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Gunscribe
September 19, 2009, 10:37 PM
Has anyone tried out both the Pro-Ears Gold series and the Pro-Ear Pro Series (like the Pro 300s)?

There's an almost $100 price difference. Is there much of a difference in the sound?

I'm trying to decide between the Pro 300s ($219) and the Predator Golds ($309).

Thanks

GS

sholling
September 19, 2009, 11:17 PM
Pro Ears has a break down on their site with the differences. I have the Gold and love them.

Gunscribe
September 20, 2009, 06:44 PM
I read their breakdown. They say the main difference is a 1.5 millisec delay instead of a 5 millisec delay.

I'm wondering whether that makes any difference.

Also they mention an 8-bit microchip in the Golds. But again, I'm not sure what that does for the sound.

GS

Mello2u
September 20, 2009, 07:14 PM
Gunscribe

I read their breakdown. They say the main difference is a 1.5 millisec delay instead of a 5 millisec delay.

I'm wondering whether that makes any difference.

Also they mention an 8-bit microchip in the Golds. But again, I'm not sure what that does for the sound.

Yes the delay does make a difference. But the major difference is the NRR (the Noise Reduction Rating). The Pro Mag Gold has a 33db NRR, the Pro 300 has a 26db NRR. That is a great difference. 26db NRR is the minimum recommended number for shooting hearing protection.

Gunscribe
September 20, 2009, 09:50 PM
I was going to get the Predator Golds, which have the 26 NRR, rather than the Pro Mag Golds with the 33 NRR.

So the Predator Golds and the Pro 300s have the same NRR.

Assuming both muffs have 26 NRR, is the sound considerably different? Also, I notice that the Pro 300s have a much longer battery life than the Predator Golds. The battery life on the golds is like 100 hours shorter.


GS

Mello2u
September 21, 2009, 11:15 AM
I did a search to see what the minimum recommended NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) should be of the ear muffs for shooters and found that 28db NRR was the minimum. Most ear muffs do not reach that minimum. However, the manufacturers each have their own methods of rating so it may be impossible to really compare.

PinnedAndRecessed posted in another thread that a 3db increase almost doubles sound pressure.
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=200072&highlight=3db+double+sound

sholling
September 21, 2009, 11:46 AM
Keep in mind what you're shooting. If you're banging away with a magnum pistol or a compensated rifle or spending your time at an indoor range then huge muffs with 33db of reduction makes great sense. On the other hand if you're shooting sporting clays then slimmer or cupped muffs make sense so that the muffs don't get in the way of shouldering the shotgun.

What I use is a compromise that works for me. I use Pro Ears Gold that are cupped to clear a rifle or shotgun stock (-26db) but when indoors or shooting a magnum rifle I'm also wearing ear plugs under the pro ears. That gives me clear hearing for a class (no plugs) and good solid protection when things get LOUD.

BTW I keep those Pro Ears next to my bed for things that go bump in the night.