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The Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Muff was put together with the recreational shooting customer in mind. The key term here is "Impact". What these muffs do best is stop loud, sudden impact sounds, while allowing you to hear what else is going on around you.
The earmuffs amplify ambient sound to a safe 82 dB, which can help you hear soft sounds in a quiet environment, such as walking in the forest. Then patented response technology reverts to passive hearing protector when noise reaches 82 dB. Rated hearing protection is 22db. This feature also allows wearers to hear important communications, including other shooters and environmental sounds.
The directionally placed stereo microphones amplify and enhance sound for more natural hearing vs. cheaper single mic alternatives. The springy steel headband withstands rough treatment in the toughest workplaces, while remaining quite comfortable for most users.
Low-profile design with cut-out allows for much better clearance for firearm stocks than other designs, reducing or eliminating interference while shooting. The olive green colored ear cups blend well with forest camouflage clothing outfit.
The electronics feature an AUX input (1/8" / 3.5mm) connection that allows connection to external MP3 players, phones, some walkie-talkies or other audio devices. It should be noted that these are not intended as a high-fidelity pair of headphones, and that the volume limiting circuit keeps overall volume at or below 82db no matter how loud you turn it up (Metallica fans be warned!).
When it comes to shooting, are you worried about your gun stock hitting your muffs? These are about the thinnest you will find in the area of your stock, with a cut out area to offer extra room. Then there is the question of adequate protection. If you are a heavy user, Electronic Ear Muffs in conjunction with earplugs could make a world of difference. A competitive Shotgun shooter will be close to 400-600 shotgun discharges a day. The 22db rated noise reduction of the R-01526 may not be enough. Adding a pair of earplugs underneath the muffs is a belt-and-suspenders way to make sure you are protected.
We highly recommend this product to someone looking for a noise reducing electronic ear muff that will not break the bank. We have used some cheaper noise canceling safety ear muffs, and they will turn off the sound for almost a full second after a noise impact (usually gun shot). The R-01526 muffs filter the percussive out and bring the sound right back in. The sound is clear and static free, a difficulty with cheaper muffs also.
Although the product is advertised to suppress noise exceeding an 82db threshold, noise generated by air compressors, lawn mowers, power saws, etc. may NOT be effectively suppressed. They do work effectively with impact noise, e.g. hammers, presses, and firearms. So if you plan to use them on a lawn mower while listening to your ipod or iphone, this may not be the right hearing protector for you.
The Howard Leight R-01526 is the perfect fit for a low budget high quality noise reduction solution for ear muffs. It has a nice compact fold-able design to keep in your shooting gear bag. The electronics will shut off after 4 hours, so if you forget to turn it off after you are done using it, it saves the battery life. In case the batteries do expire, the batteries (2 AAA cells) are easily installed/replaced. The ON/OFF & volume control switch is easily reached with one hand so adjustment is just as easy. There is a 1/8" 3.5 mm jack port for your MP3 player of choice so you can listen to digital recordings while still protecting your ears as well as being able to hear someone speaking in a normal conversation level around you in a noisy environment. It is easily adjustable for a comfortable fit and it noise reduction rating of 22 dBA makes it more than a match for even some other higher dollar models.
Included: 2 AAA alkaline batteries, stereo connector cord (1/8" TRS)
Tested in accordance with applicable Regulations:
29 CFR 1910.95 - OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure (US)
ANSI S3.19-1974 - Attenuation Test Protocol (US)
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