two...I understand why..its the only way of knowing the station but I live in a small town and know all the stations by what they play
Work as good or better than advertised. 3M quality eliminates the outside bad noises and let's you listen to your favourite station. I cut lawns with a tractor and trim with a 2 stroke trimmer and these all but remove the engine sounds. 2 AA batteries last about 2 weeks. I use rechargeables.
Can’t believe I waited so long to buy this product. Usually use standard industrial ear protection and they’ve been fine. BUT being able to listen to music or news or even podcasts while grass trimming or mowing is amazing! The sound quality of the radio alone from this set of ear protection is top notch. And they cancel so much noise I’m amazed how worn out my old standard set of ear protection was. Very intuitive control. No Bluetooth but I believe the newer version has it. I just use the cable and keep it simple. Highly recommended!!
Works well. Quieter than my previous generic earmuffs particularly in the lower frequencies. Radio picks up several stations (equal to our average kitchen-type radio) which is good considering I live in an area where powerful US stations tend to overwhelm my favourite Canadian stations. Battery life is about 40 hours.
Does what it says on the box, and very well. The hearing protection is extremely clever. For instance-- you'll have instant feedback if your surrounding are too loud as you won't be able to comfortably hear the music. You can easily skim stations by twisting a knob-- after a long delay, the computer reads you the frequency. When you plug in an MP3 player, it manages the audio level to keep it at safe levels (even when switched off). There's no way to turn this off-- which is probably for the best if you're handing these out to employees etc, or are just forgetful like I am. The volume control doesn't do much in MP3 player mode. It would be nice if you could modify the volume, but ultimately, you can do this just as easily from the cellphone or player and it does prevent confusion.
The only real con is the lack of bass response-- now this bothers me as an audiophile, but I can't really take any points off because when you're actually using the things for their intended function (operating compressors,power tools and such), the bass notes would be impossible to hear anyways. The sound is not unpleasant, and would be great for audiobooks or casual listening. Ultimately, its going to inherently sound better than any work-site radio anyways. FM reception seems pretty respectable (in Toronto). In my limited experience, the hearing protection is quite good for the rating. And that's with long hair and glasses.
Absolutely love this item! Easy to operate and voice tells what station you have. Eady you tune into your favorite music or station. InstallING the two battery's is easy and a good tight fit. I would give it 5 stars but the only thing is I felt the volume of the speakers in the headset is low for me. Wish it was a little higher. Otherwise a big thumps up.
As a set builder I use the headphones a lot. This unit is poorly designed for a work environment. The controls are too susceptible to bumping into things throwing unit off station it is a time consuming chore to get back on station. a month after using it the station identifying voice will not go on station it is now about 5 khz off. (station 770 comes across as 765 and sounds a bit off frequency) two modifications #1 have a "control lock" so unit stays were it was set or move controls so they cannot be easily bumped.
The one small glitch is installing the batteries. When I first went to install them, I thought that there must be some strange battery size that I've never heard of, as the AA batteries I was trying to install would not fit. I eventually got them in, but it took a lot of force to do it. I'm not looking forward to having to change them, I'll likely have to pry them out with a screwdriver, and hopefully nothing breaks.