3M 90541-80025T TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector and AM/FM Radio




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  1. Clovis says:
    232 of 237 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost perfect, April 11, 2008
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    Clovis (United States) –

    This review is from: 3M 90541-80025T TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector and AM/FM Radio (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I tune and rebuild pianos as a hobby, so you can imagine how much I value my hearing. I never even swing a hammer without hearing protection, so I have a pair of earmuffs on pretty much all the time while in the shop.

    Of course, I also love music. Since I got the Worktunes headphones, I can listen to my music clearly without having to blast it over the sounds of power equipment.

    Pros: Digital tuning. Memory presets. Lasts 2 solid days on AA batteries when listening to the radio. Pretty durable. Great reception in rural areas (as good as can be expected from an antenna of this size). Speaker sound quality and dynamic range from an external MP3 player is excellent – much better than I expected.

    Cons: In cities and areas of strong signals, the receiver frontend saturates easily and you will hear several stations poorly at once (intermodulation). This is a common problem for many simple FM receivers.

    The volume knob doesn’t function for the MP3 input… it would be nice if I could change the volume of my music without fidgeting with the MP3 player. This also means that the MP3 input bypasses the amplification circuitry. The power for sound comes from your tiny MP3 player’s battery rather than the cheap robust AA batteries in the headphones. That was poor engineering, as it would have been very easy to pipe in the input through the audio amp – sparing the tiny MP3 battery and utilizing the volume knob. In fact, I will modify the input in this manner very soon.

    With the radio and the noise reduction, you really can’t hear a darn thing that is going on. That could be good and bad. Someone could be robbing your shop in a bulldozer and you’d never know it. Two people have already snuck up on me while wearing these. Be aware of your security. I would not recommend using these while working in a bad neighborhood, or in a situation where a partner will be depending on you to hear screams for help.

    Summary: For the price, don’t expect anything perfect. The radio problem is minor and common. The noise reduction is excellent. This product exceeded my expectations. If I break these, I will gladly buy another pair. I don’t know how I lived without them!

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  2. Mechanic1 says:
    284 of 304 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t Purchase, June 15, 2008
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    Mechanic1 (WI) –

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    This review is from: 3M 90541-80025T TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector and AM/FM Radio (Tools & Home Improvement)

    This Worktunes AM/FM headphone radio (#90541) isn’t worth buying, even at the reduced price Amazon is selling them for. They are junk.
    I was persistent and tried out two(2) of the Worktunes from Amazon, thinking the first one was just defective from the factory. Amazon was good at replacing them promptly.
    I think the unit is good for hearing protection against outside loud sounds or perhaps as a MP3 only listening device (I hadn’t tried that) and, though tight on the head, it fits around ears well(a little tight) and is fairly comfortable. But, as a digital AM/FM radio, it is the poorest radio I’ve ever owned. I’ve seen similar comments from others hear.
    I have a similar digital AM/FM (with an input jack) headphone radio that I purchased about 10 years ago from Radio Shack that is three (3) times better for listening to AM/FM stations while working. I wanted to replace it because the outside noise wasn’t being blocked enough when I cut my grass or worked in the woodshop and the earmuff part of the headphone was getting pretty ragged. I like the digital tuning part of the radio.
    I owned a “dial-type” tuner AM/FM headphone radio once that kept getting knocked off station every time you bumped the radio’s tuner dial. This would happen while bending your head and the radio touching your shoulder, or your forearm touches the dial while working-I’ll never buy the dial-type one again for listening while working.
    I have the same local AM and FM stations that I can pickup very well with my table top radios, the Radio Shack AM/FM headphone radio, and an undercounter radio, that this radio picks up either poorly or not at all. The local FM station (~15-20 miles away) sounds good unless you turn your head. It starts to fade into other FM stations. The only way to then get the signal back is to either turn your head back where it was or put your hand on it’s whip antenna. This shouldn’t happen on a FM channel. There is definitely something wrong with the FM antenna system (probably AM, too) on this radio.
    The AM station’s reception is similar to my Radio Shack unit. You face one direction, you get the station. You face another direction, the signal goes away. The only difference with the Worktunes, compared to my Radio Shack radio, is that the Worktunes won’t even pickup, at all, a station about 30 miles away.
    This radio has antenna, perhaps internal radio circuitry problems. I expected more from a Peltor radio. I tried to find information on the Net about these reception problems, from the company that makes the radio, without luck.
    I returned my last Worktunes to Amazon within the 30 days and am awaiting a full refund.
    I’ll keep an eye out for another company making a digital AM/FM headphone radio, or for Peltor to come out with a redesigned digital AM/FM headphone radio before buying one again.
    Hope this helps others decide on their purchase of this radio.

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  3. DosLady says:
    76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Listening to music while you work, April 2, 2008
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    DosLady (Bend, OR USA) –

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    This review is from: 3M 90541-80025T TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector and AM/FM Radio (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I bought this for my husband. For years and years, he has worn protector headsets while working outside and in his workshop with NO listening to music. Now, he was truly excited to listen to music/talk radio while he works.

    I set up the radio stations. 5 AM and 5 FM stations for preset. The enclosed instructions on this were vague. But following the instructions and pressing the menu button I knew the radio station had done the preset. The digital screen would show the preset as m1, m2, m3, m4,or m5. There is a right/left arrow button to search between radio stations. Then the AM/FM dial. There is a place for a stereo jack for your players. The screen will indicate when the batteries are low.

    One thing, one radio station would not preset. A local station, too. It could not pick up a strong signal and therefore could not preset. But I succeeded with the rest. He says, “reception is great”. We live in rural Oregon.

    My husband did say the headset fit better than any other he had used.
    He nows takes it back and forth from work as he is a heavy machine operator. He says Peltor is a well known brand.

    June 24, Update

    I have been using this headset while I vaccum. I can hear my stations just fine. Once in a while when I bend over I will hear static for a second or two. I still hear the vaccum, but it sounds like it is far away and muffled.

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  4. StevieQ says:
    98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    better than Peltor H10A, June 29, 2009
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    StevieQ (Castro Valley, CA United States) –

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    This review is from: Peltor 97010 Ultimate-10 Hearing Protector (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I have been a faithful fan of the red/black Peltor/AO Safety H10A earmuffs for a good many years, but this Peltor Ultimate 10 is even better. The Ultimate 10 has the softest cushions (definitely the best and most comfortable ones I can find) and the NRR has been bumped up by 1 to 30 NRR. Theoretically the human ear should not be able to distinguish a NRR difference of less than 3, but somehow when I put it on I can feel that the Ultimate 10 with its NRR of 30 does a better job of attenuating noises than does the H10A with its NRR of 29, and they are so affordable to boot.

    In addition to wearing these earmuffs while operating loud machinery at home, I wear earmuffs in my office to block out typing and talking noises from co-workers, because without good earmuffs on my head, I find it hard to concentrate when I read or write. I don’t like the feel of earplugs. It is very effective in blocking out typing sounds and female co-worker voices, but not so the deeper male voices. I am still waiting for new technology to come up with an earmuff that can effectively block out low, deep bass/baritone voices in the 80 to 350 Hz range from male co-workers. The Peltor Ultimate 10 is the best of all earmuffs currently on the market but still manages to block out only about 20 decibels in the 150 Hz range. The Peltor Ultimate 10 is the best money can buy right now in both comfort and highest NRR.

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  5. D. MCGUE says:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Made my wife happy!, October 3, 2008
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    D. MCGUE (Mililani, Hawaii) –
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    This review is from: Peltor 97010 Ultimate-10 Hearing Protector (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I bought these for my wife while I use my treadmill. The treadmill produces a whine, which greatly disturbed my wife while she was on the computer or reading. This hearing protector blocks virtually all the noise from the treadmill. They are very comfortable and can be adjusted to fit extremely well! They are well padded and not excessively heavy! Strongly recommend!

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