Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff Review
Did you know that the most hazardous non-occupational noise that Americans are exposed to is the sound of gunfire? This noise is so detrimental that even a single shot with an unprotected ear has the potential to cause instant and permanent ear loss! Chances are that you might have never used ear protection for several reasons, but it’s never too late to start. A dangerous sound is anything that rings over 85dB and the average level for most gun shots is 157dB so you can just imagine the significant damage you are prone to every time you hit the range without hearing protection for shooting.
The Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport is one of the best ear muffs for shooting available in the market, and was designed with recreational as well as savvy shooters in mind. The noteworthy characteristic of these electronic ear muffs is their ability to thwart loud and sudden impact sounds, while still allowing you to listen and speak to everyone around you. The Howard Leight R-01526 earmuffs amplify the sounds around you to a safe 82dB, which allows you to hear soft sounds in a quite environment such as walking through a forest. When this noise reaches 82dB, the patent response technology transforms to passive hearing protector, which allows you to listen to environmental sounds as well as communications from other shooters.
Highlights of the Howard Leight R-01526 Earmuffs
- One single volume control knob to amplify conversations and commands
- Automatic four hour shutdown increases battery life
- Automatically blocks noise over 82dB
- External audio input can be used to connect to scanners and mp3 players
- Low profile, adjustable design for easy storage
- Comes with 2-AAA batteries
- Khaki colored ear muffs to match camouflage outfits
- Snap in ear cushions for easy and quick replacement
The Howard Leight R-01526 earmuffs are appointed with stereo microphones that are directionally set to deliver a superb hearing experience compared to cheaper single mic alternatives. Adding to this, this Impact Sport electronic earmuff is supported by a springy steel headband to withstand wear and tear in the harshest environments, without compromising on comfort.
The 1/8 inch/3.5mm AUV input makes it possible to connect the shooting earmuffs with cell phones, MP3 players, compatible walkie-talkies and audio devices. However it is important to note that the Howard Leight earmuffs are not high-fidelity headphones so no matter how high you crank up the volume, the volume limiting circuit will always maintain an overall volume of 82dB or below.
Shooters are often worried about their gun stock coming in contact with shooting earmuffs, but the Howard Leight shooting earmuffs solves this issue nicely with its low profile design with cut-out. This design element is the thinnest you will come across and it will fit easily inside your trusty range bag with ease. They offer higher clearance for firearm stocks compared to other conventional designs, which eliminates any interference while shooting. In terms of efficient protection, it is a good idea to use the Howard Leight shooting earmuffs in combination with high quality earplugs.
For heavy shooters, the rated hearing protection of 22dB may fall short so embedding a pair of ear plugs underneath the earmuffs is a belt and suspenders way to make a world of a difference. There are several low cost noise cancellation shooting earmuffs that turn of the sound for a second or more after a gun shot, but the R-01526 electronic shooting earmuffs are designed to strain the percussive noise and redirect the ambient sounds back into the earmuffs.
Although the Howard Leight R-01526 earmuffs claims to suppress sounds that exceed the 82dB threshold, it might not work effectively for noise generated from power saws, lawn movers, air compressors, etc. These shooting earmuffs are designed to suppress impact noise such as presses, hammers and firearms so if you plan to use them with your MP3 player while riding your lawn mower, these are not the right type of the hearing protection.
What Makes the R-01526 the Best Electronic Earmuffs?
The R-01526 shooting earmuff is a cost effective way to achieve superior ear protection while flaunting your skills at the gun range. Its folding design allows it to be easily tucked away into most shooting bags, and even shuts off on its own after four hours of non-use to increase battery life. In case you do run out of batteries, they can be easily replaced by following the instructions in the manual.
Adding to this, the ON/OFF and volume controls can be reached and adjusted with just one hand, which minimizes distractions while shooting. The 3.5mm audio port allows you to connect to external devices, while protecting your ears and still being able to hear and speak normally to those around you. For unmatched ear protection at gun shootouts, the Howard Leight R-01526 are the best ear muffs for shooting you can get your hands on!