- 26 dB noise reduction rating (NRR)
- Low-profile cups have cut-outs for use with long guns.Bluetooth wireless technology Syncs with mobile devices
- 3M Smart technologies
- Dynamic suppression time adapts to firearm and environment for optimized Shooting experience
- Clear Voice tracking seeks Voice within noise for improved speech intelligibility
“Great, But Donating Comfort. ”
This will be a combination 300/500 review for those cross-shopping the two, since I have both sets in my possession.These brand new Peltor headsets constitute a part of a range of new collections for 2017. Theyre pretty great for shooting with, but also when youre performing work-y things like hammering nails, with a nail gun, lawn-mowing etc.That stated, these arent perfect, so lets begin at the beginning. (Note: I have the Peltor TacticalPro which Ive used for decades, and which have functioned very well. Theyre quite comfortable across the very top of my head, dont squish my ears too much, and the buttons are tactile and easy to use once youve worn the headset a few times. The battery compartment needs a coin of some kind (a dime works good) to open, which can be a bit of a pain, but maybe not something done often. The microphones also stick out, and the microphone covers could be knocked off and lost if youre not careful.) The Peltor 300/500 come packaged well. Initially I thought Id need to cut them from the package, but re – after you eliminate the cardboard around the outside of the plastic, the box opens with no scissors/knives/bleeding all over the table demanded. Whew.The Peltor 300, with 2xAA batteries installed (not included with either headset) weighs 350 grams.The Peltor 500, with 2x AA batteries installed weighs 420 grams.So the 500 weighs 20% more than the 300, and I will tell you the difference is really noticeable. It raises the downward pressure in your ears, in addition to the downward pressure on the top of your head.Speaking of that, the headband on the Peltor 300/500 isn’t anywhere near comfortable for me as the one on the TacticalPro. The plan of the headband on the 300/500 could simply be described as… peculiar. Rather than disperse the weight of the headset round your entire head, you will find these rubbery protrusions downward that make contact with your head. Two, in the case of my mind. Which means the whole weight of the headset is concentrated in just two areas on the top of my mind. Since the ring isn’t stretchy or flexible, if this doesnt work for you – theres no adjustment to be made in the headband itself. With the TacticalPro, the whole headband stretches nicely as you put it on your mind, and the weight of the headset is dispersed across your entire mind, no matter what size head you have. The regression here using all the 300/500 is unfortunate.Setting up the 300/500 is pretty self-explanatory. You want to use a fingernail to dig the battery cover, which was actually a little trickier than Id have enjoyed, even being aware of what to do. The AA batteries x2 that you shove in there require a GOOD shove to take a seat in position, too. At least they wont collide loose when exposed to large-caliber recoil!In terms of noise reduction, the 300/500 do absolutely superbly, similar to the TacticalPro. High-frequency sounds like people speaking or eating a bag of chips, or your pet scurrying across your wood flooring – picked up and amplified from the 300/500. Low-frequency sounds e.g. shooting firearms – attenuate the sound to a huge level. This does mean you cant actually speak while shooting, as the whole sound-stage is dampened. After firing/loud tools stop the headset from attenuating, youll be able to resume chatting at a normal level. Yes, you can absolutely talk at a normal discussion level at the firing range while no gunfire is ringing out – provided that the individual near you’re also wearing a comparable fashion of headset that works this method to be able to actually listen to you!The microphones from the 300/500 (which pick up the audio and cancel it as necessary) are much better designed than the TacticalPro mics. Those microphones on the TacticalPro have always annoyed me. They stick out, the covers have lost fairly easily – and the only way forward in this respect! The 300/500 mics are brightly into the earpieces, and should never cause an issue. This is a good layout choice.The 500s greatest dB reduction is 26 dB, whereas on the 300 its 24 dB, but I was hard pushed to tell any difference between them, so Id advise you to not make your purchasing decision based on this.Bluetooth: The sole really tangible subject of difference between the 500 and 300 (aside from the burden) is the addition of Bluetooth on the 500. Pairing the headset with my iPhone 7 Plus was straightforward. Holding down the Bluetooth emblem on the 500 place the headset into pairing mode, and that I was able to connect to my mobile phone in seconds. The unit remembers the connection even when switched off and on, as it should of course do.I was, but disappointed that there is a high-pitch squealing sound readily (and I mean easily) heard through the headset when your phone first connects. But after about 30 minutes or so, the sound goes off entirely. But it will come back and remain on while you’re listening to music. This was and is super annoying to me personally. Music quality isn’t great anyway, for what it is worth, but it is certainly good enough if you’re able to get within the squealing sound. The squeal is also there, but significantly lessened, while using the phone to make calls over Bluetooth, but I can’t say I see the point of using this type of headset for phone calls. After all, do you really need your caller to know you’re in a war-zone? :DOverall, concerning comfort I easily goes together with the TacticalPro over the 500. Both have the same 26 dB noise reduction, but the relaxation of the TacticalPro is well worth it over the Peltor 500. With that said, if you’ve no interest in the Bluetooth feature of the 500, I would go with the Peltor 300 within the 500. It’s lighter, more comfortable because of this, and naturally – cheaper.Neither the 300 or even 500 are as comfortable as the TacticalPro, and that is a shame, because a lot else Peltor/3M got correct. The new mic design is great, the easy-to-feel buttons will also be good, and no resources required to start the battery compartment is just another pro. But comfort is of paramount importance!It’s great to have options when it comes to cans such as this, and this is my race results! First location: Peltor TacticalProSecond location: Peltor 300 (if you do not care about Bluetooth)Third place: Peltor 500In this review, the Peltor 500 has 3.75 out of 5. It is good, but definitely not ideal. Id pocket the savings and get the Peltor 300 for the increased comfort, (or another headse completely!) .