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Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for Musicians
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- Europe’s #1 Hearing Protection for Musicians
- Special music filters offering outstanding sound quality
- Very comfortable, compact, and hardly visible in the ear
- Contains 2 filters and 1 pair of earplugs.
- Hygenic storage and travel box ensures that the earplugs are protected and always carried with you
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The MusicSafe Classic offers professional hearing protection from Alpine, a leader in innovative solutions for hearing protection. Alpine MusicSafe Classic contains two different and interchangeable sets of music filters with outstanding sound characteristics, perfect for medium and high attenuation rates. These special music filters guarantee optimal protection without loss of clarity, while at the same time ensuring a pleasurable listening experience. Alpine MusicSafe Classic earplugs are produced from a very soft, flexible, and durable thermoplastic material that adapts to the unique shape of your auditory duct, and are thus very comfortable to wear. MusicSafe Classic earplugs with special music filters are an open system, making sure that you don't feel separated from the music you are listening to or making. Since 1994, Alpine Hearing Protection has been developing, manufacturing and supplying a wide variety of carefully conceived, comfortable and, above all, safe hearing protection systems. The building blocks of Alpine products are scientific research, innovation, and know-how. Alpine products are either TNO-tested or CE-standardized, and developed in their own ISOI 9002-certified laboratory.
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I work as a flight attendant who flies long-haul routes on airplanes. While you get used to the ambient noise, it's nice to have a quiet environment during crew rest breaks.
While the air plugs do not completely block noise, it diminishes ambient airplane noise greatly.
These are simple to put on, and they drown out airplane noise! I've also used them while traveling as a passenger and I pretty much forgot I had them on as I napped, read or enjoyed a much quieter flight.
Quality: I was able to hear every conversation without them screaming in my ear, and the music sounded good (not an audiophile but I do know how badly music sounds with "regular" earplugs). I still had a small amount of ringing in my ear after leaving the club but nothing like what I normally would without ear plugs. I think the club was louder than most if it's louder than 100db I think I'll use foam plugs anyway. In the 90db range these are great.
The gold "high" filter offers significantly more protection than the ERs at very high SPLs and really helps with the lowest frequencies and also the most harsh upper mids and highs. When SPLs are very high, the Alpines can actually clean up the sound spectrum that gets distorted when your ears are exposed to such high levels. The only thing I found to filter more for very high SPLs are a fresh set of 33db NRR foam earplugs, but then those won't let you hear the details that you buy musician's earplugs for. The gold filter did completely outperform the same foam earplugs after the foam ones had been used for several hours and re-insertions, though.
The silver "medium" filter attenuates a bit more than the ERs, and again, especially in the very low frequencies and harsh upper mids that are both dangerous to hearing. This filter seems a bit less open than the ERs, but then most of what the ERs are letting through that makes it sound more open are the harsh upper mids and highs - so the ERs don't necessarily add to perception of detail.
The white "low" filter attenuates less than the ERs, but is better for medium environments. I have been wearing the low filter through entire work days. I can hear people with quiet voices and yet a number of annoying low-level noises nearly disappear. This filter also has the most open sound of the three.
I like the fact that all three filters let nearly the same amount of 1K and 4K frequencies through. This is a pretty effective filter scheme, offering good protection and allowing enough musical detail through for perceiving instruments and vocals. One side note: If you are a vocalist, your own voice is going to sound loud due to your inner ear hearing with any type of earplug - though the white filter might reduce this effect a bit. Sealed in-ear monitors with a good mix might be the only good solution to that - not sure...
I believe that the Alpines will fit a wider range of ear sizes than the ERs. I was surprised that, even though they don't extend into the ear as far, they can still attenuate more than the ERs (with the right filter installed). When using them 8 hours straight, they are more comfortable than any earplug I've used. The trick of pulling up a bit on the top of your ear during insertion really works. I found insertion consistently quicker and easier with the Alpines than the ERs. Most plugs have a hard time sealing in my right ear, but with this trick, the Alpines seal consistently.
I like the fact that people don't even notice these in my ears until I tell them about them. People tend to think that you can't hear them talk if they see earplugs, but that is not the case with these.
The ER-20s are useful, but the Alpine MusicSafePro is just a better system - very much worth the extra fifteen to twenty bucks - and no, I'm not affiliated with Alpine - I just did this comparison because my hearing is important to me - my secondary job is audio engineering - and it could become my primary job some day...
These are pretty good ear plugs. I've used the Etymotics before (though they were lost somewhere along the way - and good riddance, they weren't that good!) and these are definitely better than those. The plugs come with 4 total audio filters, 2 lower protection and 2 higher protection. I tried the lower protection once but quickly moved to the high protection as I frequently go to live rock shows. As should be expected, music can sound drastically different with ear plugs in. You lose a LOT of the high end "sparkle" any time you have ear plugs in but that's just part of the territory if you want to save your hearing. Bass does tend to become more prominent in the mix with the high level protection filters, however you will be able to hear all parts of the music still. In addition, hearing what someone right next to you just said is 10 times easier with these things in.
As far as quality goes, I found the filters themselves to be good, but the flanges to be mediocre. The problem is that they aren't very big and I had difficulty getting a decent seal with such a short length of flange to work with. As an experiment, I removed the filter from the flange and instead forced it into the triple flanges I use with my e5c ear monitors. It was definitely a force fit, but the result was great. If you don't mind forking over the dough for two separate items, I highly advise grabbing a pack of the e5c tri-flange sleeves and using the filter with those (or at least keep that in mind if you run into the same trouble I did with the original flanges). That said, I can get the included flanges to work, it's just feels like a much shallower fit than I would like/am used to.
The only real bad part of this product is the carrying case. It comes with a cylindrical tube that has a lid that unscrews and also attaches to your keychain. The threading is short, and not very deep which means if your pockets are tight at all, and you pull on your keychain without thinking, you might be picking up filters and ear plugs off the ground. I actually lost all but the ear plugs themselves (with the high reduction filters attached thank goodness) because this happened multiple times. Each time I was unable to find one or more of the items until all that was left was the ear monitors. It wouldn't take too much to make the threading either a bit longer, or just deeper so the top doesn't just rip right off under slight pressure.
Otherwise, this is a pretty good product!
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My only complaint is that the storage tube sometimes opens itself.Read more