I received a pair of these for Father's day. They are sold by PSI
Woodworking. They resemble the standard "Mickey Mouse" ear protectors
but have a microphone and speakers inside so you can hear normal sounds
but when the sound level reaches a certain decibel level the circuit
shuts off and they become standard ear protectors.
This sounds good on paper, but I was disappointed. The sounds you hear
are tinny and distant, bringing to mind the little button "speakers"
that used to be soldered onto the motherboard of computers. I tried them
while using my gas powered chipper/shredder. They would occasionally
shut down, but mostly it tried to reproduce the shredder noise in it's
own tinny way. I just turned the sound off, but they still did not
attenuate the noise as well as my old North Gun Mufflers.
Heavier than regular mufflers
Failed to shut down with loud (to me) noise.
Less noise attenuation than my old El Cheapos.
Faithless sound reproduction. The microphone is on the right, so
conversation on the left side not picked up.
Pros: Nice looking orange and black motif.
Gerald Ross, Cochran, GA
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I got a pair of Radians from Woodcraft for Christmas. I gotta say that
these work better than expected. There is a separate microphone and volume
control for each ear and the LOUD noises are properly filtered. Clapping
hands sound like you are wearing leather gloves. Sound quality is excellent
as I often forget that I have them on. IIRC they were about $100.
I use a pair of Peltor Worktunes earmuffs I purchased from Amazon for about
$60. These have the sound reduction capability of standards earmuffs but
come with a built in AM/FM radio. I use them in the shop but they are
especially good (i.e. having the radio) when I am mowing the lawn.
I'll enthusiastically second the vote for Peltor Work Tunes. These are
one of the best shop purchases I've ever made.
The radio makes them so transparant as to use that I wind up wearing
them all day, then into the house where the wife slaps me on the ear
and tells me that I can take them off now.
The only problems with them are that the tuner knob isn't labeled, so
finding your station can be a trick, and the dial will get bumped out
of station when you set them down.
Here's my solution:
Have your regular shop radio tuned to the station you want. Put one
ear in the work tunes and leave the other ear uncovered. It is amazing
how quickly your ear can detect when the two sounds come into synch.
FWIW, I'll third the vote for Peltor Work Tunes. I not only use them in the shop,
but I use them when riding the tractor, using my
chainsaw, running the chipper/shredder, etc.
You are right about the tuner knob as well.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know
the shop, but I use them when riding the tractor, using my
I wonder how easy it is to try them and perhaps return them. I have a
difficult time getting the station I want to listen to as we get crappy
radio reception in my town. The local AM is OK for getting the local news.
Other stations are about 70 miles.
What does "sound is muted from the radio" mean?
To me, "mute" means quiet. These things aren't exactly audiophile
quality, but to this musician / sound mixer, it's plenty passable for
listening when working, and voices are clear and intelligible on AM
talk stations. The volume is plenty loud to be heard clearly over my
Harley-like wide-cut walk behind mower, the DJ-20 and a DC within 4
feet, and my Shop Vac. The volume IS limited to about 85 db inside
If by "muted", they mean a lack of high end, I don't agree. Maybe the
folks saying that have already blown out the high end of their
hearing, and are only now buying protection? <G>
I've always been extremely protective of my own hearing.
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