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3M 97451-0 Peltor Tactical Sport Hearing Protector, Mp3 Compatible

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  • Noise Reduction Rating of 20 dB
  • ASIC chip technology for cleaner, refined audio reproduction
  • Amplifies ambient sounds so you can actually hear much better
  • Audio jack for external components such as cell phones, MP3 players, or dog trackers
  • Auto shut off after two hours to conserve battery life
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Technical Details
Item Weight522 g
Product Dimensions29.5 x 19 x 11.4 cm
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Item model number97451
Height4.38 inches
Length9 inches
Weight500 grams
Width5.50 inches
Brand Name3M
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #676 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight680 g
Date First AvailableApril 2 2012
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Peltor Tactical Sport is an intelligent active hearing protector.  The smooth adjustment of the hearing protector's level dependent function gives the user particularly pleasant sound reproduction and less interference.  The unique digital audio circuit eliminates abrupt sound cutoff.These lightweight hearing protectors offer a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of level 20 when used as directed. Again, these are guaranteed BRAND NEW Sealed in Original Packaging with both Black and Orange covers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dink27 on Aug. 22 2012
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I am very happy with Peltor/3M hearing protection. I had been using the passive bulls eye line of hearing protection from Peltor. As a competitive shooter I wanted to move to electronic ear protection to better hear the range officer's words of command, and speak with other shooters without having to yell.
The Peltor 97451 fits that role well. It is possible to adjust them to make ambient noise louder, I find I do not use that feature.
My only compliant is that the passive sound blocking is only 20db. This is lower then my bulls eye 9 or 10s and though the electronic protection cuts out during gun fire it does not as effectively muffle the sound as my old passive ear protectors.
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This was one of my first 2 pairs so I had limited experience.
It surprised me with its quality relative to the other pair I purchased at the same time.
You get what you pay for and I'm happy with these.

I was particularly chuffed to see that it comes with some hunter orange covers for those times you need to be visible.
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By joel schmidt on Jan. 24 2014
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Exactly how it was described. I am very happy with it. The only thing I wish they had was the capability to plug in an MP3 player
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Excellent hearing protection, missing simple cable Dec 22 2009
By M. S. Gartner - Published on
These hearing protectors are excellent devices for shooting. They provide a stereo sound-view of the world around you while keeping any loud sounds from affecting you. They are quite comfortable (though I have yet to wear them for long stretchs it seems like they would be fine over an afternoon). They are 1000% better than my previous hearing protectors, which were not electronic (I wouldn't go back).

The only thing that is annoying is that they advertise an "Audio jack" for "cell phones, MP3 players or dog trackers" but it is a completely non-standard (and mono, not stereo) port on the device, and the audio cable is not included. The audio cable is very simple (costing less than $0.50 to make, is my guess) and I found it selling from $22 to $40. What a crock. I'll have to check at Radio Shack to see if I can get a compatible cable for a reasonable price.

For shooting I can't actually imagine using this connected to an MP3 player as I usually want to know what's going on around me. However, I can think of other uses for this muff where I might want music as well (mowing the lawn, using a leaf blower, etc.), but not badly enough to pay another $22.

Peltor: Include a cable in the next version, or better yet use a standard 3.5mm mini stereo plug and provide or sell an adapter to the "old" two-prong plug!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very effective in my experience Nov. 7 2013
By Phil - Published on
My comparative review for the Peltor Tactical 6S and Tactical Sport Electronic Hearing protectors. I am placing this same review under both products because I believe others might be interested in a direct comparison if considering either set.

I purchased a pair of the Tac 6S for use at my planned Frontsight 4 day Defensive Handgun course, and used them a few times at a local indoor range beforehand. I found them to be very effective in muting the report of my 9mm Glock, as well as my Ruger snubbie with both .38 spl and .357 Magnum rounds. I found the amplification to be clear and effective. My only complaint of the Tac 6S is the difficulty in replacing batteries. It is a complicated procedure involving pulling off the earpads and the inner foam pieces. I DID find an "alternate" method listed in the instructions, which was a bit easier for me. It involves a small screwdriver and a bit of prying. Still, I give it 4 stars because they do what they are called on to do, and the price is quite reasonable IMHO. other minor inconvenience. There are on/off/volume knobs on the back of each earcup and, when the set is folded, the headband wires rub against those knobs. On at least one occasion, I discovered that the earphones were turned back on by the folding action. From that point on, I simply fold them up and THEN turn them off.

When I scheduled my wife for a one day class at Frontsight during my 4 days there, I realized that we would need another pair, so I bought the Tac Sport headphones based on other positive reviews. After I used the Tac 6S for my first two days, I gave them to my wife and I put on the Tac Sport set. My first impression was that the Tac Sport was even more clear sounding, with possibly even a bit more amplification. Range commands were easy to hear (on both pairs) even without wearing my hearing aid, but the gunfire was all muted to a very comfortable level. Even when the instructor was speaking while there was gunfire on the next range over (rifles), the muting was released quickly enough to miss very little of the speaking. I am very happy with these earmuffs and would recommend them to anyone. I haven't used the Tac Sport on an indoor range yet, but I expect them to behave at least as well as the 6S, since the NRR number is the same for both. I found only one minor inconvenience with the Sport version versus the 6S - On the 6S there are separate controls for each ear, which could be handy if your hearing is less in one ear than the other (as mine is). On the Sport model, the controls are all on the right earpiece and control both sides. That is probably not a big deal for most people, but I thought I would mention it. Both sets fold up small, and the Sport model has a soft cloth pouch for storage. They also have an extra pair of outer shells, in orange (not on the 6S). The biggest advantage IMHO for the Sport is the ease of changing batteries. It is a simple matter of removing the outer shell (the batteries are only on one side in this model). They say that the batteries will last up to 500 hours, but I can't address battery life on either because I haven't used them that much.

All in all, I would recommend either set for outdoor ranges, and indoor ranges to the extent of my testing which, as I mentioned, included firing a .357 Magnum snubbie. I don't know how long they will last, but my initial impression is all positive, with the significant differences mentioned. Also, this was only tested on handgun ranges, so I don't know how effective it will be with rifles or shotguns, but I'm fairly certain that a number of students in the rifle and shotgun courses at Frontsight were using them. Oh, I have no need for an audio source input, so the proprietary connection doesn't bother me, but that might affect my decision if I had that need.
72 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Peltor Tactical Sport Sept. 21 2010
By Jesse0147 - Published on
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Bought the item from Amazon for a pretty good price after having checked other online sources. Beware that this item is not recommended for shooting at an indoor range. An indoor range is much louder than shooting outside. The protection for your hearing is minimal relative to some non-electronic muffs that I have. Its NRR is 20 which is very low end. The fact that one can hear voices and such is true and the microchip is very consistent and reliable for low level sounds. But indoors it feels like barely any protection is being worn. Also, the circumference of the ear muff is not that big, therefore it you have larger than average ears: problem.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Great sound protection July 24 2008
By T. Codella - Published on
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These are excellent hearing protectors that allow you to hear ambient sound. They fit well, provide sufficient protection, and seem to respond quickly to sharp sonic spikes, like gunfire. I have no problem with them from a purely functional perspective. However, if Peltor is going to go ahead and advertise that you can hook up your MP3 player to them, it would be nice if they mentioned that all the music you'll hear will be in mono, not stereo. It's a great feature - I just wonder why they couldn't take it the simple one-step-further and give us good audio. Probably in the next release....
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Works great.......but Sept. 8 2013
By Richard Martin - Published on
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I just wore these to the range and was pleased with their performance;

What I liked: No protruding mic or volume knob. On/off must be held 2 sec so no accidental power activation in the shooting bag. Nice low profile so they don't get in the way when shooting a rifle.

What I disliked: Proprietary audio cable to hook up an MP3 costing $49???????? Are you kidding????

The audio quality was really good so get them if you like the features but don't REALLY intend to hook up your phone, ipod or MP3.

So 4 stars for the headphones and 1 star for the cable = 2.5 stars overall

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