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QuieTunes Com-260R Ear Protectors

Elvex - QuieTunes Com-260R Ear Protectors

Reduce workshop noise while listening to music on the radio with these rechargeable earmuffs from Elvex.

$90 (As of 8/1/2003)

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Editor's Review:

by Asa Christiana

review date: August 1, 2003

With the information we have today about the cumulative, irreversible nature of hearing loss, ear protection is a must, not an option, around noisy shop machinery. Further, earmuff-type protection offers relatively foolproof and consistent decibel reduction.

When it comes to earmuffs, woodworkers have a variety of choices, ranging from inexpensive, basic muffs to high-tech models that mask loud sounds but allow voice-level noise to filter through. Falling somewhere in the middle is the Elvex QuieTunes Com-260R, earmuffs made with the music lover in mind. The muffs combine comfort and efficiency with a high-quality FM radio receiver.

I found them comfortable to wear, even when used for a long period of time, so much so that I often left the shop without realizing I still had them on—until I was outdoors wondering why the hills were alive with the sound of music.

Rated at a solid 25 decibels of noise reduction, the Elvex muffs lower the roar of a chopsaw to a dull whine. And for anyone tempted to crank up the music to a level that would make a router seem quiet, the sound inside the muffs is limited to 85 decibels, a number considered safe.

The muffs work for 40 hours before the rechargeable batteries need attention. A charger is included.

The only drawback I could find was the lack of an AM receiver; my favorite baseball team’s games are not broadcast on FM. Of course, FM does offer high-quality stereo sound when a station is locked in. However, you can expect static when tuned to a station with a weak signal.

- 40 hours, charger included
- 25 db of noise reduction

Editor Test Results:

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Elvex
Manufacturer's Web Site www.elvex.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-888-6582

I bought the original QuieTunes about 15 years ago, when they first came out, and have used them in my wood shop and for doing yard work since then. The original rechargeable battery has lasted all this time. They get great reception regardless on position.I plan to buy new ones because after all of this time they are starting to finally give me a problem. The controls are starting to wear out and it makes one ear speaker cut out.Overall this is an excellent product, and now the new ones cost half of what I paid and shut off automatically after 4 hours.

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