Wise Buys: Muff-Style Hearing Protectors
NRR 26 dB
Even if the Noisebuster muffs did not have electronic capabilities, they'd still be exceptional, comfortable passive muffs. In addition to being a pro woodworker, I'm also a sound technician and own a recording studio, so I know and love sound gadgets. Noisebuster uses a noise-canceling technology that samples the sounds around you with a built-in microphone, and then replicates sound waves exactly opposite of the harmful ones. This effectively reduces noise--especially hard-to-tame low frequencies--to below the danger level of 85 dB before it reaches your ears. It proves so effective at blocking dangerous noise levels that I was blown away. Although there's no built-in radio, the Noisebuster does have an input jack for an MP3 player.
- Tested by Matt Seiler, WOOD Online Forum Host
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