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#10 in Tools&Hardware
- External audio input connects to MP3 players and scanners
- Amplifies conversation and commands with one single volume control knob
- Automatic 4 hour shut-off increases battery life
- Automatically blocks noise above 82 dB, noise reduction rating: NRR 22
- Adjustable, low-profle design folds for easy storage
To capture low level sound, the Impact Sport employs built-in microphones that amplify range commands and other important sounds. Users enjoy full, clear directional hearing in stereo. For protection, the Impact Sport actively listens and automatically shuts off amplification whenever harmful sound levels are reached. The earmuffs effectively block any noise, continuous or impulse, of 82dB or more. An external audio imput allows you to connect your IPOD or other audio source. It has a black leatherette headband with hunter green ear cups, a snap-on lid for quick and easy battery replacement, outstanding battery lifetime, and includes 2 AAA batteries.
Helpful Customer Reviews
- situational awareness, an engineers perspective.
feel free to Check my references, I am a 15 year veteran of Live sound and own a recording studio in Maui
I am a Life member of the NRA and a member of the Valley Isle Sport shooters.
Shooting is my hobby, sound is my life.
I entrust my main professional asset to these head phones.
- For the price, excellent; average overall.
Before buying these, my wife had been previously using the Howard Leight Leightning-31 earmuffs (non-electronic, NRR 31), so I was _really_ worried about the drop in NRR with her. We went to an indoor range yesterday and shot a .40SW pistol (the .40SW has a sharp pressure spike, and hence percussion wave, and being indoors amplifies things, so this was a really good test of the earmuff’s effectiveness). After we were done she said that she “likes” these muffs, and “has no problem” with them. They’re a keeper! She did have one complaint. She says that they squeeze her head too tightly (not uncomfortably, just a tighter, snugger fit than she’s used to) and interfere with her eye protection. We both understand that the tight fit is necessary to seal the ear, so that’s not a problem in our minds, but she says she “needs to figure something out” w.r.t. the shooting glasses because that bugs her.
Of course, I tried these muffs out also. I gotta admit, for the price they are pretty darn good. The amplification is above average and you can hear normal conversation easily. They cut out when they should, but the recovery time after a shot is slow (that bothers other people a lot more than it does me). Come to think of it, the power-on time is pretty darn slow, too. Regardless, these muffs are another winner in the Howard Leight product line as far as I’m concerned.
However, whenever a review includes the phrase “for the price”, that should raise a flag (IMO); i.e. you gotta look at the big picture as well as the niche. Yes, these are excellent hearing protectors for the price, but overall they’re not all that great in comparison to other models on the market. They do their job, though.
Since these are not marketed as “tactical” earmuffs, an LED power indicator would have been nice. My wife will eventually get used to having to turn off her hearing protection, but a power indicator as a reminder wouldn’t hurt. On the plus side, these muffs have an automatic shut-off feature to compensate for forgetfulness.
The included instructions are minimal and poorly written. Case in point, they tell you to insert the batteries into the battery compartment, but don’t tell you how to open the battery compartment! [Slide the lid vertically toward the headband.] A little common sense goes a long way here.
Bottom line: All babble aside, I’d recommend these earmuffs. Based on my wife’s input and my short exposure to them, I think they do an adequate job; and yes, the cost-effective pricing is hard to ignore.
by J.W(San Diego)
- Good product
The Howard Leight R-01526 fit perfectly, soft pads and no pain after wearing for an hour straight. I was pretty surprised at the sound quality of people talking 2 rows down from me on an indoor range. Almost scary in reality to hear someone talking at a normal level 10 ft away with weapon fire and a large exhaust fan running. I actually had to turn down the volume after I first put them on to tune out the talking. As far as weapon noise? they did their job! quick cut off of sound when a weapon was fired. Curious about how long the batteries last after say a whole day on the range. Installing batteries where pretty easy and the cover seats well.
For the money I think they are a pretty good deal. We will see in the long run how they hold up. I really like the way the earmuff’s fold into themselves and make a small “oblong ball” and fit nicely into my range bag.