187 of 202 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2007
I have tried other kinds of these things and there was always 2 problems. 1 they hurt after a long shift. 2 they made it hard to hear it was as if you had an ear plug in one ear. These worked MUCH better both ways. Because of the acoustic tube you can still hear with the ear that has the piece in it. I found out right away that even after a 12 hour shift my ear was not sore from wearing this. If you want to use a two way with an ear piece this is the only way to go.
115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2008
I bought these along with Midland radios to use in the 2 bars that I run so all of my bartenders, door guys and bouncers are always in contact with each other. It gets really loud on weekends when the bars are packed and all of my staff can always hear each other perfectly. We have tried dozens of different radios/headsets in the past, and we could never find headsets that allowed us to hear each other.
Great product, I would recommend to anyone looking for good quality headsets to use with their 2 way radios.
64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2009
The design of these headsets intends for the user to place the mic/ push-to-talk button down a sleeve and attach the clip for the acoustic earpiece directly behind the neck in order to conceal the hollow coil from front and side view as much as possible.
In order to accomplish this, the wire from the acoustic earpiece has to be long enough to reach from center-neck to about four inches beyond the wrist. In this way, the user activates the PTT button using thumb and forefinger and speaks into the cupped palm.
Here is the near miss aspect of these units: The length of the wire from the earpiece to the PTT switch/mic is 24 inches. Twenty-four inches is almost laughably short for those who have arms longer than twenty inches. I don't know anyone, outside of children, who might have arms that short.
After plugging these in and running the wires, it immediately became a matter of finding some appropriate microphone wire to use to splice in a 15" section of wire to make these actually function as intended.
Once that was done, the units were ready for use. Well, almost. The next thing that had to be done was to replace the little slippery plastic clothing clips with steel security-badge clips so the pieces would stay in place during actual use.
Now we were ready. We found that the earpieces actually sounded better than the radio's speakers and the push-to-talk buttons were crisp and positive. The mic's have no wind shielding so users need to be advised that they need to speak across the mic instead of directly into them, and keep them a couple inches away from their mouths. Operated that way we obtained very good results.
Too bad, for the want of a couple of dollars' worth of more wire and pro clips, these would be outstanding accessories. As they are now, they are somewhat of a starter kit waiting for final assembly.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
I had gotten some Midland LXT110's recently (mainly for airsoft, paintball, fishing, and what not), and these headsets. I had tried my friends headsets before, and they're good quality, but it hurts my ear after a while, (why I use headsets when I'm fishing (ice fishing mainly), I don't like when other people hear my conversations), I tried these, and oh my god, these are perfect. The sound quality is amazing, like a perfect diamond, comfortable like a broken-in, leather recliner. So easy to use (2year old could probably figure it out). At first when you put it in your ear, it'll feel weird, but it's comfortable after about 10mins (for me) (it's just a tad uncomfortable at first, and you can still hear outta that ear quite easily for it being like an ear plug). Some people may be wondering why I got these for airsoft as well. Simply put, I HATE it when my position is given away because someone used the radio, and the wrong time (for me). With headsets, I can hear my teammates, hear movement around me, and more importantly, hear my enemies radio call end sound. The weird thing about these in my opinion, is the placement of the PTT button, but I'll get used to it soon enough. A plus side of these being clear, perfect sound quality (as if the person was right next to you), you sometimes forget that your wearing it, and, sometimes, people don't even realize you've got a headset in use. The mic is actually so clear, that I put it up to my small boombox, held the PTT button on it, and my friend could hear EVERYTHING on the other headset.
Sometimes you forget your wearing it and say something out loud forgetting to push the button (if you don't have the VOX setting available on your radio).
5 - 5 stars on this FINE product. I would be a dick and say to "BUY IT, IT'S AWESOME" and sound like a 5 year old, but what I'll say, is:
I highly recommend this product to anyone who has a 2pin Midland radio.
76 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2007
I decided to purchase the transparent headsets because I didn't want to look too obvious that I was wearing a headset. The headset itself looks cheap and flimsy, but it has proven to be sturdy and put together well. Best of all, the sound quality is excellent as long as you give your mouth about an inch or so of distance from the mike. My only complaint is that the earpiece seems to be designed to fit in the right ear; if you put the earpiece in the left it has a tendancy to slip and rotate out of the ear every once in a while. Altogether an excellent value.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2009
I purchased two sets of these for a very large event. We were not part of security but part of the music program. Four of us had to seat over 400 people in a choir and orchestra in a venue we had never rented before. The headsets were invaluable! There is no way we could have communicated with out them! Over the two day period the ear pieces were comfortable and the microphones picked up every word accurately. Look forward to the next event to use them again.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
The Midland AVPH3 are awesome headsets, especially for the price. They look and feel great and the audio is also on par. They're not great for loud environments, the throat mics work much better for that. These work on a lot walkie talkies you will find at major retailers (which use the S2 style 2-pin jack), but they don't work on a lot of HT (handy talky) HAM radios such as Kenwood, Baofeng, Wouxun, etc, this these use the Kenwood K1 style 2-pin jack. The size and spacing is different between the S2 / K1 mic/phone plugs so that they're not compatible between radios. In short order, Midland headsets don't work with Kenwood radios and visa-versa. Take a look at the picture I uploaded in the item photos to get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
We use these with our Midland radios for the security team we have at our business. The security team are never more than 200ft away from each other and through three floors of building. They are well constructed, lightweight and unobtrusive. The team loves them over the old ones we had where they looked like Britney Spears in a concert (boom mic, etc). Now they can be like Secret Service and can watch our patrons in a bit of cognito. They are well worth the money and we plan to buy more for the other radios.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
Paired with the Midland GXT1050VP4 radios these are essential accessories for hunting. Four of us used these on a hunt in the mountains and surrounding range over the past two weeks. Working the rangelands as a team, we were able to coordinate our movements and direct each other while maintaining the stealth required. While we did not use the headsets in the VOX mode, the PTT function worked flawlessly.
The earbuds are comfortable and it is easy to forget you have it in. More than once we came back to camp to find that we were still wearing them long after we had switched the radios off.
Sound quality was excellent enabling whispered speach to be heard clearly even in strong gusty wind. The mike was easy to reach clipped to a collared shirt and the sturdy metal clip never slipped.
I found that the rig was easiest to wear with a button down collared shirt or jacket. Routing the wires around the back of the neck and around the collar buttons kept things in order and out of the way.
All in all an excellent product and an absolute necessity for hunting or any activity where you want stealth along with excellent sound quality and easy operation. Well worth the money.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2008
As a wedding consultant/coordinator, I knew I needed to be able to communicate with my staff to make the event run smoother and in case of emergencies no matter where we were doing the ceremony/reception. After looking at many similar products I decided to take a chance on Midland and the surveillance earplugs. I must say they are great! My friend has a similar product, but hers do not measure to the radius and clarity of mines nor do her earplugs measure. Great investment!