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green-pa
06-06-2007, 12:56 PM
I've wrote on this b4 but forgot where the thread was. My headphones work well to protect my hearing but it's very hard to get them to stay on a good station and most the time I'm listening to things I wouldn't normally and 3/4 of the time I don't care for what I'm hearing too much. I'm kinda picky on my sounds. Anyway. I have like over 1500 cd's so I'd really like to be able to hook a cd player or mp3 unit up. Can't do it with my am/fm unit. But I've heard about the kind u can plug one up to it. Any of u guys have the link to where I can order one? I've called around town and haven't found any place that carries them locally. So I'd like to order some. Sure would make the days go by more pleasantly listening to whatever I want vs what the radio wants me to hear lol...:dancing:

SLR
06-06-2007, 01:49 PM
This is my new best friend. 79$ from wally mart. What sold me on this particular player is it has a major bonus of having a "line in record" function..so now i can directly import my personally created trance music directly onto it from my keyboard,also has a voice recorder,But NO radio/clock/timer functions.But the line in thing is a big relief, now i do not need to go from 'keyboard>>computer>>burn 2 disk>>then to player.
Now it's straight from keybrd to player!!
It is a 2GB,and currently holding ALL my favorite songs from CD's.Currntly i still have 850MB still open for use,but i love the way i can listen to my home made 20minute dance music songs!!

FiveOJoe
06-06-2007, 02:01 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=187238

green-pa
06-06-2007, 06:25 PM
This is my new best friend. 79$ from wally mart. What sold me on this particular player is it has a major bonus of having a "line in record" function..so now i can directly import my personally created trance music directly onto it from my keyboard,also has a voice recorder,But NO radio/clock/timer functions.But the line in thing is a big relief, now i do not need to go from 'keyboard>>computer>>burn 2 disk>>then to player.
Now it's straight from keybrd to player!!
It is a 2GB,and currently holding ALL my favorite songs from CD's.Currntly i still have 850MB still open for use,but i love the way i can listen to my home made 20minute dance music songs!!

Looks nice. I have a 1gb mp3 and a few cd players. I'm really looking for the headphones to plug on of these into though. My headphones are only am-fm. HOwever I've heard of a transmitter u can attatch so that your mp3 can be picked up by a station on your car radio. I wonder if this will work with headphone radios???

paul vroom
06-06-2007, 06:35 PM
Thanks SLR, gonna git me one o them

Roger
06-06-2007, 10:16 PM
Our local cable TV station offers air time to businesses or other interests in the community. A local medical doctor tapes a 30 minute show each month and it replays many times over the month. He has a guest from a local hospital to discuss a particular topic.

Last month, his guest was a ear and throat specialist. Most time was devoted to the ear. They wandered through many points and came to the matter of piping sound to ear buds or other devices, while operating machinery. He focused primarily on those with lawn mowers. He repeated often, and with passion, NEVER, NEVER, and never try to listen to players while operating equipment. His experiences with patients caused him to strongly discourage anybody from such practices. He cited long term damage as a major problem, having to crank up the volume to hear the audio. Obviously, everybody has a choice. I am merely repeating the stern warning given by a medical doctor who sees patients every day with ear problems.

Personally, I bought an MP3 player a couple of years ago, with intent of listening through buds, under my Stihl muffs. Despite having read many threads on LS about people doing it, I never felt good about the volume level needed to hear anything. After trying it a few times, I set it all aside and have never tried again.

Exact Rototilling
06-07-2007, 12:56 AM
I personally use SHURE E2G Sound Isolating Earphones that block out a considerable amount of noise themselves. These where developed for musicians years ago to protect what is left of their hearing during rock concerts etc. Many use them as hearing protection alone however I also use Aearo Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10 that have a 29 db noise reduction rating. With this combo I can actually hear what I need to better than one would think. If you have to raise the volume to hear your music once you start up your equipment you need to block the noise. Even standard earbuds when used with Aearo Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10 work very well. I rarely listen to music I listen mainly to spoken word content. Audio books, alternative radio show archives etc.

Strangely enough hearing damage is not understood very well in our industrial society. Studies of rural primitive tribes in Africa have shown that 80 to 90 year old elders can hear better than the average 30 year old that lives in an industrial culture. I bet any money that if you run power equipment with out plugs or external protection you are loosing your hearing. Oddly enough people don't seem to care. :confused: You will become deaf over time if you don't protect your ears.

I've personally experienced hearing damage mainly from gunfire :gunsfirin as a child. My dad apparently never thought that it was important to protect ones hearing. He thinks his hearing is great at 85 but the proof is in the volume level of his phone, TV and the constant what??? He gets very angry :realmad: when you tell him he needs to get his hearing checked.

My hearing damage days are over - I wear plugs or my Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10's when I:

Rototill, mow, use a shop vac, house vac, ride a motorcycle, fly an airplane, drive on long trips in my Honda Civic.

My ears are also my livelihood in my other business as an Audio Engineer. Unless something unforeseen happens to my hearing due to circumstances beyond my control I will have the hearing of an average 45 year old when I turn 90.

mebergstran
06-07-2007, 01:13 AM
After reading of them in another thread, I bought a pair of earbuds from trick audio.
http://www.trickearphones.com/
They block the equipment noise well and I've been very happy with them. I've listened both to spoken word recordings and to music from my ipod and I would recommend them for either.

green-pa
06-07-2007, 11:19 AM
I personally use SHURE E2G Sound Isolating Earphones that block out a considerable amount of noise themselves. These where developed for musicians years ago to protect what is left of their hearing during rock concerts etc. Many use them as hearing protection alone however I also use Aearo Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10 that have a 29 db noise reduction rating. With this combo I can actually hear what I need to better than one would think. If you have to raise the volume to hear your music once you start up your equipment you need to block the noise. Even standard earbuds when used with Aearo Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10 work very well. I rarely listen to music I listen mainly to spoken word content. Audio books, alternative radio show archives etc.

Strangely enough hearing damage is not understood very well in our industrial society. Studies of rural primitive tribes in Africa have shown that 80 to 90 year old elders can hear better than the average 30 year old that lives in an industrial culture. I bet any money that if you run power equipment with out plugs or external protection you are loosing your hearing. Oddly enough people don't seem to care. :confused: You will become deaf over time if you don't protect your ears.

I've personally experienced hearing damage mainly from gunfire :gunsfirin as a child. My dad apparently never thought that it was important to protect ones hearing. He thinks his hearing is great at 85 but the proof is in the volume level of his phone, TV and the constant what??? He gets very angry :realmad: when you tell him he needs to get his hearing checked.

My hearing damage days are over - I wear plugs or my Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10's when I:

Rototill, mow, use a shop vac, house vac, ride a motorcycle, fly an airplane, drive on long trips in my Honda Civic.

My ears are also my livelihood in my other business as an Audio Engineer. Unless something unforeseen happens to my hearing due to circumstances beyond my control I will have the hearing of an average 45 year old when I turn 90.

heh, wasup! I'm a song writing musician also, so my hearing is vital. I've been using these $50 am/fm protection phones. They isolate the sound very well and the volume is at a safe level. However I would much prefer to listen to audio messages/music of my own choice. I'm going to check into this.

gandk06
06-07-2007, 12:32 PM
I use a set from Farm and Fleet. I think they are called AO Safety I3. They have an input for the mp3, cd.... They do a great job of killing the sound of the mower and sound great. They also have a build in radio. Cost was around $50 and worth every penny.

SLR
06-07-2007, 01:53 PM
Thanks SLR, gonna git me one o them
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If you are really going to get one, Make darn sure it is a: RCA MC4002A model Any other model doesn't come witht the 'line-in jack'.It a month since i bought it and i still realize how much i love this thing.When you get yours make sure you go to site:

http://www.rcaaudiovideo.com/en-US/modeldetail.html?productID=M4002

Then go to 'downloads' and install the latest operating system(1.8) as i found OS1.4 had a issue with freeezing the MP3player screen a lot,also always carry a sharp tiny pick so you can reset it(on-back),if it freezes up.

razor1
06-07-2007, 07:20 PM
NEVER, NEVER, and never try to listen to players while operating equipment. Roger

With the right hearing protection you can use the radio, at a safe volume. :clapping:


built-in lithium rechargeable battery. SLR

How much is a replacement lithium battery? :confused:

Roger
06-07-2007, 10:43 PM
NEVER, NEVER, and never try to listen to players while operating equipment. Roger

With the right hearing protection you can use the radio, at a safe volume.

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With all due respect, a medical doctor who has had years of experience with ear problems is my best source of guidance. First, he hold the credentials for his position, and, secondly, he has the years of experiences in his medical practice with patients who have encountered problems.

Yes, I know, there will be no shortage of anecdotal experiences and advice from others on LS that dispute the medical advice. As for me, the trade-off is a clear choice.

fiveoboy01
06-08-2007, 01:42 AM
If the earbuds seal to your ears well, you don't HAVE to crank the volume to drown out the sound of the mower... Perhaps he's talking about certain kinds of headphones, which do not seal to the ear canal well.

I also use the SHURE in-ear headphones. They seal very well and keep noise out. Pricey at around 100 bucks, but the sound quality is great. Also, I don't have a set of Peltors clamped to my head all day, which gives me a headache.

I use them with my ipod. No commercials!

Tim Wright
06-08-2007, 08:11 AM
http://www.gemplers.com/safety/personalprotection/hearingprotection/radioearmuffs

Mickhippy
06-08-2007, 06:47 PM
Peltor have a new radio muff out now with a jack for mp3 players. Called Worktunes i3.
http://www.ccrane.com/radios/radio-accessories/peltor-worktunes-i.3.aspx

Exact Rototilling
06-08-2007, 09:52 PM
Peltor have a new radio muff out now with a jack for mp3 players. Called Worktunes i3.
http://www.ccrane.com/radios/radio-accessories/peltor-worktunes-i.3.aspx

Very Cool! Same basic design as the Peltor Bull's-eye Ultimate 10's I wear over my Shure E2's that block out a ton of noise themselves. I'm curious as to how good the audio quality is? They seem to be reasonably priced.

desii
06-08-2007, 10:16 PM
I have several pairs of the Elvex QuieTunes. You can plug your Ipod (or other device) into the charging jack. It has a rechargeable battery in it and lasts for about a week. When I use the Ipod, I don't think it uses the headphone's battery, they just act like any other headphone. The sound is OK and it sure beats having a pair of earbuds under a set of ear muffs. The audio is not that loud and you can still hear "muffled" sounds that are going on with the machine that you are operating.

I have never found myself to be "distracted" by the radio. It just helps to pass the time much, much more easily. They're about $80-$90 and well worth it IMO.

I've had the Peltor's prior to them adding the Input Jack and find the QuieTunes to be more comfortable. JMO.

You can get them on eBay. Here's a link to an auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/Elvex-Com-260R-QuieTunes-FM-Radio-Earmuff-Ear-Muffs_W0QQitemZ320124673144QQihZ011QQcategoryZ3281QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

or you can search for the Elvex Com-260R QuieTunes

green-pa
06-08-2007, 11:16 PM
I use a set from Farm and Fleet. I think they are called AO Safety I3. They have an input for the mp3, cd.... They do a great job of killing the sound of the mower and sound great. They also have a build in radio. Cost was around $50 and worth every penny.

heh, do u know where I could order some of those?

Tim Wright
06-09-2007, 07:38 AM
Fastenal sells these things too.

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/detail.ex?sku=1016306

Tim

Tim Wright
06-09-2007, 07:40 AM
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green-pa
06-10-2007, 06:34 PM
Peltor have a new radio muff out now with a jack for mp3 players. Called Worktunes i3.
http://www.ccrane.com/radios/radio-accessories/peltor-worktunes-i.3.aspx

Thanks guys for your help. I went to this link and finally found a way to order what I believe I'm looking for. A good price for me too at only $80! I was ready to pay as much as $150!!! So hopefully these Peltor's will sound as good as my work tunes ( I think u call em) which I got at lowes for $50.
Can't wait to be able to listen to whateva the hill I wownt :waving:

Mickhippy
06-10-2007, 06:54 PM
Glad to help mate but you might want to look on ebay for a better price. That link was just to show what they were.

green-pa
06-10-2007, 07:21 PM
Glad to help mate but you might want to look on ebay for a better price. That link was just to show what they were.

OH THAT'S ALRIGHT, i WENT AHEAD AND ORDERED THEM. $5 OR $10 Isn't gonna break me

Mickhippy
06-10-2007, 07:44 PM
Let me know how they go OK! Im interested in getting some myself but I had just bought a new pair of radio muffs(sordin), before I knew about the i3's! Id love a pair with the jack for areas where I dont have reception.

SLR
06-11-2007, 06:04 AM
razor1

built-in lithium rechargeable battery. SLR

How much is a replacement lithium battery? :confused:
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I hear you on that one..it is a pretty big downside,not only trying to get a battery,BUT breaking it open to put a batt in may be a challenge.

PowerEquipmentWarehouse
06-12-2007, 09:44 AM
These actually cancel the noise so you can listen to your music at a lower volume. Amazing product.

Mike
http://www.powerequipmentwarehouse.com/noisecutterencsafetyheadset-p-47469.html

Post Mowing
06-12-2007, 01:14 PM
i bought a set of IP3 worktunes and farm and fleet for the whole crew $50 a pop and everyone is much happer no mower noise and tunes to work with.

fiveoboy01
06-12-2007, 03:51 PM
These actually cancel the noise so you can listen to your music at a lower volume. Amazing product.

Mike
http://www.powerequipmentwarehouse.com/noisecutterencsafetyheadset-p-47469.html


Those look nice..

They also weigh 5 pounds.

I get a headache just thinking of wearing them:cry:

green-pa
06-12-2007, 05:29 PM
Those look nice..

They also weigh 5 pounds.

I get a headache just thinking of wearing them:cry:

I don't see how they could weight that much! 2 lbs maybe but 5!!?? That would be a headache! My worktunes yellow pair from lowes is only about 1.5 lbs I think; not bad.

Tim Wright
06-12-2007, 07:27 PM
I tried the worktunes from Lowes today and they are only 22db reducing. I can still hear too much mower and not enough tunes.

The radio signal also is weak and easy to lose.

They go back to Lowes, and I will find a better set else where.

Tim

PowerEquipmentWarehouse
06-12-2007, 08:15 PM
The headsets don't weigh 5 pounds, they come with a hard shell plastic case with contoured foam inserts. The actual headsets weigh about 1.5 - 2 pounds. (I'll weight a set tomorrow and post the results).

Mike

green-pa
06-12-2007, 11:15 PM
I tried the worktunes from Lowes today and they are only 22db reducing. I can still hear too much mower and not enough tunes.

The radio signal also is weak and easy to lose.

They go back to Lowes, and I will find a better set else where.

Tim

Yeah, they suck! I mean, they were ok when a good song would come on, but then many times the signal would be lost; terrible reception! I wish I could take mine back but I've had em for over a month so I'm probably stuck with em. I'll let the help use em next year...lol

Mickhippy
06-13-2007, 04:48 AM
Good luck guys!
Peltors have better reception than the Sordins I have now.
The Sordins have a pretty poor noise reduction but good digital/push button (no dials) radio. Sound quality is pretty ordinary also.
Ive had Worktunes and Alert. The Alerts were the best Ive had for noise reduction, reception and comfort but they stopped working for no reason. The radio in them was better than the worktunes due to auto stereo/mono switch but not much better.

Non of the above had a basic jack.

PowerEquipmentWarehouse
06-13-2007, 01:51 PM
I weighed the headsets this morning, they came in at 1 pound 4 ounces. This was the weight including the battery. The rest of the five pounds is the carrying case and shipping materials.

Mike

Tim Wright
06-13-2007, 09:09 PM
The Peltors that I took back to Lowes was rated @ 22NR. I see that the best up from that at powerequipment warehouse is Elvex with 25NR.

I am wondering if that is a noticable difference when on the mower. The other concern with the Elvex is the radio reception.

Any experience?

Tim

IndustrialGreen
06-14-2007, 12:17 AM
The Peltors that I took back to Lowes was rated @ 22NR. I see that the best up from that at powerequipment warehouse is Elvex with 25NR.

I am wondering if that is a noticable difference when on the mower. The other concern with the Elvex is the radio reception.

Any experience?

Tim

Hi everybody, I'm generally a lurkur, but this is a bit in my primary expertise so I'll chime in.

The decible scale is logarithmic, so the difference between 22 and 25db substantial, however since a mower runs around 90db it may still not be enough to satisfy, although you should notice a difference. The biggest problem is that much of the noise from the mower is in the lower frequencies, so even the bones in your body will transmit the sound to your ears.

Tim Wright
06-14-2007, 07:38 AM
Hi everybody, I'm generally a lurkur, but this is a bit in my primary expertise so I'll chime in.

The decible scale is logarithmic, so the difference between 22 and 25db substantial, however since a mower runs around 90db it may still not be enough to satisfy, although you should notice a difference. The biggest problem is that much of the noise from the mower is in the lower frequencies, so even the bones in your body will transmit the sound to your ears.

Indeed true.

Elvex has electronically lower freq cancelling ear muffs with no radio, but an input connect for mp3 or cd player. That would be the way to go, but I would like a radio also.

Tim

green-pa
06-14-2007, 12:25 PM
Let me know how they go OK! Im interested in getting some myself but I had just bought a new pair of radio muffs(sordin), before I knew about the i3's! Id love a pair with the jack for areas where I dont have reception.

They are in my zip code now I just checked, so I'm hoping they are on the truck today for shipment! :) Only wish this dry weather was gone so I could actually make good use of them once they are here, lol. I'll try to remember to let ya'll know how they are and stuff.

Mickhippy
06-14-2007, 05:42 PM
Cheers mate!:drinkup:

green-pa
06-14-2007, 06:44 PM
Well I got the Peltors today. I didn't realize but they are the same company as my lowes bought pair. Oh well, I wansn't interested in the am/fm as much as the input. They are light gray and comfortable like the others, not too heavy. THe only thing about using an mp3 player or cd player is that the cord connecting it tends to swing around and get caught when u are changing hands and things with the equipment then the mp3 player get's ripped off out of your pocket or from the clip. Or the cord will come out. But it's worth it to me to be able to hear what u want! sound quality is very good and loudness is based on your device connected. It muffles the sound well to me. I'm sure their are better but it's hard to hear the trimmer at all, but I've got an echo now, so they are quiet...lol

fiveoboy01
06-14-2007, 07:36 PM
I weighed the headsets this morning, they came in at 1 pound 4 ounces. This was the weight including the battery. The rest of the five pounds is the carrying case and shipping materials.

Mike


Ah, 5# is the shipping weight...

Thanks for clearing that up:)

fiveoboy01
06-14-2007, 07:37 PM
green pa, run the wires under your shirt. This is what I did after catching the wires on stuff. In-ear headphones sure do hurt when they're trying to get yanked out, lol.

Mickhippy
06-14-2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks Green, keep us posted on how they go!

Something to remember is that you need a "R" (resistor) rating on the spark plug to stop interference to the radio. What I was told anyway!

Another thought is you can get a FM transmitter to plug into ipods...
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itripdock/