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Old November 7, 2012, 01:10 PM   #2
Brian Pfleuger
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There are dozens of models/brands that go from $29 or less up to at least $350.

I've used quite a few of them and found them all to be acceptable. Some are quirky, like annoyingly random auto-shutoff timing but that sort of thing only really matters for hunting.

You'll find different levels of background noise, with the lowest amount (near zero) in the digital models. Those will also be the most expensive.

I have a set that I bought for $29 (IIRC) at Dick's Sporting Goods. They are surprisingly good. I previously had a set of Radians that offered more amplification but also more background noise. They cost about $130, several years ago.

Pro Ears makes them. Walker's makes them. Radian's and many other companies.
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