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Alpine MusicSafe Pro Hearing Protection System for Musicians, White
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- Special filters prevent hearing loss while preserving sound quality
- Specifically developed for musicians
- Three exchangeable acoustic filter sets for optimal protection
- Alpine Thermo Shape material adapts to the shape of the auditory duct
- Comfortable and barely visible in the ear
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Musicians and DJs face significant risk of hearing damage due to working in environments with loud music. Good hearing is essential, and properly protecting your hearing during rehearsals, performances and concerts is critical. Alpine's Music Safe Pro hearing protection system has been specifically developed for musicians. The most luxurious and extensive edition of the Alpine music range, Music Safe Pro has three sets of exchangeable filters, allowing you to determine your own protection. Music Safe Pro is the only hearing protection for musicians with exchangeable filter sets for low, medium and high protection. These unique Alpine Acoustic Filters with selective absorption guarantee optimal protection against harmful noise levels, while preserving excellent music quality. Depending on the instrument you are playing, your position on the stage or the kind of music you are playing, you can always choose the protection that suits you most. Alpine Music Safe Pro ear plugs do not make you feel isolated, allowing you to remain in touch with your surroundings for optimal performance. The Music Safe Pro acoustic ear plugs are produced from very soft, flexible and durable Alpine Thermo Shape material. This material uses the warmth of the ear to adapt to the shape of the auditory duct, making them very comfortable to wear. Should the earplug be too big, you can easily adjust it to the right size. The largest producer of universal hearing protection with an acoustic filter system, Alpine Hearing Protection offers high quality hearing protection for musicians, children, travelers, water sports enthusiasts, clubbers, motorists and people with sleeping issues.
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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...
As another review spoke to size problems, I'll share that I have not had any size problems. In fact, the Alpines are the best fit I've come across in a non-custom earplug / earbud. To help you figure out whether they are a good fit for you, if ears had sizes, mine would be medium: with Etymotics / Hearos earplugs, the large ones begin to hurt sooner, and the small ones need to be pressed in pretty far for a snug fit; with my Shure SE 535 earbuds, I use the mid-sized silicon spheres.
Finally, a word about the insertion tube, as reviews of other Alpine earplugs here and elsewhere have mentioned that, too: I have found the insertion tube to be entirely unnecessary. If you are adept at inserting other sorts of earplugs by hand, especially silicon models, you may not need the insertion tube at all. I throw mine away when opening the packaging.
Alpine earplugs may not be for everyone, but they are certainly the earplugs I've been waiting for all these years: you'll need to spend 10 times as much on a custom set to do any better, and for my ears, the difference is barely noticeable.
The key chain case, while convenient, is cheaply made and does not adequately stay sealed; the earplugs often fall out when removing your keys from your pocket. I bought a replacement metal case at Walgreen's after several unfortunate occasions of having to pick the earplugs off a sticky, dirty pub floor. On the other hand, cleaning them is a breeze.
The earplugs are small, which has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, they are far less visible than most earplugs (why some brands use neon colors is beyond me!). On the down side, if you push them in too far, they are near impossible to get out (on at least one occasion, I had to use a tweezers to remove them). Also, the removable filters can sometimes slide out first, leaving the rubber plug stuck in your ear, making it even more difficult to remove. I recently lost mine and, while they served me admirably, I will probably opt for another brand because of the issues with removal.