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IsoTunes has launched new Air Defender AM/FM hearing protection ear muffs.
As suggested by the name, they offer over-the-ear hearing protection with AM/FM connectivity, as opposed to Bluetooth.
IsoTunes says that this model is “ideal for hobbyists who want to listen to the radio – or don’t have strong cell service on the job – while working in loud environments and prefer a comfortable, over-ear style that doesn’t break the bank.”
Features include up to 60 hours of battery life, 24 dB NRR of noise reduction, and IPX4 water resistance.
- Memory foam ear cushions and headband
- ANSI-certified 24 dB NRR | CSA Class A
- CSA/OSHA Compliant hearing protection
- SafeMax tech limits the volume to 85 dB
- Up to 60 hours battery life
- Powered by 2x AA batteries
- IPX4 water and sweat resistance
- Radio station memory function
- Aux input
The IsoTunes Air Defender AM/FM looks to be a low-frills solution for users who want hearing protection with the option to listen to over-the-air radio.
It also has an aux input, which might appeal to traditionalists or users with highly specialized application needs.
Air Defender with Bluetooth
IsoTunes has a Bluetooth version of the Air Defender as well, with 24 dB and up to 40 hours of battery life.
The Bluetooth version has a microphone for taking calls and is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery.
Street Price: $60
Compare to 3M WorkTunes
3M’s WorkTunes hearing protector seems like a good standard for comparison.
The specs are similar – the WorkTunes Connect + AM/FM radio delivers up to 24 dB NRR.
The 3M has a radio with memory, but also features Bluetooth wireless connectivity for streaming from a smartphone or similar device. With IsoTunes, you need to choose between Bluetooth and AM/FM radio models.
The 3M WorkTunes has a microphone for taking calls, something the Air Defender Bluetooth hearing protector also features, but the new AM/FM version does not.