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Tool: XTRA 2.0 Buy now LINK Buy now
MSRP: $ 79.99 each
Bluetooth hearing protection
The ISOtunes family of hearing protection headphones has grown by two recently, with the addition of XTRA 2.0 and LINK. Like other ISOtunes headphones, these are compliant with OSHA and NIOSH regulations and feature a noise reduction rating of 27 and 24 dB respectively, limiting the maximum volume to 85 db. In plain English, that means you can enjoy your tunes while protecting your ears from damage caused by noisy activities, such as woodworking.
Both of these Bluetooth headphones are clearly well crafted and full of thoughtful touches. I have personally found the LINK to put a little too much pressure on my temples (but I have yet to find a pair of ear pads that are comfortable in the long run). XTRA 2.0 is equipped with different sized earphones, ensuring comfort regardless of the size of the ear canal.
One of my favorite features of the XTRA 2.0 was the magnetic earbuds. Loose cables of any kind in the store are a risk, so the earbuds that locked tightly together when I removed them gave the peace of mind. As an added bonus, joining them together would automatically pause whatever I was listening to.
Once I started using the XTRA 2.0s in the shop, they became my favorite headphones around the house too. The kids in a zoom call for school? Earphones inside. Kids running around the living room? Earphones inserted. Do the kids create an impromptu rock band? Earphones inserted. Turns out I didn’t need quieter babies, just some noise canceling headphones with all-day comfort.
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