If you have shopped around for ear-pro(tection) online more than likely you have seen these along with their price. With three pairs of sub 100$ electronic earmuffs dead, I reached a point of gear failure rage. Every set of muffs died due to sweat (electrolytic salt water) corroding and or shorting the PCB's (printed circuit boards) in the muffs. Out of pure irritation I unsheathed the "gun stuff" credit card and looked for the most robust electronic ear-pro desing I could find.
I went with the neckband version of the Pro X's, I favor this style earmuff because of my large cranium. The back of the head band configuration gives you tension for a proper fit. In addition to this band an adjustable thong like strap goes on top of your head giving you a sort of suspension. This configuration is one of the most secure fits you can get with earmuffs. By separating clamping tension and suspension, this design gives you a more comfortable fit for a long day at the range. When I ordered mine I upgraded to gel ear cups. Not only is this a comfort enhancing upgrade, but it also helps to seal the headset around your ears and eye protection. I have yet to wear a pair of glasses the gel earcups would not seal around. The weight and size of the Sordins are "just right". They have a very confidence inspiring, solid feel to them without being cumbersome. The Supreme Pro X muffs are also some of the lowest profile high end earmuffs on the market today.
There are two different types of electronic filtering styles used with Firearm ear-protection. The first being more common in cheaper muffs is the "cut off" or "cut out" noise cancelling technology. Most sub 75$ headsets use this to filter out the high decibels (db). If the sound level goes above a certain threshold the earmuff audio cuts out until the enviromental sound levels drop below the threshold. In an environment where you have alot of high db noise like a sport shooting event or a firearms class this type of filtering is a pain in the ass and has the potential of creating safety issues. In my experience they tend to over activate in enviroments with multiple firearms discharging. This leaves you with the "shitty cell phone reception effect". This drastically decreases your ability to hear range commands and or any verbal safety announcements. I find "Cut off" filters are extremely detrimental to focus and create significantly more subconscious load. My suggestion is if you do own a pair of hearing protection that cuts off, turn the electronics off when you are at a match or a class with lots of gunfire.
The second type is a noise compression or active filter type. These are continuously on and do not cut off completely when a dangerous environmental volume threshold is reached. Instead they simply filter and reduce the specific noise like a gunshot, reproducing a continuous but safe level of environmental sound. Basically it is very similar to the "smart sound" technology that most televisions have now. The volume of sound never exceeds the volume level selected but it is continuous. The MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X's utilizes an active filter and are the by far the best sounding electronic muffs I have ever used.
- Two separate, waterproof microphones with excellent sound quality and perfect directional hearing
- Rated for 300 hours of battery life from 2 x AAA batteries
- AUX input (3.5mm) for connection to hunting radio, dog tracking devices, CD players. Mono cable included
- Waterproof battery compartment. Flexible and shape-stable headband
- 5 years warranty on electronics
- NRR rating - 19dB
My MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X earmuffs are roughly over a year and a half old now. Of course during the honeymoon stage of ownership I babied them like a new smartphone. Eventually I came to the realization that what I had paid for was professional quality and durability and currently I give my Sordins no special treatment. They get thrown in my shooters bag with all the rest of my gear and my utilization of these earmuffs would fall in the "medium-heavy use" category. I use them at least twice a week for competition shooting and they also get worn to test fire guns at work as a gunsmith along with instructing classes for concealed carry.
The MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X earmuffs are not cheap. At a street price of 300$ with gel ear-cups they will, for most of us put a dent in our wallets. After a year and a half of heavy use I can say that these things are worth every penny. I have not had to replace any parts and the battery life is outstanding, as a pack of (4) AAA batteries will get me through a year (headset requires only 2 AAA). The materials used are robust and seem to ward off funk and staining. Most importantly they are designed with keeping the electronics working and dry from both environmental dust, moisture and sweat. If I were to somehow lose these I would immediately order a replacement set.
Buy them from SRSTACTICAL.COM