The Pro Ears Mag Gold hearing protection and amplification are ideal for indoor and outdoor shooting ranges; most especially for large and small caliber handguns and pistols. The large style cups provide exceptional protection with an NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 30. These units have automatic shut-off after 4 hours of inactivity to preserve batteries, super soft and comfortable Pro Form leather ear seals and exclusive DLSC technology, and dual circuit boards for true audiophile sound quality. Come with a 5 year warranty and are Made in the USA.
Well made. The sound clarity and fidelity is excellent. Does not "shut off" and "come back on" with every shot. It just lowers the gunshot sounds to a more manageable sound level and I can still hear what is going on while on the range.
I spend a lot of time on both indoor and outdoor ranges, primarily with handguns, and these muffs are really comfortable with leather like ear cushions, which are replaceable.
Purchased for both range work and hunting. My ears are literally shot from 30 years as USMC Grunt/Recon Officer and a lifetime of hunting/shooting. These muffs are simply outstanding. Used this past few weeks while turkey hunting would great results. Amplified sounds that I could not hear with naked ear. At the range, I'm particularly impressed with my ability to converse (without yelling), yet still blocks out heavy pistol fire under a covered shooting line. I acknowledged that I was reluctant to purchase for more than a couple of years because of the price, but now that I have used them, I figure if they hold up to wear, they will be worth it. My only criticism is that for the price, it would seem that they could at least come in a pouch or bag to protect them for storage/travel. I've resorted to a felt Crown Royal bag out of necessity. A carrying pouch with pocket for extra batteries, would be a nice touch. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. BRB
I purchased my set over 3 years ago for use as a Range Safety Officer. I selected the Pro Series for the high Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), volume controls and audio input jacks. The NRR was the most important factor in my decision. In the hot Florida weather I can wear my hearing protection all day without discomfort, pressure points or headache, which can be attributed to good design and substantial cushioning. After a couple of years I snapped one of the arms that supports the ear cups. I purchased a refurbishment kit which included almost everything to make them like new. For those who shoot rifle a lot, they may want to consider a lower profile cup that doesn't make contact with the rifle shoulder stock. I primarily shoot pistols, so the size is not a factor for me. To ensure that you have good batteries in your headset, I recommend buying 4 extra "N" size batteries and keeping them in your range bag. I highly recommend this hearing protection, and for those who appreciate the value of good, long term investments, they will find value here.
I actually liked these so much that I wrote a blog post and made a video about them and the wonderful customer service! http://shootinjh.com/best-hearing-protection-for-shooting/
I shoot at a range where bullseye and compensated full race guns are allowed to zero their firearms side by side. These hearing protectors are outstanding in every way-well built; protects your hearing as stated; and the quality is evident throughout their products and accessories. I was especially pleased to be able to do an equipment upgrade; and to get a case that had the foam inserts pre-cut for easy removal and shaping. The order arrived promptly; it was well-packaged; and I am using one of the boxes to return my very old set. I am very glad to have made this purchase and I bought the unit that takes the longer life battery. I am 67 years old; and have always taken care of my hearing as many of my friends are wearing aids already. This product is great, and the company behind it is great, too. Many thanks.
I have used my $340 hearing protection probably a dozens times when the head band suddenly snapped while getting ready for a day at the range. Thankfully I had spare set of ears (Peltor). When I got home and started doing more research I found lots of other people also complain about the headset and poor quality headband. Sadly I am beyond the one-year warranty so I am SOL.
I am very careful with my hearing protection, it is either on my head or in a protective bag. The day they broke it was about 65 degrees. Always in a case and never hung on a hook there was no reason for these to break, but they did.
Altus needs to design a better headband that isn't so fragile. They need to come up with a different material that won't snap at the worst time. If the head strap breaks while shooting, outside of duct taping the whole thing to your head, there is little else you can do. Most people aren't going to carry a spare head strap in their gear bag. I will from now on, but I shouldn't have to.
I love my Pro Ears but I had a headband problem too, like some of these other reviewers. I called Pro Ears and they sent me a new one at no charge, and I was even out of warranty. They emailed me a video that showed the new testing they go thru now for every batch of headbands, and explained how they fixed the problem. I have had no problems since. I was real pleased they stand behind their products.
Its funny because if you looked at just the ratings, one would think the Howard Leight ear protection is better, when you can't even hold a candle to this. Sure, these are expensive, but they are by far the best you can get, period. Anyone who tells you there is something better in terms of speed, technology, comfort and most importantly, reduction of dB of the dangerous sounds, is fooling you. These are the Rolls Royce of ear protection. And just like a Rolls will set you back a cool $300k+ compared to your Dad's $50k Cadillac, these are also 6x more expensive than the Howard Leight, or other equiv. Are they worth 6x the price? That's relative, to somebody who has a bunch of money or does this all day long, or really values their hearing, yes. If you are an occasional shooter, don't care too much about losing your hearing, don't need to hear every detail on the range, etc. then you can get by with cheaper ones. Me personally, I've tried everything, yet these are the only ones I wear on a daily basis. I've had my one pair for 6 years which in terms of total hours is almost 10,000 hours of use (I shoot 5-6 days a week for 1/3 day). I've gone through batteries, and also had to send them in to have the input plug fixed on the left side because my IPOD pulled it out accidentally, but besides that, they work as good now as they did when I got them. I do change the ear pads at least every 4 months just to keep the nasty smell minimized. I also highly recommend the cool pads to wick away sweat.
I also have a pair of the smaller units, and while smaller, they are noticeably less protection. I can definitely tell a difference between 30NRR & 28NRR, and most people can really hear a difference when going from 30 & 25.
Bite the bullet, you will be happy you did.
I have had these PRO EARS for about 5 years now and let me tell you, I use them every weekend and they are the best protection I have ever used.
I tried a competitors brand at 23NRR before buying these, but due to continued hearing loss, I opted for these guys with a 30NRR. Not only are they way better in NRR, but the quality and comfort are great.
I had a small issue with them and contacted the factory, they had me back on the road in a hurry. No arguing, no struggle, just straight forward "We'll take care of it." attitude.
Want a great product and the best service, buy from PRO EARS, you will not regret your purchase....ever!