3M Peltor Optime 101 Over-the-Head Earmuff Reviews

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  1. C. Huygen says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    These work great with or without earbuds, November 2, 2008
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    C. Huygen (New York, New York) –
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    Hi. I have a couple of Peltor Optimes: these 101’s and also a pair of 105’s. (I thought I’d lost the 105’s so I got these, and even though the 105’s reappeared I like these somewhat better.)

    I didn’t get these because I shoot guns on a rifle range. I got them because I ride the New York subway every day. These give me peace, quiet, serenity and bliss. And, when I combine these with a pair of earbuds (I really like the Bose Triports) and an MP3 player, I get music I can actually hear (unlike all the other people on the train, who try to compensate for the train’s noise by turning their music up really loud – poor things! They still can’t hear the music and they’re ruining their hearing). Even on a fast moving train I can hear not only the quiet violin parts of a Vivaldi concerto, but also the ECHO of the violin notes. Fantastic. You can pay $300 for a pair of noise cancelling headphones that will sorely tempt every petty thief who sees you, or you can get these, and be left alone by everyone. ‘Nuff said.

    I like both the 101 and 105’s. The 101’s are slightly lighter and slightly more comfortable. They might let in a little more ambient sound, but when you’re walking down a New York street you probably want a little of that anyway. I think the 101’s (these earmuffs) look a little cooler becuase of the dark color (it’s actually a very dark olive green, not black). The 105’s have red trim that makes these already dorky looking headphones look even dorkier.

    I realize these make me look like a mega-nerd (although some people seem to think I’m wearing industrial sized DJ headphones, which I guess they think is cool). Well, I AM a mega-nerd, so I don’t really care what people think, but if you do, you might not want these. If what you care about is actually being able to hear your music, and not having your ears ruined by howling subway trains, then these are great, with or without earbuds. Added bonus: you no longer have to be annoyed by other people’s insipid conversations. For that alone, these are more than worth the money.

    Protect your ears. Have some peace and quiet. Be able to actually hear your music. These earmuffs are a good idea.

    PS I have a very fat head and these fit OK. If you have a normal head they will probably be quite comfortable. I feel a tiny bit squeezed by them, but I still think it’s worth it to wear them.

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  2. A. Muller says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Good Noise Reduction Capability, March 14, 2007
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    A. Muller (Dallas, TX) –
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    I found these earmuffs while shopping for more expensive, electronic noise-cancellation headphones, and I decided to give them a try before investing in something electronic.

    The reason I was in the market is that I am a graduate student and an English teacher, and I needed a quiet space at home to work. Our house is very small, and when my wife watches TV in the evenings it is difficult for me to concentrate on my reading. These earmuffs do an excellent job dampening every ambient sound in the room. At a normal listening volume, the TV–which is less than 10 feet away–sounds like it is on the other side of a thick wall. If I concentrate while wearing the earmuffs, I can still detect faint snippets of dialogue, but the dampened TV volume becomes so quiet that I can focus on academic reading.

    These earmuffs are big enough and strong enough to do the job! They would probably be a bit cumbersome for travel, since they are made for working in noisy environments and shooting ranges. But their noise reduction capabilities are very good–even if it is just to find a quiet space in a noisy house. Because these work so well for my purposes, I will not be buying electronic noise-cancellation headphones.

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