Honeywell Howard Leight Verishield VS130 Review: Better Than the L3?

Honeywell Howard Leight Verishield VS130 Review

Several readers have asked me how the Howard Leight Verishield VS130 earmuffs compare to their still widely available predecessor, the Leightning L3, so here is my review. I haven’t used the L3 much recently because the headband had deteriorated to the point where I was constantly getting black flakes in my hair. The L3 are …

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Earplugs or ANC Earbuds for Noise Sensitivity? A Big City Report

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In recent months, I have focused on using noise cancelling earbuds as my go-to noise reduction tool during the day. My ears are already itching. Before that, I tested an almost excessive amount of inexpensive, reusable push-in earplugs, including many moderate-noise reduction earplugs (Hi-Fi earplugs) for dampening irritating noises while commuting, exercising, walking around town, …

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Soundcore Space A40 Practical Review and Noise Reduction Test

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To understand how well and consistently the Space A40 reduce noise and how useful they are in everyday life, I have made them my main earbuds for about a month in loud city environments. I have also conducted systematic noise reduction tests and compared them to the best of the best as well as to …

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How Can Adaptive Transparency Help Noise Sensitive People?

adaptive transparency mode for noise sensitivity

The objective of headphones with adaptive transparency mode / adaptive awareness mode is to allow you to hear your surroundings as you would without headphones while at the same time reducing loud noises. Wouldn’t that be great? Walking around town and being aware of traffic but not stressed out by excessive honking, sirens, loud motorbikes, …

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Adaptive Noise Cancelling: Better Than Old-School, Fixed ANC?

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More and more noise cancelling headphones and earbuds are being advertised as having adaptive noise cancellation. But is that just a sales pitch or are we getting some real benefits? I recently experienced several such adaptive noise cancelling headphones and earbuds. The results were sometimes stunningly good, but in other situations the same adaptive headphones …

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Review and Detailed ANC Test

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Review and ANC Test

I have now used the QuietComfort II Earbuds for six weeks. I am always on the lookout for tools that can effectively reduce noise in a busy, hot city while staying comfortable and in touch with my surroundings. In the following review, I report on my noise reduction tests, fit and comfort, sound quality, call …

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3M Pro-Comms Electronic Hearing Protector Test and Review: Finally a Good Mike

3M Pro-Comms Electronic Hearing Protector Test and Review: Finally a Good Mike

Very few Bluetooth earmuffs allow you to take a phone call in a high noise (>90 dB) environment. Having now tested the 3M Pro-Comms (‎90546-SIOC) against a lawn mower, saw, and router, I can report that these do the trick: callers can hear me when it gets loud, and I can hear them. Until very …

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How Well Does Cleaning Foam Earplugs Work?

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For nighttime use, I typically toss out foam earplugs when they don’t look or smell clean anymore or when their effectiveness starts deteriorating. Many manufacturers state something like: “Discard after several uses or as soon as dirt or wax accumulates…” (Macks) “Disposable foam earplugs” (Moldex) When using earplugs for hearing protection in a high-noise environment, …

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Noise Masking or Active Noise Cancelling: Together or Alone?

noise masking or noise cancelling or both

In this post, I’d like to demonstrate how much of a difference noise masking, active noise cancelling, and noise isolation alone and in combination make when it comes to eliminating disturbing nighttime (and daytime) noises. We are going to listen to a “noisescape” containing large-truck noises and resonances, honking of smaller and larger vehicles, and …

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How to Connect the 3M Pro-Protect to One or Two Devices via Bluetooth

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In this post, I am outlining the steps for pairing and connecting the 3M Pro-Protect Electronic Hearing Protector. We are also looking at how you can simultaneously connect to two devices. This isn’t an “official function” and there are some limitations (see section connecting to two devices), but I wanted to give it a go …

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