Before I start my review of the hearing protection, I would like to give some background information of myself. My audio hobby started about 8 years ago, beginning with an Ipod Classic 30GB, and an Ultimate Ears TF10 whose drivers still serve me well despite sending them for reshelling 3 times (cracked faceplate). After enlisting in the SAF, I was posted to the Artillery Formation and subsequently, I signed on as a regular soldier. Being a part of the SAF and Artillery, I am required to go for various forms of live firing. The SAF provided us with decent earplugs. However, I thought it prudent to invest in a pair of high quality hearing protection. While a career in SAF is only 35 years at max, hearing loss can last a lifetime.
I started to research various hearing protections and chanced upon the AAW Custom Fit Hearing Protection.
Build Quality: 10/10, Durable and has a sturdy build.
Fitting: 8/10, as it is my first pair of Custom Earplugs, I will compare them with my Custom In-Ear Monitors (CIEM) in terms of wearing and comfort. Since it uses acrylic material, it will not be as soft as silicon-based IEM. Wearing it is slightly difficult as compared with CIEM. The body of the earplug is thinner as compared with CIEM as there is nothing inside the faceplate. Thus the twisting will be a bit difficult.
Isolation: 8/10, I have used the earplug on two occasions. Both have produced consistent results. There was significant reduction of ambient noise and the deafening sound of rifle firing was muffled. On one occasion, I even had to ask a friend of mine to talk louder so that I could make out his words.
Pros: Good isolation of noise
Cons: Stock neckcord can be longer
Quality is good!!
Does the job!!
Will do custom iems next!!
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