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G'day Folks.

 

Heading over to Canberra in a couple of weeks to catch Ukrainian metal Band - Jinjer.

 

Getting older I wish to protect my hearing these days.  I'm on the hunt for some musician quality Ear Plugs, which I can source on line.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Ant.

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51 minutes ago, cazzesman said:

I have something similar to these.

Thanks mate.

 

Just had a look.  They appear to be more for manufacturing / machinery.  Are they suitable for music and musicians?  Or are there specific music plugs available?

Forgive my ignorance, and I don't think you would use / recommend sub-standard equipment, just thought I would double check.

The reason I ask is I can't see professional musicians wearing industrial plugs on stage.

 

EDIT - I just realised pro muso's are listening to the mix as well, not just reducing the volume.

 

Cheers.

Ant.

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Drop.com usually have these on sale. They are specifically made for concerts Need to buy a set or two too. I went to see Tool on Tuesday, boy was it loud! 

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I use the Etymotic ER20 ear plugs for purposes such as live concerts. They drop the volume by 20dB (depending on fit), more or less evenly across the frequency range.

 

https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20.html

 

EDIT: Forgot to add, I got mine from Headphonics, but they don't seem to carry them anymore. Addicted to Audio have them:

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/etymotic-ety-plugs-clear-large-size-fit

 

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21 minutes ago, Steffen said:

I use the Etymotic ER20 ear plugs for purposes such as live concerts. They drop the volume by 20dB (depending on fit), more or less evenly across the frequency range.

 

https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20.html

 

EDIT: Forgot to add, I got mine from Headphonics, but they don't seem to carry them anymore. Addicted to Audio have them:

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/etymotic-ety-plugs-clear-large-size-fit

 

I have a pair of these.    Personally I find them quite useless as the attenuate so much treble you might as well put cotton wool in your ears.

 

   Not much fun at a live gig when the treble is muted. 

   I try to get into a middle front 3rd position to miss a lot of the loud direct speaker sound. 

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I found them to be very effective during the few concerts where I needed them. I usually prefer classical, and they keep the volume civil, but during the final AC/DC concert in Sydney I would not have wanted to miss them. The actual transmission characteristics probably depend a great deal on fit, like with all in-ears. In my ear canals, they did a good job.

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I've got through quite a few the last couple of years trying to find a set that fits my ears well without totally killing the sound.  I think I'm still looking.  :(

 

I also think I've got one ear canal bigger than the other or something, because quite often I can get a good fit in one ear, but not the other.

 

I started with some Etymotics first, I can't remember whether they were the ones listed above, but I didn't get on with them.  They just didn't feel comfortable to me.  I didn't like how far it seemed I had to stick them in my ears.  Plus they were one of the ones that didn't fit that well in one ear.  Can't remember how the sound was though.

 

EARasers Hi-Fi Musician's Ear Plugs weren't too bad from memory.  Again my problem with them was the fit in one ear.  I think I liked their sound better than the Etymotics.

 

Had a short run with Decibullz.  That ended because I dropped one at a gig taking it out and couldn't find it again.  :emot-bang:  They didn't sound too bad from memory either, but wanted to try something else.

 

So my main ones at the moment are Flare Audio ISOLATEs.  I kind of wish I'd gotten the minis, but they are probably one of the better fitting ones I've tried so far.  And the sound is acceptable.  Although to be honest, everything I've tried seems to kill the treble more than anything I think.  But the ISOLATEs aren't too bad.  I might try the EARasers again actually just to confirm what my problem with them was.

 

I did try Earjobs MUSICMATES once, but the right one just wouldn't seal, although the left one did seem to do the job.

 

So this probably hasn't been very helpful :lol: but at least I might have given you a few other types to check out.

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I had a custom pair made 15 years ago that I always use on the motorbike and at loud music gigs. They have a valve that allows normal listening levels to be heard. Now there is laser mapping that gives an even more detailed outline of the ear canal and I will be upgrading to these soon.

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I use those etymotic whenever i go to a live performance.
I listen to a lot of boomer music and I feel they make these shows extra loud to compensate for boomer ears.

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The EarJobs website has a good selection.  I always carry a pair of Happy-Ears (!) with me and find them more than adequate in noisy venues.

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2 hours ago, Graceman said:

The EarJobs website has a good selection.  I always carry a pair of Happy-Ears (!) with me and find them more than adequate in noisy venues.

Yeah, I can recommend EarJobs as a website to buy from.  

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On 21/02/2020 at 5:47 AM, BuzzzFuzzz said:

G'day Folks.

 

Heading over to Canberra in a couple of weeks to catch Ukrainian metal Band - Jinjer.

 

Getting older I wish to protect my hearing these days.  I'm on the hunt for some musician quality Ear Plugs, which I can source on line.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Ant.

 

G'day. I've used these:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076VTXWBP/

 

 

 

Edited by rand129678

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I keep Rooth c&p earplugs on my keyring at all times. It attenuated Tool live in concert perfectly last week 👌

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On 23/02/2020 at 5:49 PM, rand129678 said:

 

G'day. I've used these:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076VTXWBP/

 

 

 

Picked up a set of these.  They seem to fit okay.  And work okay with the telly, so see how they go at the next gig.

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54 minutes ago, Monk said:

Picked up a set of these.  They seem to fit okay.  And work okay with the telly, so see how they go at the next gig.

I used them at a very loud Gary Clarke Jr show. 
 

Really enjoyed the show even with these in. 

 

Didn’t feel like I missed anything and saved a bit of my hearing.

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Etymotics for me. I'm very happy with them as a fairly flat attenuation. Primary used for metal gigs. 

 

Disclaimer: I love the Ety sound signature as I use Ety canal phones as well, and have no issues stuffing them deep in my ears so they can work properly. 

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On 21/02/2020 at 2:34 AM, Steffen said:

I use the Etymotic ER20 ear plugs for purposes such as live concerts. They drop the volume by 20dB (depending on fit), more or less evenly across the frequency range.

 

https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20.html

 

EDIT: Forgot to add, I got mine from Headphonics, but they don't seem to carry them anymore. Addicted to Audio have them:

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/etymotic-ety-plugs-clear-large-size-fit

 

 

I have used the ER20 'plugs and they work well I often lose pairs to mates who ask if I have spares :)

 

I also had a pair of these made up and they are constant gig companions.

https://pro.ultimateears.com/microsonic-earplugs.html

 

They work well and the sound is good. I find for really heavy gigs the goose bumps when the bass pumps bass actually manages to shake them in my ears and I perceive more bass and the sound is unbalanced. Still worth it for me.

 

Cheers, Nick

 

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I've recently bought some "Eargasm" plugs, for an upcoming pub gig I'm going to (so haven't tried them yet).  The Eargasm's give about 20db reduction and are designed for music so it should sound good.  They came in a metal carry-case, and two sizes of earplug.  I bought my via a seller on the Gold Coast on eBay.

 

https://eargasmearplugs.com/products/eargasm-high-fidelity-earplugs?variant=12120483004489

 

 

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The "nonoise" ear plugs are very effective and have 3 different types - music, shooters and industrial (incl motorbikes, etc) - not sure how available they are but fit different ear types quite well.

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On 23/02/2020 at 5:49 PM, rand129678 said:

 

G'day. I've used these:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076VTXWBP/

 

 

 

On 26/02/2020 at 8:33 PM, Monk said:

Picked up a set of these.  They seem to fit okay.  And work okay with the telly, so see how they go at the next gig.

 

Used them last night at the MONO gig.  Seemed to do the job fairly well.  Still not sure they fit my right ear as well as the left, but didn't kill all the treble, and knocked the sound down enough without making the bass overblown.  So 👍

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