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Quality Audio with Hearing Protection, Chasing a Unicorn?
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Have you tried etymotic's? Etys can isolate as much as 30db and sound very good. I think they are tilted a little bright for my taste, but I still use my old er6i when I mow the lawn, etc.
What I keep hearing is that they are not designed for protecting from a firearm report. Except for a cheaper earbud billed as jobsite hearing protection. Am I just looking at the wrong model?
I mean, they're not going to *tell* you it's safe for firearm usage. I have not used them in that capacity, either. However, I do use them when I use air impact tools or gas-powered tools. They don't make the er6i anymore and apparently they are expensive on the used market.
Here's the new version:
"35-42 dB of noise isolation when inserted properly."
You could roll your own solution with some radians and some balanced armature drivers or something like this:
"31dB Highest NRR"
These guys https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Sho-34dB-Shooting-Protection/dp/B01FPWTJBI/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1501773128&sr=1-5&keywords=shooting+hearing+protection
34dB – Highest Hearing Protection Ratio Earmuffs
So etys are in-line with other solutions for shooting hearing protection. But they are very dependent on insertion. YMMV. I am not a doctor. Or lawyer. Use at your own risk. Call a doctor if you have an erection lasting longer than 4 years.